MSc Livestock Production Science

Writtle College

Program Description

MSc Livestock Production Science

Writtle College

Writtle College is pleased to offer a new and revised MSc in Livestock Production Science. This specialist Masters course is primarily aimed at people who want to gain a competitive edge in the areas of sustainable livestock production, health, nutrition and welfare. Writtle College can draw on over 120 years of experience in training livestock managers to ensure that this MSc will offer you the expert knowledge and skills required to pursue a leading career in livestock management, development, advisory work and research, at national or international levels.

The programme has been specifically updated to ensure that course content is in line with the latest industry research, principles and practices. Exciting new modules that have been introduced include sustainable livestock production, animal genetic resources, livestock health and welfare management. Other revised modules include animal nutrition science, livestock feeds & rationing and advanced animal production.

Course Content

The MSc is delivered as part and full time option with the taught component in the Autumn and Spring term.

Dissertations are normally carried out over the Summer months.

Learning & Teaching Methods

The teaching methods are a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, visits and student managed learning.

The self-guided study takes place under the supervision of experienced staff from the Centre of Equine and Animal Science at Writtle College. Students are assessed using a number of methods, for example written examination, reports, essays, seminars, debates, oral presentations, case studies and project dissertation.

The research project is an essential part of the MSc programme and provides the opportunity to carry out an independent piece research, critically analyse data and write a dissertation. The project will normally include hands-on practical experimentation to teach students how to gather and process data and problem solve. The project is supervised by an academic member of staff and takes place over an extended period during the spring and summer. The project can be based either at Writtle College or other suitable external institution.

Examples of potential areas for dissertation projects:

  • Effects of plant extracts (essential oils) on rumen micro-organisms
  • Development of novel methods for oestrus detection in cows
  • Evaluation effects of diet on semen quality in rams, boars and stallions
  • Beef, sheep and pig production studies
  • Use of molecular biology techniques for identifying genes linked to production traits in farm animals
  • Use of in vitro techniques to study gut microbial function
  • Effects of production systems, processing and packaging on meat quality characteristics

Employment Details

On completion, graduates use their award to secure management-level jobs and/or to improve their promotion prospects.

Many opportunities exist in either government services or related non-governmental agencies: for example senior positions in DEFRA or international organisations such as the FAO. There are numerous technical positions in the feed industry for nutrition and livestock production consultants, and research and development management roles advertised in forums such as the Farmers Weekly. Career opportunities also exist in companies specialising in farm animal breeding and reproduction, and those that develop and supply veterinary medicines and pharmaceuticals. Some graduates may take up lecturing positions in universities and colleges or proceed to do further postgraduate study e.g. PhD.

Fees and Financial Support

For fees please follow links on our website. Part-time student fees for each semester will be charged on a pro-rata basis. There are limited bursaries for part-payment of fees (for UK students only) from the Alice Noakes Memorial Trust. Applications for these bursaries can only be made via the course manager on admission to the course. There are also scholarships from the Marshall Papworth Trust for overseas students from developing countries. Applications for Marshall Papworth Scholarships are not made directly to the trust, but via the College Postgraduate Coordinator (Dr Anya Perera)

How to Apply

All applicants need to complete an application form, a personal statement and provide copies of academic certificates and transcripts. For an application form, please follow links on the website. We continue taking applications until the end of August. Overseas students are encouraged to apply early to facilitate timely processing of student visas

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Entry Requirements

A good BSc Honours degree (2.2 or above) in a related science subject such as animal science, agriculture, biological science, zoology, veterinary science or other appropriate life science degree.

Applicants with BSc (Hons) 3rd class pass and with extensive industrial experience may also be considered for the Masters programme.

Key and Functional Skills
A maximum of 20 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 Key Skills will be taken into consideration when making offers of places for Higher Education courses.

All applicants must possess a minimum of four GCSEs grade A–C including, English Language, Mathematics and Science.
Science is not applicable for BA (Hons) Contemporary Art and Design course.

Please note:
An equivalent or higher combination of grades to that indicated above will also be accepted.

Last updated September 30, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Aug. 2018
Full time
5,500 GBP
United Kingdom - Chelmsford, England
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International fee (Non-EU): £11500