Develop practical management skills in international livestock farming and crop production. Gain plenty of industry experience and study a semester of your degree abroad. Graduate with the knowledge and skills you need for an international farming career.
This degree is the ideal choice if you want to study both livestock and crop production, with an international focus. Your first year will give you a strong foundation of theory and practical skills, after which you tailor your degree to suit you.
You’ll benefit from your own 360-hectare classroom, gaining hands-on experience on our own commercial farm (Home Farm). You’ll gain a range of industry experience, with opportunities to undertake work placements with supermarkets, abattoirs, feed companies, plant breeders and agronomists across the world.
You’ll develop a range of skills to suit different farming systems in different countries. This includes husbandry and handling, as well as nutrition and disease prevention, breeding and genetics. Compulsory and optional modules in your second year will enable you to explore individual production systems including ruminant production (dairy, beef and sheep) and mono-gastric production (pig and poultry). On the crop production side, you’ll have the opportunity to design and implement nutrient management plans to maximise crop growth, exploring new technologies including plant breeding techniques and genetically modified organisms (GMO).
Business modules will introduce you to the latest farm management practices in finance, recruitment, legislation and more. This will set you up well for a management role with an employer or equip you to set up a new enterprise.
You'll be supported to undertake a work placement during every year of your degree, spending your final year almost entirely in industry. Recent work placements have included subsistence farming in Uganda, data collection in abattoirs, research work within crop development, as well as working on arable and livestock farms in Gloucestershire and overseas. You could also choose to study a semester of your degree at one of our partner institutions in the USA or Canada.
This course is ideal for those who...
Want to progress into an international agricultural career, making a difference in a global farming business or an enterprise based overseas.
Learning and assessment
This programme comprises of different modules, which focus on specific subjects. The modular structure of the programme gives you flexibility and choice and you can attend introductory sessions for optional modules before having to finally decide which ones you wish to study. You will be assessed through a mixture of written exams, practical exams and coursework. Many of the modules will be marked based on a mixture of assessment types, whilst others will be based solely on one type of assessment.
As an agriculture graduate you may well progress into agricultural management roles. Recent graduate destinations have included:
- Agricultural researcher
- Farm/herd manager
- Livestock enterprise management
- Food security and safety
- Agricultural consultancy
Is there an integrated placement year option?
Three years full-time (four years with integrated placement year)