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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.

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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)

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Morgan Metcalfe

A food degree teaches about the journey from field to fork so students understand the scope of the industry. Morgan Metcalfe is one such student, having studied BSc (Hons) Food Technology and Product Development, and now going on to undertake his Masters of Research.

Morgan has always been an advocate for his subject, sharing his passion for the industry. He said: “Food technology and product development mean so much to me. Today's general public has no idea as to the scope that product development and technology covers.

“From sourcing ingredients, scoping a small kitchen recipe to a factory batch, packaging design, looking at trends within the industry to develop what people are demanding. It is incredible the various jobs and opportunities that can open up from this degree.

"I loved my years studying for my undergraduate degree at Harper and studying for my Masters just seemed to be the natural next step.

“Applying to study for my Masters was very straightforward and simple, it really couldn’t be easier. Harper makes everything so simple."

When looking at food-related postgraduate courses, Morgan explored the scholarship opportunities offered by University's The Development Trust. There he found a number of sources to support his studies. He commented: “I applied for funding from the Worshipful Company of Butchers but didn’t think much would come of it. However, when I was successful in gaining the sponsorship, it further confirmed to me that it was what I wanted to do next. It’s a great opportunity that will develop me as a person and will certainly help me with my career development.

“I am extremely lucky to have my Masters degree sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Butchers. I am looking forward to working with such a great charitable institution.”

Having completed an interesting study on black pudding as part of his undergraduate study, Morgan will now be going onto a new topic of research. While he is awaiting confirmation of his dissertation title before he gives too much away, he reflected on his previous study, saying: “Black pudding was a great product to develop for my honour research product. I learnt so much."


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.

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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

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.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.

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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

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Further information about the scheme can be found on the NFU Mutual website:

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