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About Precision Farming at Harper Adams University

Agriculture is the dominant user of land in the UK and accounts for about 70% of the total land area. Increasingly Precision Farming techniques, where the aim is to vary the inputs in production systems so the output is optimized from both an economic and environmental perspective, are becoming more important and will become widely adopted in the future. The course will draw on the resources of the National Centre for Precision Farming at Harper Adams, including a new mechatronics laboratory, an extensive range of modern tractors and other farm machinery, Real Time Kinematic Global Positioning System (RTK GPS), and robotic research vehicles.

Precision Farming is developing rapidly, led by horticultural growing systems over the past two decades, but increasingly being adopted by other agricultural producers. These Precision approaches are increasingly applied to livestock production, for example, in the formulation and delivery of precise rations for dairy cows. This subject area combines the development of electronic control systems, application technology and the agronomic or livestock advice required to utilise the precisely tailored inputs.

The course will give students an increased awareness and understanding both of the principles of crop agronomy and animal husbandry. Teaching will be contextualised presentations of theory with direct practical consideration, and the research project will be a major undertaking in an area of engineering, or crop or livestock production linked to Precision Farming.

It is designed for a range of graduates, including those with engineering or agricultural degrees or graduates wishing to pursue a career in agriculture who originally studied in a different discipline. Specific tailored modules and options enable the courses to be appropriate to graduates of different backgrounds.

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An honours degree (at least a 2:2 or equivalent) in any subject. This requirement may be relaxed in respect of cognate degrees or for candidates with extensive, relevant professional experience (which demonstrates the outcomes that a Bachelor’s degree with honours would have, as stipulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, 2008). In addition, all candidates will be expected to provide references, and may be considered by interview and/or evidence of their relevant experience and motivation for the course. IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 6.5 overall (must achieve at least 5.5 in each of the 4 individual components) Test is valid for 2 years TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) 90-91 overall (must achieve at least the following in each component - 21 listening; 22 reading; 23 speaking; 21 writing) Test is valid for 2 years Pearson PTE 58-64 overall (must achieve at least 51 in each of the 4 individual components) Test is valid for 2 years Course Fees: PgC for UK and European Students = £ 2,500 p/a PgC for Overseas Students = £4,250 p/a PgD for UK and European Students = £5,000 p/a PgD for Overseas Students = £8,500 p/a MSc for UK and European Students = £7,500 MSc for Overseas Students = £10,000 PgD Veterinary Physiotherapy for UK and European Students = £8,400 PgD Veterinary Physiotherapy for Overseas Students = £15.000 MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy for UK and European Students = £9,900 MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy for Overseas Studnets = 17,050 Postgraduate Research Courses for UK and European Students = £5,750 Postgraduate Research Courses for Overseas Students = £11,500

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