Course overview

Book Now The Genetics & Genomics in Agriculture course is designed to give those with little understanding of genetics a practical knowledge of the principles and technologies that underpin breeding programmes. It will focus on the challenges facing land-based production in the 21st century and on the role of emerging technologies such as Genetics & Genomics in meeting these challenges sustainably.

After initially detailing the broad objectives and methods involved in breeding programmes it will allow you to follow a specific crop or animal breeding pathway. It will give you an understanding of the methodologies applied in molecular and population genetics as well as in related disciplines such as proteomics and metabolomics, allowing you to conceptualise and apply these concepts to further agricultural production.

The Genetics & Genomics in Agriculture course is an optional module in the MSc Sustainable and Efficient Food Production

The course is delivered by Aberystwyth University, entirely online through distance learning.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Genetics & Genomics in Agriculture course participants should be able to:

  • Evaluate the relative limitations and merits of different technologies for crop and animal improvement.
  • Demonstrate a detailed understanding of genetic inheritance of traits and the methods utilised for reporting genetic merit.
  • Discuss in detail the relative importance of genotype and environment in the inheritance of metric traits.
  • Evaluate scientific, practical and ethical issues in the application of genetics to animal and plant improvement.
Additional Course Information

Areas covered will include:

  • Domestication of agricultural species
  • Basic concepts of genetics
  • Modern breeding methodologies
  • Trait evaluation and reporting
  • Marker assisted selection and next generation
  • Genetic technology
  • Agricultural Genetics and Society
  • Future prospects

Key facts

Course Dates
June to August
14 weeks
Entry Requirements
Graduate level or relevant experience
Fee info
From £750
IFST Membership
Your course enrolment also entitles you to one year of free membership to the IFST (Institute of Food, Science and Technology).
CQFW Level
Course Provider
Aberystwyth University
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Course Arrangements
Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location
Aberystwyth University, Online
AFTP Cohort
Course Logistics
Our distance learning modules are designed to be flexible and most of our participants work full time at the same time as studying for 10 to 15 per week, for each 20 credit module. Blocks of modules are delivered with start dates in January, May and September, with most modules offered once each year.
My AFTP training course has given me greater confidence day-to-day and more insight into the impact of new techniques and technologies.
Andy Russell - Fresh Produce Technologist, Bakkavor

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