In years 1 and 2, courses introduce the key components of agricultural science, including relevant underlying natural, physical and social sciences, establishing a solid foundation for progressive specialisation in subsequent years. In each of these years, compulsory core courses facilitate the development of knowledge and understanding in a wide range of agricultural science disciplines, while access to courses outwith the lead school allow for student-led tailoring of learning e.g. allowing additional emphasis on economics, business studies, social or natural sciences, or on completely unrelated subjects that challenge accepted thinking, and/or develop complementary thought processes. Key aims of the programme will be to promote enquiry and understanding of contemporary issues, from molecular to planetary scales, and to promote an awareness of the societal context of the relevant global challenges.
In all four years of the programme, courses on Professional Skills for Global Agri-Food Scientists will inculcate global and interdisciplinary thinking, and provide core training in research, quantitative and interpretative skills, innovation, business, communications and career skills. This course will include a short work placement in year 3, and prepare students for the final year project.
In years 3 and 4 there will be opportunities for students to continue to study a broad curriculum leading to a BSc (Hons) Agricultural Science, or to follow one of four more specialized programmes leading to a BSc (Hons) Agricultural Economics, BSc (Hons) Agricultural Science (Animal Science), BSc (Hons) Agricultural Science (Crop and Soil Science) or BSc (Hons) Agricultural Science (Global Agriculture and Food Security).
Study Abroad options will be investigated for year 3.
Suitably qualified students may undertake a work placement of up to a year, at the end of year 3. This may be non-credit bearing, may include additional credits for Student-Led Individually Created Courses (SLICC), or may include preparatory work for the final year project.
The final year project may be (i) a research-based project, or be literature-based and include either (ii) a research project outline; (iii) a policy brief or (iv) a business plan in support of a new agri-food business, innovation or product, or similar projects approved by the Programme Director.
Major contributions to all courses from research-active staff will ensure that students are aware of, and involved in, topical research themes throughout the programme.
Programme-level learning outcomes
Graduates will be able to:
- Describe and analyse the main challenges and opportunities in global agri-food systems and…
- Critically evaluate potential solutions from science - from molecular to planetary scales.
- Evaluate inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to meeting global agri-food-related challenges.
- Explore the societal context of contemporary agri-food and related challenges
- Demonstrate research, quantitative, interpretative, innovation, business and communication skills in the context of global agri-food systems.