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DAg Professional Doctorate in Agriculture

DAg Professional Doctorate in Agriculture

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Distance without attendance


5 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

DAgriFood - Doctorate in Agriculture and Food

Subject areas

Agriculture (General)

Course type


Course Summary

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. Our DAg programme comprises taught modules and two work-based research projects, carried out through two-day workshops, distance learning and a mixture of live and virtual supervisory meetings. While the primary academic focus is on the completion of an advanced piece of research, the collaborative route provided by a work-based research project provides an ideal opportunity to embed new knowledge in the work place and ensure that research is relevant to industry. As such, it is crucial that a student’s employer is supportive of both their research aims and the time commitment that the proposed research will involve. Self-employed students should aim to undertake research which will be closely aligned to their business.


The Professional Doctorate of Agriculture is delivered in two parts:

Part I is undertaken for a minimum of two years and comprises two taught modules from the MSc Sustainable and Efficient Food Production and ‘Research Methods taught module; and a portfolio of work or a research thesis (approximately 20,000 words in length). Each taught module is worth 20 credits and takes 12 or 14 weeks to complete. The short Part I thesis should involve analysing existing data from the candidate’s workplace. For example: Reviewing historical mineral deficiency data by species and region; analysing and interpreting the findings. Students may exit here with an MRes.
• Part II is undertaken for a minimum of three years and comprises a longer portfolio of work or a research thesis (up to 60,000 words). It will involve experimentation and must embody the methodology and results of original research. It should, ideally, be built upon the Part 1 thesis. Thus, from the example above, could be something like: Changing practices and introducing innovation to combat mineral deficiencies.


This module provides the tools necessary for carrying out independent research. Part 1 will cover quantitative and qualitative statistical methods for analyzing data. Part 2 will build towards the students identifying a suitable dissertation topic and will be taught to evaluate existing research published in a range of different sources. The students will also evaluate the different knowledge exchange mechanisms that are appropriate to the audience.

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Entry requirements

Entry Requirements: Candidates must hold a 2:2 Bachelors (Honours) degree in agricultural /biological science or a closely related discipline, or equivalent, with at least two years relevant experience in a responsible position in the agri-food sector. Other Requirements Applicants should submit a full research proposal at the point of application.