Aberystwyth University

301–400 th
Arts & humanities Rankings 2018
301–350 th
World University Rankings 2018
Reception, Penglais, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3FL, United Kingdom

Agriculture with Business Management

The agricultural industry is becoming increasingly complex. Changes in support mechanisms and pressure to diversify and manage the environment has made success in the farming sector increasingly reliant on high quality, vigorous business management skills. In choosing to study the Agriculture with Business Management degree at Aberystwyth University you will gain a thorough grounding in both farming and commerce, and will be well-equipped to deal with any challenges. This three year degree meets the strong demand for graduates with an understanding of both agriculture and business. The degree scheme is appropriate for applicants with no farming background as well as those who have some knowledge of agriculture, since it provides a firm grasp of agricultural systems and science alongside the principles and practices of business. In the 2017 National Student Survey, Aberystwyth University was ranked in the top 5 in the UK and 1st in Wales for student satisfaction (NSS, 2017). Our agricultural students will be taught by enthusiastic teaching experts, who you may have already seen on TV documentaries or your favourite radio show. The department has over 1000ha of farmland which includes lowland and upland sheep farms, a 500 cow dairy herd, intensive and extensive beef production systems. Out of all the oats grown in the UK, 65% have come from varieties bred and developed at IBERS Aberystwyth University. In the first year you will learn about the resources required to run a rural business, and the economic environment in which they operate. You will consider the management requirements of agricultural grassland and cereal crops as well as the factors that underpin a range of cropping strategies. You will look at the major farm animal production systems, and examine the key factors impacting livestock management and performance. You will have the option to study a range of modules in marketing, management, accounting and business; these modules will be taught by expert staff from the Aberystwyth Business School.In the second year you will acquire the necessary skills to analyse, budget and appraise a farm business, and will investigate animal production systems, agronomy and crop improvement. Optional modules on agricultural or business-related topics enable you to direct your studies in your preferred direction. In the third year you will study farm planning and advanced farm management. You may choose to join the week-long residential agriculture study tour, which will give you first-hand experience of industries and enterprises connected to agriculture and the rural economy. Among many skills, you will learn to: review and select relevant information from a wealth of scientific, technical and business literature; understand and explain the implications of developments in subjects such as nutrition and production systems; implement improvements to agricultural business models; and plan projects and manage them in simulations and practical exercises.

  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)
  • Study mode
  • Duration
    3 years
  • Start date
  • Location
    Main Site (Aberystwyth),Aberystwyth
  • Fees & Finances
  • International Year 1 £15,000