MPhil Industrial Animal Nutrition and Feed Production
Every successful enterprise reflects the material and intellectual investments that back it up, and the level of attention that it receives. The state of the livestock industry in Ghana undoubtedly needs significant improvement to enable it meet the growing demands of the market for livestock, both for export and to meet local needs. The slow growth performance of the industry over the years can be directly attributed to over-reliance on imports due to technology gaps and the mismatch between industry requirements for trained manpower and the ability of relevant training institutions to supply such skilled manpower. In order for the expected growth to be achieved, a critical level of human resource capacity is required to help transform and modernize Ghana’s agriculture, especially the livestock sector (Ghana Shared Growth Agenda).
The MPhil course in Industrial Nutrition and Feed Production is designed to offer opportunities at postgraduate level for students of animal science and other biological sciences to acquire advanced knowledge and skills in animal nutrition and feed formulation. It is also meant to create openings for middle and top level personnel engaged in the livestock/life sciences industry to upgrade their practice with skills and knowledge based on new developments in the discipline. For such practicing professionals, the programme will broaden and deepen their insights in the technical, business and management aspects of the industry.
Goal of the Programme
The aim of the programme is to develop high levels of human resource capacity required for the transformation and modernization of Ghana’s animal industry.
In practice, graduates from this programme are expected to be able to apply scientific principles to formulate and compound nutritionally balanced feed for all species and classes of domesticated livestock, develop feedstuffs from non-conventional, locally available resources, set up and manage a commercial feed manufacturing enterprise, set up livestock-/feed production complexes, and turn around the fortunes of ailing feed manufacturing companies.
The objectives of the MPhil course in Industrial Animal Nutrition and Feed Production are:
- To offer opportunities at the postgraduate level for students of animal science and other biological sciences to acquire advanced knowledge and skills in animal nutrition and feed formulation.
- To create openings for middle and top level personnel engaged in the livestock/life sciences industry to upgrade their practice with skills and knowledge based on new developments in the discipline.
- To impart the necessary expertise for a career in the commercial livestock feed manufacturing sector.
- To equip graduates with the competence to perform confidently in both academic and industrial public and private environments.
- To equip graduates with knowledge to enable them adapt, adopt and transfer modern nutritional technologies developed anywhere in the world.
Admission Requirements and Target Groups
A candidate seeking admission to the MPhil Industrial Animal Nutrition and Feed Production degree programme must:
- Have obtained a good first degree, BSc in Agriculture, Biological Sciences or related fields (at least a Second Class) from a recognized University.
- Submit an official transcript of academic record
- Submit at least two reference reports, one of which must be from a former lecturer
- Satisfy any additional requirements prescribed by the Institution. These may include relevant work experience and an interview.
The MPhil programme in Industrial Animal Nutrition and Feed Production will include the following core courses. In the first year, a candidate will choose two electives from the list of elective courses, one each in the first and second semesters bringing total credits to 18 per semester.
|Advance Animal Nutrition|
|ANFP 603||Feed Technology I||1||3|
|ANFP 605||Ruminant Nutrition & Production Systems||1||3|
|ANFP 609||Industrial Lectures||1||3|
|ANFP 611||Logic and ethics||1||3|
|ANFP 612||People and interpersonal skills||1||3|
|ANFP 613||Basic French Language||1||3|
|Core Courses second semester|
|ANFP 602||Non-Ruminant/Grasscutter Nutrition & Production Systems||2||3|
|ANFP 604||Feed Technology II||2||3|
|ANFP 606||SME Management and Development||2||3|
|ANFP 608||Research Methods and Communication||2||3|
|ANFP 610||Seminar 1||2||3|
|ANFP 621*||Industrial Training||1||3|
|ANFP 622||Seminar 2||1||3|
|ANFP 613||Industrial Lectures||1-2||6|
* First 3 months dedicated to industrial training
Specialized Fields for Research:
- Poultry Nutrition
- Pig Nutrition
- Cattle Nutrition
- Sheep and Goat Nutrition,
- Development of feed resources for any of the animal species.
Students from industry may opt for a thesis related to their special circumstances. Students will be encouraged to undertake their research in related companies with the aim of making them more competitive and efficient.
Student Learning Outcomes
Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Apply scientific principles to formulate and compound nutritionally balanced feed for all species and classes of domesticated livestock,
- Develop feedstuffs from non-conventional, locally available resources,
- Set up and manage a commercial feed manufacturing enterprise,
- Set up livestock/feed production complexes,
- To advise animal husbandry practitioners on feed formulation and nutrition
- Turn around the fortunes of ailing feed manufacturing companies.
- Adapt, adopt and transfer modern nutritional technologies developed anywhere in the world.