BSc Agriculture with Business Studies

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A group of BSc Agriculture with Business Studies students on a field trip

The agricultural industry is becoming increasingly complex. Changes in support mechanisms and pressure to diversify and manage the environment has made success in the farming sector increasingly reliant on high quality, vigorous business management skills. In choosing to study the Agriculture with Business Studies Degree at Aberystwyth University you will gain a thorough grounding in both farming and commerce, and will be well-equipped to deal with any challenges.

This four-year course includes at least 36 weeks of work of experience in a related area, which you will undertake in the third year of the course. The University has developed a large number of links with employers in the UK and overseas and will provide you with assistance in finding work experience opportunities.The Agriculture with Business Studies Degree meets the strong demand for graduates with an understanding of both agriculture and business. The degree scheme is appropriate for applicants with no farming background as well as those who have some knowledge of agriculture, since it provides a firm grasp of agricultural systems and science alongside the principles and practices of business. Upon successful completion of the Agriculture with Business Studies Degree you will have the core capabilities and skills demanded by employers. 

Here is why we think that Aberystwyth is a great place for you . . . .

  • State-of-the-art teaching that provides you with the practical skills and scientific knowledge base to underpin your future career
  • A mix of agriculture and business that equips you for the demands of the agriculture industry
  • Visits to farms and businesses that are industry leaders in innovation and technical know-how
  • Nine months of work experience as a core component of the course
  • Study through the medium of Welsh or English.

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This BSc in Agriculture with Business Studies offers you a solid grounding in the subjects of farming and commerce. You will look at all aspects of the agriculture industry with the added perspective of modern business practice, making you a very desirable candidate for future employment in agri-business roles.

Why study Agriculture with Business Studies at Aberystwyth?

This degree is delivered by our award-winning Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS), which is also the home of the Farm Business Survey for Wales. Aberystwyth University has a long-established and enviable reputation throughout the world for its teaching and research in agriculture and rural science, and the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences is the largest and best-resourced university department of its kind in the UK.

Aberystwyth itself is surrounded by a great diversity of farmland and agricultural terrain. In addition, you will have access to the 1,000 hectare university farms, which are managed commercially by the Institute and used for teaching and research.

The Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences is a recipient of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. The award recognises work of outstanding excellence and world-class achievement, and acknowledges the work of scientists at the institute in various disciplines.

A prize-winning institute that can help you achieve your full potential

  • Our students have won the “Biology Student of the Year” award at the European Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) Awards, and the Welsh Ornithologists’ Union Student Prize!
  • Our Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) received the ''Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology'' award at the 2013 Times Higher Education Awards. 
  • Our Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) in conjunction with Bangor University had the 5th strongest submission in the UK for the Research Excellence Framework assessment (2014).

The Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences also won one of the first ever Excellence with Impact Awards from the BBSRC, the UK’s Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. The award recognises those university departments which are most active in embedding a culture that promotes and values the achievement of impact alongside excellent research.

93% of our 2014 IBERS graduates were in employment or further study 6 months after graduating, up 6 percentage points from the previous year (DLHE 2014). This increase reflects our investment in innovative and strategic student-focused employability initiatives which encompass all our academic Institutes and which we firmly believe are likely to improve our employability ratings still further.

The 2015 National Student Satisfaction survey results also show a significant improvement with 92% of students satisfied with the quality of the teaching on their course (5 percentage points higher than the UK average).

This four-year programme (4D11) includes a 9 month work placement in your third year in which you can apply your academic and vocational knowledge and gain valuable experience of agriculture in practice. You can also choose to study this degree as a three-year course without the sandwich year (D4N1).

The Department offers a number of modules taught through the medium of Welsh. Further details may be obtained from the Department.

Our Staff

The majority of teaching staff at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences are qualified to PhD level and are research active. Vocational courses also have staff whose background lies within industry.  The Institute has a large number of research only staff with whom students may have contact.

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Year 1 Core (40 Credits) You must take the following modules

Semester 1

Business, Economics And Land Use BR10400

Crop And Grassland Management BR10700

Semester 2

Business, Economics And Land Use BR10420

Crop And Grassland Management BR10720

Year 1 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 2

Y Diwydiant Amaethyddol - Sgiliau Cynllun-benodol BG11110

The Agricultural Industry - Scheme Specific Skills BR11110

Year 1 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Cyflwyniad I Systemau Cynhyrchu Da Byw BG11400

Introduction To Livestock Production Systems BR11400

Semester 2

Cyflwyniad I Systemau Cynhyrchu Da Byw BG11410

Introduction To Livestock Production Systems BR11410

Year 1 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Sgiliau Astudio A Chyfathrebu BG12410

Study And Communication Skills BR12410

Year 1 Options Choose 50 credits. Where modules are offered bilingually, choose your preferred language if applicable.

Semester 1

Introduction To Management Accounting AC10510

Agricultural Technology BR10210

Marketing Principles MM10120

Introduction To Management MM11000

Business Environment MM11200

Cyflwyniad I Rheolaeth MR10500

Cyflwyniad I'r Amgylchedd Busnes MR10600

Semester 2

Introduction To Management MM11020

Business Environment MM11220

Cyflwyniad I Rheolaeth MR10520

Cyflwyniad I'r Amgylchedd Busnes MR10620

Year 2 Core (40 Credits) You must take the following modules

Semester 1

Farm Business Management And Appraisal BR21000

Semester 2

Agronomy And Crop Improvement BR20320

Farm Business Management And Appraisal BR21020

Year 2 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Dulliau Ymchwil BG23400

Research Methods BR23400

Semester 2

Dulliau Ymchwil BG23420

Research Methods BR23420

Year 2 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Systemau Cynhyrchu Da Byw BG20400

