Course overview


The Sustainable Grassland Systems course looks at the range and distribution of grassland and forage crops. Nutrient management and environmental protection are themes throughout, as are strategies for grazing and forage preservation. The role of plant breeding and management is investigated. You will evaluate the management requirements of a range of grassland systems and the factors that underpin forage cropping programmes. 

This course is an optional module in the MSc in Sustainable & Efficient Food Production

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

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module participants should be able to:

  • Detail the range and distribution of grasslands and forages and the characteristics of the major herbage species.
  • Review and evaluate the development of new forage crops for use in pasture-based systems.
  • Review and evaluate the potential of grass biorefining.
  • Evaluate the influence of management and environment on pasture composition and critically appraise forage cropping programmes.
  • Evaluate grazing and forage conservation requirements and evaluate grassland and forage management plans and conservation systems in order to provide optimum yield and quality.
  • Critically appraise the potential for current research in grassland and forage crop production and utilisation to provide alternative methods of livestock feeding.


Additional Course Information

Areas covered will include:

  • Range and distribution of grasslands
  • Characteristics of forage species
  • Grassland composition
  • Managing pests and diseases in a changing environment
  • Soil quality and low input systems
  • Grazing
  • Forage breeding
  • Forage preservation and bio-refining
  • Ruminant Nutrition
  • Grassland Systems

Key facts

Course Dates
Oct to Jan 2021
14 weeks
Entry Requirements
Graduate level or relevant experience
Fee info
from £750.00
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
Provider Reference Number
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 February, June and October, with most modules offered once each year.

Sarah Watson-Jones



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

Our partners