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).

Employability

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

  • Durham Wildlife Trust
  • Bidwells
  • DEFRA
  • Co-operative Farms
  • Harbro Ltd

You will be well equipped for careers in animal welfare, animal behaviour and animal nutrition.


What our students say


Ellie

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

Brett

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


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 - 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.


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.