Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security

Programme Information

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

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


Information contained within these pages relates to academic session 2019/20, but is a good reflection of the course content. Academic session 2020/21 content is due to be published by the beginning of May 2020.

This programme applies economic principles to critical topics for developing international agri-food systems.  Students develop analytical skills in production and consumption economics, the evaluation of trade and government intervention, advanced modelling and econometrics and apply them to a range of issues relevant to production and consumption of food.

The focus on quantitative training and on both developed and developing countries provide a perfect grounding for individuals wishing to work for international and national agencies, including the FAO and OECD, but also provides opportunities for working within agri-food and related industries or provide a platform for further study at post-graduate level.

Career Options

Agricultural Economists are employed in a wide range of roles, including:

  • Economists
  • Policy Advisors for government departments, banks, NGOs (non-governmental organisations), charities, industry bodies
  • Farm and/or Agri-Business Consultants
  • Marketing Managers in the global Agri-Food sector
  • Food Supply Chain Managers for retailers
  • Researchers in Industry or Academia
  • Teachers

Follow the link to find examples of job opportunities within this area:

International Association of Agricultural Economics – Job Opportunities