In the future, agricultural and horticultural production will demand new intellectual and technological understanding and skills. The new technologies of sensors, computing, data analysis, remote sensing, robotics, drones and systems of data analysis and interpretation will allow new and sophisticated ways of managing both productive and natural environments.
The course will explore and study the high level of technical innovation currently being applied to agricultural and horticultural production, as will business management and the entrepreneurial skills that will be of fundamental importance to those entering this dynamic, technical based sector. Students will gain skills in data capture, processing, infographics, and the application of such technologies to all aspects of production and for the management of natural environments.
This course will be of relevance to those wishing to start a career in this emerging industry, join an established company, or looking to develop the skills needed to start their own enterprise.
The course may be studied full-time over 12 months. You will study six modules over the autumn and spring terms, followed by a Research Project, which is carried out over the summer to be submitted the following September. This may include a viva voce examination.
You will have the opportunity to engage with real-world problems, to find solutions to current issues and experience the working world of new technologies in animal and crop production, and the natural environment.
Modules are assessed primarily by coursework. Some modules have an examination as part of the assessment.
• 4230 Production Resource Management • 4231 Research Project in Agricultural Technology and Innovation • 4232 Business Development • 4233 Computing and Information Technology in Precision Agriculture • 4234 Livestock Production Technology • 4235 Environmental Technology • 4236 Crop Production Technology
Graduates are highly likely to go on to pursue a career within:
• The high-tech agricultural and environmental sectors • Industries allied to crop and animal production • Technical consultancy • Government and international agencies • The development of new companies through entrepreneurial initiatives
Potential job opportunities
• Agricultural and horticultural engineering • Information technology • Resource appraisal • Agronomy • Farm management