Our degree is tailored to meet the changing needs of the industry, and is continually updated in consultation with our industry advisers. You will study the merits and challenges of different farm production systems, explore the food chain, and learn about the production of safe food in the context of climate change, environmental protection and livestock welfare. These issues, associated with the future sustainability of farming systems, are high on our agenda. The range of systems adopted on our farms provide a valuable insight into the current realities of commercial farming, while our new Rural Innovation Centre allows for a variety of on-farm research trials, bridging the gap between the laboratory and the farmer. We also deliver rural skills training courses, designed to complement academic studies and meet the needs of future employers. In the second year, students must take a (20 week minimum) industrial placement, working in an organisation between March and September. These opportunities are viewed very favourably by potential employers and provide students with the chance to experience real organisational life at first hand. Students are encouraged to choose wide ranging possibilities of types of organisation both in the UK and abroad. On occasions, students can elect to work for a longer period than 20 weeks and take a year out of University in order to do so. Our graduates have gone on to pursue a wide range of careers within the agricultural and related industries worldwide. You will have the opportunity to work within a range of sectors, including: agronomy, nutrition, health and welfare, genetics, supply and consultancy. For part-time study, please contact the Admissions Office for more information.