A 2:2 honours degree, or an international equivalent, in a relevant subject, such as agronomy (crop production), biological sciences, earth sciences, geography, environmental sciences, agricultural sciences or zoology. We also consider applicants on an individual basis with degrees in other areas, and those with non-standard qualifications and/or relevant professional experience.
Months of entry
This course gives you an understanding of how agriculture interacts with the environment. There is an emphasis on sustainability and the ecological consequences of unsound management. It gives you the skills for a career related to sustainability in farming systems, environmental management or rural development.
The course is comprised of compulsory and optional modules, giving you the opportunity to tailor your studies to your personal interests.
Through the compulsory modules you will develop knowledge and skills in core concepts such as:
- sustainable development and environmental change
- quantitative techniques, experimental design and data analysis
- assessment of land use capability, habitat potential, risks of water pollution, and soil quality and ecosystem services
- analysis, interpretation and presentation of field data with regard to environment and habitat assessment
- science, policy and action underlying climate change and land use
As part of your studies you undertake a major project, similar to one you might experience in the workplace. You will be supported in designing and delivering a project based on a laboratory or field-based investigation. After choosing your topic you will collect, analyse and interpret data to produce a thesis. This research project and thesis may be based overseas.
Information for international students
To study this course you need to meet our Band 2 English Language requirements: Direct Entry : IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills). If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English Language course.
Fees and funding
See our course fees and funding web page.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Julia Cooper, Degree Programme Director, School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development
- +44 (0) 191 208 6900