Undergraduate study - 2020 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.

  • 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 (17 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

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 1st year BSc (Hons) Agricultural Science (Global Agriculture & Food Security)
Luming Yang 1st year BSc (Hons) Agricultural Science (Global Agriculture & Food Security)

Introducing Agricultural Science

There is a shortage of highly skilled leaders in sustainable farming practices. 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.

There are fewer bigger global challenges than feeding the growing human population well, 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.

Sustainable agriculture

Improving the effectiveness and sustainability of agri-food systems is vital to tackling the challenges of global 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