Livestock Science

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Food security is vital to the success and stability of any country and its population. Meeting the world’s increasing demand for food is one of the most important challenges of the 21st century. Livestock Science is, and will remain, central to meeting this challenge. Not only is food quantity important, but so too is quality, with consumers continuing to demand a high quality product at an affordable price. These demands can only be met by the development and implementation of innovative concepts and ideas by suitably qualified graduates, who will also then drive forward these exciting developments in livestock science and production.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Livestock Science at Aberystwyth University will provide you with high quality research-led postgraduate teaching and education in the field of livestock science to help you meet these challenges.

Typical Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements BSc honours degree (2:2) in a related subject at undergraduate level OR 2 years relevant experience working in the sector

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Course Overview

The Postgraduate Certificate in Livestock Science will provide you with a highly informed, high quality postgraduate teaching experience in the areas of livestock nutrition and livestock production, as well as grassland science. This course is taught by leading scientists in their respective fields and you will learn about the latest scientific advances in these three primary areas of livestock and animal research. This advanced subject knowledge and qualification is highly recognised by both the livestock/animal science industry and farming professions.

This online distance learning programme is designed to fit around your work and life demands. The course would suit applicants wanting to move into the animal/livestock field or update their knowledge and gain further qualifications.

About this course


12 months distance learning

Start date:

September, January or May

Course Fees:

Please see the tuition fee pages for current tuition fees. Please note that all fees are subject to an annual increase.


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

Modules September start - 2022

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
Grassland Systems BDM5120 20
Ruminant Nutrition BDM0320 20
Ruminant Production BDM5420 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


Career pathways include:

  • Scientific research
  • Scientific publishing
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Animal Welfare
  • Teaching
  • Animal breeding
  • Technical sales
  • Consultancy.

Teaching & Learning

How will I learn?

Our programmes have been designed to be as accessible and flexible as possible, particularly for those in full-time employment or living outside the UK. As long as you have internet access you can study wherever and whenever is convenient for you, enabling you to update your knowledge and develop your critical skills.

There are three intakes per year so you can start in January, May or September. Each 14 week module includes recorded lectures from academics and industry experts (where possible), along with guided readings, discussion forums and written assignments.

You will complete three 20-credit modules in order to gain the Postgraduate Certificate in Livestock Science.

What will I learn?

You will study modules covering livestock production science, livestock nutrition and grassland science.

How will I be assessed?

There are no exams within this programme. Taught modules are assessed via written assignments (case studies, research proposals, research critiques, essays and reports).