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2021-02-27 00:00:50

Study agriculture in the UK: best universities

Study agriculture in the UK: best universities

Smapse Education Guide: The UK Best Universities to Study Agriculture. In the article, we answer popular questions among students - how to choose a university, how to enter and how the training proceeds.

UK student benefits

Agricultural programs in Britain are gaining more and more popularity every year, and here are just a few reasons:

  • Since 2015, this industry has been named the fastest growing in the country.
  • Degree in agriculture is increasingly associated not only with farming, but also with biotechnology, economics and logistics
  • The UK is home to 9% of all global research, aerospace and pharmaceuticals originated in this country, and the biotech sector is the second largest in the world, behind only the the United States.
  • Every year more than 185,000 foreigners choose England for master's studies, 500,000 foreigners enter bachelor's programs.

Higher education in the UK - benefits

  1. Most universities in Britain exist independently of cities: they are located far from metropolitan areas, although there are exceptions. Campuses of universities in Great Britain are entire campuses, in which there are not only academic buildings, but also residential residences, canteens, cafes, shops, pharmacies, sports complexes and even concert halls.
  2. A distinctive feature of British education is its adherence to centuries-old traditions. For example, from time immemorial, members of the royal family make visits to educational institutions, are their patrons.
  3. Much attention is paid to the organization of healthy leisure, creative and sports development of students. All educational institutions are well equipped technically and have sports complexes that allow them to master a variety of sports at a professional level.
  4. Within walking distance from students are cafeterias, canteens, bars, computer centers, sports complexes and libraries. Rural campuses have their own advantages - they are whole towns with a large territory and their own infrastructure. They are especially interesting to study agriculture, thanks to the gardens and farms owned by the universities.

Studying agriculture in the UK

The agricultural industry in its current state is an advanced and highly demanded area that covers a variety of areas and solves various issues - from how to solve the problem of hunger in poor countries, to obesity in developed countries.

The study of agriculture is an interesting field, but with its own specifics: it is suitable for those who love nature, cares about its protection, like to work with animals and plants. Another important fact is that agricultural specialists work a lot in nature. Agricultural students study plants, soil, animals, food production and research in these areas depending on their interests. It is equally important to be interested in and have good training in such areas as biology, genetics, chemistry, soil science, food, accounting.

After graduating from the university, graduates open up a variety of prospects: many start working as managers at agricultural facilities, conduct their business in the agro-industrial sector, and are engaged in animal husbandry. The careers of a geneticist, soil scientist and scientific consultant are no less common. The average salary for a beginner agricultural specialist is about £ 22,000 a year.


The Degree in Agriculture degree unites more than 30 specializations, we will list just a few areas:

  • Forestry
  • Economy and business in the agricultural sector
  • Agricultural property management
  • Veterinary
  • Food production
  • Plant growing
  • Livestock
  • Gardening
  • Soil science
  • Agronomy
  • Horse care.

Ranking of the best agricultural universities in the UK

The prestigious Guardian University Guide has compiled a list of the UK's best universities to study agriculture, forestry and food production in 2021. The top 10 universities included:

University of Leeds

State multidisciplinary university with the strongest programs in agriculture. The university has a large infrastructure that allows students to gain hands-on experience in laboratories and research centers.

  • Location: Leeds
  • University ranking: 91 in the world (QS World University Rankings).

University of Nottingham

A prestigious state university and one of the largest in the UK, it is included in the TOP-5 popular universities in the country. The Times describes the university as "the primary alternative to Oxbridge."

  • Location: Nottingham, England
  • Rankings: 85 in the world (QS World University Rankings).

Abertay University

A prestigious Scottish university in Dundee with a large percentage of international students - 25%.

  • Location: Dundee, Scotland
  • Ratings: 87 in the UK (Guardian).

Bangor University

Oldest university in Wales with strong programs in agriculture, plant and animal husbandry.

  • Location: Bangor, Wales
  • Rankings: 401-500 worldwide (QS World University Rankings).

Queen's University Belfast

State University in Northern Ireland is one of the TOP-20 leading research universities in Britain.

  • Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Rankings: 209 in the world (QS World University Rankings).

University of Reading

A public university with a total area of 395 acres: 98% of the university's research is recognized as internationally significant.

  • Location: Reading, England
  • Rankings: 205 in the world (QS World University Rankings).

Writtle University College

The university has a rich tradition in teaching and studying agricultural sciences: the university was founded in 1893 as a center for the study of agriculture. In 1912, the university bore the name "Eastern Institute of Agriculture".

  • Location: Rytle, England
  • Rankings: top 30 universities in England.

Aberystwyth University

Public university in Wales, student satisfaction 90%.

  • Location: Aberystwyth, Wales
  • Rankings: 432 in the world (QS World University Rankings).

Nottingham Trent University

The largest university in Britain with about 23 thousand foreign students.

  • Location: Nottingham, England
  • Rankings: 751-800 worldwide (QS World University Rankings).

Newcastle University

A state university with three faculties, among which agricultural is considered one of the best in England.

  • Location: Newcastle on Tyne
  • Rankings: 141 in the world (QS World University Rankings).
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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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