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  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Diploma

  • Location

    SRUC Scotland's Rural College

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

About the Course

The Organic food and farming sector within Europe is continuing to develop in response to governmental Action Plans and CAP policy development. The organic sector requires highly trained individuals to work as certification officers, advisers, agronomists, farmers, farm managers and livestock specialists. SRUC offers this programme to enable students with a variety of academic and working experiences to gain a fast-track understanding of the key technical production, marketing and management aspects of organic farming and food.

This enables students to build on their existing expertise and aspirations, and to give them enhanced career opportunities as practitioners, promoters and facilitators within the sector.

The organic farming courses are offered on a part-time distance learning basis to allow those in continuing employment or with family commitments to be able to participate. Course participants come from a wide range of backgrounds, including farmers, growers, vets and other agricultural and food sector workers who wish to develop their career and businesses in the organic food and farming sector, as well as those from unrelated backgrounds wishing to increase their knowledge and understanding of orgnic systems.

Specific course objectives are to provide graduates with:

  • An ability to critically appraise organic farming as an agricultural system
  • A good understanding of the organic sector
  • A sound knowledge of the science underpinning organic farming
  • An understanding of the marketing, business & quality assurance requirements for organic produce
  • Work placement experience

The course is accessible through its delivery by part-time online distance learning.

Course Progression

Students who complete the Postgraduate Diploma have the option of continuing their studies by progressing to complete the MSc Project (taken following successful completion of taught modules). This provides an opportunity for in-depth individual research on a topic related to organic farming and leads to the awarding of the MSc Organic Farming.

Tuition fees

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£ 5,600per year

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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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