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Welcome to the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences

We are committed to the education, research and innovation needed to build a sustainable future.

Now more than ever, our planet is facing some tough challenges. With a growing population putting inevitable pressure on the Earth’s resources, plotting the path to a sustainable future has never been more vital. We’re committed to developing staff and students who can make a meaningful difference.

We undertake teaching and research in a range of land-based disciplines at NTU’s dedicated Brackenhurst Campus. This campus has a proud professional heritage, having delivered courses in these subject areas for over 70 years. Today, we’re firmly focused on developing graduates with 21st century skills, scientific knowledge and experience.

Our high-impact research is focused around four core themes: the natural environment; ecology and conservation; sustainable agriculture and food security; and animal behaviour, performance and welfare. We aspire for excellence through international and interdisciplinary collaboration, and foster a research environment that rewards innovation. Our research is recognised both nationally and internationally, often informing professional practice across the sector.

We’re a small and friendly School, and pride ourselves on the diligence and enthusiasm of our teaching and support teams. Our staff have a genuine passion for their subjects and are active researchers or practitioners, committed to helping students realise their ambitions.

Come and join us, and be part of our exciting and vibrant community.

Our Subject Areas

Featured Facility

Lyth building

The Lyth building acts as a welcoming focal point for the campus and provides a central space for students and staff to study, relax, eat and meet friends.


Top 15 in the UK for Agriculture, Forestry and Food courses (Guardian University Guide 2022).


Top 5 for student satisfaction in Environmental Sciences subjects (National Student Survey, 2022)


First for student satisfaction in Animal Science subjects (National Student Survey, 2022)


Top 10 for student satisfaction in Geography subjects (National Student Survey, 2022)


Top 15 in the UK for Agriculture and Forestry courses (Complete University Guide 2023)

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