Taught course

Applied Poultry Science

Scotland's Rural College · Department of Agriculture

Entry requirements

A relevant degree in a science or technology, and/or assessment of candidate's ability to benefit from the studies. No absolute academic prerequisites are laid down and work experience is considered.

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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Student Recruitment
0800 269 453