An honours degree (minimum lower second class) or a good FdSc/HND pass in a relevant subject area together with related industrial or professional experience of at least one year. The suitability of candidates for particular programmes may be assessed by interview, considering reports from referees and by evaluating previous experience.
Months of entry
The course is designed to equip practitioners with the higher level skills and knowledge to apply recent developments in nutritional science, technology and legislation to support sustainable expansion and intensification of ruminant production systems and meet consumer demands for ruminant products both within the UK and globally. It is primarily aimed at UK graduates, veterinary surgeons and specialists within the animal feeds industry, but may also be of interest to overseas applicants.
How will it benefit me
Globally the demand for animal products is expected to increase by 85% by 2050 and this increase in demand can only be satisfied by increases in production efficiency and sustainable intensification of ruminant production systems. Within the UK, ruminant production systems are under increasing pressure to maintain profitability and improve product quality, whilst maintaining animal welfare and reducing any detrimental effects on the environment. As animal feed represents over 80% of the variable costs associated with production, an understanding of the science and technology associated with digestion, metabolism, growth and lactation will be essential in order to increase the efficiency and maintain the profitability of ruminant production systems in the future. These awards will provide a recognised higher education qualification for graduates intending intending to work in the ruminant sector, and contribute towards the continued professional development of veterinary surgeons and specialists already in full time employment.
Typically one year full-time or two to three years part-time (although you may take up to four years to complete your course)
Information for international students
IELTS 6.5 overall (least 5.5 in each of the 4 individual components) TOEFL 90-91 overall ( least the following in each component - 21 listening; 22 reading; 23 speaking; 21 writing) Pearson PTE 58-64 overall ( least 51 in each of the 4 individual components)
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Heather Hogan