Agriculture at QUB

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Agriculture at QUB


FOR more than 75 years, the School of Agriculture and Food Science at Queen's has been awarding the Bachelor of Agriculture (BAgr) degree.

Today, Queen's University still provides one of the top agriculture degrees within the United Kingdom.

Indeed, in a recent independent assessment of quality, the School of Agriculture and Food Science was awarded an eExcellent rating and was particularly commended for its "broad, balanced and coherent curricula with their emphasis on core theory and principles".

Over the many years of this highly-regarded and unique degree, BAgr Agriculture graduates have found rewarding careers throughout the world. These careers are not only in the agricultural industry and government services but also within the full range of occupations associated with graduate employment. This adaptability is the result of a degree designed to give students a balanced and broad knowledge base, together with a fundamental understanding of the science involved in agriculture. The applied science aspect of the degree is emphasised through the curriculums industrial visits and work experience programme. These aspects not only provide students with the opportunity to apply science to practice but also help enhance their employability.

The broadening of students' horizons is another essential element in the BAgr Agriculture degree. Study tours, the compulsory 10-week work placement and an optional year out all help in this regard. Agriculture students have, for example, spent summer vacations on approved work placements in America, Canada, Greece and Switzerland as well throughout the British Isles.

The major areas of study during the three-year BAgr Agriculture degree focus on animal science, crop science, economics, management and marketing. The course is structured to provide a firm scientific foundation on which to build the science of production. During their first year, students take modules in Crop Biology, Information Technology, Biological Systems, Agricultural Systems, Economics, Microbiology and Soils and Plant Nutrition.

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