We are one of the world’s longest established universities for agriculture-related research and advanced teaching. We appointed our first Chair of Agriculture in 1891 and in 1896 established Cockle Park Farm as a research facility.

Today, our research and teaching activities extend from ‘farm to fork’ and cover a broad range of issues affecting food security, farming and rural development such as crop production systems, animal production systems, food quality and safety, the rural environment, rural society, agricultural economics and agri-business.


• The Centre for Rural Economy hosts the £25 million Rural Economy and Land Use research programme.
• The Nafferton Ecological Farming group provides a focus for strategic and applied field research and technology transfer, aimed at improvement of organic and low-input food production systems.
• Nafferton Farm  hosts a long-term, farm-scale comparison between conventional and organic agriculture.
• The Centre for Renewable Energy from Land (based at Cockle Park Farm), promotes and researches existing and emerging bio-energy technologies.

Your study experience

Staff and students are part of the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development and contribute to the interdisciplinary research networks within this grouping.

MSc Programmes

Our career-focused MSc programmes reflect the diverse professions in the sector and enable you to study modules and undertake projects that are informed by the latest research.

Alongside developing your specialist subject knowledge and expertise, studying a taught postgraduate programme at Newcastle will also enable you to develop transferable skills relevant to the global job market.

MPhil/PhD Study

Research students are supported in their studies through a structured programme of supervision and training via our faculty specific Research Training Programmes which have been endorsed by the UK research councils and adhere to their framework of excellence.


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