You may have chosen your degree because of your interest in the science behind animal and crop production, a desire to lead change and manage a business in our ever-changing rural industries, or even harbour a passion to be a part of the solution to the global food security crisis.
Whatever your reasons were, as an agricultural sciences or business management student your degree will be enabling you to follow any number of different career paths.
What skills will I gain during my degree?
Depending on which degree pathway you are following you will be developing a range of valuable skills such as:
- agricultural business development
- livestock management
- policy design
- disease management
- international awareness
Biosciences Core Graduate Competencies
You will also develop 12 competencies which have been divided into these four headings:
- fundamental skills
- interpersonal skills
- personal aspiration and development
- professional responsibility
Explore the Biosciences Core Graduate Competencies
How can I develop my skills and experience during my degree?
Gain work experience
Year in Industry
Why not take an optional industry placement, between years two and three of your degree? This will extend your degree to a four-year programme.
Year in Industry
Summer internships are also a great way to gain experience, whether in science or non-science based roles. Search for roles:
Farmer's Weekly Jobs
MyCareer - internships from companies targeting Nottingham students
Nottingham Internship Scheme
Contact companies directly
Approach companies for work experience opportunities. Several agronomy companies have said they’re happy for Nottingham students to approach them and arrange to shadow one of their agronomists for a day or two. As well as giving you an insight into the role, this would be a great addition to your CV.
Gaining further hands-on experience
To build on your hands-on farming experience, useful for any role in the agricultural industry, think about harvest or lambing positions during university vacations or offering to support the University Farm by contacting the Farm Manager.
Lambing work experience
4xtrahands recruitment agency
Farmer’s Weekly jobs
Summer research placements
If you’re interested in the scientific side of your degree, summer research placements might be a good option for you. You can find these through the School of Biosciences by approaching a relevant academic who is working in the area you are interested in.
There are also sponsored opportunities and funding for summer research placements, visit:
Royal Society of Biology - undergraduate studentships
The Henry Plumb Foundation
NFU - for contacts within the industry
Get involved in Students' Union activities
Involvement in relevant SU activities including volunteering, sports clubs and societies can help you to develop and enhance skills that employers look for such as working in multidisciplinary teams, communicating scientific information to a non-science audience and consulting with local businesses.
STEM Outreach - student society
Join the Nottingham Advantage Award
The Nottingham Advantage Award offers a range of modules to help you expand, develop and evidence your skills and experience during your time at university. With over more than 200 modules across our three campus in the UK, China and Malaysia, there's something for everyone.
If you’re thinking of moving into consultancy after graduation, the Nottingham Consultancy Challenge module will help you develop and demonstrate all the right skills.
Nottingham Advantage Award - find out more and explore the modules on offer
Keep up to date with industry news
Knowing about the latest developments is important for a couple of reasons: firstly it may spark off your interest in a particular part of the sector and secondly, employers often ask questions about the factors that may be affecting their company at an interview as a way of gauging your interest in their business. Try the following resources - check out any events or directories of employers too.
What are the range of careers I could enter?
Agricultural sciences and business management students move into a wide range of different careers after graduation, including farm management, consultancy, agronomy and farm trading, agricultural policy, academia, marketing and communications, starting a new business and various roles in the food industry.
Some of the employers who have recruited our graduates
- Brown & Co
- Burton Lazaars Farms
- Langmead Produce
- Moundsmere Estate Management
- Pro Cam
- Strutt and Parker
Some of the roles secured by our graduates
- Agricultural Assurance Manager
- Agricultural Business Consultant
- Assistant Farm Manager
- Farm Business Consultant
- Graduate Consultant
- Graduate Trainee, Supply
- Histology Lab Scientist
- Trainee Accountant
- Trainee Agronomist
Read Peter Cox's (agriculture alumnus) blog post on becoming an agricultural business consultant.
What are my further study options?
Each year a number of agriculture graduates start postgraduate courses either at Nottingham or at other universities. Some examples of the types of courses Nottingham graduates study include MSc Agri-Food, PhD Crop Science, PhD Sustainable Soil Management and accountancy training courses.
Search for further courses and find out about funding