Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) was formed when in 2012, SAC (the Scottish Agricultural College) merged with three other prestigious land-based colleges - Oatridge, Elmwood and Barony - to become one of the largest institutions of its kind in Europe. SRUC is a University-level College offering education and training from entry level right up to PhD in numerous subject areas, across six regional campuses in Scotland; Aberdeen, Ayr, Barony (Dumfries), Edinburgh, Elmwood (Cupar) and Oatridge (Broxburn).
SRUC offers unique opportunities for postgraduate study. Our unbeatable links with industry, along with our own highly-respected consultancy and research divisions, gives us knowledge, expertise and facilities befitting a national institution. Our taught distance learning MSc programmes in, Agricultural Professional Practice, Applied Poultry Science, Countryside Management and Organic Farming are awarded by the University of Glasgow. We also work in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh and with them offer full-time on campus programmes in a number of subjects.
SRUC is Scotland's specialist higher education institution for courses that relate to the existing and emerging land-based industries and pursuits, applied food, plant and animal sciences and sustainable land-use.
In addition to its role in education, we have an innovative and leading research and development programme and run an international advisory and consultancy service.
This all means that as a student at SRUC you are taught by a team of staff including lecturers, researchers, advisers and consultants. They will provide up-to-the-minute information and insight into the commercial world beyond the College environment.
We believe no other education institution can offer this combination of expertise and experience. All of our courses aim to provide you with the necessary science, business, research and personal knowledge and skills for your future success.
Distance Learning MSc programmes
Primarily taught via distance learning with a minimum of two study weekends at either our Aberdeen or Ayr campus depending on the subject you choose. The study weekends offer the opportunity for you to meet with your programme leader and lecturing staff face to face as well as your fellow students. Many of our students are based in the United Kingdom, however we also have a number of international students from all over the world, as an example we currently have students from Latvia, the USA, the Netherlands and as far away as New Zealand.
Gareth Austin completed his Postgraduate Diploma in Organic Farming in 2016, and is now continuing study through to his final year of the MSc Organic Farming course, as a distance learning student. Through his studies Gavin has worked full-time as a teacher and has now also set up a new organic vegetable business having established new working relationships whilst studying with SRUC. Gavin says: “For me the fusion of different people coming together from different backgrounds was vital to my enjoyment of the course. On the Organic Farming course there were students from the Middle East, South Africa, Netherlands, England, Scotland and Ireland coming together, sharing stories, ambitions, techniques and more. As a result of the courses I have 100% become more confident in my own abilities, and developed greater awareness of farming issues and social issues affecting the food delivery system worldwide.”