Newcastle University

Newcastle University

Agricultural and Environmental Science

This course provides an interdisciplinary training in scientific principles necessary for understanding the interactions of agriculture with the environment. There is an emphasis on sustainability and the ecological consequences of unsound management. Through the taught modules and assignments students develop a flexible, technical knowledge and skills base, which is essential for a career in research, development or extension relating to problems of sustainability in farming systems, environmental management and rural development.

Entry requirements

2.2 Honours degree, or an international equivalent, in a relevant discipline, e.g. agronomy (crop production), biological sciences, Earth sciences, geography, environmental sciences, agricultural sciences or zoology. Applicants with degrees in other areas, and those with non-standard qualifications and/or relevant professional experience will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5, or equivalent.

Course modules

Modules include: Sustainable development and environmental change; quantitative techniques, experimental design and data analysis; environmental assessment; environment and habitat assessment field class; climate change and land use: science, policy and action; land-water interface; global ecosystems, land use and environmental change; MSc project preparation; environmental science/management dissertation. Optional modules: Forest ecology and management; ecological survey techniques; soil management in ecological and sustainable farming systems; ecological and sustainable livestock production systems; ecological and sustainable crop production systems; ecological and sustainable greenhouse crop production systems; GIS and remote sensing.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on a research project.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 6,000 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 16,265 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Part-time £ 3,000 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months

Campus details

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

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions Secretary, School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development
Telephone number: 
0191 208 6900