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About the course

The Masters Degree in Livestock Science offers biological, scientific and professional training that will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to pursue leading careers in the livestock industries, in scientific research, in consultancy services, and in education. Livestock Science remains central to meeting the challenge of food security.

Satisfying the demands of food quality and quantity can only be met by the development and implementation of innovative concepts and ideas by suitably well-qualified postgraduates, who will also then drive forward these exciting developments in livestock science and production.  

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Entry Requirements

Undergraduate degree 2.2 (UK) or above in the Biological or Agricultural Sciences or closely related disciplines. European and International applicants can find their grade equivalence on our comparability page. Those who are not graduates must satisfy the University that they are of the required academic standard to pursue postgraduate study.


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Student Profile(s)

Bryan Harte
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Now Technical sales Specialist with Grassland Agro

After completing an undergraduate degree in Animal Science I returned to the Emerald Isle and started working with Grassland Agro. Grassland Agro are first and foremost a fertilizer company which also have a range of ruminant mineral supplements. I was in this job for just under a year, and at this stage I had spoken to a number of senior management in Grassland Agro and also in different companies about career progression. They all had different opinions, however the one thing they all agreed on was that a MSc would practically be a “must have” in the not so distant future.
It was at this stage I started to begin to look into the different MSc options. With a keen interest in livestock function and nutrition, the MSc in Livestock Science at Aberystwyth University seemed to provide everything I was looking for! The course was broad enough that many different aspects of livestock science were covered while also allowing you to focus on what really interested you, by allowing you to choose the titles of your assignments and dissertation. An excellent night life and rugby may have also contributed to this decision to come to Aber. . . . .
For my dissertation I worked with Professor Jamie Newbold investigating the effects of a plant extract (saponins) on the protozoal population in the rumen. After completing the lab work I moved home to Ireland to write up the dissertation. I was also lucky enough that Grassland Agro had held my position, so I was able to start working straight away when I moved home. On a typical day such as today (4/6/14) I met with a few merchants which sell our stock and also walked potato, wheat and silage crops which were treated with our fertilizer. The purpose of walking such crops is to demonstrate to the farmer the benefits of using our products, so they will hopefully continue to buy the product.
The knowledge and experience I gained from completing an MSc in Livestock Science is vital in an industry which is increasingly getting more technical and complex. Having now completed the MSc I am very confident I have many of the skills required to progress my career within the agricultural industry.

Rhys Jones
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PhD student Aberystwyth University

I enrolled on an MSc Livestock Science at Aberystwyth University in 2013 after graduation from a BSc in Agriculture with Animal Science. Unlike the BSc, the MSc allowed me to specialize in aspects of livestock production and health, which are my main interest within agriculture.

The MSc greatly exposed me to scientific research, thanks to the many lectures from highly active researchers, the Gregynog and BSAS conferences, and my dissertation where I researched mastitis risk factors for ewes. These experiences fuelled a growing interest in this research, and ultimately led me to apply for a PhD at IBERS looking at the epidemiology of rumen fluke here in Wales. Thanks in part to my MSc degree I was able to secure funding for this PhD, and the knowledge and experience gained from the course has substantially contributed to my progression during my first three years of my PhD.

Xenofon Dimitrakopoulos DVM, MRCVS
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Owner of a mixed animal veterinary practice in Greece

I was working as a Veterinary Surgeon in the Greek Livestock industry for three years when I felt the need to improve my knowledge and understanding in the area of livestock nutrition. A significant number of health issues in livestock derive from improper nutritional management and I was seeking a course which could enrich my knowledge and offer me the potential to implement on-farm nutritional strategies. The Livestock Science MSc in Aberystwyth University was the most suitable for my needs. IBERS is globally the most recognizable institute in livestock nutrition, combining numerous aspects of animal science. Vast research on livestock productivity, microbiology, genetic improvement in both livestock and plants are a few of the scientific areas covered in IBERS.

So here I was in Aberystwyth. A small, but 'big', town at the same time. Nice memories with my fellow students and professors but most importantly a scientific lift off. During the course I had the opportunity to discover in depth the connections between livestock nutrition, productivity and disease development. State of the art laboratories with the latest equipment, a library with vast resources and teaching personnel always willing to assist, turned the course into a journey to knowledge.

