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Full time | Harper Adams University | 1 year | SEP-22

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Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Negotiating Skills (Business)

Course type


Course Summary


MRes degrees can be studied as a stepping stone to doctoral level study or as a standalone qualification for those interested in research careers in industry.

Students spend one third of the course studying four taught modules which follow a common framework, and the remainder of their time is focused on an in-depth research project. The area of research and title of the research project are agreed with a dedicated supervisor. The courses are delivered in one or two-week blocks throughout the academic year.

We offer a range of MRes titles, which are reviewed each year, and all subjects link in to areas of research that the university is actively involved with. The programme provides:

a thorough understanding of your chosen area of study
practical and technical skills relevant to your subject
the ability to formulate and test an hypothesis and draw valid conclusions
the ability to solve problems by applying novel research techniques

Completing an MRes will also help you to develop transferable skills in areas such as experimental design, report writing, statistics, presentation skills, team working and critical appraisal.

These awards are strongly underpinned by the university’s excellent programme of agri-environmental research and long-standing collaborations with research institutes and other organisations in the UK and overseas.

MRes award titles

When applying online not all award titles will be available. If your award title is not available please select Negotiated Studies, and we will be in touch to discuss your chosen route.

Agribusiness Management
Agricultural Economics
Agricultural Policy
Agricultural Science
Applied Ecology
Applied Mechatronic Engineering
Applied Rural Criminology
Conservation and Forest Protection
Crop Production
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Evidence-Based Agri-food Sustainability
Food and Public Policy
Food Industry Management
Food Supply and Retail Management
Food Safety and Security
Forestry Management
HADR – Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Management
Integrated Pest Management
International Business Management
International Supply Chain Management
International Trade of Agricultural Commodities
Land and Property Management
Mechanical Engineering (Bioengineering)
Post-Harvest Technology
Precision Farming
Quantitative Analysis in Agriculture
Renewable Energy
Ruminant Nutrition
Rural Entrepreneurship
Security, Stabilisation, and Conflict
Soil and Water Management
Soil Science
Strategic Management
Sustainable Agricultural Development
Sustainable Agricultural Technology
The Sustainable Future of Food
Urban Agriculture


Students are mostly assessed through coursework though some modules will include an exam. Assessment methods include literature review-based essays, problem-based assignments, sponsored industry projects requiring oral and business written reports, portfolios, individual and team scenario exercises, and experimental work. Students will be provided with prompt written feedback from written assignments. Exams can be both closed and open book.


Final award: MRes
Intermediate awards: PgC Research Skills (60 credits)

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Candidates should possess one of the following: Honours degree (2.1 or First); Honours degree plus previous and appropriate research experience; Postgraduate diploma or equivalent (at merit or distinction).

University information

Harper Adams University has been providing world-leading, specialist education in the fields of agriculture, farming, and animal science for 120 years. It is now the UK’s market leader, by share of volume of students, for postgraduate degrees in agricultural and veterinary subjects (HESA, 2018). The university offers master’s programmes developed in conjunction with industry, across a range of topics related to agricultural production,...more