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12 training courses found

Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare PGDip

This course aims to enhance the knowledge and understanding of the scientific study of animal behaviour and animal welfare that can be applied effectively in science and practice. This course is run in conjunction with the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies (also known as Dick Vet), which has an impressive international reputation in Animal Welfare.

  • Duration of training: 9 months
  • Study mode: Full time
Applied Poultry Science PGDip

The skills and knowledge delivered by this programme are highly relevant to companies using intensive methods of production and those responding to retailer demand for extensive systems. This enables both new entrants and existing employees wishing to build on their expertise and aspirations, to enhance their career opportunities within the poultry sector.

  • Duration of training: 2 years
  • Study mode: Distance with attendance
Countryside Management PGDip

This programme encompasses a broad range of topics and land uses ranging from conservation management to rural land use planning and interpretation to land use history. Students are expected to have a broad knowledge of how the countryside that we see around us has developed in a historical context and how this relates to factors such as climate, ecology and soils.

  • Duration of training: 2 years
  • Study mode: Distance with attendance
Rural Business Management PGDip

This course has been developed to meet an identified need for post graduate qualified people in the rural business sector. Business managers in the rural sector must anticipate and respond to national and international change.

  • Duration of training: 2 years
  • Study mode: Distance with attendance
Organic Farming PGDip

This programme aims to enable students with a variety of academic and working experiences to gain a fast-track understanding of the key technical production, marketing and management aspects of organic farming and food. This enables students to build on their existing expertise and aspirations, and to give them enhanced career opportunities as practitioners, promoters and facilitators within the sector.

  • Duration of training: 2 years
  • Study mode: Distance without attendance
Environmental Protection and Management PGDip

This programme aims to provide both an understanding of the processes that give rise to environmental degradation and pollution problems, and a capability in management of natural resources. Climate change is a particularly important threat, and is an issue that is dealt with in-depth in a number of the course modules.

  • Duration of training: 9 months
  • Study mode: Full time
Food Security PGDip

This programme aims to provide a broad understanding of the agronomic, environmental, economic and socio-political factors which affect, and are affected, by food security. Population demographics, projected changes in diet, trade liberalisation, an increased focus on conservation, technological innovations including GM crops, the impacts of climate change and adaptation strategies applied as a response to climate change resource limitations (particularly in terms of energy, water and nutrients) are interactions critical to the development of appropriate strategies for food security.

  • Duration of training: 9 months
  • Study mode: Full time
Agricultural Professional Practice PGDip

This course is aimed at people who are interested in pursuing a career within the land based industries in a professional capacity. This could include consultants, agronomists, animal nutritionists, farm managers/ owners and those working for government departments on technical and regulatory issues.

  • Duration of training: 2 years
  • Study mode: Distance with attendance
Ecological Economics PGDip

This course links both the theory and practice of economics with that of natural ecosystems. The programme aims to give students the opportunity to learn about the role that economics can play in the design and implementation of sustainable policies for ecosystem management.

  • Duration of training: 9 months
  • Study mode: Full time
International Animal Welfare Ethics and Law PGDip

The overall objective of this programme is to provide knowledge and an understanding of animal welfare science, with a focus on the international issues arising from animal use in all its forms. The programme is delivered by researchers and teachers from both SRUC and the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education (within the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies) with a series of guest lecturers from around the world.

  • Duration of training: 3 years
  • Study mode: Online
Sustainable Plant Health PGDip

This programme aims to introduce students to the concepts of plant health in a broad sense within the context of the increasing demand for sustainable solutions to maintaining global food supply and ecosystem integrity. The programme is primarily aimed at students wishing to pursue a career in plant protection in agriculture, horticulture, forestry or urban settings, policy development and implementation, plant health inspection, academic and industrial research, consultancy and conservation management.

  • Duration of training: 9 months
  • Study mode: Full time
Soils and Sustainability PGDip

In this programme, you will learn about soil function and management, and soil classification, assessment and analysis, with a strong emphasis on practical skills. You will gain expertise in the relationship between soil and sustainable approaches to land resource use.

  • Duration of training: 9 months
  • Study mode: Full time