Undergraduate study - 2021 entry

Subject area: Agricultural Science

Why choose Agricultural Science at the University of Edinburgh?

  • These programmes will equip you with the skills and knowledge to inform policy through science and find sustainable ways to feed the world’s growing population without destroying the planet.

  • We believe in teaching in a real-world context through our strong links with industry locally, nationally and internationally. You will also have the opportunity to boost you employability through a work placement.

  • You will be part of a community of innovators and idea generators. Our Easter Bush Campus is home to three of the UKs four agritech innovation centres, with a network of more than 100 industry partners.

Study abroad

I want to tackle current world issues regarding agriculture, society and environment. The programme is heavily related to these issues and the staff I have met are extremely helpful.

Luming Yang 2nd year BSc (Hons) Agricultural Science (Global Agriculture & Food Security)
Luming Yang 2nd year BSc (Hons) Agricultural Science (Global Agriculture & Food Security)

Introducing Agricultural Science

There is a global shortage of highly skilled leaders in sustainable farming and food systems.

These programmes have been specifically designed in response to the challenges facing humanity and aim to equip you with the knowledge and attributes to help deliver the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals and optimise economic, environmental and societral requirements of food production systems.

There are few bigger global challenges than feeding the growing human population, while protecting the natural systems on which we depend.

With the world population expected to reach 11 billion by the end of this century and demands on systems already at an all-time high, it is essential that we find new ways to feed the growing population without destroying the planet.

By becoming a leader in agricultural science and its application your knowledge will be essential for the future of our planet.

Sustainable agriculture

Improving the effectiveness and sustainability of agri-food systems is vital to tackling the challenges of world population growth, rapid urbanisation, food and environmental security and diet and health. These challenges affect affluent, middle and low income countries. Addressing them is key to moving hundreds of millions of people out of poverty, and central to many of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Research power

At the University of Edinburgh, we already make a significant contribution to tackling these issues at national and global levels. Following the UK government's Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 Edinburgh was ranked first by research power (Research Fortnight REF 2014) in Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science