Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Sustainability in Agriculture and Business

Scotland's Rural College

Entry requirements

Applications are accepted from those with an Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject area.

We also welcome applications from individuals with degrees in a wider range of disciplines, and/or who have relevant experience, along with clear motivation for the programme.

All applications are assessed individually on their own merit.

Months of entry


Course content

With agriculture accounting for 38% of the global land surface, there is increasing interest in finding sustainable solutions for future agricultural development. Different agricultural production models contribute to a variety of environmental, social and economic goals and aim to limit the trade-offs between productivity and sustainability of land use.

This postgraduate qualification will provide a grounding in sustainable agricultural systems, natural capital and enterprise, examining and critiquing different models of production. The programme will provide students with opportunities to develop both production relevant skills in soil, crop and livestock management, and business, communication and entrepreneurship skills, immersing them in real world applications relevant to future employment. The programme taps into the need for sustainable management of land and water resources, supporting biodiversity and working to address societal challenges and will typically be based on one to three years part time online distance learning in a format that offers flexible progression routes from PGCert to PGDip and MSc, thus enabling students in employment and with different life circumstances to achieve their optimum level of award.

Studied over three academic years, the MSc programme comprises eight taught modules plus an in-depth independent research project which enables students to pursue their own interests and develop skills of specific relevance to current and future careers.

Please note: This course may require you to attend two study weekends a year at our Aberdeen campus

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Lou Ralph