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Harper Adams University: Data Science for Global Agriculture, Food and Environment

Institution Harper Adams University View institution profile
Department Crop and Environmental Sciences
Telephone 01952 815289
Study type Taught


There is a huge skills gap in the UK workforce when it comes to data science and artificial intelligence. The Government’s Digital Skills strategy estimates that within the next 20 years, 90 per cent of all jobs will require some element of digital skills, with data science pinpointed as a priority area.

At the same time, the agriculture, food and environment sectors are experiencing a radical shift in demand for data scientists, thanks to applications in agri-tech, and smart farming and a large surge in demand for general skills using big data and open data across the sector through 2030. At the same time, there is a huge demand for data-driven solutions for best-practice solutions for conservation and environment issues that are compatible with the future of farming. This new course, the first and only of its kind in the UK, seeks to address these challenges.

Who should apply? This course is ideal for candidates with a background in agriculture, food science, or in wildlife, conservation and environmental science, or for someone from a data science background that wishes to enter one of these subject areas.

Our flexible programme consists of core training in data science tools and further specialised training, so that you can choose your own path: help agri-food companies make smarter business decisions, or use data to solve important conservation challenges.

Delivery Each module will be delivered by block delivery over a five-day period.

Whilst away from Harper Adams, students will be supported via the VLE as indicated in the module descriptors and will have access to teaching staff via telephone and email.

The curriculum is designed to meet the requirements of two types of potential students who wish to work as data scientists within the agriculture and food-related industries.

The first group are individuals who have an undergraduate or technical background in some aspect of data science and are looking to obtain the necessary agriculture and food experience and the second group are individuals who have a background in agriculture and/or food and wish to undertake training in data science.

Both types of student will be supported by an Agriculture for the Land & Business Professional Boot Camp or a Data Science Boot Camp whereby students undertake a non-credit bearing training course to directly support their introduction to study.

The data science component of the course will be supported by a range of online materials.


Harper Adams University



As the population grows, so do our demands on the planet. Managing our natural resources has never been so important. Since it was founded in 1901, Harper has been meeting this challenge.

Set on a 494 hectare farm, Harper Adams is the UK’s leading specialist university tackling the future development of the world’s food production, animal sciences, engineering, land management and sustainable business. Programmes fall into 11 broad subject areas – but none operate in isolation. Community and collaboration are key at Harper Adams, meaning everyone, including staff, students and industry partners, benefits from a close network …

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