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Agricultural and Environment Engineering MSc by Research

Full-time/Part-time

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.



  • Course overview

    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.

  • Group project

    n/a

  • Individual project

    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.

  • Assessment

    The MSc by Research is assessed on the basis of the thesis and an oral examination.

  • Start date, duration and location

    Start date: Full-time: October. Part-time: throughout the year.

    Duration: One year full-time, two to three years part-time.

    Teaching location: Cranfield

  • Overview

    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.

  • Informed by industry

    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
    • Adas
    • Cresswell Associates
    • Chartered Institute of Waste Management
    • Geospatial Insight
    • Oakdene Hollins
    • Golder
    • Astrium Geo-information Services
    • Unilever
    • Landscape Science Consultancy
    • WRc PLC
    • FWAG
    • RSPB
    • ERM
    • GIGL
    • WRG
    • Environment Agency
    • Chartered Institute of Water and Environment Management
    • Enviros
    • Health Protection Agency
    • Neales Waste
    • Natural England
    • National Trust
    • Trucost
    • SLR Consulting
    • Highview Power Storage
    • Nomura Code Securities
  • Your teaching team

    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.

  • Facilities and resources

    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.
  • Entry Requirements

    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.

    English language

    If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification.  The minimum standard expected from a number of accepted courses are as follows:

    IELTS - 6.5

    TOEFL - 92 (Important: this test is not currently accepted by the UK Home Office for Tier 4 (General) visa applications)

    TOEIC - 800 (Important: this test is not currently accepted by the UK Home Office for Tier 4 (General) visa applications)

    Pearson PTE Academic - 65

    Cambridge English: Advanced - C

    Cambridge English: Proficiency - C

    In addition to these minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test.  We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score if too low.

    We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).

    Students requiring a Tier 4 (General) visa will also need to meet the UKBA Tier 4 General Visa English language requirements.  The UK Home Office are not currently accepting TOEFL or TOEIC tests for Tier 4 (General) visa applications. Other restrictions from the UK Home Office may apply from time to time and we will advise applicants of these restrictions where appropriate.

  • Fees

    Home/EU student

    MSc by Research Full-time - £6,800

    MSc by Research Part-time - £3,500

    Overseas student

    MSc by Research Full-time - £16,250

    MSc by Research Part-time - £8,750

    Fee notes:

    • 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 2014 and 31 July 2015 and the University reserves the right to amend fees without notice.
    • All students pay the annual tuition fee set by the University for the full duration of their registration period agreed at their initial registration.
    • 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

    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

    Institution of Mechanical Engineers Postgraduate Masters Scholarship

    Mott Macdonald Charitable Trust

    The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust Centenary Award

    Panasonic Trust Awards

    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

    The Royal Academy of Engineering / Royal Aeronautical Society MSc Awards

    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

    Wingate Scholarships

    Whitworth Scholarships Awards and Whitworth Senior Scholarships Awards

  • Application process

    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.

  • Career opportunities

    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.