MSc / PGDip in Organic Farming

Earn a Masters / Post Graduate Diploma in Organic Farming from the comfort of your own home.

This course is studied online (part-time) through distance learning. This allows those in continuing employment or with family commitments to participate.

With the exception of several weekend schools and a short study tour, the learning is carried out in the student’s own home, workplace, or suitable location.

There are eight taught modules providing a range of technical, marketing, management, work experience and professional skills development. A study tour is also used to visit a range of organic and conventional farms as well as businesses operating in the organic food supply and distribution chain.

Course Content:

Organic Crop Production

  • Provides an understanding of methods of crop production for arable and vegetable field crops, with particular reference to organic farming in the UK.

Organic Farming Profession

  • An overview of the philosophy, principles, history and development of the organic farming industry.

Organic Forage and Livestock Production

  • Provides students with an understanding of the role of forage legumes in organic systems and describe grassland management systems that maximise the contribution of legumes.

Soils and Nutrient Cycling

  • This module aims to provide the students with the tools to manage their soils optimally. Students also develop practical skills in soil assessment and whole farm nutrient budgeting.

Organic Farming Case Study

  • Aims to improve the student’s ability to undertake whole farm analysis and in particular organic conversion planning.

Organic Arming Work Placement

  • Allows students to become familiar with an organisation or business in the organic food and farming sector during a 6-week (or equivalent) work placement.

Issues in Organic Farming

  • Provides an overview of the principles of environmental management in the context of organic agriculture, helping students gain an appreciation of the potential impacts of agricultural enterprises. Includes a 3-day study tour.

Marketing & Business Management in the Organic Farming Sector

  • This module will provide an understanding of the concepts, principles and techniques involved in marketing management and how they are applied in the context of the organic farming sector.

MSc Project (taken following successful completion of taught modules)

  • Provides an opportunity for in-depth individual research on a topic related to organic farming.

Please contact the NOTS office for information on costs and starting date.

Places on this course are limited. As this is an academic post-graduate course, applicants are required to complete a full application process to SRUC Admissions. Applications are available at .

Applications are open until the 31st of August 2021 but it is recommended to get your application done as soon as possible.

Once you have been offered a place on the course by SRUC, eligible members are welcome to apply to NOTS for reduced funding rate.

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