Key Facts

Course Code J790D
  • Qualification


  • Typical Course Length

    5 Year

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MSc BioInnovation at Aberystwyth University provides access to the latest thinking around the Circular Economy and is ideal for anyone with an interest in integrating this ethos into agrifood practice or policy. Aimed at those working with or within the Welsh agrifood supply chains, this course is delivered via distance learning. You may study individual modules for your own continuing personal development (CPD), or may build them towards a range of postgraduate qualifications, namely the full MSc, PGDip or PGCert.

Course Details


The MSc can be completed in 3-5 years. The PGDip can be completed in 2-3 years and the PGCert in 1-2 years.

Contact time

Individual taught modules run for 14 weeks by distance learning. There are three intakes per year so you can start in February, June or October.

The research elements of our qualifications are carried out in your workplace with regular academic supervision. The training is web-based which means that as long as you have access to a reasonable broadband connection (i.e. are able to stream videos such as on YouTube), you can study where and when best suits you. Learning material includes podcast lectures, e-group projects, guided reading, interactive workbooks and discussion forums, as well as assignments and e-tutorials.

Entry Requirements:

Candidates must hold at least a second class Honours degree in an appropriate agricultural or biological science, or a closely related discipline.

Non-graduates must have at least 24 months of relevant full-time work experience in an agri-food industry. Relevant experience will be determined by the University.

English Language Requirements:

If you have a Bachelor’s degree from a UK University, you do not need to take an English proficiency test.

Non-native English speakers who do not meet this requirement must take a University-recognised test of academic English language proficiency. For further information please see our English Language requirements page.


There are no exams within this programme. Taught modules are assessed via course work and forum discussion. Research is monitored and assessed.


Generous discounts are available to those students living or working in Wales, hence a reduced fee of £165 per taught module applies for eligible students. The full MSc would therefore cost £1,155.

Learning & Teaching

To complete the MSc degree you will study Sustainable Supply Systems and Research Methods as core modules and complete a Work-Based Research Project. You will also choose 4 from a range of option modules, which currently include:

  • Precision Livestock
  • Future of Packaging
  • Waste Resource Management
  • Membrane Filtration Technologies (delivered by Swansea University)
  • Life Cycle Assessment and Beyond
  • Public Goods
  • Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA)
  • Behaviour Change
  • Meat Processing

In addition up to two modules from the MSc Sustainable Efficient Food Production may be substituted as options. These are NOT subject to discount.