Data Science for Global Agriculture, Food and Environment

Harper Adams University    Postgraduate study at Harper Adams

Full time & Part time See Course PGCert, PGDip, MSc 1 year (full-time) or 2 to 3years (part-time)
Agriculture (1) Environmental Sciences (13) Mathematics (25)

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Are you passionate about agriculture, food, and the environment? Do you have a knack for data science and artificial intelligence? Look no further! Introducing the groundbreaking programme - Data Science for Global Agriculture, Food and Environment. This unique course, the first of its kind in the UK, combines the power of data science with the challenges faced by the agriculture and food sectors. Whether you come from an agriculture or data science background, this flexible programme offers core training in data science tools and specialized modules. Choose your own path - help agri-food companies make smarter decisions or tackle important conservation challenges. Don't miss this opportunity to bridge the skills gap and become a sought-after data scientist in the ever-evolving world of agriculture and food. Check out our website for more details!

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There is a huge skills gap in the UK workforce when it comes to data science and artificial intelligence. The Government’s Digital Skills strategy estimates that within the next 20 years, 90 per cent of all jobs will require some element of digital skills, with data science pinpointed as a priority area.

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Entry Requirements

This course is ideal for students with a background in agriculture who are interested in pursuing a career in data science, or for students with a background in computing or maths interested in pursuing a career in data science in the agriculture and food industries.

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Student Profiles

George Wager

Graduated in 2021

George Wager completed her BSc (Hons) Agriculture degree with Harper Adams, providing her with the foundation understanding to make her an excellent candidate to study MSc Data Science in Global Agriculture Food and Environment.

George’s interest in data has a particular emphasis on food security and managing global supply chains to improve sustainability.

She said: “I chose this course because it was an exciting opportunity. As the only course of its kind in the UK and a great university at the forefront of agriculture, I knew this was the right choice for me. Technology is going to be a big part of agriculture and this course is a great chance for someone like myself, with a background in agriculture."

Learning to understand data more fully came as a result of George’s undergraduate placement year, sparking an interest in bovine genetics which influenced her BSc Honours Research Project, studying fertility in dairy cows. “The data set needed to be analysed in RStats, a statistical programming software.

“When trying to teach myself RStats, I searched for additional resources that would be able to help me. I quickly came to realise the lack of resources out there, and how much of a unique skill it is to be able to analyse complex data sets. While learning the basics of RStats was challenging, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

“During my learning process, I expressed my interest in data science to Edwin Harris. He then shared with me information about the MSc Data Science for Global Agriculture, Food and Environment. The course is the first of its kind in the UK. It gives individuals like myself the opportunity to explore data science. Having both a passion for numbers and agriculture, I felt this course was a perfect fit.

“Many farmers will be investing in new technologies; therefore, it is paramount that the industry has the right skills to utilise the data that is collected from these new emerging technologies and allow farmers to continue to thrive.”

Supported by the Clyde Higgs MSc scholarship and the Harper Adams Club Postgraduate scholarship, George is enjoying her studies so far and is continuing to grow her skill set, adding “So much is changing and we are taking small steps to a better world - who wouldn’t want to be a part of this new era?"

Florence Galliers

Graduated in 2021

Delving into the data behind agriculture, the environment, and a sustainable food chain, Florence Galliers, a Masters student studying Data Science for Global Agriculture, Food and Environment, talks about data science and its importance to the industry.

“I think data science is important because as technology continues to advance, every industry will be collecting and storing more and more data; this means more in-depth analysis can take place and aim to make processes more efficient and sustainable,” Florence explained. “In the agriculture industry in particular there are lots of new projects taking off that involve data science, and more specifically machine learning."

Florence commented: “I studied Animal Science for my undergraduate degree and during my final year completed a lab-based project. I felt that I still wanted to learn more and so looked into postgraduate options.

“The Data Science course stood out to me because it incorporated data science along with current agriculture and food production issues which are both interesting and important.”

Florence describes her course as ‘challenging but enjoyable’, constantly learning new things. She commented: “Before I started the course I had never done any computer programming but now we have been taught to use the programming language ‘R’.

“The versatility of this within statistics and data science has amazed me and brought me into a world I didn’t know existed before. It has been a fascinating journey so far.

“I also really liked the range of optional modules that we can choose and it has been nice that everyone on my course has done slightly different ones. This has not only allowed me to meet people doing other Masters courses but also means we all bring slightly different information back together when we have our core modules.”

Talking about her latest project, Florence said: “I recently completed a module in Data Visualisation that I really enjoyed. The project was to create a portfolio of twelve data visualisations using three different datasets. The data covers a wide variety of topics and so it has been really great to explore it and be creative when making my visualisations. In particular, the opportunity to use geospatial data within these visualisations has allowed me to strengthen my love for maps!”

Looking to the future, Florence is hoping to continue learning and working on projects that inspire her within the agriculture, environ


Our Alumni Association, The Harper Adams Club, awards an annual scholarship of up to £2,000 to assist a Harper Adams graduate to undertake an MSc course at Harper Adams.

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Candidates must have been awarded a first degree or HND at Harper Adams and have been accepted for a full- or part-time Masters course

Application Procedure

.The scholarship is awarded on a competitive basis by means of an interview.

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NFU Mutual’s annual Centenary Award is now open for applications. The award provides bursaries to pay up to 75% of course fees for selected students who are undertaking a postgraduate course in agriculture (Masters or PhD) within the UK.

The Centenary Award was created by the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust in 2010 to celebrate NFU Mutual’s 100th birthday, with the objective of creating a legacy for the future. To date, 43 agricultural students have received bursaries to help further their studies.

The award is open to individuals who have gained, or are expected to gain, a 2:1 or above in agriculture or a related degree, and have been accepted or provisionally accepted on a Masters or PhD course in agriculture in the UK, in autumn 2021.

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The award is open to students from the UK who have gained, or are expected to gain, a 2:1 or above in agriculture or a closely related degree, and have been accepted or provisionally accepted on a Masters or PhD course in agriculture in the UK

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Further information about the scheme can be found on the NFU Mutual website:

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