Sustainable and Efficient Food Production MSc Distance Learning and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

This Sustainable and Efficient Food Production postgraduate course centres on increasing efficiency and reducing environmental impact within the extensive pasture-based production sector. The programme provides flexible, accessible, postgraduate level training for people employed in the agri-food sector. Training comprises workshops, distance learning modules and work-based research projects. These are accessible as CPD or as credit-bearing units, which can be built towards a range of postgraduate qualifications. Generous bursaries are available to those employed in the UK agri-food sector.


Key Facts

Duration:

14 weeks for one module and up to five years by distance learning ro complete a full MSc. Intakes begin three weeks after the introductory workshop.

On average you should expect to spend 9 hours a week studying

Contact Time: Our modules begin with an introductory two day workshop, which take place in a central UK location such as Birmingham. For the rest of the course you will be working through specifically designed distance learning material, supported by the course tutor. 
Assessment: Modules assessments vary between topics and this information can be found out by visiting the ATP website.
Entry Requirements:

All of our workshops and modules are taught at postgraduate level (Level 7).  Candidates must hold at least a second class Honours degree in agricultural or biological science, or a closely related discipline. Applications from mature candidates with relevant experience are welcome and will be given equal consideration.

Non-graduates must:
  • Have at least 24 months of relevant full-time work experience in an agri-food industry.
Relevant experience will be determined by the University. If you have employment experience which you consider may be equivalent to a degree, please give details of positions held, dates of employment, responsibilities within the position held and employer contact details on a separate sheet.
English Language Requirements:

If you have a Bachelor’s degree from a UK University, you do not need to take an English proficiency test.

Non-native English speakers who do not meet this requirement must take a University-recognised test of academic English language proficiency. For further information please see our English Language requirements page.

Course Fees:

Two day workshop £580 or £116 for those eligible for a bursary

Module £1,200 / £240 for those eligible for a bursary

Fees are required to be paid in full before training commences. If you are employed full time within the UK Agri-food sector you may qualify to receive a bursary. Examples of sectors which qualify are: supermarket supply chain advisors, farmers and farm managers, agri-supplies, vets, agri-environmental advisors, agricultural consultants. We regret that teaching staff in HE establishments do NOT qualify for bursaries.  Please contact the ATP office for more information. Email: atp-enquiries@aber.ac.uk

Bursary eligibility information can be found here: ATP website

Course Details

This Sustainable and Efficient Food Production postgraduate course centres on increasing efficiency and reducing environmental impact within the extensive pasture-based production sector. The programme provides flexible, accessible, postgraduate level training for people employed in the agri-food sector. Training comprises workshops, distance learning modules and work-based research projects. These are accessible as CPD or as credit-bearing units, which can be built towards a range of postgraduate qualifications. Generous bursaries are available to those employed in the UK agri-food sector.

Taught by experts at both Aberystwyth and Bangor universities through the Advanced Training Partnership (ATP), the Sustainable and Efficient Production course offers you a highly vocational option.

Modules include: Ruminant Nutrition, Improved Silage, Improving Animal Production, Improved Forage and Feed, Upland Farming Systems, Soil Management, Sustainable Grassland Systems, Carbon Footprinting and Lifecycle Analysis.

Course Duration: Maximum 5 years for MSc

Modules

Workshops and distance-learning modules (subject to approval) include:

Silage Science (AU) This module will develop the trainee’s knowledge of modern forage and grain ensilage systems; and their skill to integrate recent research into their work.

Improved Feed and Forage (AU) The role of novel feeds and forages in improving animal production, whilst helping to meet and mitigate climate change challenges, will be evaluated.

Improving Animal Production (AU) The focus of this module is ruminants: reproductive technology, genetic improvement, dairy cattle production systems, meat production systems, meat and milk quality, and disease prevention and management.

Ruminant Nutrition (AU) Trainees will develop understanding of: Digestion and metabolism of nutrients, ecology of the rumen and methods used to modify it; and methods used to modify characteristics of meat and milk.

Sustainable Grassland Systems (AU) Trainees will develop in depth knowledge of pasture based systems and learn to develop management plans towards optimizing meat/milk quality and yields; and conservation requirements. The potential of new forage crops will be explored.

Carbon Footprinting and Life Cycle Assessment (BU) This module will provide a theoretical and critical analysis of the practice and application of Carbon Footprinting (CF) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) as key tools in assessing the environmental impact of agricultural systems.

Soil Management (BU) This training will equip delegates to undertake soil quality assessments both in the field and laboratory, critically evaluate the results, and utilise these in the design of sustainable soil management regimes.

Upland Farming Systems (BU) Trainees will gain insight into the UK’s upland farming systems and the pressures upon them. They will identify drivers of change and viable responses to these.

 

How to apply

Contact Us

ATP course enquiries

Telephone: 01970 823224

Email: atp-enquiries@aber.ac.uk

 

You can apply by completing the forms below and forwarding them to:

ATP Admissions Office

Room 0.19, IBERS

Aberystwyth University

Penglais Campus

Aberystwyth

SY23 3DA

* Before applying please make sure to read the guidance notes

ATP guidance notes

ATP application form