This is an applied course where you will learn about the management of businesses operating from the farm gate to consumer plates. Along with business management skills, you will learn and be able to reflect on the key challenges of securing a sustainable food supply for this and future generations.
The agri-food chain is one of the world's largest industries. It involves the delivery of products from farms to worldwide markets.
Key topics covered in this course are:
- food economics and management of agri-food businesses
- food policy and its implications for businesses and consumers
- gathering evidence through data analysis to support sound decision
- agriculture and food production and distribution
- consumer studies and marketing management
This degree could lead to work in a range of international business sectors, such as food markets and marketing, retail management, and business consultancy.
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
Quality and ranking
We have a long tradition of excellence in teaching, recognised in many external surveys and assessments, but also by our own students.
Our commitment to teaching quality and an excellent student experience is reflected through our results in national and international student satisfaction surveys.
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.
In your first year, you will study foundation modules providing a comprehensive introduction to topics such as non-specialist accounting and finance, marketing and consumer behaviour, agri-food business management, and macroeconomics.
During Stage 2 you'll cover more complex topics, including agricultural economics and policy, marketing strategy, and agricultural markets. You'll also be able to choose from a number of optional modules.
|Marketing Digital Strategy||20|
|Agricultural Economics and Policy||10|
|Current Trends in Agricultural Markets||10|
|Agribusiness & Management Simulation||20|
|Dissertation and Research Preparation||10|
|Qualitative Research Methods||10|
|Interpreting Company Accounts||20|
|Consumer and Business Economics||20|
|Farm Business Management||10|
|Sustainable animal production systems||20|
|New Food Product Development||20|
|Human Resource Management||20|
|Introduction to Business Law||20|
By your final year you will be studying advanced topics that have been designed to prepare you for your future career. As well as core modules such as food economics and marketing metrics, you'll be able to choose from specialist areas including applied animal nutrition, consumer psychology, and food innovation consultancy.
All candidates shall take the following compulsory modules:
All candidates shall take one of the following modules:
- either ACE3099 Agri-food Business Management and Marketing Dissertation
- or ACE3209 Food Innovation Consultancy
All candidates shall take 50 credits of optional modules normally selected from the following:
- ACE3000 Globalisation: Patterns, Processes & Challenges
- ACE3036 Farm Management
- ACE3201 Marketing and Public Policy
- ACE3202 Communication and Behaviour change
- ACE3204 Applied Animal Nutrition
- LAW2053 Law and Land Use
- NCL2100* Developing Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Employability
- NCL3007* Career Development for Final Year Students
- PSY3006 Consumer Psychology
- PSY3009 Cooperation
- SOC3098 Community and Conflict in the Countryside
* Students may opt to take only 20 credits of NCL modules.
With the approval of the Degree Programme Director alternative optional modules to those listed above may be selected.
We base these figures and graphs on the most up-to-date information available to us. They combine data on the planned delivery and assessments of our courses in 2021-22 with data on the modules chosen by our students in 2020-21.
Teaching time is made up of:
- scheduled learning and teaching activities. These are timetabled activities with a member of staff present
- structured guided learning. These are activities developed by staff to support engagement with module learning. Students or groups of students undertake these activities without direct staff participation or supervision
Teaching and assessment
On average you will have around 14 contact hours a week. You'll learn through lectures, seminars and small group tutorials.
There will also be field trips, so you can see how your learning applies in a practical context.
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
Dissertation or research project
Examinations – practical or online
Skills and experience
During your final year, you will complete a dissertation or food innovation consultancy project, both requiring advanced levels of research.
In stages 2 and 3, you'll take part in our unique, globally recognised business simulation. Working as part of a team, you'll run a virtual business with simulated trading.
Your learning will be reinforced with practical experience and facilities, including:
- two university farms, located just a short distance from our campus
- well-equipped business and teaching labs
- visits to companies representing each part of the food supply chain
- our unique two-year business simulation
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.
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.
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.
With a degree in Agri-Business Management, you will have the opportunity to embark on a dynamic, rewarding career in the public or private sector.
Having gained specialist knowledge and skills, as well as transferable business skills, you'll be prepared for roles in the food and retailing sector, as well as the land-based and business sectors.
Over 95% of our graduates are in jobs within six months*, with many being recruited into prestigious companies such as KPMG, Unilever, Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury's, Tesco, and Anderson Consulting.
Destinations of (undergraduate, UK and EU) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17
Established over 100 years ago, our department has strong links with industry leaders, including companies such as JR Holland, Asda, and Blagdon Estate.
You'll benefit from site visits, industry experts, and networking and professional development opportunities.
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.
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.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.
Other UK qualifications (and 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.
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.
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 2021 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.
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.
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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Open days and events
The situation with Covid-19 means that we're unable to hold Open Days on campus. However, you don’t have to visit in person to experience Newcastle.
From the comfort of your sofa you'll be able to:
• explore our beautiful campus
• find out about our vibrant city
• discover what students think about studying at Newcastle
You'll also have the opportunity to speak to academic staff and find out more about the subjects you're interested in.
How to apply
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.Apply through UCAS
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