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Guide to studying Agriculture & Forestry

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

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  1. What's Agriculture & Forestry?

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

  3. What do graduates do and earn?
  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.

Read our six reasons to study Agriculture & Forestry page for more information on studying this course.

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.

What do graduates do and earn?

In the infographic below, the first table shows what graduates of Agriculture & Forestry have gone on to do in the months after their graduation.

The second table shows the average salaries of undergraduate Agriculture & Forestry students entering employment. The three skill levels – high, medium and low – reflect the UK's Standard Occupational Classification's major groups 1–3, 4–6 and 7–9 respectively.

Source: HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18

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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