Learning in practice

Course structure

The interior of the Agriculture building at the University of ReadingThe degree is based around a number of core modules, with other optional modules selected with guidance from your Personal Tutor and Programme Director. Our aim is to build on a number of key management skills and techniques yet still provide you with a flexible programme by offering multiple optional modules through which you can explore your own interests.

The course requires a substantial amount of independent reading, research and study. Students are expected to take personal responsibility and show initiative in developing their knowledge and understanding of the field of study. Students will also have the opportunity to enhance and develop their communication, presentation, information handling and problem solving skills, and the use of information technology. Students will learn to work independently, under time pressures, and will be expected to set priorities and manage their time in order to meet strict deadlines.

Students in a Agricultural Business Management lectureThere is a well-resourced teaching and learning environment, both in our new building on campus and on our own University Farms at Reading.  The University owns farms in the Reading area totalling more than 800 hectares which are used extensively in teaching. We also have long-established working-relationships with many local farming and other businesses in the area that students visit.

An important part of the agricultural business curriculum are case study exercises linked to local and national businesses, reinforced with an extensive programme of visits, and a residential field course to give you hands-on experience. The lively social scene within the Agricultural Club also provides experience of 'networking' as well as direct experience of conference and event management.

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