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Students studying at Writtle University College will have access to the Postharvest Unit which undertakes research and trials in conjunction with commercial companies.

This provides the opportunity to study a range of crops and investigate at an advanced level the techniques used for postharvest handling and the underlying mechanisms which determine and limit these techniques. 

Students will also examine crop growing using resources at the University and through visits to growers, so they develop an understanding of the supply chain from the field through to sale. Together with visiting speakers from industry, this develops students' awareness of the latest trends and research in industry. The teaching staff have developed close links with industry on a worldwide basis and research and consultancy work is used to underpin the curriculum.

Delivery and Assessment

Delivery is through a combination of lectures, practical, formative and summative coursework, tutor and student led tutorials, case studies and group work, including seminars and presentations.

It is developed through a series of visits to commercial/industrial and research establishments. 

Knowledge and understanding is assessed using a combination of examination (seen and unseen), assessed coursework (lab reports, projects, case studies, presentations) and problem-based learning scenarios which include interpretative exercises.

Career Prospects

Upon successful completion of the course, graduates have gained employment with major wholesale, retail and import/export organisations where produce quality is paramount, and where supply objectives are on a global scale.

For students already employed in the postharvest sector, successful completion of the course is likely to enhance their prospects for career enhancement.


Visit the Postharvest Technology PgCert page on the Writtle University College website for more details!

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