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About the course

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The course

The course is designed to equip practitioners with the higher level skills and knowledge to apply recent developments in nutritional science, technology and legislation to support sustainable expansion and intensification of ruminant production systems and meet consumer demands for ruminant products both within the UK and globally. It is primarily aimed at UK graduates, veterinary surgeons and specialists within the animal feeds industry, but may also be of interest to overseas applicants.

Entry requirements

Candidates will be expected to have obtained a 2:1 honours degree in an appropriate agricultural, veterinary or scientific subject. Alternatively, candidates with a good UK-based HND or foundation degree in an appropriate agricultural or scientific subject, together with related industrial or professional experience of at least two years will be considered. For all candidates evidence of qualifications and experience will be required.

How will it benefit me?

Globally the demand for animal products is expected to increase by 85% by 2050 and this increase in demand can only be satisfied by increases in production efficiency and sustainable intensification of ruminant production systems. Within the UK, ruminant production systems are under increasing pressure to maintain profitability and improve product quality, whilst maintaining animal welfare and reducing any detrimental effects on the environment. As animal feed represents over 80% of the variable costs associated with production, an understanding of the science and technology associated with digestion, metabolism, growth and lactation will be essential in order to increase the efficiency and maintain the profitability of ruminant production systems in the future. These awards will provide a recognised higher education qualification for graduates intending intending to work in the ruminant sector, and contribute towards the continued professional development of veterinary surgeons and specialists already in full time employment.

Careers

There are many career opportunities for those with a post-graduate qualification in ruminant nutrition including teaching and research positions at academic institutions and advisory work as subject specialists in the animal production or animal feed industries.
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Entry Requirements

Candidates would be expected to have obtained a minimum of a 2:1. International Students View Website


 Course Content


Where will I study?

Where is Harper Adams University

Student Profile(s)

Ella Forrest

Harper Adams University student Ella Forrest has received an NFU Mutual Centenary Trust Award.

The Centenary Award scheme gives annual bursaries of up to 75 per cent of course fees for selected UK postgraduate students on an agriculture masters or PhD programme. The Centenary Award has been running for over 100 years and has helped applicants to continue to study in the agricultural sector.

The 23 year-old MSc Ruminant Nutrition student from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, said: “Receiving this award has shown me that being from a non-farming background isn’t a barrier to getting into the agricultural industry; even if it may mean you have to work a bit harder to get there.

“To think I’m being supported by the NFU Mutual is amazing. I’m so grateful for this opportunity. I was stunned when I received the email confirming I’d been chosen as one of the four people to be selected for the award.”

Announcing the recipients for 2017, Richard Percy, NFU Mutual Chairman, said: “We recognise the crucial role students in agriculture play in shaping the future of the industry. Our aim for the Centenary Award scheme is to create a long-standing legacy, and demonstrate our commitment to young people and the countryside.

“We are delighted to be supporting Emma, Joe, Ella and Callum with their studies, and wish them all the very best for the future.”

Ella, who graduated from Harper Adams with a BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare, said: “The funding will allow me to continue experiencing different aspects of the agricultural industry without the additional pressures of earning money alongside my studies. During the time I’ll spend on the farms, I expect to improve my understanding of the different management practices.

“I’d like to thank the NFU Mutual Centenary Trust for providing me with this amazing opportunity; the Harper Adams career service for making me aware of this opportunity as well as the University itself for providing endless learning opportunities.

“Lastly, I’d also like to thank my parents for their continuing support.”

Jonathan Huxtable

Jonathan Huxtable has graduated from Harper Adams University with a Masters degree in ruminant nutrition and is currently working as the ruminant country manager for the UK and Ireland for an international company, even though his undergraduate degree is in sport.

Jonathan, 30, from Gloucester, Gloucestershire, said: “I decided to take the course so that I could continue to progress in my animal nutrition career and to use the knowledge learned to have a positive impact on animal welfare and production.

“My undergraduate degree is in sport. I’m not from a farming background and had only been on a farm once before and that was to play in a hay barn.

“After I graduated from my undergraduate degree, there was an opportunity to go into ruminant nutrition. I spent a couple of weeks on farms milking cows and getting an idea of what it’s all about. I really enjoyed it and caught the farming bug.

“On coming into the industry, I realised my learning needed further development for me to be successful.

“I originally started coming to Harper to do the diploma in ruminant nutrition, which I’d been invited to do by the company I was working for. The course was a great stepping stone for me.

“After completing the diploma, I was approached by one of the lecturers and was offered the opportunity to study on the master’s programme.

“It wouldn’t have been feasible to do the master’s course without the continuing support from the staff at Harper and on that basis alone, I’d recommend others in my situation looking to study around work to seriously consider Harper. The staff understood the challenges of juggling a full-time job, family and studying part-time.

“I’m very passionate about this industry, especially dairy cows. I can imagine myself working in this area for years, unlike the field of sports which I wasn’t passionate about enough.”

