IBERS Distance Learning - BioInnovation and Agriculture Courses

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The IBERS Distance Learning (DL) programme offers a flexible and dynamic learning experience. With its ‘pay-as-you-go’ and ‘pick-and-mix’ format, you have the freedom to choose individual modules or work towards a diverse array of postgraduate qualifications. If you’re passionate about concepts like streamlining supply chains, minimizing waste, and detecting carbon hotspots, across sectors spanning from meat and dairy to vertical farming, then this programme is tailor-made for you! 

For a full list of our modules and more details on how these are delivered, visit ibersdl.org.uk

The courses we currently offer via distance learning are:

MSc Sustainable Agriculture

MRes Agriculture

DAg Doctor of Agriculture

MSc Agrifood Innovation

MRes Agrifood Innovation

Professional Doctorate Bioinnovation

PG Cert in Equine Science

PG Cert in Livestock Science

PG Cert Nuffield Scholarship – (Awaiting validation, coming soon)

Modules Timetable

Each distance learning module runs for 13/14 weeks and is delivered entirely online. Learning material in each weekly unit is made up of an interactive study guide, videoed lectures and discussions, downloadable podcasts, guided reading, interactive quizzes, and an online discussion forum. To participate you will need access to broadband that can stream a YouTube video. 

Please see our Timetable for a full list of modules and their start dates.


What qualifications could I gain?

You can take one or two modules for updating your knowledge, but if you want to go further you can work towards a PG Cert/PG Dip, a Masters, a Masters Research or a Professional Doctorate qualification.

Building Qualifications

Continued Professional Development

Single Modules

Postgraduate Certificate

Livestock Science

Equine Science

Nuffield Scholarship (coming soon)

Taught Postgraduate Programmes **

MSc Sustainable Agriculture

MSc Agri Food innovation

Research Masters

Research Masters Agriculture

Research Masters Agrifood Innovation - (Previously BioInnovation)


Doctor of Agriculture (DAg)

Professional Doctorate BioInnovation

**You may exit any of our MSc programmes with a PGCert (any 3 modules) or a PGDip (any 6 modules).

Fees and Scholarships


Our modules are charged on a pay-as-you-go basis but please let us know if you would like to be invoiced for a number of items at once.

Details of our current fees and charges can be found here.


There are no Commonwealth Scholarships available for 2024. We hope to have more next year - please check again in February 2025.

Post Graduate Study Loans / Other Funding:

Details of Post Graduate Study Loans and other funding can be found here.

How is IBERS DL Delivered?

Our programmes have been designed to be as accessible and flexible as possible, particularly for those in full time employment or living outside the UK.

Each 14 week module includes recorded lectures (see sample) from academics and industry experts, along with guided readings, discussion forums and two assignments.

Flexibility is a key benefit of studying with us, not only in terms of the wide module choice and the number you can choose to study, but also of the structure of the modules, that are divided into 3-4 week study blocks rather than strict weekly deadlines.

This uniquely structured-yet-flexible format allows you to:

Study where (provided you have internet access) and when is convenient for you.
Stay focused and motivated as you work through each module with a cohort of fellow students.
‘Pick-n-Mix’ the modules which are most relevant to you.
Start in January, May or September.
Take as many or as few modules as you wish over your 5-year registration period.
Supplement your choices with optional modules from Bangor University.
Update your knowledge and develop your critical skills.
Embed your research project into your work.

‌In most cases the research elements of our qualifications are carried out in your work place with regular academic supervision. However, there are also opportunities for research projects to be based at IBERS; ask us if that option would be of interest to you.

How long will it take?


From the initial start date you have a maximum of five years to fit in as many or as few modules as you wish.

A part-time MSc cannot be completed in less than two years.

If you are undertaking a part-time doctorate you are permitted an additional two years; seven years in total.

Study Time

How much work will I need to do?

‌A typical master’s student is expected to study for 200 hours when taking a 20 credit module.

Our students report spending 10 to 15 hours a week per module studying

The more time and effort you can put in, the more you'll benefit from studying the module and the better your grades are likely to be.

Entry Criteria

To be accepted as a postgraduate student, candidates must hold:

  • at least a second class honours degree in an appropriate science subject OR
  • have at least two years relevant experience. Applications from mature candidates with relevant experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

English Language Requirements

International and EU applicants will need to show evidence of a sufficient knowledge of English. This must be proved before you begin your course. If you have not achieved the required level before sending us your application, your formal offer for postgraduate study will include a condition stating that you need to achieve this level before the start of your course. The level required is IELTS 6.5.  If you do not reach the required level of proficiency, it will not be possible to admit you onto the course. Please see our webpage on English language requirements.

What our Students Say

Comments on Specific Modules

"I feel more informed and confident in my abilities. I am enjoying my job more having completed this module [Ruminant Health and Welfare module]." Gemma Hancock, Orion Farming Group

"I feel I now have a better understanding of the subject [Genetics and Genomics] and this gives me a lot more confidence when talking to clients etc." Dewi Hughes, Farming Connect

General Course Comments

"The modules are fantastically well organised, the support given by all the tutors and admin staff is excellent and I am really enjoying learning alongside my job - it is a fantastic way to learn and further career development, I would recommend it to anyone."

"I found the course very useful and have learnt a lot more than I expected. Thank you for the excellent standard of material and tools you made available to me"

'…will lead the design of several of the agricultural modules I oversee within our FdA Agricultural Business Management programme'