Postgraduate Certificate in Postharvest Technology

Writtle College

Program Description

Postgraduate Certificate in Postharvest Technology

Writtle College

The scheme will provide students with the opportunity to:

  • Study to an advanced level the techniques used for the postharvest handling of horticultural crops and the underlying mechanisms which determine and limit these techniques
  • Develop a thorough knowledge of the fresh horticultural produce business environment and marketing processes concerned within the trade of horticultural produce
  • Apply research methodology and information technology to postharvest horticultural practice
  • Identify and critically evaluate important trends and developments within the horticultural industry
  • Identify the needs of national and international communities, and reconcile these with the aims and objectives of specific postharvest technology organisations

Who is the Course for

This is an advanced course for part-time student's who are likely to be employed within the postharvest sector of the industry such as with the transport and handling of fresh produce.

The course will increase their understanding of the way that fresh produce is handled, transported and stored to maintain quality from grower to consumer. Applicants will normally have prior experience of HE study (BSc, FdSc, HND), or have extensive industrial experience.

Delivery and Assessment

Teaching methods include lectures, workshops, seminars, tutorials, visits, case studies and student-managed learning.

Self-guided study takes place under the supervision of horticultural staff who ensure that students maximise their use of all study facilities at the College, including the estate. Students will be assessed by a variety of methods including written papers, case studies and project reports. This flexible approach allows students to monitor their knowledge and skills development throughout the course.

To achieve the Postgraduate Certificate students must successfully complete 60 credits of study. There are 3 compulsory modules:

  • Postharvest Physiology and Pathology - (10 credits)
  • Logistics & Supply Chain Management - (10 credits)
  • Postharvest Technology - (20 credits)

A further 20 credits must be obtained from a range of optional modules, including:

  • International Crop Production - (20 credits)
  • Packaging and Product Innovation - (10 credits)
  • Global Trade - (10 credits)
  • Research Methods + PDP - (20 credits)

Key Features

  • A course with a strong commercial focus, including site visits and guest lecturers
  • A part-time course with attendance at 2 days per week, for 2x10 week terms or may be studied 1 day a week over 2 years
  • A strong international flavour in both crops and practices
  • Opportunity to progress to PG Diploma or MSc Postharvest Technology courses
  • Individual modules may be taken as part of a CPD programme

Career Prospects

Upon successful completion of the course, graduates have gained employment with major wholesale, retail and import/export organisations where produce quality is paramount, and where supply objectives are on a global scale.

For students already employed in the postharvest sector, successful completion of the course is likely to enhance their prospects for career enhancement.

Cost & Fees

  • UK/EU (Home) Student Fees £9,000*
  • Non-EU (International) Student Fees: £10,700 per year

*£1,500 Subject Scholarship available for the following courses:

BSc Hons Sport & Exercise Performance
Foundation degree FdSc Cycling Performance
Diploma of Higher Education Sports & Exercise Performance

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 23, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Aug. 2018
1 year
Part time
9,000 GBP
United Kingdom - Chelmsford, England
Start date: Aug. 2018
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Aug. 2018
United Kingdom - Chelmsford, England
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International fee (Non-EU): £10700