aerial view of the Agriculture building and campus

About the School

From the food we eat to the environment in which we live, our School continues a long tradition within Newcastle University of advancing knowledge through its teaching and research activities.

We promote excellence in research and teaching in the natural and social sciences relating to food, agriculture, rural environments, the countryside, and the rural economy.

Our research

Our cutting-edge research extends across the spectrum of:

  • food science and human health
  • agricultural science and management
  • soil and environmental science
  • rural economy and society
  • food and product marketing

The School brings together 60 academic staff across a wide range of disciplines within the natural and social sciences.

The School houses internationally renowned research groups including the Centre for Rural Economy and Nafferton Ecological Farming Group.

Researchers within the School are also involved in Newcastle University's Societal Challenge Theme research institutes (Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability, Institute for Ageing and the Institute for Social Renewal).

Athena SWAN

The School has recently been awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze Award.


We offer high quality undergraduate and postgraduate courses as well as higher degrees by research across the whole spectrum of subjects. Our aims are simple, to:

  • inspire our students
  • create an exciting yet supportive environment in which to study
  • ensure the quality of our teaching and learning provision