Institution code: H12
4 years (full-time) including a one-year work placement. A three year programme is available for applicants with at least two years, full-time relevant work experience.
Harper Adams University campus (and location of work placement)*
96 UCAS points for A level students. See below for details of entry requirements for other accepted qualifications.
As society adapts to meet the demands of climate change and growing populations, Agricultural Engineers are the specialist problem solvers who meet the specific challenges facing the agricultural, food and land-based sectors.
Agricultural Engineers develop machines, technology, systems and environmental solutions to reduce input consumption, increase precision and ultimately create sustainable production systems.
Studying the accredited Agricultural Engineering course at Harper Adams will equip you with the technical and professional skills needed to enter and excel in the sector throughout your engineering career.
Engineering tuition at Harper Adams uses small group size and unique facilities such as the Soil and Machinery Halls, as well as the Harper Adams Farm, to explore key concepts, contextualise learning and support your individual development, guided by a tight-knit team of subject specialists.
Wide-ranging topics from Soil Mechanics through to Hydraulics and Electronics will be taught from first principals through to application with commercial examples, and on to using the most advanced dynamic modeling and simulation systems to ensure skills are applicable to the contemporary professional engineering workplace.
4 years (full-time) including a one-year work placement. A three-year programme is available for applicants with at least two years of full-time relevant work experience. Please contact Admissions for further information on this option.
Careers opportunities in this field are excellent. Our Agricultural Engineering graduates are employed as professional engineers in: design and development, new product testing, manufacturing and equipment production, managerial and leadership roles.
Use the drop-down tool to select the qualifications you have or are working towards to see what grades would be required for access to this programme. If you can’t see your qualification or would like any assistance with entry requirements, telephone the admissions team on 01952 815000, email firstname.lastname@example.org or complete a form to enable them to contact you.
Optional modules are indicative and may be subject to change.
Your first year will focus on core engineering theory, including design skills, engineering mechanics, maths, and materials. Alongside these generic engineering topics, you will also start to learn the fundamental basis for your area of specialism - whether that be Off Road Vehicle Design or Agricultural Engineering.
This theoretical content is complemented by a range of free practical skills training in areas such as welding, milling, turning and off highway vehicle operation. This mixture of theoretical and practical skills and knowledge is designed to give you the foundation for your development into a professional engineer.
In the second year you will begin to apply this learning to solving real-life engineering problems. Here you will take part in a design-and-build project that you will also test and evaluate – just as you would as a working engineer.
The industrial work placement undertaken by all students is a central element of your development as a professional engineer. We will help you to find a placement within an organization that closely matches your interests and aspirations. The placement year gives you an opportunity to act in a professional capacity inside a real functioning company. You will spend this year using and developing the skills from the first two years of your course within the context of a commercial organisation.
Your development into an industry ready professional engineer will be further enhanced after placement, where you will complete individual industry/research projects as well as group projects. These will involve delivering solutions to real problems for external clients, to whom you will present your findings, and who will help to mark your projects.
* During the Covid-19 Pandemic the University is delivering blended learning. Government guidance is being constantly reviewed to establish the learning events which can be delivered face to face. Please refer to our frequently asked questions for further details.
Our students spend their year-long placement working as professional engineers with an industrial firm such as John Deere, CNH, Great Plains, Claas or AGCO. You will be helped to find the right role by an engineering placement manager based at Harper Adams.
Accredited by: Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE)
This course is accredited by the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
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In the UK for graduate employment.
(Graduate Outcomes 2020)
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