MSc Agricultural Technology
Precision agriculture technology and the “Digital Ag age” are swiftly gaining popularity among UK farmers as well as the world’s farming community and its primary producers; due to the increasing need for optimum production with the given resources. The need for the adoption of these new and innovative systems has been developed over the recent decades to help mitigate the changing weather patterns due to increasing global warming, and so, has necessitated the adoption of advanced technologies to enhance productivity and crop yield.
The MSc Agricultural Technology and Innovation programme has been selected because farming in the extreme environment found in Uzbekistan and across Middle Asia requires high-tech precision approaches to production, at both the field and controlled-environment scale. Developments in sensors, robotics, automation, analytics and telematics are enabling new and sophisticated approaches to manage agricultural practices.
Students completing this programme will thus gain a comprehensive appreciation of the wide range of new and innovative technologies in the areas of crop production, livestock production, and management of the natural environment. Reflecting Uzbekistan’s specific requirements, the programme will also address aspects of agricultural biotechnology, as well as introduce students to vertical and other forms of controlled environment production.
All Masters students will have the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship and business management. Advances in the agricultural sector, and the way in which growers are now changing their mentality to crop growth, has created a growing demand for new intellectual and technological skill set. Developments in sensors, robotics, automation, analytics and telematics are enabling new and sophisticated ways of managing agricultural practices.
These technologies such as real-time farm monitoring, weather forecasting, optimal field requirements and other innovative technologies enable growers to increase the yield with minimum human efforts and wastage. Moreover, the technology enables farmers to manage their resources as well as access real-time information through their smartphones, thereby offering greater mobility and ease of operation. However, major restraints of the market are affordability and accessibility of the technology, and lack of awareness about the benefits of precision agriculture among farmers, particularly in developing countries.
There are escalating issues over the sustainable supply of production resources such as water, soil and fertilisers. Increased precision and more adaptable management of these have the potential to make a positive contribution in conserving such essential inputs, whilst minimising the expenditure of carbon the capture of environmental data and its rapid and accurate interpretation may also provide opportunities for more effective and timely management of natural land, wild and undeveloped area. The combination of scale and precision will reduce the requirements of unskilled labour and will increase the demand for highly skilled specialists in the field of digital agriculture.
Forward-looking businesses will need talented, well-educated and skilful recruits capable of making effective contributions to business projects from the outset of their careers.
Throughout the programme, students will develop critical skills in observation, thinking and analysis to engage with the development of technology and innovation in agriculture and food. This will be enhanced by access to practical knowledge and commercial expertise acquired through contact with farm managers, organisations, employers and entrepreneurs.
U4413 – Research Skills
U4414 – Dissertation
New – Sustainable Agricultural Systems
U4233 – Computing and Information Technology in Precision Agriculture
New – Leadership and Business Strategy
U4725 – Environmental Technology and Innovation
U4723 – Crop Production Technology and Innovation
U4726 – Livestock Production Technology and Innovation
New – English for Academic Purposes
Careers and graduate destinations
This degree programme has been established in response to the Uzbekistan Government’s recognition of skills shortages in agri-tech innovation, including controlled environment production. This will be of particular relevance to many agri-food professionals seeking to improve their skills and qualifications. A part-time route will be offered to meet the needs of these candidates.
The degree will also be of interest to recent graduates in agriculture and agri-business who want to improve their knowledge and career potential. Graduates have a wide range of career opportunities within agri-business, agri-environment, agri-tech engineering, agri-science, and agriculture and food production. This programme educates and trains professional agriculturalists of the future with the specific skills required to gain access to these careers.
This programme will be particularly attractive to students who wish to pursue a specialist career (e.g., as an agricultural engineer or technical adviser). Studying agricultural technology and innovation also develops the skills needed for other advanced careers in associated areas such as the automotive and aeronautical industries, AI and robotics, and the media industries. Alternatively, students may qualify for progression to postgraduate research either at the IAU or RAU or elsewhere.
Graduates are highly likely to go on to pursue a career within:
The following standard University entry requirements will be appropriate for the MSc Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security programme:
1. A minimum of GPA 3.0 which is equivalent to a 2.1 honours degree from a UK university.
Mature candidates with significant relevant work experience and lower academic qualifications may also be considered for entry, following an interview with the programme managers.
2. IELTS Academic (UKVI version) min. overall 6.0, min. 5.0 in all subscores or the equivalent of either:
Please note that University offers a Corinium Language Associates examination (developed on demand to test candidates of the International Agriculture University) for those who don’t have the above-mentioned certificates on a paid basis.
OR: Obtained first degree in an English-speaking country;
Obtained first degree from the International Agriculture University, Tashkent;
Pass RAU internal integrated English language proficiency (EAP reading and writing) test with 60%.
The tuition fee for the MSc Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security is 44 800 000 UZS.
Tuition fees cover the cost of a student’s academic studies. This usually includes teaching costs, registration and examination fees (not repeat or trailing modules, re-sit fees or coursework resubmission). Any costs associated with work placements will be the student’s responsibility.
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Dr Shavkat Djuraev
MSc Programs Director