This course offers a unique opportunity to develop your understanding of agriculture: the production of crops and animals, the interactions between agriculture and the wider environment, and the business and marketing skills needed to manage agricultural systems in a sustainable and profitable way. The flexibility of the degree allows you to select from a range of applied subjects in years two and three.
Our course has strong links with industry: senior staff from agricultural and food related businesses are directly involved with teaching. The course is based at Sutton Bonington Campus, also home to the University's 450-hectare commercial Farm and Dairy Centre.
The first year provides an essential base of knowledge in agricultural sciences, from the level of molecules and cells, through whole plants and animals, to agricultural and food production systems. Contemporary Agricultural Systems is an applied module which puts your science into context with the current situation on-farm.
Years two and three
In the second year the flexibility of the degree allows you to select from a range of applied subjects in animals, crops and business. You can choose to specialise in one of three streams (below) or you can select subjects from across these A, B and C streams, or other subjects within the School of Biosciences:
A. Animal production: teaching covers small and large ruminants, non-ruminants and companion animals, and animal production.
B. Business management: incorporates rural business management, agricultural and food marketing and management consultancy.
C. Crop production: you can study cereal and non-cereal field crops, genetic improvement of crops, world agro-ecosystems and current issues in crop science. In our applied module Crop Management Challenge you will grow your own crop of wheat!
Our overarching strategy is to improve agricultural production systems, enhance agricultural sustainability and efficiency, while protecting the environment. Agricultural systems and management research of international significance integrates with applied research across the School. A firm emphasis on issues affecting food, fuel, land and water use is coupled with understanding of farm business strategies, farm risk management, consumer behaviour and the economics of the agri-food chain.
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