SRUC Scotland's Rural College: Agricultural Professional Practice

InstitutionSRUC Scotland's Rural College View institution profile
Department Agriculture
Web https://www.sruc.ac.uk/postgraduate
Study type Taught

Summary

There is an increasing need for specialists within agriculture who have an understanding of both the business and technical aspects of the industry. This postgraduate course is aimed at people who are interested in pursuing a career within the land based industries in a professional capacity. This could include consultants, agronomists, animal nutritionists, farm managers/ owners and those working for government departments on technical and regulatory issues.

There is currently a high demand for well trained and suitably qualified personnel within the agricultural industry, and a need for specialists who not only have an understanding of their sector, but have the skills to interact professionally with their clients. A core group of modules will focus on topics such as professional leadership and management, food and agricultural policy, business planning, project management. In order to develop the student’s own area of expertise there are a number of elective modules in business, crop or livestock production. Many positions require professional qualifications so there is the potential within the course to study FACTS, BASIS or AMTRA (additional fee and assessment will be required for these qualifications). In addition, the Institute of Agricultural Management (IAgrM) considers this course as suitable evidence of CPD for those wishing to pursue ‘Professional Agriculturalist’ status.

The course is offered on a part-time distance learning basis to make it accessible to those in employment or with family commitments to be able to participate. Applicants may come from a wide range of backgrounds including farmers, growers, vets and other agricultural and food sector workers who wish to develop their career and businesses in the land-based sector.

Specific course objectives are to provide graduates with:
- the technical and management skills required in modern agricultural professional practice

- the knowledge and understanding of how policy decisions impact on the land-based sector

- the ability to appraise research information and apply this to sustainable agricultural practice

MSc

Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC)

 

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 ...

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