Postgraduate - Poultry Production PgC / MRes | Harper Adams University

PgC / MRes

Poultry Production

Year of entry


1 year (full-time)
2 to 3 years (part-time)

Start date: September 2018


Final award: PgC / MRes

Do you want to develop your technical poultry production practice to postgraduate level?

Harper Adams University has developed a Masters degree in Poultry Production.

The course

The poultry meat and egg sectors continue to show a consistent growth across all continents, with greater levels of expansion in developing regions of the world. Poultry meat production exceeded 100 milion tons in 2013 with broiler production accounting for all but 10 per cent of this production. With the anticipated expansion in world human population of 9.3 billion primarily in developing countries the demand four poultry meat is expected to continue into the future with India and China representing particularly large markets. Egg production is also expected to continue its expansion. Poultry is a major consumer of animal feed grain, with 40% of the total being used by poultry. There will be competing demands for this feed, which the poultry sector will need to respond to. 

The UK poultry industry is characterised by a small number of large integrated companies a position increasingly mirrored on a global scale. Whilst there is a clear opportunity for growth there are a number of known challenges including feed price volatility in the short to medium term, the increased competition for raw materials in the longer term, poultry health, human health related issues (e.g. Campylobacter), concerns over antibiotic use.

The global poultry sector is particularly well placed to address the needs for increasing quantities of animal derived protein, this programme will provide the platform for students to address these and other emerging issues through focused and tailored assignments allowing students to plot their own pathway of learning.

The programme will serve to offer a portfolio of multidisciplinary topics within a selection of specialised integrative modules to advance students’ understanding of the relevant biosciences underpinning poultry farming.  This will be presented within a theme of mono-gastric animal production where there are many similarities of principle and scientific approaches. 

In summary the course:

  • Supports students to develop a level of understanding and knowledge that allows them to work as subject specialists and lead developments within poultry production systems.
  • Supports students to evaluate the wider consequences of animal production systems, mitigating any detrimental effects on animal welfare, food quality and the natural environment.
  • Supports students in their development of an advanced understanding of the biological factors that limit animal production and the scientific, technological, economic and social factors that influence animal production systems.

How will it benefit me?

The course will:

  • Prepare students for a career in Poultry Production.
  • Offer vocational training in the area of applied Poultry Production.
  • Prepare students for PhD studies.


The full-time and two year part-time courses are eligible for a postgraduate loan.

Entry requirements for 2018

For PgC entry candidates should possess one of the following:

  • Honours degree (at least a 2.2)
  • A good UK based HND or Foundation Degree, together with related industrial or professional experience of at least two years
  • A Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate or equivalent
Teaching and learning

Modules are usually delivered as an intensive short course, taught over a one week block, with a maximum of 5 days per 15 credit module providing in the region of 35 hours of contact time.  

Teaching may consist of formal lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical exercises, laboratory sessions, study visits or the use of guest speakers.

The PgC is offered full-time and part-time to allow those in work to study towards an award at a pace that suits their needs and time available.

The PgC is particularly well suited to those currently working in the sector as a means of initial training or CPD.


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