SAC launches new distance-learning poultry course

The SAC has launched a distance learning version of its post graduate Applied Poultry Science courses, allowing poultry professionals to study around work and family commitments.

A distance learning approach is particularly suited to those in continuing employment or with other commitments, explains Nick Sparks of the SAC Avian Science Research Centre. “Course participants come from a wide range of backgrounds, including nutritionists, breeders, vets and other poultry sector workers who wish to develop their career and businesses.”

Courses cover a mix of technical, scientific, nutritional, environmental and management skill development modules. These include poultry nutrition and growth management skills, behaviour and welfare, hatchery practice plus health and hygiene.

The postgraduate diploma (PgDip) extends over two years of study and the masters degree (MSc) is typically three years, the final year of which is dedicated to a research project. However, students can take up to five to complete the MSc if needed so that they can accommodate other work/family commitments – emphasising the flexibility of the course.

Participants can study full-time or part-time or take just one or two modules for professional development, training, or personal interest. The course is now available for a September intake and is validated by the University of Glasgow.