Newcastle University

Newcastle University

Agricultural and Environmental Science

This course gives students an understanding of how agriculture interacts with the environment. There is an emphasis on sustainability and the ecological consequences of unsound management. It gives students the skills for a career related to sustainability in farming systems, environmental management or rural development. The course is comprised of compulsory and optional modules, giving students the opportunity to tailor their studies to their personal interests.

Entry requirements

A 2.2 Honours degree, or an international equivalent, in a relevant subject, such as: Agronomy (crop production); biological sciences; earth sciences; geography; environmental sciences; agricultural sciences; zoology. We also consider applicants on an individual basis with degrees in other areas, and those with non-standard qualifications and/or relevant professional experience. Applicants whose 1st language is not English will need IELTS 6.5, or equivalent.

Course modules

Compulsory modules include: Sustainable development and environmental change; quantitative techniques, experimental design and data analysis; land resources (understanding, analysis, assessment); environment and habitat assessment field class; land-water interface; research skills; food security (sustainable food production); literature review; environmental science/management dissertation. Optional modules include: Forest ecology and management; ecosystem management; climate change and land use (science, policy and action); global ecosystems, land use and environmental change; ecological and sustainable livestock production systems; ecological and sustainable crop production systems; ecological and sustainable greenhouse crop production systems; innovations in agriculture technology and engineering to support sustainable production; geographic information systems and remote sensing. Modules might change at year of entry.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on a research project.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 - 12 months
MSc Part-time September 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Campus Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU North East

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Key information

Degree Programme Director, Postgraduate Office
Telephone number: 
0191 208 6900