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Agriculture & Forestry guide

Agriculture & Forestry is a diverse and invigorating area to study. Related courses cover countryside management and crop science.

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CONTENTS

  1. What's Agriculture & Forestry?

  2. Why study Agriculture & Forestry?

  3. What jobs can you get as an Agriculture & Forestry graduate?

  4. What qualifications do you need?

  5. What degrees can you study?

  6. How will you be assessed?

  7. What are the postgraduate opportunities?

What's Agriculture & Forestry?

Agriculture & Forestry covers the study of farming and environmental sciences, such as soil analysis and estate management. It’s an increasingly modernised area of study, with climate change being at the forefront of public debate.

Why study Agriculture & Forestry?

The agriculture industry and its success is vital for the wellbeing of people all over the world – specifically those in poverty-stricken areas. If your dream is to help alleviate world hunger, then a degree in this sector is a great start.

Without individuals working in Agriculture & Forestry, preventing the environment from falling out of shape would be a struggle.

Whether you’re interested in the scientific side, or the active and practical, there's something to suit many different types of learners. The industry needs it all, from logical statistics interpreters to people physically planting crops or taking measurements in a field.

The amount of specialisations postgraduates can choose is substantial. From coastal change to natural resource economics, the list is diverse and fascinating.

Your career can go down a multitude of different routes, from business management, farming journalism, data analysing, agricultural sales and marketing, environmental conservation, public recreation and social research.

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What jobs can you get as an Agriculture & Forestry graduate?

Agriculture & Forestry graduates often work for forest aid companies, environmental consultancies and large farm estates.

Among the jobs that are related to an Agriculture & Forestry degree are farmhand, rural business manager and environmental consultant and in food production, marketing or research.

Professional job: Usually needs a degree
Non-professional job: Doesn't usually need a degree

What qualifications do you need? 

Some universities may ask for one or more science subject studied at A Level (or equivalent), most commonly Biology.

Always check with your chosen institution what the grades and other requirements are, as entry standards vary and change.

What degrees can you study?

This area of study covers a vast swathe of potential courses, some of which include:

  • BSc Agricultural Business Management
  • BSc Agriculture & Crop Science
  • BSc Agriculture & Countryside Management
  • BSc Forestry​

How will you be assessed?

Formal examinations at the end of each semester are commonplace. Continual assessment through projects and essays is also carried out, with up to 50% of the final year being judged on coursework.

Other forms of assessment may include practical exercises, field work and oral presentations​.

What are the postgraduate opportunities?

There are many different postgraduate options to consider, including:

  • MBA Advanced Farm Management
  • MSc Agricultural Economics
  • MSc Forestry
  • PhD Agroforestry

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