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D400 - Agriculture


BSc Honours

  • UCAS code: D400
  • Full time
  • 3 years
  • Next start date: September 2022

This degree gives you a broad overview of agriculture and offers modules across our three specialist areas: agronomy; animal production science; and farm business management.

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £25200

Entry requirements

  • A Level: ABB-BBB
  • IB: 30-32 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Work placement opportunity Study abroad opportunity

Course overview

Agriculture is at the centre of many of the challenges facing modern society - including climate change, food security and increasing world population - and is a diverse area of study.

Our rich curriculum includes a broad range of topics spanning plant biology, soil science, nutrition, management, accounting and law.

You can also boost your employability and professional skills with an optional placement year in industry or the commercial sector. 

We are a leading university for agriculture and you'll benefit from fantastic facilities, including two University farms.

Students in a field looking at agriculture machinery

Your course during COVID-19
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption.

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to guidelines that may be in place from time to time.

View our COVID-19 Study page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2021-22.

See our terms and conditions and student complaints information

Additional information

Flexible degree structure

Our agriculture programmes have a flexible structure, so you can choose to follow a more specialised route in your final year. You can switch to the Agronomy, Animal Production Science or Farm Business Management programmes.

Quality and ranking

  • 3rd in the UK – The Complete University Guide 2021 (Agriculture and Forestry category)
  • 8th in the UK – The Guardian University Guide 2020 (Agriculture, Forestry and Food category)
  • 5th in the UK – The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 (Agriculture and Forestry category)
  • top 150 – Life Sciences category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2020
  • top 150 – Agriculture and Forestry category – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020

Modules and learning


The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

You study the fundamental scientific and quantitative aspects of the subject, covering topics including plant biology, animal science and agri-business economics.

We also introduce you to laboratory work and IT applications for applying statistical techniques to agricultural data. A series of visits to the University farms provides first-hand insight into the practical aspects of agriculture.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Introductory Business Economics 10
Environment and Land Resources 10
Crop Pests 10
Introduction to Business Management 10
Academic and Professional Skills 20
Agri-Food Supply Chains 20
Plants, Environment, Agriculture 10
Introduction to Agricultural Mechanisation 10
Principles of animal physiology and health 20

You apply your knowledge to animal and crop husbandry and farm management, covering topics such as animal breeding, arable crop production and agricultural marketing. Visits to University and other farms continue, reinforcing your learning with practical experience.

You have the opportunity to take a crop pests field course, focusing on insect, fungal and weed pests that affect crops.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Agricultural Economics and Policy 10
Current Trends in Agricultural Markets 10
Arable Crops 10
Farm Business Management 10
Principles of Agronomy and Crop Improvement 10
Animal Feed Science and Technology 10
Managing Soils in the Agri-Environment 10
Domestic Animal Reproduction and Genetic Improvement 10
Dissertation and Research Preparation 10
Sustainable animal production systems 20
Sustainable Solutions 10

You choose topics from our specialisms, according to your interests, this allows you to maintain a broad view of agriculture. You will also complete your dissertation in an area of interest.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Combinable Crops 20
Applied Farm Business Management 20
Applied Animal Nutrition 10
Dissertation 30
Optional Modules Credits
Applied Crop Protection 10
Crop Pests Field Course 10
Animal Product Quality and Marketing 10
Forage Utilization 10
Reproduction in Farm and Companion Animals 10
Your Future - occupational awareness 10
Precision technologies and global challenges in managed animal behaviour and welfare 20
Precision Agriculture incorporating Non-Combinable Crops 20
Law and Land Use 10

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

Lectures and laboratory practicals will teach you the scientific principles that underpin agriculture.

Visits to the University farms and other local farming businesses will help you to understand the practical application of the theory you learn.

You'll also complete project work and reports, working as an individual and in groups.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assignments – written or fieldwork

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Essays

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Group work

  • Practical sessions

  • Projects

Skills and experience

Practical skills

As a leader in agricultural education since 1891, we have well-founded links with the local farming community, allowing our students access to a range of farming practices.

In your second year, you'll also gain hands-on experience managing your own crops and opportunities to take on lambing or harvest jobs. 

Research skills

To address the problems facing agriculture globally, we conduct research on themes such as:

  • ethical and nutritious food
  • resource-efficient and resilient production systems
  • sustainable landscapes and production systems
  • vibrant rural communities and enterprises

You'll also have the opportunity to explore an area of interest in your final year dissertation. 


Study abroad

Experience life in another country by choosing to study abroad as part of your degree. You’ll be encouraged to embrace fun and challenging experiences, make connections with new communities and graduate as a globally aware professional, ready for your future.

You can choose to spend up to a year studying at a partner institution overseas.

If you choose to study abroad, it will extend your degree by a year. 

Find out more about study abroad

Work placement

Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place between stages 2 and 3.

You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.

If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year. Placements are subject to availability.

Find out more about work placements

Facilities and environment


Agriculture is based in the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences at our city-centre campus. During your studies, you'll have access to two commercial farms near Newcastle.

Our University farms, Cockle Park Farm and Nafferton Farm, will give you an insight into how real-world farms operate, so you're prepared for your future. Our farms are used for research, teaching and demonstration.

You'll have the opportunity to access modern laboratories equipped with industry-standard equipment. You'll also use NU-Food, our food and consumer research facility.

You'll be able to use our computing facilities, including computers running industry-standard software used in agriculture businesses, to help ensure you're career-ready.


To support you in your studies, all new students entering year 1 or year 2 will receive a tablet. You can download the online learning resources you'll need for your course (helping us to make our campus more sustainable).

You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.

Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have when starting university.

There's also a staff-student committee, to give you an opportunity to have a say in how your degree works.

Your future

As a Newcastle University agriculture graduate, you will be held in high regard in the industry and have many career options open to you.

You'll be fully prepared for the future with our career-focused approach to agriculture education. 95% of our graduates were in work or study six months after graduating (2016/17)*.

The average salary for graduates from our agriculture programmes was £23,336 (2016/17).  

Graduates from agriculture have gone into farm management roles, service and supply industries as well as research, advisory and consultancy work in the public and private sector.

Many have found employment in prestigious national and multinational companies such as:

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

Employability at Newcastle

96% of Newcastle University graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating, with 85.5% in graduate-level employment or further study.

Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates. See what they have gone on to achieve and be inspired to follow in their footsteps.

Statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation (Destinations of (undergraduate and postgraduate UK domiciled) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).

Enterprising students

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Careers support

Our Enterprise Challenge gives students the opportunity to work with industry on a project that tackles real-world issues. Watch the above video to find out more.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK

From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK.

Read our detailed explanation

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

A Level


International Baccalaureate

30-32 points

Other UK and the Republic of Ireland qualifications

(This includes PARTNERS)

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements


Through our PARTNERS programme, you could receive an offer up to three grades lower than the typical requirements, and get support throughout the application process. To apply through PARTNERS, you must be based in the UK and meet our eligibility criteria. 

Find out more about PARTNERS

Entrance courses (INTO)

International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)

Home Fee Students


International Fee Students


The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for home fee-paying students is set by the UK government.

As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme). 

The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.

For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.

If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.

Read more about fees and funding

Year abroad and additional costs

For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year. 

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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Apply through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:

  • the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
  • the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
  • the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college

If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

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