Our degrees help you into careers in farming, animal and crop welfare and agricultural policy.
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.
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:
- Sentry Farming
- Strutt and Parker
Our recent graduates have secured employment with leading organisations, such as:
- Durham Wildlife Trust
- Co-operative Farms
- Harbro Ltd
You will be well equipped for careers in animal welfare, animal behaviour and animal nutrition.
What our students say
The teaching quality is faultless. All my Agriculture lecturers are extremely knowledgeable due to their positions in industry or research.
What I enjoyed most about Animal Science was the opportunity to attend a wide range of field trips to gain hands-on experience.
An Animal Science graduate currently doing her PhD (3-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
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: 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.
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.