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Climate Cafe study weekend at SRUC Aberdeen

SRUC runs a number of distance learning programmes with HNC Poultry Production and HNC Countryside Management popular undergraduate courses.

MSc Distance Learning students enjoy a Burns Supper at SRUC Aberdeen Campus

In addition, we offer five MSc programmes offering a range of options for those wishing to fine tune their existing qualifications and become more of an expert in their field, while others come to the land based industries from other routes perhaps through a hobby or passion that has developed into something more.

The flexibility of distance learning means that while the majority of our students are from within the UK we also have a truly international student base; with individuals from Germany and Italy and others from as far away as Mauritius and Malawi to name a few.

Students from our MSc Organic Farming programme met during a study weekend at SRUC Aberdeen this month and took part in a workshop we ran on climate change.

Titled “Climate-CAFE Project” (Climate-CAFE is the acronym for “Climate Change Adaptability of cropping and Farming systems for Europe) brings together researchers from SRUC Aberdeen and Edinburgh, and the Nutrient Management Institute in The Netherlands.

The students then got together for a traditional Burns Supper and Scottish Ceilidh which was a novelty, particularly for the international students in attendance.

In September 2016, MSc Countryside Management students embarked on several interesting field trips to aide their studies, including:

  • A trip to investigate multi-purpose land use;
  • Peatland bog habitat evaluation;
  • Species identification and familiarisation at a RSPB reserve.

Countryside Management programme leader Cath Seeds said

“Study weekend give students the opportunity to meet up with other like minded individuals and develop important connections which supports their distance learning experience. It also provides students the opportunity to meet staff and benefit from their expertise by putting some of the theory into real-life settings in some spectacular locations.”

SRUC MSc Students visiting an RSPB site to participate in various activities


With new opportunities for funding postgraduate study, in the form of loans, in most of the UK countries – the opportunity to really expand specialised knowledge or venture into an entirely new and exciting area is now within the reach of many more people who might previously have struggled to pay for postgraduate education without the support of employers.

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