MPhil and PhD supervision covers a number of specific research topics supported by research active academic staff. Our broad range of research areas relate to food security, farming and rural development.
Agricultural research areas include:
This includes: genes and physiological traits, eg resistance to crop pests and diseases, molecular-assisted selection and breeding methods, functional biodiversity for control of pest, disease and weed pressure
Food and human nutrition
Research on food quality including: sensory evaluation; effects of agronomic and production environment on nutrient and phytochemical composition; consumer acceptability; physiological responses to diet
Integrated animal science
An internationally recognised centre of excellence in integrative animal science, drawing on fundamental research and applying it to areas of societal, industrial and policy importance. Our research primarily involves: farm livestock, domesticated animal and wildlife applied research; integrated livestock system development and evaluation; animal behaviour, health and welfare; survival, health and efficiency of nutrient utilisation
Soils, plants and environment
This includes: soil ecology and the contribution of soil biodiversity to soil quality; interpretation of soil and landscape processes to improve understanding of recent and historical environmental change; land degradation processes and their control; water management in irrigated and dryland farming systems; plant environment interactions and their relationships to stress biology; physiological basis of crop yield and quality
Rural development in advanced economies
This includes: impact and implications of ‘local-global’ processes and relationships for rural areas; characteristics and performance of rural businesses and households; rural governance; demographic ageing and social change; living with environmental change
Food systems, consumption and marketing
This includes: consumer studies in food; risk and health; food supply chains and territorial development; international political economy of food and agriculture
Science and technology studies in food and environment
This includes: controversies in food and environment; politics of biosecurity
We offer a number of different routes to a research degree qualification, including full-time and part-time supervised research projects. We attract postgraduates via non-traditional routes, including mature students and part-time postgraduates undertaking study as part of their continuing professional development. Off-campus (split) research is also offered, which enables you to conduct trials in conditions appropriate to your research programme.
Training and Skills
As a research student you will receive a tailored package of academic and support elements to ensure you maximise your research and future career. The academic information is in the programme profile and you will be supported by our Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme, doctoral training centres and Research Student Support Team.
For further information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/agriculture-mphil-phd/#training&skills
How to apply
For course application information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/agriculture-mphil-phd/#howtoapply
A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant subject.We usually expect research experience and/or a postgraduae qualification, such as a MRes or MSc, for PhD study. Please contact us if you are in any doubt. To study this course you need to meet our Band 2 English Language requirements: Direct Entry : IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills) If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English Language course. You may need an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate.