• Course Delivery
  • Total Credits
  • Tuition
  • Duration
    1 Year


To provide students with knowledge and understanding of the principles and practice of animal nutrition in production and companion animals, enabling them to apply a scientific and research led approach at a practical level to improve performance, health and welfare.  

Why this programme?

School of Veterinary Medicine ranked Number 1 Vet School in the UK overall (The Complete University Guide) and Number 1 Vet School in the UK for the Quality of Veterinary Research (REF).

Delivered in collaboration with senior academics/nutritionists from SRUC, who along with University staff have an international reputation in the animal nutrition, clinical nutrition and feed industry sectors, with some staff having Registered Nutritionist status (Society for Nutrition).

It is the 1st animal nutrition masters-level programme globally that is delivered entirely part-time and online, within an interactive online learning environment.

The programme design and delivery makes it a particularly attractive option for busy working professionals looking to advance their knowledge and skills-set to support them in their career aspirations, whether they want to work within the animal nutrition sector or want to continue their development into further study for a PhD.

It addresses a critical gap for those aspiring to work in the feed industry a lack of appreciation of nutrition in the context of the commercial animal feed industry, in-part through our links with industry and contributions from industry members.

It will enhance your conceptual, analytical and presentation skills to use effective and modern methods of describing and analysing scientific, research and dietary ration data to inform decisions on managing, designing and evaluating diets in the contexts of the interactions between diet, production, health and disease.

If you choose to study the MSc, PG Diploma and PG Certificate or Continuing Professional Development modules in Animal Nutrition, it gives you the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and consolidate your expertise in the field.

Watch Dr Peter Hastie, the programme director tell you more....

Programme structure:

This programme is online and flexible, and is offered on a part-time basis only.

This degree is structured to allow sequential progression via certificate, diploma and MSc phases. It is also possible to undertake the certificate or diploma as exit or entry qualifications.

Career prospects:

This programme is ideally suited for those individuals who want to pursue a career in the commercial animal nutrition or veterinary nutrition sectors, or for those who wish to go on to further academic and research endeavours through studying for a PhD.


Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student Contract

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    This course will provide students with a comprehensive account of the digestive anatomy and physiology of ruminants and monogastrics, relevant to life stage, physiological status and the gut microbiome.

  • VETSCI5034Feed composition and evaluation 20 Credits

    This course will provide students detailed information about the nutritional basis of feedstuffs and methods of feed evaluation as relevant to ruminants and monogastrics, and how factors such as digestibility, energy partitioning and protein quality are affected.

  • VETSCI5039Nutritional biochemistry & metabolism 20 Credits

    This course will provide students detailed information about the biochemical processes involved in the breakdown and transformation of feed components within the digestive tract of ruminants and monogastrics, as well as the main pathways of nutrient metabolism in animal tissues.

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this programme, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    A 2:1 equivalent degree in a relevant qualification or subject.

  2. Previous work experience

    Applications from candidates with relevant and substantial industry experience are welcomed even if they do not necessarily hold a relevant qualification.

To apply to this programme:

You must apply online for this programme. As part of your online application, you need to submit the following:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s), if you have already completed your degree
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • One reference letter on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English language ability (if your first language is not English)

Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)

Please check you meet the entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.

You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload supporting documents, such as your final transcript or your language test.

Key Dates UK/EU

Application Deadline
Start Date
20 Apr 2020
20 Apr 2020

Tuition & Fees

  • Home/EU: £3,933*
  • International: £3,933*

*Total cost, incremental payment schedule available. Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only.

What it's like to study online

100% online for complete flexibility
Our part-time online programmes are ideal if you're working full-time or have family commitments.
Connect to campus from anywhere
All you need for our online programmes is a device with internet access.
Gain a global perspective
As an online student, you'll be part of an international community of academics and learners.
Learn from the experts
Our world-class teaching and research staff will help you realise your potential.
Interact with everyone
Community building and collaborative learning is a key focus of our online programmes.
Access a multitude of resources
Study using a range of materials, including recorded lectures, live seminars, videos, interactive quizzes, journal articles and ebooks.
Regular Assessments
During each course you will be assessed in a variety of ways which could include essays, discussions, blogs, online presentations, interactive quizzes, assignments or group work.

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