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Harper Adams University has been providing world-leading, specialist education in the fields of agriculture, farming, and animal science for 120 years. It is now the UK’s market leader, by share of volume of students, for postgraduate degrees in agricultural and veterinary subjects (HESA, 2018).
The university offers master’s programmes developed in conjunction with industry, across a range of topics related to agricultural production, agri-tech, food industry management, global agri-business, ecology, conservation, land management, rural law, veterinary professions, mechatronic engineering and data science. Several routes are unique to Harper Adams in the UK, including entomology and plant pathology.
Postgraduate courses are heavily influenced by the unique, world-leading research being conducted at the university.
In the 2022 Research Excellence Framework, more than 60% of Harper Adams’ research was considered ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.
Students have access to a wide range of study facilities, on a campus that has seen investment of more than £50 million over the last decade.
In the Complete University Guide 2021 league tables, Harper Adams was placed 1st in the UK for facilities spend and was the highest-ranking post-92 university and the highest-ranking specialist higher education provider in the overall table.
Harper Adams University students on Postgraduate Search say:
“The campus itself is lovely and is in a beautiful, rural location.”
“It's really pretty and great if you want a proper country life.”
“The teaching, the lecturers and overall learning experience has been fantastic.”
Harper Adams’ vision is to fill the shortage of scientific and technological expertise in the agriculture and food production industries, with highly-qualified, work-ready graduates. Courses have been created to meet the demands of the agri-food chain industry and are heavily influenced by the world-leading research being undertaken on-campus.
Many are also accredited by relevant professional associations, such as: Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, Institution of Agricultural Engineers, Institute of Chartered Foresters, and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Studying on a 494-hectare working farm, students have access to a wide range of cutting-edge facilities, including: a £2 million Saputo Dairy UK Innovation Centre, cattle, sheep and pig farm units, engineering workshops, the food academy and state-of-the-art science and environmental laboratories. There is even a dedicated Postgraduate and Professional Development Centre for postgraduate students.
All postgraduate students are fully supported by the university’s academic, career, and wellbeing teams throughout their studies.