BSc Agriculture with Industrial Training D401

University of Reading
In Reading

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Important information

Typology Bachelor's degree
Location Reading
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Reading

Full Time: 4 Years
This course covers everything that impacts production in the supply chain. It prepares you for senior roles in a wide range of farming enterprises.
The University of Reading is ranked at number 1 in the UK and number 19 globally in the QS World University Rankings 2015 for this subject, with a longstanding reputation for excellence.
The difference between this course and BSc Agriculture is that it includes a year in industry between the second and final year. In the past, students have undertaken their year in industry in the UK with DairyCo and Case New Holland, as well as internationally, in Europe and New Zealand.
As part of the degree you can study globally recognised farming practices on the University's own farms. These include livestock production (Centre for Dairy Research), agronomy (Crops Research Unit) and environmental enhancement (Centre for Agri-Environmental Research).
You can focus on animal science and production, crop science and production, agri-environment or agri-business, or tailor your course to your own interests by combining these areas.
You'll have the opportunity to visit a wide range of local farming businesses, rural estates and business in the related sectors including Waitrose’s Leckford Estate, Sygenta and NIAB TAG Visiting speakers include those at the forefront of the industry from agronomists to those involved in the livestock and dairy sectors, giving you the chance to network and build relationships while you learn.
In one of our most popular modules you will grow a winter cereal, test it in the lab for quality and then sell it to merchants. You will also complete a week-long study tour to a different part of the country to look at different farming enterprises as part of this degree.
In the final year, your dissertation allows you to choose a subject that inspires and interests you. This could involve your home farm, including your home farm, research at the University or an enterprise that...

Where and when
Starts Location
On request
Whiteknights, RG6 6AH, Berkshire, England
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Starts On request
Whiteknights, RG6 6AH, Berkshire, England
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What you'll learn on the course


Course programme

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4
Year 1 Core modules include:
  • Varieties, Seeds and Crop Establishment
  • British Agriculture in Practice
  • Digestion and Nutrition
  • Economics 1
  • Introduction to Agricultural and Food Systems
  • Introduction to Crop Production
  • Introduction to Livestock Production Systems
  • Introduction to Management
  • Soils in the Environment
Optional modules include:
  • Animal Science in Practice 1
  • Biogeography and Ecology
  • Climatology
  • Crop Appraisal and Agronomy
  • Environmental Issues
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Introductory Microbiology
  • Principles of Horticulture
  • The UK Food Chain
Please note that all modules are subject to change. Year 2 Core modules include:
  • Agricultural Field Study Tour (Agric and ABM)
  • Animal Production
  • Career Planning (APD students only)
  • Crop Agronomy
  • Experimentation and Data Analysis
  • Farm Business Management
  • Financial Management
Optional modules include:
  • Animal Growth, Lactation and Reproduction
  • Animal Health and Disease
  • Applied Animal Nutrition
  • Food Retailing
  • Forestry and Woodlands
  • Grassland Management and Ecology
  • Horticultural Crop Production
  • Marketing Management
  • Methods in Ecology and Environmental Management
  • Nature Conservation
  • Practice of Entrepreneurship
  • Soil Ecology and Functions
Please note that all modules are subject to change. Year 3 Core modules include:
  • Industrial Training
Please note that all modules are subject to change. Year 4 Core modules include:
  • Cereal Management and Marketing
  • Dissertation
Optional modules include:
  • Plants, greenspace and urban sustainability
  • Water, Agriculture and Irrigation
  • Agricultural Systems in the Tropics
  • Animal Welfare
  • Business Management (Case Studies)
  • Business Planning and Control
  • Business Strategy
  • Climate Change and Food Systems
  • Dairy Production
  • Environmental Management in Practice
  • Equine Science and Management
  • Horticultural Crop Technology
  • Human Resource Management
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Meat Production
  • Practical Animal Nutrition
  • Rural Policy and Countryside Planning
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Wildlife and Farming
Please note that all modules are subject to change.

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