Agriculture combines the study of natural and life sciences with valuable academic and practical aspects of management.
With our 118-year history of educating the world’s agriculturalists, the University of Reading is consistently at the top of league tables for agriculture. We are the highest-ranking UK university for this subject area and ranked 10th in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017).
Our academic's research influences government policy, and new innovation and product development, and this expertise feeds directly into their teaching across areas including agri-environment, crop production, and animal, dairy and food chain sciences.
We have an international mission and ethos, with more than 30 nationalities represented in our staff and student body. This mix, and the broad range of degrees offered in the wider University, means that you will meet and socialise with people with diverse interests and backgrounds.
Our close and longstanding links with farmers and other land-based industries provide real-life experience and an opportunity for networking and research. Our degrees are supported by an extensive programme of visits to regional farms, agricultural businesses, enterprises and organisations, including a residential course. You will also have access to our own 800 hectares of mixed farm and woodland, and our state-of-the-art facilities.
You will learn how to use biology and technology to maximise crop and animal production to meet economic targets and achieve environmental objectives. You will also gain a thorough grounding in financial and business management.
These courses cover practical skills and can include time spent on university-based farms and on placements. You will also gain a comprehensive grounding in financial and business management to ensure that your practical knowledge is matched by commercial understanding.
Possible careers after these degrees include farm management, animal and crop research and advisory services, and overseas development work. It is the perfect route into agriculture, sustainable rural livelihoods and related industries.
Guest speakers and other stakeholders of the agricultural industry contribute actively to the course, giving you the opportunity to build relationships and improve your knowledge of employment options. You will have the chance to attend farming and rural conferences and seminars, locally and nationally, all of which provide excellent networking opportunities. You will also have the opportunity to participate in six-week summer placements linked to research undertaken at the University, generally completed between your second and final year.