School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Undergraduate Food and Land Management

Undergraduate Food and Land Management

We give you expertise and experience in managing in the food, land and agriculture sectors.

Our degrees in Agri-Business and Food Business Management and Marketing can lead to top positions with major food retailers.

Our degrees prepare you for managerial positions in food and agriculture businesses and careers looking after rural landscapes.

We deliver graduates who are highly employable and have progressed to fantastic careers with many household names.

Our courses are interdisciplinary, with a wide variety of optional modules and strengths in areas such as:

  • business
  • economics
  • marketing
  • accounting
  • law
  • conservation

Teaching excellence

Our Business Management degrees put you in charge, literally.

You get real-world experience of managing all aspects of a business, from new product development to food markets and consumer behaviour.

With work placement options at top firms, it means you'll have all the business acumen you need when you graduate. Find your way to the top of the food chain.

Our Rural Studies and Countryside Management degrees help you into careers in:

  • rural development and enterprise
  • biodiversity and conservation
  • rural tourism and culture
  • government policy in rural areas
  • environmental management

Our research into the driving forces in rural economies is celebrated and used by policymakers globally.

Quality and ranking

In The Complete University Guide 2019, we rank:

  • 4th in the UK for Agriculture and Forestry
  • 6th in the UK for Marketing
  • 7th in the UK for Food Science


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.

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

  • Marks and Spencer
  • Cargill
  • Tesco
  • Nestle
  • Savills
  • Morrisons

You will be able to work across the food science, retail management, food production and distribution arenas. You'll have skills enabling you to work in marketing and human resources.

Our graduates find employment in land-based and environmental careers. These include positions in:

  • national park authorities
  • chartered surveying
  • rights-of-way management
  • conservation teams for charities and pressure groups
  • UK wildlife organisations

Our graduates have gone on to work for the European Parliament, Met Office, The National Trust and Oxfam.

Additionally, government organisations and private firms provide openings for agricultural or environmental advisers.

60 second subjects - Countryside Management

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

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.

Choose a degree

Agri-Business Management BSc >>

Duration: 3 years - Entry requirements: A-Levels - ABB-BBB, 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 - ABB-BBB, 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.