Taught course

Applied Poultry Science

Scotland's Rural College · Department of Agriculture

Entry requirements

The normal minimum requirement is an honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate subject. Candidates with alternative qualifications and relevant experience will be considered for the course on a case by case basis. The course is taught in English and students for whom this is not their first language must have achieved a minimum IELTS band 6.5 or above.

There are excellent opportunities within every sector of the poultry industry. Examples include: Management and Production, Sales and Marketing, Research and Development, Breeding and Genetics, Product Development, Food Science and Food Safety.

Months of entry


Course content

In the absence of subsidy, the EU poultry sector relies on highly efficient production systems, with successful companies often using sophisticated technologies. This is reflected in the integrated structure of most poultry companies and the number of graduates and postgraduates employed by them.

Many companies have responded to the pressure on financial margins by setting up operations world wide. There continues to be a good demand for suitably trained graduate and postgraduate level entrants into the sector.

The skills and knowledge delivered by the Applied Poultry Science programme are highly relevant to companies using intensive methods of production and those responding to retailer demand for extensive systems. This enables both new entrants and existing employees wishing to build on their expertise and aspirations, to enhance their career opportunities within the poultry sector.

The Applied Poultry Science course is offered on a part-time distance learning basis.

It is designed to suit those in continuing employment or with other commitments. Participants come from a wide range of backgrounds, including nutritionists, breeders, vets and other poultry sector workers, all of whom wish to develop their career and businesses.

Specific course objectives are to provide graduates with:

  • A sound knowledge of the underlying science of poultry production.
  • A good understanding of the issues underpinning poultry production systems.
  • A wide range of specialist skills appropriate to poultry science professionals.
  • The ability to critically evaluate developments in poultry science, including nutritional, genetic,
  • Welfare, quality assurance and environmental issues.
  • The ability to produce professional level recommendations and reports.
  • Research skills.

The MSc Applied Poultry Science degree is awarded by the University of Glasgow.

Information for international students

Evidence of competence in English language required.

Fees and funding

Home and EU students may be eligible to apply for funding through SAAS

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
27 months


distance learning
18 months

Course contact details

Dr Jill Offer
+44 (0)1292 886178