Our undergraduate courses cover every facet of Agriculture from farm to fork.
You can learn animal biology, soil science, nutrition, food management and rural enterprise.
Agriculture has a long and illustrious history at Newcastle University.
We continue a tradition of conducting research that makes a difference. We're training the next generation of farming practitioners.
Our curriculum builds upon the discoveries of our research groups. 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 of the discipline. Our flexibility means it's possible to transfer between any degree up to the end of Stage 2.
Our academic specialisms include:
- safe, ethical and nutritious food
- resource efficient and resilient production systems
- sustainable landscapes and production systems
- vibrant rural communities and enterprises
Staff include Professor Rob Edwards, who has pioneered work in protecting crops from invasive weeds.
Quality and ranking
We are 2nd in the UK for Agriculture and Forestry in The Complete University Guide 2018.
95% 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 (78%) 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:
- Sentry Farming
- Strutt and Parker
Our graduates of this specialism are perfect for the food and retailing sector. Recent graduates have joined prestigious national and multinational companies, such as:
- Marks and Spencer
Our recent graduates have secured employment with leading organisations, such as:
- Durham Wildlife Trust
- Co-operative Farms
- Harbro Ltd
Our graduates find employment in land-based and environmental careers. These include:
- chartered surveying
- rights-of-way officers
- working for conservation teams in charities and pressure groups
Our graduates have gone on to work for the European Parliament, Met Office and Oxfam.
Additionally, government organisations and private firms provide openings for agricultural or environmental advisers.
What our students say
The teaching quality is faultless. All my lecturers are extremely knowledgeable due to their positions in industry or research.
What I enjoyed most was the opportunity to attend a wide range of field trips to gain hands-on experience.
Our degrees in 60 seconds
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
Our specialist research facilities include:
- a Class II laboratory for safe handling of human biological samples
- plant growth rooms and tissue culture laboratory
- analytical equipment such as HPLCs, GCs, CNS analyser, centrifuges and spectrophotometers
NU Farms is a research, teaching and engagement platform based across our two sites.
Run commercially, they comprise:
- more than 800 hectares of farmland
- specialist units and laboratories
- host facilities from other scientific and engineering disciplines
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.
Choose a degree
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.
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.
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.
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.
Duration: 3 years - Entry requirements: A-Levels - AAB-ABB, IB: 35 points - This degree focuses on concepts from economics and business studies disciplines, as applied to food, fibre and energy chains.
Duration: 3 years - Entry requirements: A-Levels - AAB-ABB, IB: 32-35 points - If you're interested in pursuing a managerial career in the food processing, retail and food service sector, this degree is for you.
Duration: 3 years - Entry requirements: A-Levels - ABB-BBB, IB: 32-34 points - This degree explores countryside management from a wide variety of perspectives. It equips you with a balanced overview of the competing interests in rural areas.
Duration: 3 years - Entry requirements: A-Levels - ABB-BBB, IB: 32-34 points - This degree is ideal if you're interested in the social, economic and political systems that manage the countryside and support rural businesses and communities.
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.
Duration: 3 years - Entry requirements: A-Levels - AAB-ABB, 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.