Study Agribusiness

An agribusiness degree combines agricultural science and business, focusing on management and marketing in the agricultural sector, as well as understanding the needs of those working in the sector. You will gain an insight into both the production and marketing side of the supply chain, developing your knowledge of the relationship between the suppliers, producers and consumers.

Highlighted courses and degrees in Agribusiness

Coursework

Undergraduate

An undergraduate degree in agribusiness will provide you with a good foundation of knowledge in the area. You will study modules on agricultural business, business management, agriculture and food, and life sciences. Your understanding of business in general will be developed, and you will become more familiar with the management side of agriculture.

Your degree will be delivered through a mixture of modes. These will include lectures and seminars, as well as practical sessions and field trips. You might be presented with the opportunity to take part in a placement module or year, which will allow you to gain real-life experience.

Postgraduate

A postgraduate degree in agribusiness will allow you to build on your skills and knowledge gained at undergraduate level. The modules you study will cover the more specialist and complex areas of agribusiness. These modules could include international business, food marketing, agricultural entrepreneurship, sustainable animal production, consumer behaviour, and business law.

Your degree will be delivered through lectures and seminars, and may also include practical sessions and field trips. Your course will likely be focused on preparing you for employment, making sure that you have the skills and knowledge required for a successful career in agribusiness.

Specialisations

Depending on where you choose to study, you may be able to specialise throughout your degree. These specialisations can influence the area in which you choose to work after you have graduated. They may also help you to decide what subject you wish to complete your dissertation or final project on. Common specialisations include:

  • International Agribusiness
  • Agribusiness Management
  • Food and Agribusiness
  • Rural Enterprise

Accreditation and Certification

The accreditation of your degree will depend on where you choose to study. It will also be influenced by your level of study. At undergraduate level, you can expect to be awarded a Bachelor of Science (BSc), a Bachelor of Business (BBus), or a Bachelor of Arts (BA). At postgraduate level, you can expect to be awarded a Master of Science (MSc), a Master of Business (MBus), or a Master of Arts (MA). If you choose to study for a postgraduate research degree, you can expect to be awarded a Master of Research (MRes), a Master of Philosophy (MPhil), or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Timeframe and Further Studies

Generally, an undergraduate degree will take three to four years to complete. Foundation degrees, diplomas and certificates can last up to two years when studied full-time. A postgraduate degree will normally take one to two years. If your course includes a placement, this will normally add another year onto your studies.

Some institutions might offer part-time study options. Studying for a degree part-time normally means that your course will last anywhere between three and eight years, with some universities offering more flexible study options.

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Entry Requirements for Degrees in Agribusiness

Undergraduate

The entry requirements for an undergraduate degree in agribusiness will depend on where you choose to study. Normally, you will be required to have qualifications in certain subjects, but this will vary from institution to institution. Preferred subjects could include mathematics, business, law, psychology or statistics. If you do not have a strong background in these areas, but can show that you are passionate about agribusiness, some institutions may still consider your application.

Some universities might require you to sit an entrance exam, where others may rely on previous exam results. Other universities might consider relevant work experience. If your first language is not English, it is likely that you will be required to provide evidence that your English language skills are to a high enough standard.

Postgraduate

The entry requirements for a postgraduate degree in agribusiness will depend on your institution of choice. They will also depend on what sort of postgraduate degree you are applying for. Typically, you will be expected to have gained an undergraduate degree in agribusiness, or a closely related subject.

You should check each institution to see what entry requirements they have for their agribusiness programmes.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you may want to consider a pathway course.

Typical entry requirements:

  • UK5.5 IELTS, 2:2 or higher
  • US6.0 IELTS, 3.0 GPA

Fund Your Studies

Tuition fees for international students are not fixed. This means that they can vary greatly from institution to institution. Fees for postgraduate degree courses tend to be higher than undergraduate courses. Exact tuition fees are displayed on institution course pages.

You may be eligible for a scholarship or funding. This could be awarded by your institution, or by a separate funding body. For more information, visit our scholarships and funding section to read more about funding your studies.

Typical course fees (per year):

  • UG£17,500/$25,000
  • PG£22,750/$35,000

Career Options

As a graduate of agribusiness, you will find that there are a wide variety of career opportunities available to you. Your options will not be limited to the agriculture sector, as the skills gained throughout your degree will allow you to seek employment in a wide range of industries. If you choose to work in a role directly related to your degree, jobs could include farm manager, agricultural consultant, and soil scientist. If you choose to work in a role not directly related to your degree, jobs could include forest ranger, veterinary nurse, and buyer for shops.

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