In the first year, you cover the principles of agricultural science, including genetics, plant and animal biology, reproductive physiology, metabolism, milk production, animal nutrition and the wider commercial applications of biology to agriculture and food production.
Years two and three
The flexibility of the degree allows you to select from a range of applied subjects, including agricultural economics and policy, management, soil science, applied animal science and applied crop science. You learn about research techniques in preparation for your Research Project, which in turn allows you to participate in the research work of the School, often based around University Farm.
In the second half of your degree programme, you can specialise in one of three streams:
A Animal Production
B Business Management
C Crop Production
Alternatively, you can select subjects from across the A, B and C streams, or other subjects within the School of Biosciences. Animal Production teaching covers small and large ruminants, non-ruminants and companion animals, and animal production. Business Management incorporates rural business management, agricultural and food marketing, management consultancy and the management of human resources. In Crop Production, you can study cereal and non-cereal field crops, genetic improvement of crops, world agro-ecosystems and current issues in crop science. Extensive use is made of data and resources from the University Farm and other rural businesses.