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Agriculture and Agricultural Business Management – University of Reading

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  • Highest ranking UK institution for Agriculture

    QS World Ranking, Agriculture and Forestry 2021

Agriculture and Agricultural Business Management

With more than 125 years  history of educating agriculturalists, the University of Reading is a world authority in agriculture. We are the highest ranking UK university at 12th in the world in the 2021 QS World Rankings by subject (Agriculture and Forestry), and we are ranked 3rd in the UK for Agriculture and Forestry according to the Complete University Guide 2021.


Choose the course that's right for you

We offer two separate agricultural programmes: BSc Agriculture and BSc Agricultural Business Management. Both of these programmes can be studied over three years, or you can have the opportunity to enhance your experience with a four-year degree and spend a year working in industry. Alternatively, you can add a fourth year to your BSc Agriculture degree to study with one of our partner institutions.

“Reading has such a friendly atmosphere. The lecturers are all so helpful and you really get a chance to bond and make great friends on the course.”

Emily Smart, BSc Agricultural Business Management

 Agriculture students benefit from our extensive University farms, laboratories and research facilities, and are taught by staff who are experts in crop, horticultural and livestock sciences.

Agricultural Business Management students have the opportunity to work on live projects gathering valuable business skills and experience. The Barclays programme is an important part of Reading's Agricultural Business Management (Case Studies) module. The students have the advantage of seeing their project brought to life, building their confidence and expanding their knowledge through real-life experience.

"Working with the lecturers at Reading and our client, I support the whole project including walking the farm with the students, identifying what lenders are looking for from sound proposals, sitting on the interview panel to hear the proposals, and feeding back to the groups at a class level. The project helps Barclay's to keep in touch with the latest thinking.”

Karl McConville, National Director of Landed Estates at Barclays Agriculture

Find out more about the Barclay's 50th anniversary case study here


Agriculture focusses on the study of natural and life sciences underpinning agricultural production and innovation, in a campus setting with nearby University farms.

Our courses

In addition to our broad-based BSc Agriculture degree, if you are interested in a particular agriculture specialism you can follow one of our specialist module pathways to become eligible to graduate with:

  • BSc Agriculture and Crop Science
  • BSc Agriculture and Horticultural Science
  • BSc Agriculture and Livestock Production

agricultural Business Management

Study a combination of business management theory and agricultural processes and empower your entrepreneurial competencies in recognising, envisioning and formulating strategies for undertaking opportunities in the agricultural industry and agricultural commodities market.

LOoking for 2021/22 courses?

If you would like to start studying Agriculture at the University of Reading in 2021, please view our 2021/22 undergraduate courses.

    The School of Agriculture, Policy and Development is home to a variety of facilities including: farms, research facilities, laboratories and dedicated study space. Watch this video for further information.

    scholarships available

    The School of Agriculture, Policy and Development (SAPD) is delighted to offer a number of scholarships for students starting University in September 2021.

    Skills for employment

    A degree in agriculture can lead to many different and rewarding careers – find out why Reading graduates are getting hired.

    How you'll learn

    You will develop a number of core skills and techniques through varied study and research methods.

    Experience a new culture while studying abroad

    We offer an option to study abroad as part of your degree, giving you international experience.

    Work experience while you study

    We support and encourage our students to get industry experience as part of their degrees, which can give you a head start towards the perfect job.

    Our working farms and research facilities

    You'll benefit from our modern facilities, located on an award-winning parkland campus that complements the University's own 800-hectare mixed farms.

    Join the agriculture society

    Meet new people, socialise, network, and get experience in conference and event management.

    ​Come to an Open Day

    Get a real feel for University life and explore our award-winning campus.


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