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Professional Doctorate in MSc Postharvest Technology

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Course Description


This is an advanced course for students from a broad range of biological disciplines who want an in depth understanding of the way fresh horticultural produce must be handled, transported and stored to maintain quality from grower to consumer.

Core Modules

* International Crop Production
* Logistics and Supply Chain Management
* Research Methods
* Postharvest Physiology and Pathology
* Personal Development and Planning
* Postharvest Technology
* Global Trade
* Packaging and Product Innovation
* Controlled Environment Agriculture and Dissertation.


This modular course can be completed in one year on a full-time basis. Part-time students can take two-three years to complete the course. A Postgraduate Diploma is available to students passing the taugth components of the course, but not taking the Dissertation.

If you would like to find out more about our postgraduate courses please see here: http://www.writtle.ac.uk/Postgraduate-Courses

Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally hold a BSc or equivalent in a related topic, but applications are equally welcome from individuals with extensive industrial experience. Applications from non-UK students are particularly welcome.

Key Features

* A course with a strong commercial focus, including site visits and guest lecturers
* A strong international flavour in both crops and practices
* Opportunity to undertake original research in the UK or abroad

Visit the MSc Postharvest Technology page on the Writtle University College website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Mehrdad Mirazee

281.jpg I chose to study at Writtle University College as it is one of the best colleges for horticulture and other related courses in the UK. I studied for my BSc. Horticulture in my country (Iran) in 1994 and have worked for more than 10 years in different fields related to crop production. From my experience it has been very helpful to have previously obtained work experience related to my chosen subject area – this helped me immensely during research stages in my postgraduate study.

International students studying in the UK will have come from different education systems. Fortunately Writtle University College supports international students excellently and for those who need to improve their English language skills and knowledge there are teachers and advisors to help solve any problems.

I have found all levels of teaching at Writtle to be of an excellent standard and have been able to fully engage in the institution. Following on from the completion of my course new aspects of Horticulture have opened up to me. I have already been offered a number of opportunities to work within different companies and research centres.


Elinor Roper Scholarship - Single Award

[[Overview]]If you have a "conditional offer" the scholarship will only be awarded if the conditions are met.
Any applicant who defers entry will have to submit a new application for the academic year their studies will commence.Current Writtle College students are not eligible to apply.The value of the scholarship will be deducted from the tuition fee invoice.It will be a condition of the scholarship that the successful applicant agrees to provide a student profile detailing their experience on the programme to be used in publications for the purpose of marketing Writtle College and/or inclusion in the "College Alumni Association" publication.
This can either be on a full-time or part-time basis.

Value of Scholarship(s)



One £1,000 scholarship awarded for Taught Master's programme in Crop Production or Post Harvest Technology.All applicants must be Home students and will need to apply by completing the relevant application form

Application Procedure

The application must include a written statement of between 500 – 800 words detailing the value the applicant expects to gain from study on the Master’s programme and the way in which they anticipate using the experience after graduation to further their chosen career.

Entry Requirements

2.2 in a related subject

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