Postharvest Technology, M.Sc. | Writtle University College | Chelmsford, United Kingdom
12 months
13433 GBP/year
8160 GBP/year
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Postharvest Technology from Writtle University College is concerned with the research in to and application of new and advanced systems and processes to ensure that harvested crops receive the appropriate treatments from cropping through to sale to ensure waste is minimised.


Environmental concerns are now a major consideration of all aspects of production and supply chain. Worldwide postharvest losses can account for up to half of production; it is vital that supermarkets and their supply chains reduce their carbon footprint, both in terms of the impact on the economy and the environment. The industries providing the packaging, grading, storage and transport of fresh produce are actively seeking graduates who have an awareness and understanding of the issues involved.

What you'll study

Students studying Postharvest Technology 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.

Career Prospects

On successful completion of the course graduates possess the knowledge and skills to gain employment with major wholesale, retail and import/export organisations where produce quality is paramount, and where supply objectives are on a global scale. There are also opportunities to undertake further research.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Sustainable Crop Production
  • Postharvest Systems Management
  • Global Trade and Supply Chain Management
  • Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture
  • Research Methods HO
  • Environmental Policy and Leadership Skills

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

To secure a place, students should submit their application as early as possible. However, if places are left, we may consider applications up to the 30 June


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Admissions to this course are subject to the normal policies and procedures for postgraduate students at Writtle University College. Candidates from the United Kingdom higher education sector will normally hold a first honours degree at 2.2 or above in a related subject (such as horticulture, agriculture, floristry, environmental sciences). 
  • Applications from international students will be considered in line with Writtle University College’s Admission Policy. International students will be expected to have achieved the equivalent of the minimum entry for UK students; qualifications and experience will be review by the Admissions Officer and assessed using UK NARIC criteria. Applications from European students will be guided by the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13433 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13433 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    8160 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8160 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.


  • £680 per 15 credit module
  • £1,360 per 30 credit module
  • £2,720 per 60 credit module

Living costs for Chelmsford

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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