Undergraduate study - 2019 entry

Subject area: Agricultural Science

Why choose Agricultural Science at the University of Edinburgh?

  • These programmes will help develop agricultural scientists who will find new 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 and farming locally, nationally and internationally. You will have the opportunity to boost your employability with a work placement of up to 12 months.

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

  • Advances in research from the University's £35 million investment in the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security will directly feed into the teaching you receive.

  • Our portfolio of programmes will equip you with the key skills to help achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (seventeen goals with a collective aim to end world poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all). Our graduates can expect worldwide employment opportunities with the 93 UN member states.

  • There is a range of scholarship opportunities available for both UK and international students.

Study abroad

These programmes aim to equip you with the attributes that will prepare you to become a future leader in agricultural science and its application to agri-food related global challenges – whether in research, policy, non-governmental organisations or the agri-food industry.

The programmes will introduce the key components of agricultural science in Years 1 and 2, including the relevant underlying natural, physical and social sciences, and the associated personal skills development, needed to establish a solid foundation for progressive specialisation in subsequent years.

In Years 3 and 4 there will be opportunities for you to specialise in agricultural economics, animal science, crop and soil science, or global agriculture and food security.

Major contributions to courses from research-active staff ensure you will be aware of, and involved in, topical research throughout your programme.

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.

In Agricultural Science, what you will study varies between programmes.

Find specific year by year study information on your chosen programme page.

Are there additional costs?

You will require compulsory protective clothing (estimated at £50), locker deposits (£15) and will incur travel costs getting to Easter Bush campus. Using public transport from the city centre will cost around £500 a year, which we will proportionally subsidise in line with your year of study.

Some Year 3 mini work placements and your final project may incur further accommodation and travel costs.

For international students, please note your immigration application may include a healthcare surcharge of around £150 a year.


There is a range of scholarship opportunities available to both UK and international students.

Scholarship opportunities

Our facilities

Our programmes are delivered at the Easter Bush Campus, where our world-class educational facilities are being expanded. Collaborative work takes place here across a wide range of disciplines, all within easy reach of our students.

Easter Bush is home to three of the UK’s four agritech innovation centres and a network of more than 100 industry partners. Our teaching partner, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), has many of their extensive research and education farms within close reach.

The campus is also home to the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies (R(D)SVS), which has an international reputation for its research, teaching and clinical services, and the world-renowned Roslin Institute where many animal scientists are based.

The Easter Bush Research Consortium (EBRC) brings together the science of the Roslin Institute, the R(D)SVS, SRUC and the Moredun Research Institute. This forms one of the largest groups in the world focused on the biology of companion and production animals.


You will take part in a short work placement in Year 3. Suitably qualified students may also undertake a work placement of up to a year, at the end of Year 3 at their own, or their employer's, expense.

This may be non-credit bearing, may include additional credits for Student-Led Individually Created Courses (SLICC), or may include preparatory work for your final project.

Study abroad

We intend to offer a year abroad as part of our programmes, however this has yet to be approved and we will not be able to verify this option until programmes have commenced in September 2018.

You may, however, take your work placement either internationally or in the UK. You are expected to meet any associated costs, which will vary according to your preferred location.

Our programmes include a compulsory three-week placement, which you should budget for. From Year 3 on, further placements, of up to 12 months, are optional.

How will I learn?

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical work, problem-based learning and computer-assisted learning.

In Years 3 and 4, there is more emphasis on self-directed study and discussion sessions with internationally-renowned research scientists.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through in-course assessments and examinations. A research project or dissertation will form an important part of your final-year assessment.

Our programmes aim to equip you for careers in:

  • agri-food research, such as PhD and ultimately postdoctoral positions;

  • national or international policy roles, including researchers, research project commissioners or managers, or science advisers for either government or inter-governmental departments or agencies;

  • non-governmental organisations, as science advisers or research managers for agri-food/planetary health/international development/aid-related charities;

  • the agri-food industry, for example as farming or agri-food industry consultants, technical experts, researchers, research project commissioners/managers for multinational agri-food companies, or as food product supply chain managers for retailers.