Enhanced Organic Opportunities for Postgraduate Students

Published Thursday, 11th February 2016 in Study at SRUC news

SRUC and the Organic Research Centre

Two of the leading UK education and research organisations in the organic sector will formally join together to deliver one of the country’s few postgraduate courses in organic farming.

SRUC has been running the distance learning Organic Farming MSc since 2002, and for the last nine years the Organic Research Centre (ORC) has been involved in its delivery. The two organisations will now deliver the course in partnership, a development that will enhance the educational experience for the organic farming students.

SRUC Programme Leader, Lou Ralph, says: “Now that the Organic Research Centre has a more formal role in course delivery, students have direct access to even more organic research, thus gaining increased and significant benefits”.

As well as working together on organic farming research projects, SRUC and ORC have also collaborated in a variety of knowledge exchange events including training courses, conferences and the new online information hub, Agricology.

Lou continued: “Our organic farming course is unique as there are no other study programmes which offer part time online distance learning for postgraduate level organic farming studies. We attract a diverse range of students since we welcome those with industry experience as well as those with previous qualifications. Students are able to study almost entirely online, only attending the Aberdeen campus for 3 weekends a year, and they can study for between one and three years to gain a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or their MSc. Our new partnership with ORC will enable us to further strengthen this already excellent provision.”

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