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Research at SRUC is focused on rural, environmental and land-based activity and underpins our education and consultancy. Our work addresses health and productivity in animals, animal welfare and crops, promotes low carbon farming and increases farm output through efficiency and innovation.

Our vision is to be a dynamic and innovative research community that benefits the rural economy and rural communities and enhances their environment through the following Research Groups:

  • Animal & Veterinary Sciences - Our strengths are in a number of science areas particularly genetics, animal behaviour, nutrition and epidemiology
  • Crop & Soil Systems - Our vision is to be recognised for the quality of our science and knowledge exchange with stakeholders, to benefit crop production and health, the environment, and the rural economy
  • Future Farming Systems - Our interdisciplinary research aims to understand and meet the needs of a wide range of future farming systems
  • Rural Economy, Environment & Society - Our research aims to improve the economic, environmental and social sustainability of rural areas in particular development of sustainable agricultural systems and food supply chains

Research Locations


Our research centres and teams are based in 7 locations across Scotland including sites in Inverness, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Ayr.

Research News

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Follow the latest announcements, achievements and progress made within Research.

PhD Vacancies


Find out more about SRUC current vacancies including PhD vacancies and apply online.

Research Publications

Science Books

Our research publications cover a wide range of topics, including crops, livestock, climate change, rural issues etc and are available as free downloads.

Research Degrees

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Find out what areas of research SRUC is involved in and how to apply.

Rural Policy Centre

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A focus for research in rural policy, informing and contributing to policy debates, issuing regular briefings and organising high profile events.