Harper Adams University

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.11 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.66 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in research in the University.

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    0.23 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    73.7 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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  • Good Honours Good Honours

    The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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    63.2 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    88.7 / 100.0


  • Harper Adams Agricultural College was founded in 1901, following a private bequest by Thomas Harper Adams.
  • First HND courses, with a sandwich year, began in 1969. Sandwich year placements remain a key element of all courses.
  • Degree teaching began in 1981 and by 1991 numbers passed the 1,000 mark.
  • In 1996, Harper Adams was granted its own taught degree-awarding powers.
  • In 1998 the college was officially recognised as Harper Adams University College.
  • In 2006, Harper Adams received research degree awarding powers.
  • In December 2012 Harper Adams was granted University title.
  • HRH The Princess Royal was installed as the first University Chancellor.
  • Students now number more than 3,000.

Location and Transport

  • Single campus location in beautiful Shropshire countryside.
  • A shuttle bus is available three times a day for students living in nearby Newport to get to campus.
  • Free parking.
  • Three rail stations are within reach. Telford is 10 miles to the south, Stafford 15 miles to the east and Shrewsbury 16 miles to the west.

Entry Requirements

  • To be considered for entry you must normally satisfy the general entry requirements which are stated for all courses and those which are specific for your chosen course(s).
  • For all degree and foundation degree courses, all applicants should meet the minimum entry requirement of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including maths, English language and science. In addition to this, applicants must also be in possession of, or studying towards, an acceptable level 3 qualification, such as A levels. Details of accepted qualifications and grades can be found on our course pages, or within the relevant UCAS Entry Profiles. If a qualification which you are studying is not listed, please contact our Admissions Office for advice.
  • In general, we do not prescribe particular A level subjects that must be passed prior to entry, as we have found that ability, motivation and achievement are best developed if candidates study subjects which interest them. However, in some areas, specific knowledge of a subject is required and this will form part of any offer conditions.
  • Mature candidates without formal academic qualifications may be admitted provided that, in the opinion of the admissions tutor, they can benefit from the course and have the ability to attain the necessary standard for success.
  • For the Extended Foundation Degree Programme, applicants should normally possess 9 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths, English Language and Science.
  • For all our course areas, we do not normally accept Key Skills (or other level 2 variants) in place of the required GCSEs.
  • Tariff points required from 2017 UCAS cycle onwards range from 72 to 144 for BSc and MEng programmes.

Student Mix

The 5,045 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 87%
  • Postgraduate 13%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 47%
  • Part Time 53%


  • UK 96%
  • EU 2%
  • Other 3%

Student gender

  • Male 47%
  • Female 53%

Course Flexibility

  • Varied range of course areas, some with different specialisms.
  • Mixture of lectures and tutorials, practical lab sessions and field work.
  • Courses studied in modules. Each course will have a mix of core subjects and options.
  • All undergraduate programmes include a compulsory work placement year. 

Teaching Standards

  • Very high quality teaching.
  • Rated highly for industry contacts and graduate employment – current employment rate is 96% (Destination of Leavers from HE Survey 2015) with an average of 96.1 per cent over the last seven years.
  • Rated highly by satisfied students – the high quality of teaching, learning resources, and personal and career development opportunities offered at Harper Adams University led to it achieving the joint fifth highest score (93%) in the country for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2015.

Research Standards

  • REF results published in December 2014 concluded that all assessed research conducted by Harper Adams University was of international quality and that 56 per cent was either world leading or internationally excellent.
  • For more information on research at Harper Adams, visit our website.

Academic Strengths

  • High teaching quality and strong applied research focus.
  • Placement experience and high employability of students.
  • High standard of resources to support teaching, including the university farm and other specialist resources in food, land-based engineering and veterinary sciences.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Student Facilities

  • Free wi-fi across the campus.
  • Open access workstations available 24/7.
  • 41,000 books and 3,000 journals in the Bamford Library, making it one of the largest specialist land-based collections in the UK.
  • Range of specialist teaching and learning facilities including on-site farm, food academy, engineering innovation centre, laboratories – currently undergoing at £2 million-plus extension – and veterinary services centre.
  • Variety of catering outlets, from large dining hall to small coffee shops.
  • Extensive social space – on-site pub, club and social areas.

Disability Services

  • The Learner Support Co-ordinator arranges support for learners with disabilities. Prior to arrival at the university students are invited to complete and return a Learner Support Self Assessment indicating if they have a disability. They are also encouraged to contact the university prior to arrival to discuss their support needs and application for the Disabled Students' Allowance (if appropriate).
  • Students will meet with the Learner Support Co-ordinator at the start of the academic year to discuss support needs.
  • Disability support includes an Assessment of Study Needs carried out in the university (through the University of Derby Access Centre). Additional examination support includes extra time and any other support recommended in the Assessment of Study Needs or other appropriate evidence).
  • Other support can include, for example, note takers and sign language interpreters.

Students' Union

  • Active Student Union.
  • Many different clubs and societies available, as well as many sporting clubs and teams.
  • Student Union President is a one-year sabbatical position, rest of executive are first/second year students.
  • Packed social programme on campus.
  • Plenty of opportunities to attend events off-campus, from club nights in Birmingham to the annual ski trip abroad.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • 30–40% of students have part-time work in term time.
  • About 90% of students work outside term-time.
  • Good availability of jobs on campus in catering outlets and bar work.
  • Opportunity to work as a student ambassador.
  • Various job opportunities in local area.

Careers Guidance

  • Careers Service provides guidance to all students both on and off site.
  • Links with a large and wide range of employers with employment prospects.
  • Employer presentations and visits held on site. Employer sessions to advise students on selection criteria and testing.
  • Annual Careers and Placement Fairs held in November with 150+ employers attending.
  • Vacancy handling careers website for current and recent graduates.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Agricultural Engineering Innovation Centre (2013).
  • New teaching building on central campus (2013).
  • Veterinary Services Centre (2014).
  • Dedicated Entomology laboratory (2014).
  • Dairy Innovation Centre, hosting Dairy Crest research and development team (2015).
  • Two new Halls of Residence (2015).
  • Laboratories extension (under construction).
  • Agri-tech innovation hub (shortly to commence construction).
  • Aquaculture research facilities (planned).

Notable Alumni

  • Mark Aitchison – CEO Frontier Agriculture.
  • Heather Jenkins – Director, Agriculture Strategy at Waitrose.
  • Helen Browning – CEO Soil Association.
  • Ken Greetham – Chief Executive, Wynnstay Group Plc.
  • Robin Faccenda – Faccenda Poultry (sponsor of student services building).
  • Julian Sturdy – Conservative MP for York Outer.
  • Clarke Willis – CEO Anglia Farmers UK.
  • Richard Anscombe – CEO AtlasFram.

Further Details

Address Harper Adams University
TF10 8NB
UCAS Code H12