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Agricultural and Livestock Science BSc

Sutton Bonington Campus, Leicestershire, UK

Course overview

At Nottingham we take an applied approach. You'll build your science, business and practical knowledge throughout the course. You will learn how to use the science of agriculture to sustainably tackle global challenges, such as how to feed a growing population.

You'll study the production, nutrition, reproduction and management of commercial livestock within animal-based agricultural systems.

Practical sessions at the University Farm include animal handling sessions with different livestock species. Visits to local livestock farms help you to develop your understanding within a real-life context.

Modules in management teach you how to manage groups of animals from a business perspective. You can apply your learning by helping to manage the student sheep flock on campus.

Indicative modules

Mandatory

Year 1

Introduction to Genetics and Biochemistry

Mandatory

Year 1

Animal Biology

Mandatory

Year 1

Sustainable agriculture, food and nutrition

Mandatory

Year 1

Essential study skills

Mandatory

Year 1

Introductory Physiology

Mandatory

Year 1

Sustainability in Agricultural Systems

Mandatory

Year 2

Applied Marketing: Agriculture and Food

Mandatory

Year 2

Applied Animal Science

Mandatory

Year 2

Economic Analysis for Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Mandatory

Year 2

Enterprise Management Challenge

Mandatory

Year 2

Principles of Animal Health and Disease

Mandatory

Year 2

Research and Professional Skills

Optional

Year 2

Geographical Information Systems for Environmental Monitoring

Optional

Year 2

Climate Change Science

Optional

Year 2

Soils

Optional

Year 2

Reproductive Physiology

Optional

Year 2

Agri-Business Enterprise and Innovation

Optional

Year 2

Principles of Animal Nutrition

Optional

Year 2

Practical Policy Making

Optional

Year 2

Animal Behaviour and Physiology

Mandatory

Year 3

Livestock Production Science

Mandatory

Year 3

Agricultural and Livestock Science Research Project

Optional

Year 3

International Agri-Business

Optional

Year 3

Sustainable Soil Management

Optional

Year 3

Rural Business Management

Optional

Year 3

Companion Animal Science

Optional

Year 3

Applied Bioethics 1: Animals, Biotechnology and Society

Optional

Year 3

Agronomy Case Study

Optional

Year 3

Animal Nutrition

Optional

Year 3

Management Consultancy

Optional

Year 3

Field Crops Cereals

Optional

Year 3

Agronomy Field Course

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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 Tuesday 3 October 2023.

  • Computer labs
  • Lab sessions
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Problem-based learning
  • Practical classes

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.

Assessment 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.

Graduate destinations include:

  • Beef Agriculture Manager at Dunbia
  • Graduate Consultant at Kite Consulting
  • Feed Formulation Specialist at Cargills
  • Trainee Dairy Farm Manager at Velcourt

Other job roles from this degree include:

  • animal nutritionists
  • livestock consultants
  • livestock market analysts
  • farm managers
  • teaching  

You could choose further study, including veterinary science, PhDs or research positions in further education or industry.

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.

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 students studying in the Monica Partridge Building Digital Hub. Friday November 5th 2021.Khaqan Khan (red jumper) and Megan Mahoney (blue top).

In the year two module, Plant Pests and Diseases, we looked at the pests and diseases in plants, with diagnostics, treatments and management. I have enjoyed being able to use the Super Lab to look at pathogens on plants over several weeks, using specialist equipment and techniques. Another popular year two module I enjoyed was Enterprise Management Challenge. This module puts us in charge of the farm. It has included helpful advice from agronomists, lecturers and our peers to help us decide what to apply to the crops.  

Rachel Banks

BSc Agriculture

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