Royal Agricultural University


Established in 1845, we are recognised nationally and internationally as a leader in the delivery of education, research and consultancy, in and relating to, agriculture and the rural environment.

Our Heritage

The Royal Agricultural College (RAC), now the Royal Agricultural University (RAU), is the oldest agricultural college in the English speaking world and has been at the forefront of agricultural education since 1845. Our historic campus in the Cotswold countryside provides a stimulating and unique learning environment.

Studying at the University

We offer courses at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate levels to over 1,200 students from over 40 different countries. Subjects include business and management, agriculture, food supply, agribusiness, equine, international rural development, real estate and rural land management.

The career-focused courses are designed and updated to meet the changing needs of the employment market and combine academic excellence with practical application. Courses are managed and taught by experienced staff and specialist consultants, all of whom are leaders within their fields.

The University maintains strong industry links, creating an unrivalled reputation in terms of the networking opportunities available and the calibre of work placements offered to students. Students have gone on to enjoy success and make a significant contribution in a wide range of professions around the world.

Our undergraduate and postgraduate courses help our students to achieve their future dreams in the agricultural, land, business management, food, equine and property industries.

You will find all aspects of life at the RAU varied and exciting. We pride ourselves on being large enough that many facilities are on-site; yet small enough to create a friendly atmosphere.

Steeped in history and tradition, our picturesque campus also makes the ideal venue for weddings and conferences in the Cotswolds.

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Master of Science in Business Management

Campus Full time Part time 18 - 48 months September 2017 United Kingdom Cirencester + 1 more

This MSc allows you to focus solely on general business or to select modules enabling a focus on wine, food, equine, agriculture, sustainability or international business to contextualise your studies in a sector of your choice. [+]

MSc Business Management

This MSc allows you to focus solely on general business or to select modules enabling a focus on wine, food, equine, agriculture, sustainability or international business to contextualise your studies in a sector of your choice. It offers an opportunity for those who would like to work in this area to study the marketing, finance, economics, people management and strategic issues faced by businesses both in the UK and internationally.

Who is the course for?

Applications are invited from those with an undergraduate degree who want to acquire a Masters degree in business management. The course is designed to accommodate graduates from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines, and is well-suited to international as well as UK students. At the end of the MSc, you will be able to take a management role within a rural business or, alternatively, develop a career in general business management.... [-]

Master of Science in Rural Estate Management

Campus Full time 12 months September 2017 United Kingdom Cirencester

This one-year Masters degree provides a highly-regarded course of studies to equip you for such a career. Not only does it provide an opportunity to gain an MSc in Rural Estate Management, but also a fast-track route to qualification as a chartered surveyor, as the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) fully accredits this course. Qualification as a chartered surveyor can be gained by completion of this MSc, followed by undertaking two years of professional experience, known as the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). [+]

The aims of the course are to enable you to acquire the specialist knowledge and skills necessary for professional practice as a rural property manager and for entry to the relevant professional bodies, such as RICS and the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV). It is an intensive 12-month study programme with an emphasis on the practical integration and development of the traditional core elements of a land management course. Modules are designed to provide an understanding of the areas of professional involvement and practice that will have to be considered when delivering advice on all manner of decisions relating to rural estate management. The final part of the course will take the form of a research-based dissertation on a topic of your choice. To assist you with your dissertations, there is a series of workshops on research methodology and the preparation of a research dissertation. In addition, a member of staff is assigned to supervise your dissertation and you will also have a personal tutor. The eight core modules run concurrently for the first eight months of the course, with final examinations taking place at the end of May. The dissertation needs to be submitted by the middle of September, which gives you the opportunity to write up your dissertations over the summer. Please note, all of our degree courses begin at the end of September each year (see the term dates on our website). Modules Rural Policy - A review of the policy creation and implementation process in... [-]

Master of Science in Rural Tourism Management

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom Cirencester

The tourism and events industry is experiencing continued growth and deepening diversification, becoming one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world. In 2013, word tourism alone generated 9% of GDP and accounted for 1 in 11 jobs (UNWTO Tourism Highlights, 2014). [+]

