School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Undergraduate Agriculture

Undergraduate Agriculture

Our degrees help you into careers in farming, animal and crop welfare and agricultural policy.

Our Agriculture students learn about cattle farming in a barn at one of our farms.

Live in the city, but learn on the farm. We teach animal and plant biology, best practice modern farming and agricultural management.

We're training the next generation of farmers.

Teaching excellence

We have exclusive access to two commercial farms and a range of modern labs. It means our teaching is research-led and at the cutting-edge.

Our courses are extremely flexible, with various specialisms in Agriculture. You can tailor our Animal Science degree for livestock, horses or domestic pets.

Our academic specialisms include:

  • crop protection and animal health
  • sustainable landscapes and production systems
  • commercial and precision farming
  • resource efficient and resilient production systems
  • agriculture and environment management policy

Staff include Professor Neil Boonham and Dr Giles Budge, who are conducting vital work on bee health and crop yield.

Quality and ranking

We are ranked 4th in the UK – The Complete University Guide 2019 (Agriculture and Forestry category).


96% of our 2016 UK-domiciled graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Of our graduates who entered employment, more than three quarters (85.5%) achieved a professional or managerial position.

Many of our graduates find jobs in farm management or go on to manage their own farms. Opportunities are also available in commercial companies, with recent graduates joining prestigious organisations such as:

  • Velcourt
  • Sentry Farming
  • Andersons
  • Strutt and Parker
  • Agrovista
You will develop strong skills in business management and agricultural economics (agronomy).

Our Animal Science graduates go into a wide range of careers, securing employment with leading organisations, which recently include:

  • AB Agri
  • Dogs Trust
  • Durham Wildlife Trust
  • Lloyds Animal Feeds
  • Farmers Weekly
  • Kraft Heinz - Pet Food Manufacturer, New Zealand
  • Trouw Nutrition
  • Scottish Environment Protection Agency
  • Chester Zoo

You will be well equipped for careers in animal:

  • welfare
  • behaviour
  • nutrition
  • health and pharmaceuticals
  • genetics
  • product quality
  • food supply chains

Many graduates continue in research becoming the scientists of the future or start their own animal-related businesses, e.g. massage and hydrotherapy, and some continue to study to become vets and teachers.

What our students say


The teaching quality is faultless. All my Agriculture lecturers are extremely knowledgeable due to their positions in industry or research.


I spent my Animal Science placement year at Europe's biggest independent egg producer. It furthered my interest in poultry and inspired me to pursue a career in the industry.


A degree in Animal Science seemed liked the perfect way to combine my love for animals with my interest in science.


What I enjoyed most about Animal Science was the opportunity to attend a wide range of field trips to gain hands-on experience.


I am an Animal Science graduate currently doing my PhD (a three-year funded postgraduate research degree).

NU Farms is a research, teaching and engagement platform based across our two sites. Run commercially, they comprise:

  • more than 800 hectares of farmland
  • a dairy herd and pig unit
  • organic research unit
  • arable and combinable crops
  • anaerobic digester

Cockle Park is a University-owned 307-hectare mixed farm 18 miles north of Newcastle.

Nafferton Farm‌ is a 498-hectare farm located 12 miles west of Newcastle. It's rented from the Allendale Estate on a 999-year lease that started in 1944.

Our facilities include:

  • a field station which has a glasshouse complex and dedicated teaching facilities
  • modern teaching and research laboratories
  • a purpose-built Clinical Research Facility in the Royal Victoria Infirmary teaching hospital
  • a newly-refurbished NU-Food and Consumer Research Facility
  • plant growth rooms and tissue culture laboratory

Choose a degree

Agriculture BSc >>

Duration: 3 years - Entry requirements: A-Levels - ABB-BBB, IB: 30-32 points - This degree provides a broad overview of agriculture and offers modules across our three specialist areas; agronomy, animal production science and farm business management.

Animal Science BSc >>

Duration: 3 years - Entry requirements: A-Levels - ABB-BBB, IB: 32-35 points - This degree provides an in-depth study of how domestic animals behave and function, and could lead to a vocational career in the animal sector.

Applied Plant Science BSc >>

Duration: 3 years - Entry requirements: A-Levels - ABB-BBB, IB: 32-35 points - You'll develop skills applicable to the development of crop technology, novel plant protection strategies and breeding new varieties of crop.

Agriculture with Agronomy BSc >>

Duration: 3 years - Entry requirements: A-Levels - ABB-BBB, IB: 30-32 points - Agronomy is the science of crop production and soil management, leading to improvements in crop yield and quality.

Agriculture with Animal Production Science BSc >>

Duration: 3 years - Entry requirements: A-Levels - ABB-BBB, IB: 30-32 points - This degree includes topics such as animal nutrition and growth, and livestock reproduction.

Agriculture with Farm Business Management BSc >>

Duration: 3 years - Entry requirements: A-Levels - ABB-BBB, IB: 30-32 points - This degree focuses on the management of each element of an agricultural business: the whole estate; the farm; and individual arable, livestock and diversified enterprises.