Scholarships

The Barham Benevolent Foundation offer a fully funded scholarship restricted to UK and other EU students studying a one year fill time postgraduate course at Harper Adams whose dissertation is in an area relating to the dairy sector.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Coming soon

Eligibility

The Barham Benevolent Foundation offer a fully funded scholarship restricted to UK and other EU students studying a one year fill time postgraduate course at Harper Adams whose dissertation is in an area relating to the dairy sector.

Application Procedure

The Barham Benevolent Foundation offer a fully funded scholarship restricted to UK and other EU students studying a one year fill time postgraduate course at Harper Adams whose dissertation is in an area relating to the dairy sector.

Further Information

https://www.harper-adams.ac.uk/apply/finance/scholarships/scholarship/39/barham-benevolent-foundation-scholarships

Last year Postgrad Solutions Ltd increased the number of £500 bursaries on offer to postgraduate students from six to ten in an attempt to help relieve the pressure of the gloomy economic climate. The bursaries were open to any student starting a postgraduate course in September/October 2010. There were 423 applicants from all over the world, and the ten lucky students have now been chosen.

The winners are from countries ranging from Peru to Pakistan, and the USA to Zimbabwe, and there are even a couple from the UK!

Value of Scholarship(s)

500

Eligibility

As the credit crunch is still in full swing, Postgrad Solutions Ltd is offering the same opportunity of a £500 bursary to ten students starting postgraduate courses in September/October 2011. Payment of the award will be made directly to the institution, and will be discounted from the fees as appropriate. Students may only apply for a bursary after they have accepted an offer of a place at their chosen institution.

Application Procedure

Applying

For further information and to apply for this bursary please visit the Postgrad Solutions Ltd website:
https://www.postgrad.com/fees_and_funding/postgrad_solutions_study_bursaries/information/

A panel of judges will select the winners on the basis of who they feel are the most deserving cases based on what they have written in their application.

Further Information

https://www.harper-adams.ac.uk/apply/finance/scholarships/scholarship/201005/

The Nuffield Scholarship application criteria for entry can be found at: http://www.nuffieldscholar.org

Value of Scholarship(s)

Coming soon

Eligibility

There is an excellent opportunity to apply for an external scholarship from the Processors and Growers Research Organisation (PGRO) Nuffield Scholarship scheme

Application Procedure

"PGRO/BEPA and the vining pea sectors would be delighted to endorse and support any application made which was legume related, and also to help a candidate formulate a project which would be of maximum relevance to the UK industry. In this way the person completing it successfully would have the best opportunity to find future long-term employment".
Salvador Potter
Chief Executive
PGRO

Further Information

https://www.harper-adams.ac.uk/apply/finance/scholarships/scholarship/57/processors-and-growers-research-organisation-pgro-nuffield-scholarship-scheme

Our Alumni Association, The Harper Adams Club, awards an annual scholarship of up to £2,000 to assist a Harper Adams graduate to undertake an MSc course at Harper Adams.

Value of Scholarship(s)

2000

Eligibility

Candidates must have been awarded a first degree or HND at Harper Adams and have been accepted for a full- or part-time Masters course

Application Procedure

The scholarship is awarded on a competitive basis by means of an interview.

Further Information

https://www.harper-adams.ac.uk/apply/finance/scholarships/scholarship/12/harper-adams-club-postgraduate-scholarship

The Royal Entomological Society will fund three bursaries each of £4,000 to support the MSc Entomology course. Candidates should submit a statement of no more than 500 words, explaining:
■Why you have selected to study Entomology
■What modules in the course are of particular interest to you and why
■What difference the receipt of the scholarship would make in the pursuit of your goals.

Please also include a recent CV in your application.

Payment of the award to successful candidates will be discounted from the fees as appropriate. Students may only apply for the bursary after they have accepted an offer of a place on the MSc Entomology at Harper Adams.

Please send applications to:

Professor Simon Leather
Professor of Entomology
Crop and Environment Sciences Department
Harper Adams University
Newport
Shropshire TF10 8NB

T: +44 (0)1952 815488
E: simonleather@harper-adams.ac.uk

Value of Scholarship(s)

4000

Eligibility

The Royal Entomological Society will fund three bursaries each of £4,000 to support the MSc Entomology course. Candidates should submit a statement of no more than 500 words, explaining:
■Why you have selected to study Entomology
■What modules in the course are of particular interest to you and why
■What difference the receipt of the scholarship would make in the pursuit of your goals.

Please also include a recent CV in your application.

Application Procedure

Please send applications to:

Professor Simon Leather
Professor of Entomology
Crop and Environment Sciences Department
Harper Adams University
Newport
Shropshire TF10 8NB

T: +44 (0)1952 815488
E: simonleather@harper-adams.ac.uk

Further Information

https://www.harper-adams.ac.uk/apply/finance/scholarships/scholarship/201024/royal-entomological-society

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