Course overview

Book Now The Ruminant Nutrition course will outline the fundamental physiological and microbiological principles underpinning ruminant nutrition. You will look at the design of animal nutrition experiments; ruminant ration formulation and evaluation; nutrient digestion and metabolism; microbial populations and their ecology; and metabolism of carbohydrates, protein and lipids in order to modify the characteristics of meat and milk. The module will also look at research into reducing environmental impacts from ruminants through their nutrition.

This course is an optional module in the MSc Sustainable and 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:

  • Evaluate the scientific methods used in nutrition research.
  • Discuss the ecology of the rumen and the methods used to modify it.
  • Evaluate the methods used to modify the characteristics of meat and milk.
  • Discuss the digestion and metabolism of nutrients in ruminants.
Additional Course Information

Areas covered will include:

  • Fundamentals of Ruminant Nutrition
  • Research methods used in ruminant nutrition
  • Ecology of the Rumen
  • Managing the Rumen
  • Altering product composition through nutrition
  • Feed sourcing and alternative feeds
  • Home grown feeds
  • Nutrition and meeting product quality
  • Nutrition and the Environment
  • Ruminant Genetics


Key facts

Course Dates
Oct - Jan 2020
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
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.

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