Develop professional skills in livestock farming and management. Explore new technologies that promote animal health, welfare and production. Gain plenty of industry experience and graduate ready for your career.
You'll benefit from your own 360-hectare classroom, gaining hands-on experience with crops on our own commercial farm (Home Farm). You’ll be supported to gain industry experience in industry throughout each year on the degree, which is great preparation for your next big step.
You’ll gain new knowledge and practical skills in livestock husbandry and handling, as well as nutrition and disease prevention, welfare 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).
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 undertake a work placement during each year on this degree, with your final year spent almost entirely in industry. Work placement opportunities could include subsistence farming in Uganda, data collection in abattoirs, supermarkets and livestock farms in Gloucestershire, Suffolk and Cornwall. You could also choose to study a semester of your degree at a partner institution in the USA or Canada. You’ll hear from industry professionals in lectures and undertake field trips to enhance your learning.
This course is ideal for those who...
Want to work with animals in agriculture, helping to increase food production in a sustainable way whilst making a profit.
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 consultant
- Livestock enterprise management
- Farm manager
- Shepherd/herd manager
- Food security and safety
- Agricultural charities
Is there an integrated placement year option?
Three years full-time (four years with integrated placement year)