Module: Commodities Marketing

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Tom Overbury
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    75 hours
  • Contact hrs

    25 hours

Module content

  • Agricultural commodity marketing.
  • World and UK markets of produce and inputs.
  • Hedging, Options, Futures, Contracts.
  • Strategies.
  • Risk analysis.

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:

  1. Develop strategies for maximising price and minimising risk when trading commodities (8.1.1) (8.2.3).
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the mechanisms of trading agricultural commodities (8.1.1) and an awareness of their current values and positions.
  3. Demonstrate awareness of the likely gains and losses possible when storing, holding and trading agricultural commodities (8.1.2) (8.3.3).


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework 2 x Projects on marketing produce and buying of inputs. (1 x practical exercise, 1 x essay) 75%
Examination 1 x 1.5 hour exam 25%

Assessments may differ in 2020/21 due to adjustments for Covid-19. Please check Gateway for the latest regulations.

Key texts

Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:

  • HGCA website
  • Market Updates