Prepare yourself for a research career or postgraduate doctoral study in animal science.
You will enhance your understanding of safe and sustainable livestock production whilst developing as a confident and independent researcher.
This flexible programme, with all 'taught' elements delivered online, allows you to remain at your workplace during your course of study. You can choose to complete the course in just 18 months, or take up to 63 months if your work demands are high.
The programme is designed for people working in the livestock industry or related supply industries (feed and pharmaceutical companies, for example) or in livestock industry, advisory or an extension series and institutions.
You will gain:
Critical analysis of the challenges and opportunities facing livestock production
Rigorous training in research methods and statistical analyses commonly used in animal science
Critical appraisal skills to evaluate research at the interface between animal, microbial and food science
The ability to plan, manage and conduct an extended independent research project
Entrants to this programme are normally required to have obtained a first or upper-second class honours degree or its equivalent in biological sciences or a related subject. Applicants with other qualifications and who have had at least two years' experience professional experience in a relevant field of animal science, livestock production or agriculture are also encouraged to apply. References are also taken into account.
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. Read the full list of equivalent tests and scores.
What will you study?
The first part of the programme (delivered with online support) covers topics including:
Sustainable Livestock Production Systems
Contemporary Issues in Animal Science
Livestock Nutrition and Feeding
Research Methods and Project Management
Animal Science Research Project Plan
Animal Science Research Project
The second part of the programme is the research project. As an MSc by Research, this element is much bigger in scope that the research projects of traditional MSc programmes. This gives you the opportunity to take your research to a much deeper level. Join one of the ongoing studies at Reading and work at our world-class facilities, or undertake research at your place of work to address an issue that is of critical importance to your business.
How much will it cost?
New UK/EU students: £ per year
New international students: £ per year
£12,300 (for both UK/EU and international students)
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?
This programme prepares you for subsequent doctoral studies in animal science, or for a research career in related industries.
Career positions may include:
Nutritionists for feed companies
R&D manager, regulatory manager, technical services manager in companies developing novel products for the livestock supply chain