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MSc Agri-food Technology with Professional Practice

MSc Agri-food Technology with Professional Practice

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Food Technology Health Studies

Course type


Course Summary

The Course

The globally important agri-food sector is intrinsically linked to challenges around land and water use, climate change, health, and wellbeing. This industry-guided programme aims to equip students with the advanced skills, knowledge, and expertise needed to undertake technical and production management roles within this growing industry.

Students at Lincoln have the opportunity to study a variety of forward thinking topics such as advanced crop science, advanced food manufacturing, new product and process development, food safety and technical management, as well as commercial, operational, supply chain, and agile management.

Following the taught element of the programme students can undertake a period of professional practice. This six-month placement can be with one of the University’s industry partners or with an independently sourced organisation. Students successfully completing this route will receive the title of MSc Agri-food Technology with Professional Practice.

During the programme, students have the chance to visit agri-food industries to see the practical applications of their knowledge and hear from a series of guest speakers on sustainability in the food industry and agri-robotics.

Career and Personal Development

This programme is designed to prepare students for a career in one of the world’s largest industries, agri-food. Agriculture companies, food manufacturers, producers, and retailers are large employers, as are government departments that develop food policy. Graduates may pursue careers in technical roles, marketing, distribution, plant supervision, and product development. They may also choose to form their own company, with the help of the University’s award-winning business support centre, Sparkhouse.

The University Careers and Employability team can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. Alumni can continue to receive support for 15 months after they graduate. This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation. The service works closely with local, national, and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


14 months

Start date



The agri-food industry is the UK's largest industry and offers challenging careers at all levels. Careers in Food Business Management are continuing to develop in a dynamic and consumer focused food industry. The food supply chain extends from farmer to processor to retailer and the consumer. This module typically examines these important business links and relationships, and provides career opportunities encompassing the effective management and development of these key stages in the food supply chain. This Master?s degree course has been designed to ensure students possess the key skills required to operate effectively as managers in the food supply industry. New entrants to the food industry must be capable of managing change in a competitive global market place and participating in the professional development of staff in the industry. Career prospects may include a range of managerial posts in areas such as retailing, purchasing, distribution and logistics, along with research, consultancy and lecturing opportunities. Postgraduates might develop the skills enabling them to make strategic decisions, analyse problems, provide solutions, develop action plans and effectively manage resources.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a First or second class honours degree or equivalent overseas qualification. We will consider applicants from non-related degrees, with relevant experience.