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Sustainable and Efficient Food Production - MSc


Online Aberystwyth University Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences (IBERS)

Part time January, May MSc, PGDip, Masters Module, PGCert 2 - 5 years distance learning

About the course

Equip yourself with the knowledge and skills to help agriculture meet the challenges of the 21st century! This Sustainable and Efficient Food Production postgraduate course centres on increasing efficiency and reducing environmental impact within the extensive pasture-based production sector. The programme provides flexible, accessible, postgraduate level training for people employed in the agri-food sector. Training comprises distance learning modules and work-based research projects. These are accessible as CPD or as credit-bearing units, which can be built towards a range of postgraduate qualifications.

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Entry Requirements

All modules are taught at postgraduate level (level 7). Candidates must hold at least a second class honours degree in agricultural or biological science, or a closely related discipline. Applications from mature candidates with relevant experience are welcome and will be given equal consideration.

Non-graduates must have at least 24 months of relevant full-time work experience in an agri-food industry. Relevant experience will be determined by the University. If you have employment experience which you consider may be equivalent to a degree, please give details of positions held, dates of employment and responsibilities within the position held.


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Student Profile(s)

Mark J
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This course looked like it would give me the opportunity to bring myself up to date with the latest research without having to take time away from my farm and young family.
What worried me most was fitting study around the rest of my life – and it was quite intense but, once I had got used to studying via the web, I found it really enjoyable. The videos were easily as good as being in a lecture theater AND had the added bonus that I could pause them (to make a cup of tea!) or replay bits I felt I hadn’t quite got. I also found using the electronic library was an absolute joy in terms of time saved ferreting around in a library. The deadlines throughout the course were good because they meant that I wasn’t falling into the trap of leaving everything until the end. Fitting study around life was a struggle but once I started planning for study time my marks did reflect the extra effort I was able to make.
What I gained was a much broader understanding of loads of topics; for example, the methane debate. The course really highlighted the importance of going back to the source material rather than accepting the word of others. On top of this, learning how to critique research papers has made me much more questioning of claims and their sources.
I have made several small changes to the way I farm as a result of the course.
I am now much more aware of the impact on the rumen of changing diet and as a result I am implementing changes much more slowly; and because of my much deeper understanding I feel confident about the changes that I am making.
The course really got my brain back to work. I loved the level it was pitched at and the challenge that presented.’

Sam K
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Sam left education at 18, straight after A levels and was lucky enough to get a job with an agricultural consultancy. For the last 12 years he has worked as a consultant and learnt a great deal, but had no formal qualifications to back this up. Aberystwyth University was able to count his years of experience as a consultant as equivalent to a degree and he was accepted as a postgraduate student. Since then he has flown through training in three modules (Ruminant Production, Ruminant Health and Welfare, and Ruminant Gut Microbiology) to gain a postgraduate certificate.

At first Sam was concerned as to how he could possibly fit studying round a working life, but he says he was pleasantly surprised by the design of the course which allowed him the scope to balance work and study, and kept him motivated. For instance, he found being able to listen to podcast lectures in the car a great way to learn whilst driving between farms. Interacting on the forums with his fellow students (all of whom were working too) sparked some great discussions and really made him feel connected.

Sam says:
“The course not only backed up the knowledge I have gained as a consultant but also gave me a much better understanding of the bigger picture. Most farmers are aware of the environmental impacts of farming but many are unsure what they can do on the farm to reduce these. I am now able to give much more comprehensive advice on both the environmental and economic impacts – which often go hand-in-hand.”

So what’s next for Sam? He seems to have got the learning bug. Now he realises that it is possible to study while working he is intending to build upon his recent success by applying for a Nuffield scholarship. He is certainly more than capable.

Becky Tavenor

‘I thought it would be completely impossible’, states Becky Tavernor as she graduates with a Masters with Distinction.
Aberystwyth University are proud to announce their first Masters graduate in Sustainable and Efficient Food Production. To mark the occasion Aberystwyth University have produced a short video where Becky comments on some of the challenges and achievements that led to her outstanding academic success in her part-time distance learning masters course.
Like many of our students Becky started her studies in a small way with a two-day workshop in soil science. In common with other participants she enjoyed her first module in this area so much, she decided to take things further by enrolling on the part time Masters course. Becky took a total of six twenty credit modules and undertook a work based research project over a total of four years to achieve her degree.
Becky is a dairy consultant with the Dairy Group and works with dairy farmers to tackle technical and productivity challenges in their herds. To develop her research project, Becky took aspects of her day job where she undertakes mastitis control work, to create a work based project which explored the use of digital pedometers in dairy cattle and whether data gathered from these could be used to predict the incidence of mastitis in a dairy herd.
‘The course has given me a complete technical update and all the advice I give to my clients has been improved and updated’, is one of the other positive outcomes that Becky is able to report from completing the course.
Becky is typical of the hardworking ambitious students we are looking for on the programme’, stated Marty Spittle, Co-ordinator at Aberystwyth. ‘We fully recognise and appreciate that our students have busy work and home lives. Our courses are flexible enough to allow people to progress as their work and domestic commitments allow. We wish Becky all success in her career and hope that she and her clients will continue to benefit from the improved technical and scientific knowledge she has gained on the course.’

Scholarships

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.

Further Information

https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/undergrad/before-you-apply/scholarships/

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.

Further Information

https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/music/bursaries/

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.

Further Information

https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/fees-finance/uk/taught/

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.

Further Information

https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/fees-finance/international/taught/

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.

Further Information

http://www.jamespantyfedwen.cymru/

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.

Further Information

https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/fees-finance/international/taught/other-funding/

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.

Further Information

https://www.chevening.org/

IBERS International Scholarship allows for discounts of up to 80% on our Distance Learning. Scholarships are awarded to eligible students based on merit on a per module basis. You can apply for between 1 and 7 modules, including dissertation. The level of support awarded may vary between modules. You will be informed of the award amount for each of your modules before you proceed.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Discount of up to 80% on our DL modules

Eligibility

• Be a citizen of or working in a Global South country
• Hold at least a 2.1 degree OR be working for a non-commercial organisation with a focus on agricultural development or environmental protection
• Meet all of the course entry requirements including IELTS level 6.5

Application Procedure

To apply follow the link: https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/ibers/study-with-us/ibers-pg-study/ibers-dl/#fees-and-scholarships

Further Information

https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/ibers/study-with-us/ibers-pg-study/ibers-dl/#fees-and-scholarships

The Institute of Biology, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) at Aberystwyth University, a world-class agricultural teaching and research institute, is offering a limited number of generous scholarships on its postgraduate distance learning. Scholarships will be awarded to eligible students on a per module basis. The award is currently set at 80% for modules taken in 2020. This will reduce to 60%, 40% and 20% in subsequent years.

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to 80% for modules taken in 2020

Eligibility

Scholarships are available to applicants who are:

Citizens of; or working in the Global South
Hold at least a 2.1 degree or equivilant.
Work for a non-commercial organisation, with a focus on agricultural development or environmental protection
Meet Aberystwyth University’s standard entry requirements for the relevant course.

Application Procedure

Please view the following URL to obtain further details on how to apply:
https://ibersdl.org.uk/registration/international-scholarships/

Further Information

https://ibersdl.org.uk/registration/international-scholarships/

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