Taught course

Applied Poultry Science

Scotland's Rural College · Department of Agriculture

Entry requirements

The programme would be most suitable for those with an undergraduate Honours Degree (first or 2:1 or its equivalent) in agricultural or biological science, or veterinary medicine. In circumstances where the background is not specifically related to these disciplines, we may also consider applications from those who have relevant work experience (work experience must be in a related area of poultry science or some involvement in poultry-related matters for 3 or more years). Applicants can contact the programme team to check before applying. They may be admitted to certificate level only in the first instance. Prospective students must also demonstrate fluency in spoken and written English in line with University entry requirements.

Once successfully on the programme, completion of core courses is a pre-requisite for progression to subsequent courses.

Months of entry


Course content

Poultry production for eggs or meat is a worldwide phenomenon - more than 180 eggs are produced per person per year for consumption globally, and over a third of all meat produced globally is from poultry. As incomes and suburban populations grow, poultry meat and egg consumption is likely to increase. A large poultry industry supports the production of such food, and thus there are a huge number of food-producing birds (mostly chickens) in the world at any one time. This offered MSc aims to support people seeking the learning required to fulfil the needs of this worldwide industry. The MSc will be an Online Learning (by distance) programme aimed at students with relevant agricultural and animal-related backgrounds keen to acquire in-depth knowledge in applied poultry science. The MSc is specifically designed to provide a research-led approach to poultry science. The programme would be suitable for those with an undergraduate degree in agricultural sciences, biological science, veterinary medicine, as well as professionals from agriculture, rural industries, government officials, international organisations, and research technicians in poultry science. Many of our students are likely to already work in the poultry industry, for example in the fields of nutrition, breeding, egg or meat production, or poultry veterinarians, but are wishing to broaden their knowledge base to give them greater career opportunities.

This MSc aims to equip current and future poultry professionals with the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding to address local and global challenges in sustainable poultry production. Graduates of this course are likely to establish or further their employee prospects in a poultry-related company or research institute, or relevant government department. Graduates could also go on to further education by doing a relevant PhD.

The MSc is awarded by the University of Edinburgh.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    36-72 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

The MSc/PGDip is awarded by the University of Edinburgh

Course contact details

Student Recruitment
0800 269 453