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BSc (Hons) Degree in Sustainable Agriculture with Agri-Business and Land Management pathways

Agriculture > BSc (Hons) Degree in Sustainable Agriculture with Agri-Business and Land Management pathways

Course Duration

Full-time: 3 years or 4 years including work placement, Part-time: 6-7 years depending on working placement

Course Location

Greenmount Campus

BSc (Hons) Degree in Sustainable Agriculture with Agri-Business and Land Management pathways

The Honours Degree in Sustainable Agriculture is validated by Ulster University. This Honours Degree is particularly relevant to those interested in agriculture and the environment or agriculture and business as two pathways are available; Agri-business or Land Management. Students can select the pathway they wish to study during the first year on the course. The course can be studied on both a full-time or part-time basis and offers students the opportunity to complete one year of work-based learning which can be completed in Northern Ireland or further afield.

Course content

Modules (Level 4:Year 1)

  • Academic and professional skills
  • Animal science
  • Arable crop studies
  • Enterprise studies
  • Grass and forage production and mechanisation
  • Livestock husbandry health and welfare

Modules (Level 5:Year 2)

Students study five core modules and select one optional module as indicated*

  • Developments in agriculture
  • Farm buildings and mechanisation*
  • Financial management on farm
  • Future challenges for agri-food
  • Introduction to organic production
  • Research skills and data management
  • Sustainable crop production systems*
  • Sustainable pig and poultry production*
  • Sustainable ruminant production systems*
Work placement

Students have the opportunity to complete a period of 48 weeks working an agriculture based business during Year 3 of the course. On the successful completion of the work placement module students will be awarded a Diploma in Professional Practice or a Diploma in Professional Practice (International) if the work placement has been completed outside of the UK and Ireland.

Agri-business pathway:

Modules (Level 6:Year 4)

  • Agri-food policy and human resource management
  • Farm performance management
  • Marketing and entrepreneurship
  • Literature review and research proposal
  • Research project
  • Sustainable supply chains

Land Management pathway:

Modules (Level 6:Year 4)                              *indicates optional module

  • Animal welfare and ethics in agriculture
  • Advanced animal nutrition*
  • Advanced crop protection*
  • Literature review and research proposal
  • Research project
  • Sustainable land management policies
  • Sustainable supply chains
Course Progression

Graduates may have the opportunity to progress onto appropriate postgraduate studies or research.

Graduates will be employed in a range of managerial posts including: agri-environmental management, government services, renewable technologies, agricultural banking, consultancy, research, education and training, agricultural journalism or farm management. The course is designed to provide students with the flexibility to adapt to a changing job market.

Fees and funding support

Tuition fees for 2022 entry are provisionally set at £4,630, subject to change. For more information about fees and funding support click here.

Course Entry Requirements

Students should normally have at least 104 UCAS tariff points at A2 Level (including a Science subject*, preferably Biology or Chemistry) plus four appropriate GCSEs or equivalent, including English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above.

*Acceptable subjects include: Agricultural Science, Computer Science, Digital Technology, Environmental Science/Technology, Geography, Geology, Health and Social Care, Home Economics, ICT, Life and Health Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Physical Education, Psychology, Software Systems Development, Technology and Design. Other subjects will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants applying with ‘acceptable subjects’ must have attained a GCSE Grade C in Double Award Science or in two other separate science subjects.

Applicants entering with a relevant City and Guilds Technical or BTEC qualification must attain a minimum overall Distinction Merit Merit (DMM).

Applicants are normally required to have at least three months relevant practical experience.

In addition to meeting the course entry requirements applicants must also meet the General Entrance Requirements for Ulster University  Enhanced entry criteria may be applied subject to demand for this course.

For other qualifications, please consult the UCAS website Tariff Tables. For those applying with Irish Leaving Certificate qualifications please refer to the Tariff Tables, Section 3 – International Qualifications where equivalent qualifications are listed in alphabetical order.

*Tuition fees for this course are £4630, a provisional fee which is subject to change.

To apply to study this course full-time please follow this link to the UCAS website

If you are applying with a Foundation Degree qualification to attain a BSc (Hons) Degree or wish to apply to study the course part-time please follow this link to the CAFRE online application system.

UCAS Course Code

A45 005D

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