Entry requirements

2:2 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject; evidence of relevant personal, professional and educational experience may also be taken in to account with approval Quality and Standards Committee.

Months of entry


Course content

This vocational course offers the unique opportunity to integrate an in-depth scientific knowledge of animal nutrition with the acquisition of business skills and a detailed operational understanding of the animal feed industries, developed through a series of case studies. This combination will equip you with the knowledge and skills for working in either research or industry.

  • Gain industry knowledge through a series of case studies, guest lectures and site visits, accessing the latest developments in the animal feed industry
  • The programme is managed by the school’s Division of Animal Sciences, which has an international reputation for research in animal nutrition, development, reproduction and biotechnology
  • Access the University Farm and Dairy Centre, which is taking the national lead for dairy research as the Centre of Innovation Excellence in Livestock

This programme will cover :

- Principles of nutrition including the sources and functions of macro- and micronutrients and animal metabolism

- A range of methods for acquiring and interpreting biological and epidemiological information

- Feeding systems for livestock production, and dietary regimens for zoo and companion animals

- Role of diet in the causation and prevention of disease and the promotion of animal health

- Feed manufacturing industries, including business organisation, operational management, raw ingredient sourcing, processing and feed evaluation

- A series of case studies involving dietary evaluations and formulations on commercial premises, including livestock species, zoo and companion animals

- Latest trends and scientific developments in animal nutrition and of philosophical and ethical issues associated with those trends

- Experimental design, research techniques in animal nutrition, data analyses and interpretation, and means of presenting scientific data.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at the University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Bioscience's website.

For information on opportunities for funding for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0) 115 951 5559