Harper Adams University Agricultural Engineering

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Harper Adams University Agricultural Engineering

BEng (Hons) Agricultural Engineering

Duration: 4 years full-timeStart date: September 2017

This course has a mechanical engineering core with a specialism in the design and development of agricultural machinery and systems. The courses cover everything from the principles of the design of agricultural machines, soil/implement interaction and irrigation and drainage, through to advancing technologies in the fields of precision farming, agricultural robotics and renewable energy.

You will cover not just theory and technical skills but the research and business techniques needed by professional engineers. Industry figures have helped us to develop a comprehensive curriculum combining core engineering subjects with the latest industrial techniques. Much of our teaching is project led, and is designed to develop the professional skills that you will use as a graduate engineer.

Work placement

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: The Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE)

This course is accredited by the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE), and BEng students can become chartered engineers after completing additional study to Master’s level. The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) describes an Incorporated Engineer as an applications-based engineer who works with the technology that is available, while a Chartered Engineer specialises in analysis, creating the technology of tomorrow.


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.