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.
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Our Subject Areas
Agriculture and Horticulture
70% of the UK’s land is used for farming, with over 650,000 people employed in the agricultural and horticultural sectors.
Animal, Equine and Veterinary Sciences
Passionate about working with animals? Our courses will help you turn that passion into a career.
Conservation and Ecology
Global populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles have declined by 58% since 1970, and today, one in ten UK wildlife species is threatened by extinction. The world needs solutions – and that’s why NTU is helping a new generation of conservationists and ecologists. Are you ready to make a difference?
Geography, Environmental Science and Climate Change
Geography, environmental science and climate change are all fundamental to our understanding of the world.
Food Science and Production
The food and drink industry is the UK’s largest manufacturing sector. It’s worth £28.8 billion to the UK economy, and it’s still expanding: by 2024, it’ll need 140,000 new recruits to help feed a projected population of almost 70 million.
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Brackenhurst college courses
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The Animal Health group comprises of research-focussed staff, post-doctoral and associate researchers and a vibrant PhD community.
Research in this area explores environmental issues, including the principles underlying the exploitation of natural resources and waste management.
Ecology and Conservation
The Ecology and Conservation Research Group is comprised of research active staff and PhD students from the College of Science and Technology, who share an interest in species and habitat conservation and improving our understanding of ecological interactions.
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security
The group focuses on teaching modern production methods and management of plant crop, agronomy and post-harvest issues. We also specialise in delivering the knowledge and skills needed to implement safe practices in the production of food.
Centre for Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences Research
Research in this area explores environmental issues, the exploitation of natural resources, sustainable agriculture, climate change, animal sciences, and waste management.
Integrated Water, Energy and Food (IWEF) Centre
The iWEF research centre is a multidisciplinary research platform designed to study water pollution, industrial gas pollution, solid waste recycling, green energy production and food safety in an integrated manner.
Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021
In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, 86% of NTU's research impact was assessed to be either world-leading or internationally excellent. The overall quality of each Unit of Assessment NTU submitted to REF in 2021 also saw an improvement from the previous REF in 2014.