If you want to progress into a livestock agricultural management career, helping to find solutions to the world's most pressing issue of food production, then this is the ideal course for you.
You don’t need to have an agricultural background, you simply need the passion and drive to make that difference.
You'll learn how to build a productive, resilient and sustainable industry - whether as a farm manager, economist, policymaker, researcher, scientist or consultant – career opportunities are diverse.
Extensive industry experience, an award-winning on-campus commercial farm that works with Muller, Sainsbury's and Glencore, as well as a £2 million livestock agricultural technology centre (Agri-Tech) will prepare you to make a positive impact to the future.
We’re pioneers of livestock performance, productivity and profitability, holding the Southwest Promar International Milkminder award for our outstanding dairy herd.
You'll have access to 400 hectares of commercial farmland, offering plenty of opportunities to get hands on. This, alongside real-world business briefs and industry placements means you'll graduate ready for employment.
What you will study
Our curriculum is informed by the livestock industry, with business management embedded throughout. This makes our students cutting edge, providing unparalleled learning experiences, and ensuring they make the best connections out there.
You'll develop professional skills in livestock farming and management, exploring new technologies that promote animal health, welfare and production. 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).
Biosecurity is an increasingly important factor in livestock disease prevention. As part of this degree, you’ll be introduced to the effective management of disease outbreaks including foot and mouth, Johnes, Smallenburg and blue tongue. This will prepare you to tackle these issues when you’re working in industry.
Business modules in your second year will give you good knowledge of the latest farm management practices and policies including recruitment, finance, legislation, marketing and more. This will prepare you to set up your own enterprise or progress into a professional role for an employer
You’ll benefit from up to 980 hours working in the industry as part of your degree. This includes a supported work placement during each year of study that counts as credits towards your degree.
On top of this, you could undertake an integrated placement year (a year working in industry) after your second year, which will help prepare you to make the most of your final year of study.
Students work with businesses such as Tesco, Foyle Food Group, Agrii, NFU, and LEAF farms, as well as internationally in New Zealand, Uganda and the USA. They experience different farm management practices across different industries, developing valuable experience and industry connections, ready for their careers.
Alongside extensive work experience, you’ll have access to leading industry professionals and projects through our on campus Agri-Tech Centre. A joint project with the Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (GFirst LEP), the centre connects Gloucestershire’s livestock farming community with smart technologies to help drive forward the county’s productivity and sustainability.
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 could progress into a range of careers including:
- Policy and research
- Farm manager
- Food security and safety
- Agricultural consultancy
Is there an integrated placement year option?
Three years full-time (four years with integrated placement year)