The Doctoral programme of Agriculture and Environment aims to strengthen specialist scientific skills in strategically important areas, through flexible, postgraduate training for people in work. It provides an innovative way for people in work to improve their research skills while supporting the innovation capabilities of the candidate’s company.
The program is aimed at professionals in the agri-food industry, conservation and environment, and agricultural policy decision makers, as well as full-time participants wishing to pursue a post-graduate degree that culminates in employability in these sectors.
The programme aims to equip candidates with the necessary skills and knowledge: to create and interpret new knowledge through original research; to be able to apply new knowledge in an industrial context; to conceptualize, design and implement an advanced R&D project; to publish and communicate research outcomes in peer reviewed academic and technical journals and at academic and technical conferences; to make informed judgements on complex issues in the chosen specialist field; and to be able to act independently to undertake applied research and in solving complex problems.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
Completing this course results in a postgraduate qualification. See Our Qualifications for more information.
On successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:
The program is in two parts. Part 1 comprises one compulsory (core) and two optional courses, plus a preliminary research project to produce a dissertation of 20-40,000 words. This can be based upon the analysis of existing data from the candidate’s workplace.
Part 2 comprises a longer research thesis (up to 60,000 – 80.000 words). It will involve the collection of research data and must embody the methodology and results of original research. For participants in work it should be linked to the research needs of their employer and may build upon, but be substantially different to, work conducted for Part 1. The principal supervisor will be a Bangor academic, but we encourage participation by the candidate’s employer.
This provides the tools needed for the dissertation: research design, literature review, ethical considerations, statistics, and preparing a research proposal. A ‘knowledge bank’ of ideas, questions and solutions from current and previous participants is provided on-line.
AgriFood Training Partnership
The University of Reading
PO Box 226, Whiteknights
Reading RG6 6AP
T. +44 (0)330 333 4530