Develop the skills you need to play a pivotal and rewarding role in one of the most important industries of the 21st Century.
Are you looking for a university degree programme which will provide you with a well-rounded set of skills and knowledge? Do you want to work in one of the most engaging and vitally important industries of the 21st century? If so, then studying Agriculture at the University of Reading is your ideal starting point.
What makes Agriculture at Reading such an exciting and useful degree programme is its multi-disciplinary approach to the subject, which combines the applied study of the natural and life sciences with economics and management. As a result of this, you will develop the skills and knowledge you need to pursue a rewarding career in modern farming and its related industries. You will learn how to use biology and technology to optimise crop and animal production to meet economic targets and achieve environmental objectives. Furthermore, you will gain a comprehensive grounding in financial and business management to ensure that your practical knowledge is underpinned by sound commercial acumen. In a world where food security and the cost of food production are ever increasing concerns, you will find that the skills you develop will be in very high demand.
School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
You will be part of a School that is regularly ranked top in league tables (Times, Guardian and Complete University Guide). Our research and teaching has a 120 year history at Reading and provides a continuum from: agriculture and climate; crop and animal science; through agricultural production and management; international rural development and applied economics; to food marketing and consumer behaviour.
We enjoy a worldwide reputation for excellence in teaching and learning. Reading has been the only University in the UK to be ranked in the top 20 world institutions for impact in Agricultural Sciences by ISI Web of Knowledge, Essential Science Indicators. Our department of Food Economics and Marketing is top-rated in Europe, and we have leading expertise in Environmental Management and International Rural Development. As such our courses are taught by prominent authorities in their field.
Strong links with employers provide opportunities for gaining experience through visits, talks and short-term or one year placements. Our degrees have been designed with the needs of employers in mind, developing practical skills of relevance to the workplace and as such are rated particularly highly by employers.
The School has a population of more than 500 undergraduates and postgraduate students coming from over 34 different countries - and consequently is an outstanding example of a globalised educational environment. This broad international mix helps create a unique learning environment for all students.
We are fortunate to be located in a modern building set within an award winning University campus of mature parkland. Further state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities are provided on the University Farms located nearby.
The mix of natural and social sciences, transferable skills, quantitative analysis and regular experience of farming problems provides you with excellent employment prospects. Our courses are rated particularly highly with respect to relevance to employers (Teaching Quality Assessment). First employment destinations of students who have completed the Agriculture programme in the last five years include: managers, trainee managers and employees in a range of farming enterprises; agricultural contracting; animal and crop research officers and technicians; land agency; crop and animal advisory services; financial consultancy; agricultural banking services; overseas development; and accountancy. Typical employers of our graduates (in addition to self-employed farm managers) include AB Agri, Strutt and Parker, Syngenta, Home-Grown Cereals Authority, Volac, NFU, The Farm Consultancy Group, and Velcourt Farm Management.
There are a range of funding opportunities available for home, EU and international students.You may be able to apply for a scholarship or bursary to help fund your undergraduate course at Reading. See our fees and funding page for more information.