New Professional Doctorates at Royal Veterinary College29 October 2013
UK - Applications are now open for two new Professional Doctorates in Agriculture and Food (DAgriFood) and Veterinary Practice (VetD) at The Royal Veterinary College.
The DAgriFood is aimed at professionals currently working in the agri-food sector, from animal production through to retail outlets, as well as animal scientists, veterinary surgeons and other veterinary para-professionals supporting livestock health and production. The VetD is open to the wider veterinary sector. Bursaries are available to cover course fees until academic year 2015-2016 for candidates who satisfy UK residency criteria and are currently employed in the UK agri-food sector.
The two programmes encourage students to find novel approaches for integrating academic and professional knowledge. Students are expected to make a contribution to both theory and practice in their field, and in particular to develop professional practice by making a contribution to professional knowledge.
The programmes are delivered through part-time, structured on-line distance learning, allowing students to study whilst in full time employment. Students will be expected to occasionally attend campus for their initial induction and for assessments throughout the programme. Our professional doctorates require the completion of an original piece of research, which in the majority of cases will be carried out within the student’s own sponsoring organisation. The programmes also include a taught component related to the discipline(s) being studied to increase the breadth or depth of their knowledge, and training in research methodology and professional skills.
The two programmes have been developed with the involvement of experts in veterinary science, animal science and agriculture, from across the four universities involved in the BBSRC-supported Advanced Training Partnership in Intensive Livestock Health and Production. This was awarded in May 2011 to The Royal Veterinary College, in collaboration with Newcastle, Edinburgh and Cambridge Universities.
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