Farm Consultancy and Knowledge Exchange

This course is aimed at agricultural and environmental advisers, vets, FE lecturers and technical sales staff. If you work in one of these areas, or would like to, this blended or distance learning course is the ideal way to develop your advisory skills, update your technical knowledge and gain a postgraduate qualification while you are working. This unique course provides a diverse blend of options in communication skills, science and business. To deliver this range of skills two Aberystwyth University departments, IBERS and Aberystwyth Business School, have partnered with Menter a Busnes, a Welsh company specialising in agricultural knowledge exchange, who provide practical workshop sessions.

Typical Entry Requirements

Course Details

This course accepts three intakes every year (January, May and September). Applications are welcomed throughout the year.

Applications can be made online by visiting our Postgraduate Application Portal. Please see our How to Apply page for more detail.

Entry Requirements:

To be accepted as a postgraduate student, candidates must hold:

At least a second class honours degree in an appropriate science subject OR;

Have at least two years relevant experience. Applications from mature candidates with relevant experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

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 obtain IELTS 6.0, or equivalent in a University-recognised alternative qualification or test of academic English language proficiency. For further information please see our English Language requirements page

Course Fees:

Taught on-line modules from £750

Workshop modules cost £1,100

Workshop modules: Group price available depending on party size and workshop location.

Fees are required to be paid in full before training commences.


Funding opportunities may be available, please check the funding calculator for details.

 Contact Us

IBERS Distance Learning Office

Stapledon Building, IBERS

Aberystwyth University

Gogerddan Campus


SY23 3EE

Telephone: 01970 823224

Email: ibersdl@aber.ac.uk


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


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Business Management for Rural Entrepreneurs BDM8320 20
Coaching and Mentoring for Leaders MMM5820 20
Facilitation for Organisation Leadership MMM5920 20
Genetics and Genomics in Agriculture BDM5820 20
Grassland Systems BDM5120 20
Organic and Low Input Ruminant Production BDM7520 20
Plant Breeding BDM8420 20
Ruminant Gut Microbiology BDM2820 20
Ruminant Nutrition BDM0320 20
Ruminant Production BDM5420 20
Silage Science BDM5620 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Learning & Teaching

How will I learn?

Modules can be taken for your own continuing professional development or interest, or they can be built towards a Postgraduate Certificate. Each topic is delivered by Aberystwyth University’s Business School or IBERS, or by Bangor University. To complete a PGCert part-time you can take no more than two years.

The Business School modules comprise workshop-based learning focussed on improving your interactions with farmers and farming groups for effective knowledge exchange. These modules are delivered in association with Menter a Busnes through two, two-day workshops and a final one-day workshop to allow you to develop and practice your Knowledge Exchange skills.These are supplemented by on-line assignment work.

The modules delivered by IBERS and by Bangor University are entirely online distance learning. Each module includes recorded lectures from academics and industry experts, presentations, podcasts, e-group projects, guided readings, interactive workbooks and discussion forums, as well as assignments and e-tutorials.

A typical postgraduate student is expected to study for 200 hours when taking a 20 credit module. You should anticipate spending approximately 2-3 hours a week on online lectures, presentations and podcasts, and the remaining time on readings and assignments. The more time and effort you can put in, the more you will benefit from studying the module and the better your grades are likely to be.

 How will I be assessed?

There are no exams within this programme. Taught modules are assessed via coursework (namely reports and essays, but also literature reviews, case studies, research proposals and data analysis tasks), online assignments, presentations and forum discussion. Workshop-based modules usually involve the design and execution of a practical task as part of the assessed work.