Professional Doctorate

The AFTP provides participants with the opportunity to study a Professional Doctorate (PhD) in either Agrifood or a specialist subject area.

The AFTP provides participants with the opportunity to study a Professional Doctorate (PhD) in either Agrifood or a specialist subject area.

The Professional Doctorate in Agrifood has been developed in conjunction with the agrifood industry as a highly flexible programme that can be tailored to individual training needs, to enable professionals working in the agrifood sector to undertake high level, structured, continuing professional development. Alternatively, a specialist Professional Doctorate programme allows individuals to focus on a particular area of interest.

Module Credits Required:

360 - 540 Credits

 

* The amount of credits required to earn a Professional Doctorate differs (from 360 - 540) based on the University you choose to study with.

Entry Requirements:

Candidates can apply to the University of Nottingham's Professional Doctorate in Agrifood programme if they first complete the Agrifood PGDip programme (along with with the Statistics and Experimental Design for Bioscientists module), or a relevant specialist subject.

Study/Assessment Format:

Dependent on particular programme and location of study. Please refer to the individual course pages for further details.

Avg. Timescale:

12 Years

 

How to Apply:

You can register for a Professional Doctorate programme via our online application form, which is available by clicking the 'Apply Now' button on any PhD course information page. We will subsequently contact you with additional instructions for enrolling onto your course.

Choose Your PhD Course:

PhD Programme Information
 

Doctor of Agriculture (DAg)(Aberystwyth University)

 

The aim of this Professional Doctorate programme is to produce a qualification which, whilst being equivalent in status and challenge to a PhD, is more appropriate for those pursuing professional rather than academic careers. The DAg programme comprises three taught modules and two work-based research projects, carried out through distance learning and a mixture of live and virtual supervisory meetings.

 

Prof Doc Agriculture and Environment (Bangor University)

 

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 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.

 

Professional Doctorate in Agrifood (University of Nottingham)

 

A flexible PhD, awarded by the University of Nottingham, consisting of 120 taught credits chosen from any eligible AFTP short courses (which must include the Statistics and Experimental Design for Bioscientists module). In addition, you must undertake a 60 credit Literature Review and Research Plan and a 180 credit Doctoral Thesis

 

Industrial Biotechnology Professional Doctorate (Aberystwyth University)

 

The Industrial Biotechnology Professional Doctorate programme comprises three taught modules and two work-based research projects, carried out through distance learning and a mixture of live and virtual supervisory meetings.

 

Professional Doctorate Sustainable Food Quality for Health (University of Reading)

 

The Professional Doctorate in Sustainable Food Quality for Health (DAgriFood) programme offers industry professionals the opportunity to develop their professional roles and to implement an independent programme of research within the workplace. The DAgriFood programme provides an award at doctorate level that is distinct from a traditional PhD award and is directly relevant to the needs of the individual’s professional work setting. The DAgriFood programme consists of a flexible taught component of postgraduate training coupled with a doctoral level research project conducted in the workplace.

 

What next?

A Professional Doctorate is the highest level of academic qualification offered through the AFTP

On completion you will have become a valuable member of the AFTP community, and will be in an excellent position to advance your career in the agrifood industry.

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