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An MRes is a Masters programme with more research than taught elements, a ‘Research Masters’. If you undertake the MRes in Agriculture you will need to successfully complete any two modules from the MSc Sustainable and Efficient Food Production and the Research Methods module. You will then work with designated supervisors on a 120 credit work-based dissertation.

Course Details

This scheme aims to facilitate knowledge exchange between academia and industry. Students must complete three taught modules and a 120 credit work-based dissertation / research thesis (approximately 20,000 words in length). 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.

Students may build on the MRes to work towards a Professional Doctorate.



  • MRes Research Project (A) (60 credits)
  • MRes Research Project (B) (60 credits)
  • Research Methods (20 credits)


  • Farm Business Management (20 credits)
  • Genetics and Genomics in Agriculture (20 credits)
  • Grassland Systems (20 credits)
  • Home Grown Feeds (20 credits)
  • Organic and Low Input Ruminant Production (20 credits)
  • Plant Breeding (20 credits)
  • Ruminant Gut Microbiology (20 credits)
  • Ruminant Health and Welfare (20 credits)
  • Ruminant Nutrition (20 credits)
  • Ruminant Production (20 credits)
  • Silage Science (20 credits)

Contact time

The MRes comprises three taught modules (including Research Methods) followed by a 120 credit work-based dissertation (20,000 words).

We have designed our training to be as accessible as possible, particularly for those in full time employment. Each taught module comprises a 12 or 14 week distance learning module worth 20 credits which can be taken for your own continuing professional development or interest; or built towards a postgraduate qualification. The research elements of our qualifications are carried out in your work place with regular academic supervision. The training is web-based which means that as long as you have access to a reasonable broadband connection (i.e. are able to stream videos such as on YouTube), you can study where and when best suits you. Learning material includes podcast lectures, e-group projects, guided reading, interactive workbooks and discussion forums, as well as assignments and e-tutorials. By signing an online re-registration form each year you will have access to e-journals and library resources for the duration of your registration.


There are no exams within this programme. Taught modules are assessed via course work and forum discussion. Research is monitored and assessed.

Our Staff

The majority of teaching staff at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences are qualified to PhD level and are research active. Vocational courses also have staff whose background lies within industry. The Institute has a large number of research only staff with whom students may have contact.

Visit the Agriculture - MRes page on the Aberystwyth University website for more details!





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