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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.

Typical Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements 2:2 Bachelors (Honours) degree in a relevant subject area or equivalent.  Non-graduates must have at least 24 months of relevant full-time work experience in an agri-food industry.

English Language Requirements IELTS 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent

Other Requirements Applicants are encouraged to submit an up-to-date CV as part of their application.

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About this course


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.


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.

Modules September start - 2023

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Research Methods BDM0120 20
Sustainable Supply Systems BDM1120 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Behaviour Change BDM8820 20
Biorefining Technologies BDM7720 20
Controlled Environment Agriculture BDM6220 20
Future of Packaging BDM1320 20
Genetics and Genomics in Agriculture BDM5820 20
Grassland Systems BDM5120 20
Life Cycle Assessment and Beyond BDM6320 20
Livestock Health and Welfare BDM5920 20
Livestock Nutrition BDM0320 20
Livestock Production Science BDM5420 20
Meat Processing BDM8720 20
Plant Breeding BDM8420 20
Precision Livestock BDM6420 20
Public Goods BDM1920 20
Waste Resource Management BDM1220 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Dissertation BDM3560 60

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Teaching & Learning

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.