Livestock Production Systems BR20400

Semester 2

Systemau Cynhyrchu Da Byw BG20420

Livestock Production Systems BR20420

Year 2 Options Choose 40 credits. Where modules are offered bilingually: choose your preferred language if applicable

Semester 1

Maeth Anifeiliaid Fferm, Ceffylau Ac Anifeiliaid Anwes BG20720

Bwyd, Ffermio A'r Amgylchedd BG21920

Applied Nutrition Of Livestock, Horses And Companion Animals BR20720

Food, Farming And The Environment BR21920

Marketing Management MM30120

Rheolaeth Marchnata MR30720

Semester 2

Small Business Management And Entrepreneurship MM32220

Organisational Behaviour MM33120

Year 3 Core (120 Credits) You must take the following modules

Semester 1

Work Experience RSS0000

Work Experience RSS0100

Semester 2

Work Experience RSS0060

Work Experience RSS0160

Final Year Core (20 Credits) You must take the following modules

Semester 1

Farm Planning And Advanced Farm Management BR31600

Semester 2

Farm Planning And Advanced Farm Management BR31620

Final Year Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Taith Astudio Amaethyddol A'r Amgylchedd Gwaith BG34010

Agricultural Study Tour And The Work Environment BR34010

Final Year Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Traethawd Estynedig BG32300

Dissertation BR32300

Semester 2

Traethawd Estynedig BG32330

Dissertation BR32330

Final Year Options Choose 60 credits. Where modules are offered bilingually: choose your preferred language if applicable

Semester 1

Gwyddor Cynhyrchu Da Byw BG30800

The Agri-environment BR30420

Livestock Production Science BR30800

Marketing Communications MM30520

Business Strategy MM34020

Strategaeth Busnes MR34020

Semester 2

Gwyddor Cynhyrchu Da Byw BG30820

Livestock Production Science BR30820

Crop And Grassland Production Science BR32020

Marketing Case Studies MM31220


Career Prospects

Your BSc in Agriculture with Business Studies opens up a range of exciting opportunities for employment and further training. You will be a strong candidate for work as an agricultural consultant, farm manager or within the agri-food sector. And because of your business training, you will also succeed in business management, consulting, human resources, and logistics and distribution.

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in Agriculture with Business Studies will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:

• enhanced numerical and computational skills
• the ability to research, interpret and analyse business and financial data
• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
• effective problem-solving
• analytical and creative thinking skills
• decision-making
• the ability to work independently
• time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
• self-motivation and self-reliance
• team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement

Throughout your training you will develop a wealth of skills that can be easily transferred into almost any graduate or professional employment situation. You will have first-rate technical and scientific knowledge, combined with the ability to manage a farm or agricultural business efficiently, productively and safely. You will be confident in handling data and a strong communicator in both written and oral forms. You will also have valuable skills in the management of people, animals and resources, and you will possess the latest expertise in agricultural best practice.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

What will I learn?

This course will enable you to gain expertise in agricultural and agri-related business management at all levels from small businesses to large-scale farm level.

In the first year you will learn about the resources required to run a rural business, and the economic environment in which they operate. You will consider the management requirements of agricultural grassland and cereal crops as well as the factors that underpin a range of cropping strategies. You will look at the major farm animal production systems, and examine the key factors impacting livestock management and performance. You will have the option to study a range of modules in marketing, management, accounting and business; these modules will be taught by expert staff from the School of Management and Business.

In the second year you will acquire the necessary skills to analyse, budget and appraise a farm business, and will investigate animal production systems, agronomy and crop improvement. Optional modules on agricultural or business-related topics enable you to direct your studies in your preferred direction.

Your third year will be spent on work placement in agriculture or an agri-related business, gaining valuable experience of farming and food production, and putting your academic knowledge and theory into practice. This will greatly enhance your career prospects on graduation.

In the fourth year you will study farm planning and advanced farm management. You may choose to join the week-long residential agriculture study tour, which will give you first-hand experience of industries and enterprises connected to agriculture and the rural economy. A range of optional modules will enable you to further develop business and marketing strategies or focus on animal or crop production science. A compulsory dissertation will allow you to perform in-depth research under the guidance of a supervisor. Your project may be based on laboratory experiments or fieldwork exercises, comprise a computer modelling exercise, or involve a critical review of published scientific literature.

Among many skills, you will learn to: review and select relevant information from a wealth of scientific, technical and business literature; understand and explain the implications of developments in subjects such as nutrition and production systems; implement improvements to agricultural business models; and plan projects and manage them in simulations and practical exercises.

How will I be taught?

This course will be delivered through a programme of lectures, seminars, workshops and field visits. Some aspects of the course will rely on student-centred e-learning, supported by computer workshops. You will have numerous opportunities to apply your academic learning in practical activities and workshops. You will also look at the connection between research and analysis and their real-world outputs in the form of improved technology, crops and animal welfare.

You will be assessed through numerous methods including essays, practical exercises, oral presentations, worksheets, reports, statistical exercises, wikis, reflective diaries, business plans, literature reviews, magazine articles, field notebooks and exams.

The university's vibrant culture of academic and vocational learning will support you in your agricultural training and encourage you to take advantage of the many opportunities within the department and the university to develop your theoretical and practical expertise so that, upon graduation, you are perfectly positioned for the next stage of your career.

You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.

You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.

Key Information Set

Key Facts

UCAS Code: 4D11

Tariff Required: 250 - 280

Entry Requirements: GCSE: Grade C in English or Welsh and Mathematics and a Science subject

Course Length: 4 Years

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