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8010F-69 - Animal Science MPhil, PhD

Animal Science MPhil, PhD

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Start in: September 2022

Our animal science research areas relate to animal health and welfare, environmental impact of livestock systems, and safety and quality of livestock products.

Overview

 Join us for your MPhil or PhD in Animal Science. Our research-active academic staff will support you.

The School of Natural and Environmental Sciences has an internationally recognised centre of excellence in animal sciences. It draws on fundamental research and applies it to areas of societal, industrial and policy importance.

Our research primarily involves:

  • farm livestock, domesticated animal and wildlife applied research
  • integrated livestock system development and evaluation
  • animal behaviour, health and welfare
  • survival, health and efficiency of nutrient utilisation

Opportunities are available for postgraduate research in the following areas of animal science:

Animal health and welfare

This ranges from fundamental work on understanding animal needs and behavioural problems, to mechanistic studies of health and disease at the molecular level. It also includes the development of practical on-farm monitoring and assessment methods.

Environmental impact of livestock systems

Our work examines:

  • the consequences of modifications in nutrition and husbandry
  • alterations in breeding strategies to improve the efficiency of resource use

Safety and quality of livestock products, including milk, meat and eggs

Our 'field to fork' expertise allows us to study the relationships between husbandry systems and nutritional inputs of animals and the composition of their products, with further implications for human diet and health.

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MPhil, PhD

How you'll learn

Your development

Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering (SAgE) researcher development programme 

Each faculty offers a researcher development programme for its postgraduate research students. We have designed your programme to help you:

  • perform better as a researcher
  • boost your career prospects
  • broaden your impact

Through workshops and activities, it will build your transferable skills and increase your confidence.

You’ll cover:

  • techniques for effective research
  • methods for better collaborative working
  • essential professional standards and requirements

Your programme is flexible. You can adapt it to meet your changing needs as you progress through your doctorate.

Find out more about the SAgE researcher development programme

Your future

Our Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body

Facilities

Farms

Our multi-purpose farms are viable farming businesses. We use them as demonstration facilities for teaching purposes. They also provide land-based research facilities, especially in the area of organic production.

Cockle Park Farm is a 262ha mixed farm facility. It includes:

  • the Palace Leas Plots hay meadow experiment
  • an anaerobic digestion plant that will generate heat, electricity and digestate - an organic fertiliser - from pig and cattle manure

Nafferton Farm is a 300ha farm. It has two main farm units covering conventional and organic farming systems. The two systems are primarily focussed upon dairying and arable cropping. Both also operate beef production enterprises as a by-product of their dairy enterprises. The organic system is unique in maintaining a small-scale potato and vegetable production enterprise.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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  • additional costs
  • living costs
  • tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

Postgraduate Research Administrator
School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6900
Email: snes.pgr.support@ncl.ac.uk

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