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Developing Leaders in Agri-Food

Advanced Certificate in Management Practice

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Today’s agri-food industry is facing a number of challenges relating to crisis management, changes in consumer tastes and the introduction of new technologies to name a few. In order to not only survive but thrive it is crucial that businesses in the agri-food sector respond to these changing needs through effective leadership.

Developed by Ulster University Business School in partnership with Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster, this course is uniquely designed to provide you with the latest thinking and research into the principles of leading and managing agri-food businesses in a fast changing and complex environment.

Is this course for me?

Do you own a farm or work in an agri- food business and want to develop your management and leadership skills? Have you an innovative idea for your farm or business and want to learn how to put it into action through effective leadership? Then this course is for you.

This course is aimed at current and aspiring leaders, managers and business owners working within the agri-food industry, either in farming or in agri-food production,

with a keen interest in developing their leadership and management capabilities to achieve business growth. No academic background in business needed.


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Teaching and assessment

Assessment is 100% coursework. Each module will be assessed through a short, practically focused work-based assignment aimed towards your own unique business scenarios.

Each module is taught in two day blocks so you can fit your study easily around your work commitments.


Get taught by a highly experienced teaching team and industry guest lecturers with established networks in the agri-food industry.


Real-world experience

 An extremely practical and relevant course, it has been designed so you can take what you have learned and effectively implement this to make positive and sustainable changes to your current business or job role.


Learn first hand from industry experts from Mash Direct and Devenish Nutrition.


Get practical insights and network with other students in the industry.

Build Your Skills & Knowledge 

 Cover topics such as the future of food, consumer trends, effective leadership in agri-food, decision-making and succession planning.

Benefit from best practice field trips to showcase how the theory works in practice.


Learn how changes in the external environment can be managed to provide future opportunities and make practical changes to your farm or food business.


Learn how to access and use market intelligence to inform decision-making. 

It has been exciting to work with UU to bring this much needed leadership qualification to the table. A chance for future leaders in the Agri and Agri-food Industry to undertake relevant hands on study in Northern Ireland is finally here with the support and foresight of many in YFCU and DAERA.

Michael Reid, Chief Executive Officer Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster

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