Natural Resources Institute - University of Greenwich

Introduction

The Natural Resources Institute (NRI) is centre of excellence within the Faculty of Engineering and Science of the University of Greenwich. Based at Medway since 1988, NRI joined the University of Greenwich in 1996. Since the official opening of the Imperial Institute by Queen Victoria on 10th May 1893, NRI and its predecessors have undertaken research, consultancy and training in support of the management of natural resources.

Nearly one billion people in the world do not have enough food to eat, with 98% of these in developing countries. 75% of the world's poorest people - 1.4 billion women, children, and men – live in rural areas and depend on agriculture and related activities for their livelihood. By 2050, the population of the world is predicted to increase from the present 6.8 billion to nearly nine billion. Climate change is a major threat to many communities in the world. Knowledge generated by NRI is more important than ever to contribute to feeding the world and is reflected in our theme of "knowledge to feed the world".

NRI has a multi-disciplinary approach that uniquely integrates capability in scientific research and technology development with capacity in agricultural economics and social science in order to achieve sustainable benefits for the developing world. Leading-edge research, carried out in the field, on agricultural stations, and in the laboratory lies at the heart of the work of all of NRI's operational departments, underpinning the development and capacity building work that the institute undertakes.

The institute has a global reach, undertaking its research and development activities through an extensive international network which brings together funders (government, philanthropic, and business), non-governmental organisations, private sector, research and development specialists on the ground, and targeted beneficiaries in the developing countries. NRI has had formal partnerships with more than 1,300 organisations since 2001.

Thriving research and consultancy work is having significant development impact and provides the basis for teaching and training activities. NRI has a number of dedicated research groups including:

  • Plant Health Group
  • Molecular Virology and Entomology Research Group
  • Chemical Ecology and Plant Biochemistry Group
  • Ecosystem Services Research Group
  • Pest Behaviour Research Group
  • Development Studies Research Group
  • Post-Harvest and Value Addition Group
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MSc Applied Plant Sciences

Campus Full time August 2018 United Kingdom Chatham

The course will provide students with an overview and practical experience of the principles and latest developments in plant science and crop husbandry. [+]

MSc Applied Plant Sciences Why study this programme? The course will provide students with an overview and practical experience of the principles and latest developments in plant science and crop husbandry. Research-active scientists, and staff with experience of UK and international horticulture and agriculture, have developed a programme that links the commercial and academic worlds, with field trips and external research placements, for students who wish to specialise in the plant sciences or seek rewarding employment in this area. Our links with business in the southeastern region and international research at Greenwich University’s Natural Resources Institute (NRI) will enable students to understand the global relevance of current plant research and innovation, in food and non-food horticulture and agriculture. The location of the Chatham and Hadlow College campuses, within reach of the Garden of England’s extensive and varied horticulture and agriculture, facilitates student teaching and research activities linked with local businesses and R&D providers such as East Malling Research (EMR). Hadlow College’s broad network of land-based-sector stakeholders forms an extensive regional interface within the southeast and beyond, a unique opportunity for students’ education in and experience of applied plant science. The extensive international expertise of NRI staff, a world-leading specialistand Gates Foundation-funded research organisation which receives funding from a variety of sources, provides research-led content on the MSc Applied Plant Science that is relevant to overseas’ markets. Taught content includes fundamental processes, practical horticulture, and the delivery and application of practical science. The mix of natural scientists, social scientists and economists... [-]

MSc Food Innovation

Campus Full time September 2017 United Kingdom Chatham

The MSc programme in Food Innovation has been designed to provide students with knowledge and understanding of key steps in the development and launch of new ingredients and products to contribute to healthy living and lifestyles. [+]

MSc Food Innovation The MSc programme in Food Innovation has been designed to provide students with knowledge and understanding of key steps in the development and launch of new ingredients and products to contribute to healthy living and lifestyles. The programme is based upon the strengths and expertise of staff working in the Faculty of Engineering and Science, including the Natural Resources Institute and covers subjects which include: human nutrition and public health; food chemistry and biochemistry, functional foods, marketing and economics; new product and process development; food packaging; food safety and quality management; food legislation; applied food microbiology, creative thinking, sustainability and entrepreneurship. The MSc programme in Food Innovation is aimed at: graduates who want to develop a career path in the food industry in the area of product development; for students who have not followed an undergraduate programme in food science or technology and for professionals working in the food industry who want to participate in the programme, either in a part-time mode or by following a continuing professional development (CPD) model. Students with backgrounds in Biology, Chemistry, Nutrition, Biotechnology and Hospitality are encouraged to join the programme. The team Dr Nazanin Zand, Programme Leader, has a thriving research programme supported by a series of scientific publications in high impact refereed journals. Dr Zand's initiated her research into nutritional quality of commercial complementary infant foods after years of experience in product development in food industry, which has attracted national and international media attention. Dr Zand is actively leading... [-]

MSc Food Safety and Quality Management

Campus Full time August 2018 United Kingdom Chatham

The MSc Food Safety and Quality Management has been designed for professionals working in the food chain. This programme has been designed to provide graduates with an insight into measures that are required to provide a supply of safe and wholesome food to consumers globally. [+]

MSc Food Safety and Quality Management Overview The MSc Food Safety and Quality Management has been designed for professionals working in the food chain. This programme has been designed to provide graduates with an insight into measures that are required to provide a supply of safe and wholesome food to consumers globally. A wide spectrum of food safety and quality management issues are addressed following the farm to fork approach. Topics covered include: good governance and national control systems, food inspection and testing services, legislation and private standards, management of food safety and quality within the supply chain as well as in hotels and restaurants. Students will gain an understanding of safety and spoilage characteristics of a range of commodities/food products. As well as an understanding of the design and implementation of Food Safety Management Systems based upon the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point Concept (HACCP). The MSc FS&QM by Research is available for students with the appropriate background. The MSc Food Safety and Quality Management (Control Systems and Trade) specialises in activities linked to good governance, food inspection and testing along the supply chain and is available for students working or would want to work in this area. The route forms part of the named award on successful completion of the programme. The MSc Food Safety and Quality Management (Postharvest Technology) allows specialisation in the technology of handling plant products and is available for students with the appropriate background as a specialist route. The route forms part of... [-]

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University of Greenwich
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Chatham Maritime

Chatham, England, ME4 4TB GB
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