Graduate, PhD and Masters opportunities


3 x PhD Studentships at Queen's University Belfast

Closing Dates for ALL three studentships: 31st May 2017


1. Early life nutritional impacts on the rumen microbiome and relationships with production and quality traits in ruminants​

(Professor Nigel Scollan IGFS, QUB); Dr Steven Morrison (AFBI) and Dr Sharon Huws IGFS, QUB)

Project aim: Impact of early life nutrition on the rumen microbiome and implications for animal health and productivity.

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2. Developing targeted enzyme based approaches for improving the healthiness of red meat

(Dr Sharon Huws and Prof Nigel Scollan IGFS, QUB)

Project aim: Characterisation of the enzymes involved in the biohydrogenation in order to develop novel methods for improving the healthiness of meat and milk.

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3. Enhancing nutritional value of ruminant meat to improve human health and wellbeing​

(Professor Nigel Scollan; Dr Katerina Theodoridou; Dr Sharon Huws, IGFS, QUB and Dr Eva Lewis Devenish Nutrition)

Three year PhD (with enhanced stipend), part of collaboration between Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) and Devenish Nutrition.

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PhD Studentship - Identification of barriers to and facilitators for reducing phosphorus losses from UK dairy farms

University of Reading - School of Agriculture, Policy and Development

CLOSING DATE: 31st May 2017

"Phosphorus (P) is an important nutrient for plant and animal growth and has been heavily used in fertilizer and feed supplements to increase crop and animal production globally and in the UK to secure food supply for a growing population. In recent years P use in animal agriculture has been under scrutiny because diffuse P pollution from concentrated animal holdings has come to be considered one of the major contributors to water quality degradation and less diverse aquatic ecosystems (i.e. eutrophication). 

The current project aims to reduce P losses to the environment from UK dairy farms by 1) identifying barriers to reducing P overfeeding to dairy cows, 2) assessing on-farm P imbalances and associated P losses and 3) identifying management strategies to improve on-farm P balance. 

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Role of the rumen microbiome in enhancing feed efficiency and reducing methane emissions in sheep

Teagasc Athenry and the Plant & AgriBiosciences Research Centre (PABC) at NUI Galway

​CLOSING DATE: 12th June 2017

Background: Global demand for livestock products will continue to increase driven by growing populations. In 2010, the ruminant sector contributed about 29 percent to global meat production (equivalent to 81 million tonnes) of which 79 percent is from the cattle sector and the remaining from buffalo and small ruminants. Global milk production in 2010 was 717 million tonnes with milk production from the cattle sector contributing the bulk, about 83 percent of global production.While ruminants play an important role in providing high quality protein essential for human diets, they are an important source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. To avoid significant increases in total GHG emissions from the sector, a reduction of the intensity of emissions from ruminant livestock is required. 

Between 2000 and 2050, the global goat and sheep population is forecast to rise from 1.7 billion to 2.7 billion. Globally, small ruminant production of meat and milk is currently responsible for 428.8 million tonnes CO2-eq, of which 254.4 million tonnes CO2-eq (59 percent) are associated with sheep production. Significant efforts are underway to develop low-emissions sheep production systems, through breeding of low-emissions sheep combined with innovations in husbandry and feeding regimes. Teagasc have made considerable progress in analysing the microbial diversity, abundance and functional capacity of the bovine rumen and its influence on host feed efficiency and methane emissions. In the Teagasc Athenry sheep improvement programme, Residual Feed Intake (RFI) and other production traits are measured routinely on large numbers of sheep and rumen contents collected. In this Walsh Fellowship, the PhD student will measure methane emissions from the sheep, and perform next-generation sequencing to investigate the influence of the sheep rumen microbiome in controlling host feed efficiency and methane emissions. Due to low cost, large numbers, easy handing and extensive phenotyping, sheep are as an excellent model to study the rumen microbiome for developing novel strategies to reduce methane emissions. 

The Walsh Fellow will enrol in the NUI Galway - Teagasc Structured PhD in Plant & AgriBiosciences to generate data that contributes to development of more carbon-neutral approaches for ruminant livestock production and products. The project will contribute to the broader goals of the NUI Galway – Teagasc Research & Education Alliance on Carbon-Neutral Agriculture which was launched in July 2016. 

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PgC/PgD/MSc - Aquaculture 
Do you want to develop your technical fish production practice to postgraduate level?  Harper Adams University has developed the first Masters degree in Aquaculture. Further information 



MSc/PGDip Animal Nutrition – University of Nottingham

This new vocational course offers the unique opportunity to study farm, companion and zoo animal nutrition and acquire business skills and an in-depth knowledge of the international animal feed industry. This combination will equip you with the knowledge and skills for working in either research or industry.    Further information



PhDs - Nottingham Trent University
Numerous fully-funded PhD studentship opportunities for 2017 available across a number of schools, including animal, rural and environmental sciences. Closing date for applications is Friday 9 December. For information on individual projects and how to apply, visit the NTU Doctoral School website or