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Agricultural Business Management BSc

Sutton Bonington Campus, Leicestershire, UK

Course overview

Combine the latest agricultural science with business and technology developments. At Nottingham we take an applied approach. You will learn how to use the science of agriculture to sustainably tackle global challenges, such as:

  • How to feed a growing population 
  • Become a future leader in agribusiness
  • Give presentations to businesses, take part in policy workshops and test out your own innovative ideas
  • Be taught by agricultural business specialists

You’ll get to see current practice round the UK through external visits, guest lectures and the Agronomy Field Course. Bring together your understanding of agronomy, livestock and business principles to develop management plans for real farms.

Indicative modules

Mandatory

Year 1

Systems for Environmental Monitoring

Mandatory

Year 1

Academic Skills

Mandatory

Year 1

Sustainable agriculture, food and nutrition

Mandatory

Year 1

Sustainability in Agricultural Systems

Mandatory

Year 1

Principles of Ecology

Mandatory

Year 1

Environmental Science and Society

Mandatory

Year 1

Agricultural Business in the Global Economy

Mandatory

Year 2

Environmental plant physiology

Mandatory

Year 2

Applied crop science

Mandatory

Year 2

Applied Marketing: Agriculture and Food

Mandatory

Year 2

Economic Analysis for Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Mandatory

Year 2

Enterprise Management Challenge

Mandatory

Year 2

Research and Professional Skills

Mandatory

Year 2

Agri-Business Enterprise and Innovation

Mandatory

Year 2

Practical Policy Making

Optional

Year 2

Soils

Optional

Year 2

Geographical Information Systems for Environmental Monitoring

Optional

Year 2

Ecosystem Processes

Optional

Year 2

Plant Pests and Diseases

Optional

Year 2

The Green Planet

Optional

Year 2

Principles of Animal Health and Disease

Optional

Year 2

Applied Animal Science

Optional

Year 2

Climate Change Science

Mandatory

Year 3

Rural Business Management

Mandatory

Year 3

Agricultural Business Management Research Project

Mandatory

Year 3

Management Consultancy

Mandatory

Year 3

International Agri-Business

Optional

Year 3

Sustainable Soil Management

Optional

Year 3

Agronomy Field Course

Optional

Year 3

Field Crops Cereals

Optional

Year 3

Agronomy Case Study

Optional

Year 3

Current Issues in Crop Science

Optional

Year 3

Applied Bioethics 1: Animals, Biotechnology and Society

Optional

Year 3

Livestock Production Science

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About modules

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer, but is not intended to be construed or relied on as a definitive list of what might be available in any given year. This content was last updated on Wednesday 11 October 2023.

Teaching methods

  • Computer Labs
  • Lab sessions
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Problem-based learning
  • Field courses

You will receive a copy of our marking criteria which provides guidance on how we will assess your work per module. Your work will be marked on time and you will receive regular feedback.

Your final degree classification will be based on marks gained in your second and third years of study.

You must pass each year to progress. This typically means that you will need to achieve marks of at least 40% in each module. Full details on our marking criteria and structure will be provided at your induction.

To study abroad as part of your degree, you must meet minimum academic requirements in year one.

Assesement methods

  • Coursework
  • Group Project
  • Lab reports
  • Research project
  • Written exam
  • Business report

In your first year, you will take 120 credits in core modules. As a guide, one credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. You will spend around half of your time in lectures, seminars and practicals. The remaining time will be independent study.

Core modules are typically taught by professors or associate professors. PhD students may support teaching on some modules.

Overview

You'll graduate with a thorough understanding of business management principles and practices required for modern agriculture and agri-businesses. There are exciting and varied career options in agricultural, rural or food sectors.

For example:

  • food supply chain and retail
  • marketing and commodity trading
  • business management consultants
  • accountancy and finance
  • policy analysts and advisors
  • land agency
  • farming/rural business management
  • management trainees for major companies
  • PhDs and research positions in further education or private institutions


Previous graduate roles include:

  • Compliance Advisor, Frontier Agriculture
  • Arable Reporter, Farmers Weekly
  • Research Officer at Rural Business Research Unit

Average starting salary and career progression

86.40% of undergraduates from the Faculty of Science secured employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £27,834.

HESA Graduate Outcomes (2017- 2021 cohorts). The Graduate Outcomes % is calculated using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.

Careers advice

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.

Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2020, High Fliers Research).

University undergraduate student Cole Pearce studying in Nightingale Hall accommodation's library, University Park. November 5th 2021.

I chose this course at Nottingham as it balanced my passion for agricultural production with business and entrepreneurial aspects. The modules I’ve undertaken have been specifically tailored to rural and agricultural settings, whilst still being relevant and desirable to business and employers outside of agriculture enabling me to pursue a diverse range of career opportunities.  

Chloe Dunne

BSc Integrated Agricultural Business Management 2019