School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Undergraduate Agriculture

Undergraduate Agriculture

Our undergraduate courses cover every facet of Agriculture from farm to fork.

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

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.

Teaching excellence

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.

Employability

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:

  • Velcourt
  • Sentry Farming
  • Andersons
  • Strutt and Parker
  • Agrovista

Our graduates of this specialism are perfect for the food and retailing sector. Recent graduates have joined prestigious national and multinational companies, such as:

  • Unilever
  • Marks and Spencer
  • Sainsbury's
  • Morrison's
  • Tesco

Our recent graduates have secured employment with leading organisations, such as:

  • Durham Wildlife Trust
  • Bidwells
  • DEFRA
  • 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


Ellie

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

Brett

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


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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


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.


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.


Agri-Business Management BSc

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.


Food Business Management and Marketing BSc

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.


Countryside Management BSc

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.


Rural Studies BSc

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.


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 - 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.