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Agricultural Sciences and Production Systems


Harper Adams University    Postgraduate study at Harper Adams

Full time & Part time See Course MSc, PGDip, PGCert 1 year full-time 2 to 3 years part-time

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Gain the skills and knowledge to keep feeding the world. As the population grows so do the challenges we face, and the need for creative solutions from agricultural specialists.

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Entry Requirements

For PgC/PgD entry candidates should possess one of the following:

Honours degree (at least a 2.2)
A good UK based HND or Foundation Degree, together with related industrial or professional experience of at least two years
A Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate or equivalent
For MSc entry candidates should possess one of the following:

Honours degree (at least a 2.2)
A Postgraduate Diploma or equivalent


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Bethan Till

A PhD student at Harper Adams University has successfully increased the level of long chain omega-3 while reducing the level of saturated fatty acids in cheese and producing the same the taste, by feeding microalgae to cows.

Bethan Till, 26, from Caernarfon, Gwynedd, said: “The aim of my project was to improve how healthy dairy products are by increasing the amount of omega-3 present in milk and therefore cheese.

“Western diets are providing less than recommended levels of long chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids which are beneficial to human health. Fish is typically regarded as a natural source of omega-3s but the levels are diminishing and less fish is being consumed.

“Omega-3 is important because it has many benefits including lowering the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases and depression, along with improving general mental health and enhanced children’s learning ability.

“By increasing the level of omega-3 in cheese, which is already integrated into many people’s diets, they can have this healthier benefit without having to alter their eating and shopping habits. It’s also a good route to ensure that children achieve good intake levels of omega-3s as they’ll more readily consume milk and cheese, than say fish.

"We’ve managed to increase the level of omega-3 by feeding microalgae to cows. Microalgae is at the bottom of the food chain and is eaten by fish, which are consequently rich in omega-3, so we knew it’s a good source.

“The study was conducted on high yielding Holstein Friesian dairy cows, which were allocated one of four diets. Three of these diets contained microalgae at different levels to establish which produced the best results. We found that microalgae at a medium level worked best.

“Adding the microalgae didn’t affect cow performance, including dry matter intake, milk yield, body condition score and live weight.

“From the cheese tasting panel, we found that there were also no negative effects on taste. The trained panellists described it as having a pleasant, nutty flavour. The colour and texture were also very similar to regular cheeses.

“Currently, we’re also looking at whether the microalgae improves fertility but it’s early days."

“I’d like to thank Alltech for sponsoring this project and my supervisors Professor. Liam Sinclair and Dr Jim Huntington for their time and support, along with Dr Wilatsana Posri for her help in setting up the tasting panel.

Scholarships

Our Alumni Association, The Harper Adams Club, awards an annual scholarship of up to £2,000 to assist a Harper Adams graduate to undertake an MSc course at Harper Adams.

Value of Scholarship(s)

2000

Eligibility

Candidates must have been awarded a first degree or HND at Harper Adams and have been accepted for a full- or part-time Masters course

Application Procedure

.The scholarship is awarded on a competitive basis by means of an interview.


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NFU Mutual’s annual Centenary Award is now open for applications. The award provides bursaries to pay up to 75% of course fees for selected students who are undertaking a postgraduate course in agriculture (Masters or PhD) within the UK.

The Centenary Award was created by the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust in 2010 to celebrate NFU Mutual’s 100th birthday, with the objective of creating a legacy for the future. To date, 43 agricultural students have received bursaries to help further their studies.

The award is open to individuals who have gained, or are expected to gain, a 2:1 or above in agriculture or a related degree, and have been accepted or provisionally accepted on a Masters or PhD course in agriculture in the UK, in autumn 2021.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Coming soon

Eligibility

The award is open to students from the UK who have gained, or are expected to gain, a 2:1 or above in agriculture or a closely related degree, and have been accepted or provisionally accepted on a Masters or PhD course in agriculture in the UK

Application Procedure

Further information about the scheme can be found on the NFU Mutual website:
https://www.nfumutual.co.uk/news-and-stories/the-nfu-mutual-charitable-trust-centenary-award/


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The Clyde Higgs MSc Scholarship will be awarded to up to two students who are entering Harper Adams University studying for an MSc with an Agriculture focus in September 2019.

Whilst not a requirement for this scholarship, preference will be given to those students who have a specific interest and/or background in the Dairy Industry.

The Scholarship
The successful Scholarship recipient(s) will receive an award valued at up to £5,000 for one year only.

IMPORTANT: to be shortlisted for interview, applicants must have a confirmed place on a course as noted above at Harper Adams University at the time they submit their application.

All of the above conditions must be fully met for an application to be considered.

The scholarship will be payable in two equal parts; half to be paid in February 2020 and the balance in May 2020. Payment is conditional on the scholar remaining registered as a full time student at Harper Adams. They must pass all modules of study and submit at least one written report to the Development Trust prior to the receipt of their second payment.

This is a competitive award which will be evaluated on merit of the submitted application, along with academic achievements to date and interview. The decision of the Clyde Higgs Scholarship Panel is FINAL and they reserve the right to withdraw the award at any time should they feel this action is required.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5000

Eligibility

The Clyde Higgs MSc Scholarship will be awarded to up to two students who are entering Harper Adams University studying for an MSc with an Agriculture focus in September 2019.

Whilst not a requirement for this scholarship, preference will be given to those students who have a specific interest and/or background in the Dairy Industry.

Application Procedure

Apply via the Harper Adams University Development Trust


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