Taught course

Sustainable and Efficient Food Production

Aberystwyth University · Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences

Entry requirements

All modules are taught at postgraduate level (NQF 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 if they have at least 24 months of relevant full-time work experience in the agri-food industry.

Months of entry

January, September, May

Course content

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 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 University (AU) and Bangor University (BU) through the Advanced Training Partnership (ATP), the sustainable and efficient food production course offers you a highly vocational option. In the most recent joint submission to the research excellence framework assessment (2014), the department was placed in the top 10 universities in the UK for research intensity and 78% of our research was world-leading or internationally excellent.

To achieve an MSc students must complete five optional modules (including up to three from BU) plus research methodology and advances in biosciences and a dissertation.

Optional modules include:

  • Ruminant nutrition
  • Improved silage
  • Improving ruminant production
  • Sustainable home-grown feed
  • Ruminant gut microbiology
  • Low input ruminant production
  • Ruminant health and welfare
  • Upland farming systems
  • Soil management
  • Sustainable grassland systems
  • Carbon footprinting and lifecycle analysis
  • Ruminant health and welfare
  • Agricultural genetics and genomics
  • Resource efficient farming
  • Anaerobic digestion*
  • Ecosystem services

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Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification and course duration


distance learning
60 months

Course contact details

Marty Spittle
+44 (0)1970 823224