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Newcastle University: Agricultural and Environmental Science

Institution Newcastle University View institution profile
Department School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
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Study type Taught


Our master's in agriculture and environmental science can help you develop a career in sustainable farming systems, environmental management and rural development.

This master's in agriculture and environmental science develops your understanding of the interaction between agriculture and the environment. There is an emphasis on sustainability and the ecological consequences of unsound management. It gives you the skills for a career related to: sustainability in farming systems environmental management rural development

The course consists of compulsory and optional modules. This gives you the opportunity to tailor your studies to your personal interests.

You'll be taught by industry-experienced and research-active lecturers. Our research in integrated agricultural production focuses on: soil science plant science ecology

OUR STAFF: Dr Hannah Davis is the Degree Programme Director and an experienced researcher in the area of ruminant nutrition and grazing management. Hannah's research aims to understand how dairy management practices affect milk quality, animal health and environmental impact with a view to optimising sustainable farming systems.

You can also view staff profiles related to research in Agricultural Production.

Our lecturers are industry experienced and research active. Our research in integrated agricultural production focuses on: soil science plant science ecology dairy and beef production

Our research spans a range of scales, from pot – plot – farm – landscape.

Strategic research embraces work on: soil quality rhizosphere function plant-soil feedback soil-carbon dynamics nutrient cycling sustainable livestock

Applied research addresses issues of: climate change mitigation (including biofuels) ecological (organic) farming systems low-input crop systems agriculture-environment interactions

DELIVERY: This course is taught in four-week teaching blocks.

You'll be taught through: lectures seminars practical and field classes tutorials case studies small group discussions

We expect you to undertake independent study outside of these structured sessions.

We offer flexible learning for those already working in industry through the Credit Accumulation Transfer Scheme. This framework enables us to award postgraduate-level qualifications using credit-bearing stand-alone modules as 'building blocks' towards a qualification. This means that the credits from modules undertaken within a five-year period can be 'banked' towards the award of a qualification.

FACILITIES: NU Farms Our multi-purpose farms are viable farming businesses. We use them as demonstration facilities for teaching purposes. They also provide land-based research facilities.

Our facilities provide an open innovation platform enabling researchers to work with farmers, industry, and environmental and government stakeholders. Together, they develop innovative solutions for balancing sustainable global food production with a thriving rural economy and protection of the wider environment.

These research facilities help us to understand: the development and functioning of plant and animal hosts, pathogens and their interactions the complex biogeochemical functions of the soil crop and livestock health, welfare and productivity environmental impact interactions between the managed farm environment and the land-air-water interface

We use this fundamental knowledge to: integrate genomics, physiology and agronomy in molecular breeding approaches develop and optimise farming systems

We collect real data from a network of on-farm crop, soil, livestock and environmental sensors. We use this data to calibrate and validate the digital technologies and models that help us in our research and developments.


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A Global Top 125 university (QS World University Rankings 2023), Newcastle University is dedicated to excellence, creativity and innovation, pioneering solutions that can change our world.

Through world-class research it tackles some of the biggest challenges facing society globally, leading in its key strengths of ageing and health, data, energy, cities, culture and creative arts. The UK’s Research Excellence Framework 2021 assessed its research as world-leading with outstanding impact.

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