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Professional Doctorate in Doctor of Agriculture DAg (Distance Learning)

About This Professional Doctorate

Course Description

Course Starts September, January or May

Course Description

This course, offered by a leading research institute in grass-microbe-animal interactions in relation to sustainable efficient farming, is aimed at professionals working within the agri-food sector. It provides students with an in-depth understanding of the components of ruminant production and mixed farming systems, focussing on the latest research into how these systems can be made more sustainable and efficient.

The aim of this Professional Doctorate programme is to produce a qualification which, whilst being equivalent in status and challenge to a PhD, is more appropriate for those pursuing professional rather than academic careers. Our DAg programme comprises taught modules and two work-based research projects, carried out through two-day workshops, distance learning and a mixture of live and virtual supervisory meetings. While the primary academic focus is on the completion of an advanced piece of research, the collaborative route provided by a work-based research project provides an ideal opportunity to embed new knowledge in the work place and ensure that research is relevant to industry. As such, it is crucial that a student’s employer is supportive of both their research aims and the time commitment that the proposed research will involve. Self-employed students should aim to undertake research which will be closely aligned to their business.


The DAg is delivered in two parts:

Part I is undertaken for a minimum of two years and comprises two taught modules from the ATP menu*, a taught ‘Research Methodologies’ module; and a portfolio of work or a research thesis (approximately 20,000 words in length). Each taught module is worth 20 credits and takes 12-14 weeks to complete. The short Part 1 thesis should involve analysing existing data from the candidate’s workplace. For example: Reviewing historical mineral deficiency data by species and region; analysing and interpreting the findings. Students may exit here with an MRes.

Part II is undertaken for a minimum of three years and comprises a longer portfolio of work or a research thesis (up to 60,000 words). It will involve experimentation and must embody the methodology and results of original research. It should, ideally, be built upon the Part 1 thesis. Thus, from the example above, could be something like: Changing practices and introducing innovation to combat mineral deficiencies.

• Genetics and Genomics

• Grassland Systems

• Organic and Low Input Ruminant Production

• Ruminant Gut Microbiology

• Ruminant Health & Welfare

• Ruminant Nutrition

• Global Ruminant Production

• Silage Science

• Farm Business Management

• Plant Breeding

Each module is worth 20 credits and takes 12-14 weeks to complete.

Visit the Doctor of Agriculture DAg (Distance Learning) page on the Aberystwyth University website for more details!

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Aberystwyth International Scholarships for 2018-19 - 20+ Awards

Selection will be on the basis of academic performance and the applicant’s suitability for their proposed course.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Scholarships worth £2,000 towards tuition fees will be available for International (non-UK) students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses or a research Programme (MPhil, LLM by Research or PhD) in September 2018.

Application Procedure

Separate application forms are not required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place be received by the AU Postgraduate Admissions Office by the deadline specified.

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AberGrad Scholarship - 20+ Awards

Aberystwyth University offers a Scholarship towards Taught Masters, LLM by research and MPhil tuition fees for Aberystwyth University graduates. The Aber-Grad Scholarship applies to both UK/EU and International students. If you hold a First Class Bachelors (Hons.) degree, then the scholarship will be 20% of your tuition fees. Holders of Second Class degrees are eligible for a scholarship worth 10% of your Taught Masters tuition fee.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% - 20% discount of Taught Masters tuition fee


Students must be graduates of Aberystwyth University having gained at least a 2:2 or above.

Application Procedure

Applications for relevant courses must be received by the publicised deadline. You do not need to apply separately for this loyalty discount as it is automatically applied to course fees on enrolment where eligible.

Further Information


IBERS International Scholarship for Distance Learning Schemes - 10 Awards

IBERS International Scholarship allows for discounts of up to 80% on our Distance Learning. Scholarships are awarded to eligible students based on merit on a per module basis. You can apply for between 1 and 7 modules, including dissertation. The level of support awarded may vary between modules. You will be informed of the award amount for each of your modules before you proceed.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Discount of up to 80% on our DL modules


• Be a citizen of or working in a Global South country
• Hold at least a 2.1 degree OR be working for a non-commercial organisation with a focus on agricultural development or environmental protection
• Meet all of the course entry requirements including IELTS level 6.5

Application Procedure

To apply follow the link:

Further Information

Entry Requirements

Candidates must hold a second class honours degree in agricultural /biological science or a closely related discipline and have at least two years relevant experience in a responsible position in the agri-food sector.This programme is currently only available to UK and EU students. However, we hope to expand it's reach in the near future.

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