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Our MSc by Research in Animal Science is aimed at experienced professionals, whether you're working directly in the sector, in related supply industries – such as feed and pharmaceuticals, advisory or extension services – or in a research institution. 

We encourage a new and innovative understanding of the challenges and opportunities that face the global livestock industry.


Your learning environment

Taught elements of your degree are delivered online, enabling you to remain at your workplace during your studies.

The research element of your degree can be conducted either at your workplace or at Reading. You can choose to complete the course in 18 months or take up to 63 months, depending on your work demands.

You'll also have opportunities for research, networking, and personal development, as well as access to modern study resources, tailored study skills support, and employability support.

Training and research

Throughout your studies, you’ll critically analyse the challenges and opportunities facing livestock production.

You’ll receive rigorous training in research methods and statistical analyses commonly used in animal science. You will also gain critical appraisal skills to evaluate research at the interface between animal, microbial and food science.


Our master's by research

Further your knowledge of animal nutrition, health, behaviour and sustainable livestock production with our flexible MSc by Research in Animal Science. You'll also develop your skills as an independent researcher.

Why study with us

Develop your expertise and gain specialist skills for your future career. You'll benefit from extensive research facilities in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development.


Life in the Department

Join a diverse, supportive community in the Graduate Institute of International Development, Agriculture and Economics.