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Agricultural and Environment Engineering MSc by Research
Agricultural and environmental engineering is a multi-national, worldwide industry. As technology continues to advance at a rapid pace, engineers are required to possess wide-ranging skills and expertise to optimise the performance of machinery and enhance the sustainability of land and the environment.
Cranfield University’s Agricultural and Environmental Engineering MSc by Research provides a multi-disciplinary approach to training in this developing sector.
The programme aims to provide you with the necessary expertise to enable: the specification,design, development, maintenance, sale and/or management of a wide range of field and farm equipment; the design of engineering structures including earth dams, and the selection of appropriate land-forming techniques for their construction; and individuals to work with engineering teams from other countries, both in Europe and world-wide.
You will combine theory and practice which contributes to your employability on graduation. The research project provides you with the opportunity to specialise in a particular area of study in line with your career interests and aspirations. It also gives you the opportunity to undertake research work in continental Europe.
Students select the individual project in consultation with the Course Director. The individual project provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research, think and work in an original way, contribute to knowledge, and overcome genuine problems.
The MSc by Research is assessed on the basis of the thesis and an oral examination.
Start date: Full-time: October. Part-time: throughout the year.
Duration: One year full-time, two to three years part-time.
Teaching location: Cranfield
The programme aims to provide you with the necessary expertise to enable: the specification,design, development, maintenance, sale and/or management of a wide range of field and farm equipment; the design of engineering structures including earth dams, and the selection of appropriate land-forming techniques for their construction; and individuals to work with engineering teams from other countries, both in Europe and worldwide.
Our courses are designed to meet the training needs of industry and have a strong input from experts in their sector. These include:
- P A Consulting
- Joint Research Centre, Ispra
- Cresswell Associates
- Chartered Institute of Waste Management
- Geospatial Insight
- Oakdene Hollins
- Astrium Geo-information Services
- Landscape Science Consultancy
- WRc PLC
- Environment Agency
- Chartered Institute of Water and Environment Management
- Health Protection Agency
- Neales Waste
- Natural England
- National Trust
- SLR Consulting
- Highview Power Storage
- Nomura Code Securities
You will be supported by expert staff, many of whom have international reputations. Cranfield University's research scientists and engineers have contributed to the technological advancement of both the agricultural and environmental industries through the development of advanced equipment, techniques and processes throughout the world.
As well as the latest computer hardware and software facilities – including computer aided engineering (CAE), finite element analysis (FEA), geographical information systems (GIS), digital terrain modelling (DTM) and satellite image analysis – students use the following state-of-the-art research facilities.
These include a comprehensive land equipment laboratory, unique UK Soil Dynamics Laboratory, Soil Laboratory, Soil Erosion and Conservation Laboratory including:
- impressive rainfall simulator equipment
- biological and chemical analysis facilities.
The latest computer hardware and software facilities including:
- computer aided engineering (CAE)
- finite element analysis (FEA)
- geographical information systems (GIS)
- digital terrain modeling (DTM) and satellite image analysis.
Suitable for those wishing to go on to a rewarding and dynamic engineering career in either the agricultural or environmental sectors. Candidates must possess, or be expected to achieve, a First or Second class UK Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline. Other relevant qualifications, together with significant experience, may be considered. Applicants wishing to benefit from the Matching Section route towards Chartered Status must possess an accredited BEng degree.
Students whose native language is not English must have attained any of the following as evidence of English language ability:
- IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing Service): an overall minimum score of 6.5
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Internet based test - minimum score of 92. Our TOEFL institution code is 0822
- TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication): Listening and reading test minimum score of 800. Speaking and writing test minimum score of 310
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): an overall score of 65
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English with a minimum of Grade C
In addition to these minimum overall test scores, you are expected to achieve a balanced score across the reading, writing, listening and speaking elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low. Please note that we will only accept tests taken within two years of the start date of your course (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).
Full-time Home/EU - £6,800
Full-time International - £16,000
Please contact us for part-time fees.
Fees are payable annually for each year of study unless otherwise indicated.
The fees outlined here apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2013 and 31 July 2014 and the University reserves the right to amend fees without notice.
All students pay the tuition fee set annually by the University for the duration of their course (which may be raised year on year) unless otherwise set out in a schedule at the outset of the course and outlined above.
Additional fees for extensions to registration may be charged.
Fee eligibility at the Home/EU rate is determined with reference to UK Government regulations. As a guiding principle, EU nationals (including UK) who are ordinarily resident in the EU pay Home/EU tuition fees, all other students (including those from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) pay international fees.
Funding opportunities exist, including industrial sponsorship, School bursaries and a number of general external schemes. For the majority of part-time students sponsorship is organised by their employers. We recommend you discuss this with your company in the first instance.
External sources of funding for UK/EU students:
BBSRC funded research opportunities in the agri-food industry
British Federation of Woman Graduates (BFWG)
Company sponsorship and finanacing
Entente Cordiale Sponsorship
Google EMEA University Program: Scholarships
HSBC Graduate Loan
IET Ambition Awards
Mott Macdonald Charitable Trust
The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust Centenary Award
Petrofac/Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowships for the Enhanced Graduate Engineer
Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries 2012
Professional and Career Development Loans
Royal Academy of Engineering
Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Industrial Fellowships
Scottish Forestry Trust and Forestry Commission Joint Bursary Award Scheme
Student Awards Agency for Scotland
The Students Grants Program
Online application form. UK students are normally expected to attend an interview and financial support is best discussed at that time. Overseas and EU students may be interviewed by telephone.
Takes you on to a career either in agricultural or environmental engineering, which are increasingly becoming multinational, pan-European industries. This MSc will provide a route into high-level industrial R&D and design, consultancy, management or academia. Companies such as Claas and environmental agencies have employed graduates from this course.