Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security

(Closed to applications) BSc (Hons) Agricultural Economics

(Closed to applications) This programme applies economic principles to the critical topic of developing international agri-food systems.

Important message

The Covid-19 pandemic is creating uncertainty for everyone, but we are committed to offering a high-quality experience to all our students.

We have tried to minimise the impact of Covid-19 on the experience we offer all of our students, but we have reluctantly decided to close this degree for 2020 entry. 

We are offering a similar programme of study in Global Agriculture and Food Security.

Further information


Students develop analytical skills in production and consumption economics, the evaluation of trade and government intervention and apply advanced modelling and econometric skills to topics relating to food production systems.

The focus on quantitative learning and both developed and developing countries provides a solid foundation for graduates wishing to work nationally or internationally.

Programme Introduction by Professor Andrew Barnes:

(see bottom of page for transcript)

Key Information

  • Qualification: BSc (Hons) Agricultural Economics
  • UCAS code: D401
  • Institution Code: E56
  • Study Mode: Four years full-time
  • Course Location: Easter Bush Campus, Edinburgh, EH25 9RG
  • Start Date: September

Programme Information

The BSc (Hons) Agricultural Economics programme is delivered by the University of Edinburgh and our teaching partner Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).

Work Placement

Industrial experience is a core part of our degree programmes, it is an opportunity to put classroom based theory into practice in the 'real world', whilst gaining invaluable experience.


There are a number of Scholarship opportunities available to students on the Global Academy’s undergraduate programmes.

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Video transcript:

My name is Andrew Barnes. I am a Professor of Rural Resource Economics in SRUC and I am the Programme Leader for the BSc in Agricultural Economics.

Agricultural Economics is a branch of Economic Science, so we use the tools and the theories of Economics applied to a specific biophysical setting in terms of agri-food systems.

So, decision making around issues around soil management or livestock dynamics all come under Agricultural Economics and wider still the organisation of agri-food systems, Economics helps us to understand that, and also in terms of how consumption affects those structures and ultimately how it affects agricultural production and the food that we eat.

I think what is unique about this programme is very institutions offer Agricultural Economics as a degree, but also a good agricultural economist has some understanding of how agriculture works, the biophysics and the climatic issues.

I think also what we do is we do a lot of work on how agriculture and the environment interact, and I think that is critically important in how agriculture and food production will progress in the future.

I think we are very unique in that the organisation has a whole set of consultants who work with farmers and farming organisations and environmental organisations, so there are lots of opportunities to work within an actual industry focus.

Also, a lot of the work that we do is policy based, so we do interact quite regularly with policymakers, not only in Scotland but in the UK and in wider organisations such as the FAO, so there are lots of opportunities there to interact with industry and policy for a future career.