Professional Doctorates

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Doctor of Agriculture (DAg) 

The aim of this Professional Doctorate programme is to produce a qualification which, whilst being equivalent in status and challenge to a PhD, is more appropriate for those pursuing professional rather than academic careers. Our DAg programme comprises taught modules and two work-based research projects, carried out through two-day workshops, distance learning and a mixture of live and virtual supervisory meetings. The programme requires the involvement of the candidate’s employers in determining the focus of the work-based projects.

The AberBangor Partnership DAg is delivered in two parts:

  • Part I is the MRes which is undertaken for a minimum of two years and comprises two taught modules from the ATP menu, a taught  ‘Research Methodologies’ module; and a portfolio of work or a research thesis (approximately 20,000 words in length). The short Part 1 thesis should involve analysing existing data from the candidate’s workplace. For example: Reviewing historical mineral deficiency data by species and region; analysing and interpreting the findings. Students may exit here with an MRes
  • Part II is undertaken for a minimum of three years and comprises a longer portfolio of work or a research thesis (up to 60,000 words). It will involve experimentation and must embody the methodology and results of original research. It should, ideally, be built upon the Part 1 thesis. Thus, from the example above, could be something like: Changing practices and introducing innovation to combat mineral deficiencies.

UK Fee 

  • £750 to £884 per module
  • from £1,950 per year for research supervision

Entry Requirements

To be accepted as a potential DAg student, candidates are expected to have:

  • BSc honours degree (2:1) in a related subject at undergraduate level and accompanying references.  We will consider applicants with other experience which gives an equivalent basis for entry. 
  • A research idea that we have expertise to supervise 
  • Access to a viable amount of data in the workplace
  • Approval from your employer
  • IELTS 6.5 if English is not your first language

How to Apply

If you are interested in being considered for a place on the doctoral programme, please complete the form below. If your proposal is deemed to have merit and be compatable with our own research expertise, we will put you in touch with a potential supervisor to help you to work up a full proposal.

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