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.
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.
Dependent on particular programme and location of study. Please refer to the individual course pages for further details.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
AgriFood Training Partnership
The University of Reading
PO Box 226, Whiteknights
Reading RG6 6AP