The agri-food chain is one of the world's largest industries. It involves the delivery of products from farms to worldwide markets.
At a Glance
UCAS Institution Name and Code
3 or 4 Years
A Level: AAB-ABB
IB: 35 points
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This degree focuses on concepts from economics and business studies disciplines, as applied to food, fibre and energy chains.
This is an applied course where you will learn about the management of businesses operating from the farm gate to consumer plates.
Along with business management skills, you will learn and be able to reflect on the key challenges of securing a sustainable food supply for this and future generations.
Key topics covered are:
- food economics and management of agro-food businesses
- food policy and its implications for businesses and consumers
- gathering evidence through data analysis to support sound decision
- agriculture and food production and distribution
- consumer studies and marketing management
This degree could lead to work in a range of international business sectors, such as food markets and marketing, retail management, and business consultancy.
Highlights of this degree
Boost your employability with work experienceBoost your employability with work experience
You'll have plenty of opportunities to boost your employability through work experience.
Choose an optional 12-month work placement in the UK or abroad to gain real-world business experience. Recently students have worked for:
- Sainsbury's, Tesco, Aldi, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose
- Masterfoods, United Biscuits
- IBM, Unilever, HSBC and John Deere
Develop work-related skills throughout your degree by taking a Career Development Module. Volunteer, tutor in a local school, or get a part-time job and you can gain academic credit towards your degree.
Boost your management skills with our globally-recognised team-based business simulation. You'll run a virtual business and gain the equivalent of two years' management experience.
Enjoy study visits with our industry contactsEnjoy study visits with our industry contacts
Experience agri-business first hand thanks to our strong links with industry.
Study visits to our agri-food contacts in the region help you learn more about the business, especially in your first year.
Our contacts include:
- JR Holland
- Blagdon Estate
You'll visit companies representing each part of the food supply chain. So you'll gain a vital overview of the whole business.
Study abroad for international experienceStudy abroad for international experience
UK and EU students can broaden their academic experience and expand horizons by studying abroad as part of their degree.
You can study at a partner institution abroad for between three months and one year through the Erasmus scheme.
Current countries include France, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Hungary and Estonia.
You'll be based on our vibrant campus, just a few minutes' walk from Newcastle city centre.
You'll split your time between the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development and Newcastle University Business School.
Our facilities will help you develop practical skills for your future career. They include:
- two University farms
- well-equipped teaching and research labs
- modern Business School in the heart of Newcastle's commercial district
Take a virtual tour of the Business School.
Teaching and assessment
On average you will have around 14 contact hours a week. You'll learn through lectures, seminars and small group tutorials.
There will also be field trips, so you can see how your learning applies in a practical context.
Assessment is mostly through examinations. You'll also complete coursework that includes essays, projects and case studies.
To help you develop skills for your future career, you'll also complete a business simulation project and an independent research project in Stage 3.
Teaching and assessment methods may vary from module to module. More information about each module including specific assessment methods, credits and contact hours, can be found in the Course Details section.
We pride ourselves on the support we provide to help you settle into university and throughout your degree:
- outstanding peer-mentoring scheme, partnering you with a second- or third-year student for support
- personal tutor to help with academic and personal wellbeing throughout your degree
- highly active student society, offering social events to help you get to know your coursemates
- active student