MAG

Agriculture

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Key Facts

Code D404
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBB including B in a relevant Science

  • Course Length

    4 Years

Further details on entry requirements

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The information on this page relates to September 2019 entry. For 2020 information, including grade requirements, please check our prospectus.

In choosing this four-year integrated Master’s Agriculture Degree at Aberystwyth University, you will be joining one of the most highly regarded Agriculture departments in the UK. Agriculture is the mainstay of rural communities and a significant UK industry sector. The breadth of the Agriculture degree includes all aspects of agriculture and agricultural production systems and it will provide you with the practical and theoretical understanding to manage a sustainable business.

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

• Inspiring teaching that provides you with the practical skills and scientific knowledge base to underpin your future career;
• Visits to farms and businesses that are industry leaders in innovation and technical know-how;
• Study through the medium of English or Welsh.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

Top 15 in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience for the subject of Biological Sciences (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

91% overall student satisfaction for the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (NSS 2019)

98% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Biological Science graduates nationally, (HESA 2018*)

Overview

This MAg in Agriculture offers you detailed coverage of all aspects of the agricultural industry, looking at a range of highly important subjects such as sustainability, environmental management and technology. This course will prepare you for work in this modern industry, an industry which demands detailed knowledge across a broad range of areas.

You will study a fascinating blend of science, technology and management with a firm grounding in animal and crop physiology and husbandry as well as business, economics and land use. You will move on to cover current and projected production systems from a production, financial and environmental perspective, be exposed to best practice and become familiar with the most current research.

Our Farms

Aberystwyth 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 as well as being used for teaching and research.

A prize-winning institute that will help you reach your full potential!

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 IBERS is the largest and best-resourced university department of its kind in the UK.

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) in conjunction with Bangor University had the 5th strongest submission in the UK for the Research Excellence Framework assessment (2014).
Passionate teaching staff who are experts in their field

Many have won awards for their teaching and they come from a diverse range of backgrounds, with a wide range of expertise and extensive links with the agricultural industry. Make no mistake, you will be learning from the best!

Want to study in Welsh?

Some of our modules are taught in Welsh as well as English. If you study through the medium of Welsh you may be eligible for a bursary.

Click the ‘teaching & learning’ tab to find out more.

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.

Modules

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.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Advances In Agriculture BR34820 20
Critical Review BR36320 20
Farm Planning And Advanced Farm Management BR31620 20
Research Project BR36440 40

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Crop And Grassland Production Science BR37220 20
Livestock Production Science BR30820 20
The Agri-environment BR30420 20

Core

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Mbiol Research Project BRM2860 60
Research Methods In The Biosciences BRM6420 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Animal Breeding And Genetics BRM5820 20
Infection And Immunity BRM1620 20
Grassland Science BRM5120 20
Livestock Nutrition BRM0320 20
Livestock Production Science BRM5420 20

Employability

You will be fully supported with developing your employability skills throughout the degree scheme. The degree will allow you to develop specialist skills such as the ability to undertake a range of practical estate skills and on-site project planning as well as developing a range of transferable skills highly valued by employers. You will join a department that has excellent facilities to support your studies; £55 million pounds has been invested over the last five years in IBERS infrastructure. These facilities enable students to develop their specialist skills and knowledge preparing them for a successful transition into the workplace. With access to the numerous university farms, upon successful completion of the Agriculture Degree you will have the core capabilities and skills demanded by employers. IBERS staff have close links with many learned societies which provide a route for students to network with others in their discipline and explore funding opportunities and recognition for their work. Guest lecturers and expert external teachers also contribute to the curriculum to pass on their expertise and knowledge.

The department has resources on the virtual learning environment, Aberlearn Blackboard to support your development and has a dedicated Twitter feed to keep students informed of developmental opportunities and work experience.

Your MAg in Agriculture 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, agronomist and animal nutritionist, and a wide range of roles in the ancillary industries and with government and local authorities. Throughout your training you will develop a wealth of skills that can be easily transferred into almost any graduate or professional employment situation.

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

In the first year you will be introduced to the technologies that are increasingly being developed for and adopted by the agricultural industry. You will investigate the factors that influence land use and explore the primary resources required to operate a rural business. You will gain useful business management skills, including the preparation of farm budgets and the analysis of commodity markets.

In the second year you will study the impact of agriculture and food supply systems on the environment. You will examine British livestock industries, crop production systems and strategies, and will learn how to analyse, budget and appraise a farm business.

In the third year you will examine business planning techniques and will learn how to construct fully detailed farm business plans. You will also look at recent developments in systems of crop production, modern plant breeding strategies and the use of crops for bioenergy production, alongside animal production systems and the environmental impacts of different agricultural systems. A week-long field course involving visits to farms, rural businesses and organizations involved in the regulation and management of the countryside will enable you to see the practical business applications of your theoretical and academic learning.

In your fourth and final year, you will develop your knowledge and understanding further by examining the global challenges facing the agricultural industry and the role of research in addressing these challenges. You will undertake a research project that will allow you to explore your chosen subject in depth and in conjunction with research active staff. You will also be able to choose from a range of modules such as livestock nutrition, production and grassland science that will provide you with masters level understanding, allowing you to become a subject specialist and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market.

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. A compulsory dissertation in your final year 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.

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.

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBB including B in a relevant Science

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh grade C, Mathematics grade C and Science grade C.

BTEC National Diploma:
DDD

International Baccalaureate:

European Baccalaureate:

The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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