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Harper Adams University

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 635 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 of knowledge and opportunity exchange.

Courses offered at undergraduate and postgraduate level fall into the follow subject areas:

  • Agriculture
  • Animal Sciences
  • Applied Biology
  • Business and Agri-food
  • Countryside, Environment, Wildlife and Geography
  • Engineering
  • Food Science, Technology and Innovation
  • Rural Estate, Property and Land Management
  • Veterinary Nursing
  • Veterinary Physiotherapy
  • Zoology

Popular postgraduate programmes include Entomology (including Integrated Pest Management), Mechatronic & Robotic Engineering, Agroecology, Conservation, Land Management, Agricultural Production and the wide range of MRes titles that allow students to specialise in areas closest to their passions and/or career goals.

The University’s 3,000-plus students have access to cutting-edge facilities such as the Agricultural Engineering Innovation Centre, where the future of farming is being pioneered with agricultural robots; the Elizabeth Creak Science Laboratories; a new robotic dairy university farm, the Veterinary Services Centre; and the Regional Food Academy.

Applied research is at the heart of the university’s activity, with the work of a thriving academic community underpinning both teaching and work with the industries allied to Harper. The 2014 Government Research Excellence Framework rated all of the university’s research as “of international quality”, and more than half was deemed “world leading” or “internationally excellent”.

Harper Adams University currently holds the following accolades:

  • The UK’s Best Modern University (those created since 1992) in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017, 2018 and 2019.
  • University of the Year 2016 and 2017, in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards.
  • Rated Gold, the highest possible outcome in 2017 and again in 2018 in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework.

Harper Adams is situated in stunning Shropshire, the UK’s largest land-locked county. Despite its rural location, major cities are within easy reach – one hour by car to Birmingham and Manchester and about two hours by car then train from Stafford station to London Euston. It is a single campus university where all of the facilities are a short walking distance apart.

Harper Adams University
Contact Heather Hogan Postgraduate Administrator
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