Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation

Project 7

Innovation for Sustainable Intensification in the UK Agricultural Sector

Start date and duration: 
September 2017 for 3 years. 

The project will examine the role of innovation as a driver of productivity and sustainable intensification in UK Agriculture. It will evaluate strengths, weaknesses and potential of the innovation support mechanisms that facilitate  farming innovations. Econometric modelling will be used to quantify relationships between innovation metrics and total factor productivity.
Full Project Specification: 2017 Project 7

Name of supervisor(s): 
Michael Wallace (School of Agriculture Food and Rural Development, Newcastle University) 
Glyn Jones (Fera Science Ltd and IAFRI ) 

Study Location:
You will be registered and based within the School of Agriculture Food and Rural Development in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Essential criteria: 
  • You must have, or expect to achieve, a first class or upper-second-class honours degree in a relevant subject or international equivalent. 
  • English Language Requirements: Minimum IELTS score of 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each category 

Applications from both UK/EU and other non-EU international applicants will be considered; however, as this studentship only covers UK/EU fees, the difference in fees for non-EU international students will need to be met by the applicant. Annual fees are £7,350  per year for home/EU and £19,395 for International. So international students must provide payment for the difference per year in fees of £12,045. 

How to apply: 
You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application form
Only mandatory fields need to be completed. Include the following information: 
  • insert the programme code 8010F in the programme of study section 
  • select ‘PhD Agriculture Food and Rural Development - Food and Nutrition’ as the programme of study 
  • insert the studentship code AG037 in the studentship/partnership reference field 
  • insert the title of the project in the appropriate field 
  • attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code AG037 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project 
  • attach degree transcripts, certificates and a copy of your English language qualifications if required 

Please email covering letter and CV to Steven Hall 

Dr Michael Wallace
School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, 
Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU 
T: +44 (0) 191 208 6921


Closing Date

16th June 2017