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  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Diploma

  • Location

    SRUC Scotland's Rural College

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date

    JAN, SEP

  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

About the Course

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.

Progression Opportunities

The Applied Poultry Science PgDip is a high level learning course taught at university post-graduate level. Students are required to complete all taught modules detailed above. Typically a student will study 4 modules per year and complete the PgDip in two years. This would normally take an average of 12 to 15 hours study time a week.

Progression is available via the MSc Project which can be taken by eligible students following successful completion of taught modules. The project provides an opportunity for in-depth individual research on a topic related to poultry science.

Tuition fees

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£ 5,600per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

SRUC Scotland's Rural College

  • Campus address

    SRUC Scotland's Rural College, SRUC Edinburgh, West Mains Road, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, City Of, EH9 3JG, Scotland

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