This last year scientifically I was more equipped, ready to provide solutions for farmers and the feeding industry. With my dissertation I made my contribution to the research on bovine lameness investigating the impact on productivity. However Livestock Science MSc added to my personality as well as scientific knowledge. Cooperation with students from all around the globe, team work and above all getting to live in original Welsh scenery and getting to meet the true warm Welsh people.

After my Welsh journey I returned to Greece and applied my knowledge to my clients. Running a mixed animal veterinary practice is a hard task itself however my experience in IBERS assisted me in providing optimal nutritional services, which add extra value to my practice.

If your target is professional improvement and scientific enrichment in the livestock nutrition area do not hesitate to become a member of the vast IBERS family. Pob lwc

Nia Davies

Nia Davies, Hybu Cig Cymru/Meat Promotion Wales
After completing a FDSc degree in Agriculture at Aberystwyth University I made the decision to ‘top up’ and went onto completing a BSc (hons) in Agriculture. During the final year of my degree and after graduating I worked for Wynnstay Group plc as a Trainee Dairy Specialist. However, during my time with Wynnstay I knew I could better myself and wanted to further develop my personal and professional skill set, especially with the ag industry becoming both increasingly technical and competitive.
To put it simply I really enjoyed completing my MSc in livestock science at Aberystwyth University. Although it was quite challenging at times, the course was incredibly rewarding. I came to understand complex scientific developments, wrote project proposals and disseminated and presented research. The range of modules from Infection and Immunity to Grassland Science really does provide anyone with a broad and extensive understanding of livestock sciences. Personally, statistical analysis was not my strength before starting the course, however after completing the research methods module I was able to successfully run statistical analysis on all my dissertation data, which is a great achievement.
Above all, completing this course really boosted my confidence. Confidence in myself and my knowledge, which became evident once I started to seek employment. There is no doubt that the MSc helped me achieve my role at Hybu Cig Cymru as Research and Development Officer. I would most certainly recommend anyone interested in progressing their academic or professional career to undertake this course.

Beth Riley

After a few years in veterinary practice the MSc in Livestock Science was the obvious choice as the first step into academia and research. The course was varied and gave a good rounding in a variety of areas. Teaching staff were knowledgeable, approachable, and engaged in ongoing research. The course equipped me with skills that have stood me in good stead as I study for my PhD. My PhD is on Novel approaches to improving calf health: new technology and data analytics at the Scottish Rural College and University of Edinburgh.

Scholarships

Aberystwyth University is pleased to be able to offer a number of Scholarships within our world class Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences.

Programmes available under scholarship:

- MSc Animal Science
- MSc Livestock Science

Each student obtaining a scholarship must intend to return to their own country to utilise their skills for the benefit of their own countrymen.

Contact Dr Mina Davies- Morrel for more details - mid@aber.ac.uk

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full tuition fees & on average £8000 living costs

Eligibility

See the Marshal Papworth website for details on eligibility and how to apply.

Criteria judged on - qualifications, work and job related experiences and the standard of the application form.

Application Procedure

See Marshal Papworth website for application details.
https://www.marshalpapworth.com/how-to-apply/

See Aberystwyth University for course and application details.
https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/apply/


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We are delighted to offer eligible international (non UK/EU domiciled) applicants to undergraduate and postgraduate degree schemes an Inclusive Accommodation Offer. If you are accepted to study at Aberystwyth University, the normal tuition fees for the course will include your accommodation costs.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2000 discount off university managed accommodation

Eligibility

All eligible full-fee paying international students beginning their studies on an undergraduate programme, or a postgraduate programme (including those on pre-University English language programmes leading to enrolment at the University) in the 2020/2021 academic year will automatically receive the inclusive accommodation offer.

Application Procedure

All you need to do is apply to study at Aberystwyth University by 1 August 2020 and be accepted onto the course. Full details of how the accommodation will be allocated will be published on our website soon.


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Recipients of Sports Scholarships are expected to contribute to a Students' Union Sports Club and would normally be expected to represent the University in the sport for which the Scholarship was awarded.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£500 p.a.

Eligibility

Sports Scholarships are intended for UK/EU applicants to the University who can demonstrate recent achievement of a high standard in sport, and a commitment to developing their sporting performance whilst at university. You can hold a Sports Scholarship for any full-time course at Aberystwyth.

Application Procedure

A Sports Scholarship application form must be submitted by 31st July in the year of entry to the University.


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Music Scholarships are awarded on the basis of competitive audition to new entrants in any discipline and held for the duration of the course.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£650 p.a.

