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SRUC Scotland's Rural College: Agricultural Professional Practice

Institution SRUC Scotland's Rural College View institution profile
Department Agriculture
Study type Taught


Course Overview There is a growing demand for agricultural specialists with an understanding of both the business and technical aspects of the industry, and the skills to interact professionally with their clients. The Agricultural Professional Practice (APP) programme contains a core group of modules focusing on topics such as skills needed for consultancy, management and leadership, finance and agricultural policy. A number of elective modules in business, crop or livestock production develop the student’s own area of expertise. The APP programme is targeted at those who are interested in pursuing a career within the land-based industries in a professional capacity such as consultant, farm manager/owner, agronomist and animal nutritionist.

The programme offers the opportunity to study for professional qualifications needed to give advice to clients, including FACTS (Fertiliser), BASIS (Crop Protection) or AMTRA (Veterinary Medicine). These courses are done alongside the programme modules and course work makes use of the teaching in these courses*. In addition, the Institute of Agricultural Management (IAgrM) accepts MSc, along with sufficient appropriate experience, for ‘Professional Agriculturalist’ membership status.

The programme of study comprises eight taught modules over two years for a Postgraduate Diploma qualification, with an additional third-year research project to achieve the award of MSc.

Assessment Methods Modules are assessed using a range of methods including: written reports, presentations, design of a social media strategy, planning, organising and delivery of a KT event, case studies and data handling . *FACTS, BASIS and AMTRA are independently assessed.

Modules The MSc programme comprises 8 core modules and an MSc project. Years 1 and 2, equating to awards of Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma respectively, are each split into two semesters of two modules, giving four modules in each year. The programme consists of five core module and three electives. Electives can be chosen from a suite of nine APP elective modules. There is also an option to take a "Free Choice Elective" which can be any module that is available via an MSc distance learning programme offered at SRUC, subject to timing/assessment requirements/study period attendance.

Core Modules: Professional Leadership and Management Food and Agricultural Policy Business Planning and Decision Making Project Management and Analysis for Agricultural Professionals Topical Issues in Modern Agriculture

Elective Modules: Animal Health and Veterinary Medicine Arable Crop Protection Part 1 Arable Crop Protection Part 2 Grassland and Fodder Crop Protection Part 1 Grassland and Fodder Crop Protection Part 2 Innovation and Entrepreneurship

*Parts 1 & 2 required for professional qualification

The programme format is online delivery with some campus attendance. This is usually in the format of two study weekends per year for Years 1 and 2, and two weekday study sessions for Year 3, based at SRUC’s Craibstone campus at Aberdeen. Additional costs are therefore associated with travel and accommodation for these study sessions.

Please note that under current Covid-19 restrictions, study sessions are being held as online events and there is no campus attendance. This is subject to change as Covid regulations change.

*Students wishing to study FACTS, BASIS or AMTRA alongside the APP programme will be required to pay an additional fee for these qualifications.


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).

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