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Countryside Management, BSc (Hons)

Newcastle University, the United Kingdom

Newcastle University

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About Countryside Management, BSc (Hons) - at Newcastle University

Course Overview

This degree explores countryside management from a wide variety of perspectives, to equip you with a balanced overview of the competing interests on the countryside.

At a Glance

UCAS Code
D455

UCAS Institution Name and Code
NEWC, N21

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Degree Awarded
BSc Honours

Course Duration
3 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: ABB-BBB
IB: 32-34 points

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Opportunities
Work placement

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Your degree integrates elements from a range of subjects such as geography, ecology, wildlife conservation, agriculture, business and estate management.

Topics include:

  • rural development
  • environmental and business management
  • agriculture and land management

Newcastle is an ideal place to study, combining a city-centre university with access to fantastic countryside for fieldwork.

You can boost your employability and professional skills with an optional placement year in industry or the commercial sector. 

You also benefit from:

  • access to our two University farms for hands-on experience
  • expertise at our Centre for Rural Economy, recipient of the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2014

Highlights of this degree

What you will study

What you will study

You explore countryside management from a wide range of perspectives, and study core modules covering elements of:

  • rural development
  • environmental and land management
  • agriculture
  • geology
  • business management
  • plant science and ecology
  • law
  • countryside heritage

Optional modules in later Stages allow you to tailor the degree to your specific interests - see the Course Details section for more information. 

You can also choose from a range of Career Development Modules, designed to enhance your employability.

Independent research and project work is important and gives you the chance to explore an area of interest in detail. Previous projects have explored:

  • countryside volunteering
  • habitat management
  • countryside tourism

Field visits

Field visits

Field visits are an important part of your degree, giving you the chance to apply your newly acquired knowledge in a practical context.

At Newcastle University, you will benefit from our position in the beautiful and varied landscape of North East England.

You will have the chance to take part in a wide variety of field visits exploring the rugged beauty of Northumberland, County Durham and Cumbria's varied landscapes and habitats.

There is easy access to fantastic countryside including:

  • Northumberland National Park, home to Hadrian's Wall and the Cheviot Hills
  • Kielder, home to Northern Europe's largest man-made lake and England's largest forest

Visits to various rural enterprises throughout the year introduce you to a range of countryside professionals. This gives you the chance to experience management in action, as well as providing insight into the challenges facing countryside businesses.

Boost your employability with a work placement

Boost your employability with a work placement

Apply to spend a year on an optional work placement between Stages 2 and 3. 

The School will give you support to apply for a suitable placement, including help to write your CV to send out to our wide range of industry contacts.

You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.

If you impress your host company, it could even result in a job offer on graduation.

Facilities and support

This degree is run by the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, located at the heart of campus in the Agriculture Building.

Facilities

You'll have access to: 

  • an experimental station providing field laboratories for evaluation and testing of ecologically friendly pesticides and biocontrol agents
  • well-equipped modern laboratories
  • two University farms, used for research, teaching and demonstration: Cockle Park Farm and Nafferton Farm

Support

You'll have an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree, who can help with academic and personal issues.

The student-staff committee gives you a say in how your degree works.

You'll have access to a peer mentor in your first year

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
A Level: ABB-BBB
IB: 32-34 points

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