Eligibility

Music Scholarships are intended for experienced players for orchestra/band instruments or singers (jointly with an instrument) who can actively contribute to the University’s orchestras, bands, choirs and other ensembles.

Application Procedure

The closing date for applications is 15th June in the year of entry to University.


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Aberystwyth University offers a Scholarship towards Taught Masters, LLM by research and MPhil tuition fees for Aberystwyth University graduates. The Aber-Grad Scholarship applies to both UK/EU and International students. If you hold a First Class Bachelors (Hons.) degree, then the scholarship will be 20% of your tuition fees. Holders of Second Class degrees are eligible for a scholarship worth 10% of your Taught Masters tuition fee.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% - 20% discount of Taught Masters tuition fee

Eligibility

Students must be graduates of Aberystwyth University having gained at least a 2:2 or above.

Application Procedure

Applications for relevant courses must be received by the publicised deadline. You do not need to apply separately for this loyalty discount as it is automatically applied to course fees on enrolment where eligible.


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Selection will be on the basis of academic excellence and the applicant’s suitability for their proposed course. A minimum (UK) 1st Class Honours (or equivalent) is required for an award. Scholarships are available for entirely self-financed students (i.e. they cannot be held by students with full-awards, e.g. Chevening Scholarships, Commonwealth Shared Scholarship or any governmental award or any partial awards, including AU departmental awards, Aber-grad Scholarships nor HEI partnership discounts.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000

Eligibility

Up to 13 scholarships, each worth £5,000 towards tuition fees will be available for International (non-EU) students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses in September 2018. The scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (minimum of a UK 1st class honours degree or the equivalent award).

Application Procedure

In order to be considered for one of these awards, an application for a place on a taught Masters degree at Aberystwyth University must be received by 27th July 2018. Separate application forms are not required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place be received by the AU Postgraduate Admissions Office (AQRO) by the closing date.


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Applications should be made directly to the charitable trust, via their website.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £7,000

Eligibility

For students from Wales undertaking postgraduate study.

Application Procedure

The closing date for applications is the end of June preceding the start date of the course.


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Awarding body: Worshipful Company of Saddlers Mason’s Institute .

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,250

Eligibility

The Mason's Bursary is normally open to all IBERS MSc courses. Applicants must have or expect to gain at least a 2:2 Honours degree (or equivalent) equating to a mark of 56.5% or above.

Application Procedure

Separate application forms will not be required. Standard course applications must be received by the Postgraduate Admissions Office before the deadline along with a letter stating your interest in being considered for the bursary.


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In partnership with the British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign, Aberystwyth University is offering two scholarships to students in Malaysia and four scholarships to students in China applying for any of our postgraduate taught courses.

This scholarship scheme is part of the "GREAT Scholarships 2019 - East Asia" campaign, which has been launched by the British Council together with 28 UK universities to support more students in East Asia to get access to the excellent UK higher education opportunities. It offers an exciting opportunity for East Asian students wishing to gain financial support to pursue postgraduate study in the UK.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,500

Eligibility

Applicants from China must submit an application for a taught Master's degree at Aberystwyth University by 30th March 2019. In addition, acceptance of an offer of an award, and payment of the £2,000 course deposit must be received within 2 weeks of being offered.

Applicants from Malaysia must submit an application for a taught Master's degree at Aberystwyth by 30th June 2019. In addition, acceptance of an offer of an award, and payment of the £2,000 course deposit must be received within 2 weeks of being offered.

Application Procedure

The Scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (Bachelor's degree with a minimum 2nd class upper division). Separate scholarship application forms are not required. Applicants should write 'I am applying for the GREAT Scholarship' on their postgraduate application form.


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Applicants for Chevening Scholarships must:

• be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country, and intend to return there at the end of the period of study;
• hold a degree that is equivalent to at least an upper second-class honours degree in the UK;
• achieve the minimum Chevening English language requirement;
• have completed at least two years’ work or equivalent experience before applying for a Chevening Scholarship;
• be able to obtain the correct visa, and receive an unconditional offer from a UK university.

Value of Scholarship(s)

TBC

Eligibility

Chevening Scholarships are awarded to International students with excellent academic backgrounds who wish to pursue full-time postgraduate study in the UK. The scholarships are primarily for those who wish to undertake a Taught Masters degree.

Application Procedure

Chevening Scholarships are awarded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office - please see their website for further details.


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