Qualification name:Animal Nutrition
Duration:1 year full-time
Entry requirements:Candidates will be required to have a first degree in a biological science subject with 2:2 Honours classification or above, or an equivalent qualification.
Evidence of relevant personal, professional and educational experience may also be taken in to account. An applicant can be admitted on the basis of significant relevant work experience in lieu of an appropriate academic qualification but a case for exceptional entry would need to be approved by the Quality and Standards Committee.
International students whose first language is not English are required to have the following English language qualifications before they can register on an academic programme. However, applicants from certain countries may have these requirements waived subject to the University of Nottingham Policy for Waiving English Language Entry Requirements
IELTS:IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)
Part time details:2 years part-time
Campus:Sutton Bonington Campus
This new vocational course offers the unique opportunity to integrate an in-depth scientific knowledge of animal nutrition with the acquisition of business skills and a detailed operational understanding of the animal feed industries, developed through a series of case studies. This combination will equip you with the knowledge and skills for working in either research or industry.
- The course has close links with industrial partners, with guest lectures, site-visits and an annual on-campus Nottingham Feed Conference, providing access to the latest developments in the animal feed industry.
- The programme is managed by the school’s Division of Animal Sciences, which has an international reputation for research in animal nutrition, development, reproduction and biotechnology. The division also manages a successful undergraduate degree in Animal Sciences.
- The school is ranked the no.1 research environment in the UK (for agriculture, veterinary and food science) in the 2014 REF (Research Excellence Framework). 97% of our work (in the Schools of Biosciences and Veterinary Medicine and Science ) was judged to be of international quality.
- Academic staff in the school have links with the University's School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, also based on the Sutton Bonington Campus.
- Students have access to the on-campus University Farm and Dairy Centre.
The MSc requires 180 credits. Two semesters of taught modules (120 credits) are followed by a Research Project and Dissertation (60 credits). A diploma is also available.
This programme will cover :
- Principles of nutrition including the sources and functions of macro- and micronutrients and animal metabolism
- A range of methods for acquiring and interpreting biological and epidemiological information
- Feeding systems for livestock production, and dietary regimens for zoo and companion animals
- Role of diet in the causation and prevention of disease and the promotion of animal health
- Feed manufacturing industries, including business organisation, operational management, raw ingredient sourcing, processing and feed evaluation
- A series of case studies involving dietary evaluations and formulations on commercial premises, including livestock species, zoo and companion animals
- Latest trends and scientific developments in animal nutrition and of philosophical and ethical issues associated with those trends
- Experimental design, research techniques in animal nutrition, data analyses and interpretation, and means of presenting scientific data
The course is based on the Sutton Bonington Campus, a self-contained site only 20km south of Nottingham. Sutton Bonington is a 25-minute bus or car journey to University Park Campus and Nottingham city, with free bus service between campuses. Two other cities, Derby and Leicester are nearby. East Midlands International Airport is 7km away, plus there are fast rail links close by to London.
All modules are compulsory:
- Fundamentals of nutrition
- Non-ruminant nutrition
- Ruminant nutrition
- Agri-business and case studies
- Molecular nutrition
- Companion and zoo animal nutrition
- Research techniques in animal nutrition
Modules will be delivered through a combination of lectures, field visits, tutorials and practical classes which will be taught by subject specialists from within the school and by external speakers from industry.
Research Project (60 credits)
You will carry out a primary research project in an area related to animal nutrition, supervised by a specialist.
General information on funding
for both research and taught degrees, applicable to UK/HEU students is available from the University's Graduate School.
International and EU students
The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.
Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2016 entry scholarships will open in late 2015. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.
The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.
Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.
You will have the in-depth knowledge and practical skills to work in areas such as: livestock feed industry, livestock consultancy, pet-food industry, government, teaching or research.
Average starting salary and career progression
In 2014, 87% of postgraduates in the School of Biosciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £26,800 with the highest being £29,000.*
*Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.
Career destinations have included biochemists, lecturers, medical scientists and scientific researchers. Companies and organisations our graduates have gone on to work for include ADAS, SRUC, ABVista, BOCM Pauls, Domantis GSK, GE Healthcare, Lonza Biologics, Mars Confectionary, Q Chip and Unilever.
Career prospects and employability
The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.