Agronomy is the science of crop production and soil management, leading to improvements in crop yield and quality.
You study wide-ranging agriculture topics in your first two years, exploring biology, soil science, nutrition, management, accounting and law.
In your third year you specialise in agronomy, learning about the production and protection of a wide range of crops (such as cereals, oilseeds and field vegetables), how to meet economic needs and consumer demand, and changing climatic conditions.
We rank 2nd in the UK for Agriculture and Forestry in the Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014.
We rank 3rd in the UK for overall student satisfaction in the 2013 National Student Survey.
Agriculture at Newcastle also ranks in the top 100 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014.
The first and second years are the same for students on all four of our agriculture degrees.
Our flexible degree structure means it is possible to transfer between any of our agriculture degrees up to the end of Stage 2 if you would like to.
See the Modules section for more information about what you will study at each Stage.
UK and EU students have the opportunity to broaden their academic experience by taking part in a study abroad exchange via the Erasmus programme.
Erasmus enables students to study abroad for between three months and one year, as a fully recognised part of their degree programme.
We have well established exchanges with universities in:
The University is highly regarded within the industry and has been a leader in agricultural education since 1891.
We have strong links with the local farming community, which provide experience of a wide range of farming practices including:
You will also have regular visits to the University commercial farms.
We also provide hands-on experience through a second-year project managing your own crops, and vacation opportunities that include lambing and harvest jobs.