Meeting the challenges of livestock production in the twenty-first century
This programme will give you an in-depth understanding of the key principles of livestock production, and fundamental concepts with respect to sustainability, preparing those working with animals for the challenges associated with livestock production in a variety of global contexts.
Run by the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, and the University of Reading's Food Advanced Training Partnership (Food ATP), the programme offers six distance-learning modules and CPD opportunities, via a flexible, part-time distance learning programme. The modules address the key issues created by the world's continued population growth and increases in income that have resulted in a dramatic rise in demand for livestock and animal products (meat, milk and eggs), with global projections forecasting an increased demand to 2030 and beyond.
Each module can be completed independently, but all six modules are required to secure the Postgraduate Certificate.
This Postgraduate Certificate programme:
leads to a deep understanding of the role that livestock play in the livelihoods of stakeholders in different settings.
critically evaluates the opportunities and constraints associated with livestock production from a social, biological and financial perspective.
creates and analyses programmes for the sustainable production of livestock in a range of global settings.
For more information, including a list of other modules offered with Food ATP, please visit the Food ATP website.
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IELTS: If English is not your first language, you may be required to take an IELTS test and achieve an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in each element. The University also accepts a number of other tests instead of IELTS. A full list of equivalent tests and scores can be found on www.reading.ac.uk/ad-Englishtests.aspx.
If you take one of our pre-sessional English courses before your main programme, you will be able to enter the programme with an end-of-course assessment score of 6.0 with no element less than 5.5.
Entry requirements: You are normally required to have obtained an honours degree or its equivalent in biological or social sciences, or in marketing, management or a related subject. Applicants with other qualifications and who have at least two years' professional experience in a relevant field of livestock production, development work or agriculture are also eligible to apply for admission to this programme. References are also taken into account.
What will you study?
What is Sustainability?
Agri-Food Value Chains
Livestock, Livelihoods and Food Security
Livestock Nutrition and Feeding
Current Issues in Livestock Production
Sustainable Livestock Production Systems
Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimerfor more information.
How much will it cost?
How much will it cost?
New UK/EU students: £4,000 per year
New international students: £4,000 per year
You can complete the full 60 credits of the PGCert and study at distance from anywhere in the world. The £4,000 fee covers the full programme, which normally takes 12 to 24 months to complete. Alternatively, you can build credits on a module-by-module basis; the cost per 10 credits is £800 if you'd prefer not to commit to the complete programme at the start of your studies.
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.
What career can you have?
What career can you have?
Graduates from the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Livestock Production will be well suited to careers in livestock production, management and science. This may be within both international and national corporations, non-governmental organisations and policy bodies, and research and higher education institutions.
If you're already in a related career you can use the PGCert to increase your skills, change direction, or build directly on your existing qualifications. The PGCert can also be used as the basis for a full master's qualification.
Assessments in each module will be designed to develop and assess the analytical and communication skills required for these careers. If you are currently working in the field, assessments are also designed to be relevant to your current employment, and you will be encouraged to discuss particular projects with your employer to ensure research questions of relevance to your particular situation are addressed.