The tourism and event industry is seeking graduates with excellent business management and marketing skills, and entrepreneurial talent. There is also a need for a more professional approach as competition between enterprises, companies and destinations intensifies. Todays’ tourism specialists must have a thorough understanding of sustainability and cultural issues, and a sound grasp of the policies, consumer trends and theories that drive the industry. Our rural tourism and event champions will be those who can lead, communicate, innovate and optimise returns from our natural, cultural and built environment. This course is ideal if you are from the UK and abroad, with a range of first degrees (or equivalent) and want to: Develop a new rural tourism or events enterprise Manage an existing rural tourism or events enterprise Advise on tourism and rural development in developed or developing nations Manage tourism projects and initiatives in the public or charitable sector Seek senior management positions in tourism businesses Seek a career in rural event management This unique and exciting MSc is a one year 180 credit course. You will study: Four core business management modules (worth 60 credits) Four tourism and event management focus modules (45 credits) One 15 credit (or two 7.5 credit) modules from the elective module list (15 credits) Undertake a focused research project (either a start-up business plan, development business plan or organisational study) or a traditional dissertation (60 credits) You will engage in several trips to top regional tourism enterprises and events. In addition, each cohort will... [-]

Master of Science in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security

Campus Full time 12 months October 2017 United Kingdom Cirencester

This course combines the principles of sustainable development with an examination of the various systems of food production in the context of providing a secure supply to meet the ever-changing requirements of a growing world population. It provides an opportunity for graduates or professionals in other disciplines to direct their careers towards agriculture and food supply. [+]

The principal aim of the course is to enable you to gain the specialised knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes necessary to contribute effectively and ethically to strategic decision making, opinion forming and operational management for the sustainable development of agricultural and food supply systems. Who is the course for? Anyone who is concerned that our food production systems will not be fit for purpose by the middle of this century! This is the ideal course for those looking for a career in production, policy, and sustainable development focusing on food or resource consumption in agriculture. You should have a degree in a related subject or an interest in a career in one of the key themes. This course attracts students from a wide age group and a wide range of backgrounds and is particularly appropriate for more mature students who are re-directing their careers. The following themes will be developed: Human exploitation of the Earth's resources for food production and the global and local implications of human development. Exploring a wide variety of food production systems from small, local scale to intensive modern large scale, allied to wider environmental and landscape considerations. The role and function of institutional structures and policies in relation to development, resource exploitation and food production. The application of development paradigms, models and tools to build capacity within communities, institutions and individuals. How is the course organised? The course may be studied full-time over one academic year, or part-time over two years. The taught modules run... [-]

MSc Agricultural Technology and Innovation

Campus Full time August 2017 United Kingdom Cirencester

This degree will explore the high level of technical innovation currently being applied to agricultural and horticultural production. [+]

This degree will explore the high level of technical innovation currently being applied to agricultural and horticultural production. Overview In the future, agricultural and horticultural production will demand new intellectual and technological understanding and skills. The new technologies of sensors, computing, data analysis, remote sensing, robotics, drones and systems of analysis and interpretation will allow new and sophisticated ways of managing both productive and natural environments. This course will be of particular relevance to those wishing to start a career in this emerging industry, join an established company, or looking to develop the skills needed to start their own enterprise. Graduates will be equipped with the management and the entrepreneurial skills that will be of fundamental importance to those entering this dynamic, technical based sector. It is highly likely that you go on to pursue a career within the high-tech agricultural and environmental sectors, government and international agencies, or technical consultancy. Structure The course may be studied full-time over 12 months. You will study six modules in the autumn and spring terms, followed by the Research Project which is carried out over the summer to be submitted the following September. This may include a viva voce examination. You will have the opportunity to engage with real-world problems, to find solutions to current issues, and experience the working world of new technologies in animal and crop production and the natural environment. Modules will be assessed primarily by coursework, there may be some exams. Modules Crop Production Technologies Livestock Production Technologies Production... [-]

MSc Food Safety and Quality Management

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years Open Enrollment United Kingdom Cirencester + 1 more

This MSc embraces the implications of food safety and quality management against the backdrop of an increasingly globalised [+]

This MSc embraces the implications of food safety and quality management against the backdrop of an increasingly globalised food industry. The course aims to provide graduates with the necessary training, education, and industry experience to progress their career and become food safety and quality management professionals. It addresses supply chain food safety and quality management in the wider context of food security. Context Recent incidents of major food safety breakdowns, in both developed and developing nations, have had a huge impact on people’s livelihoods, their business viability, and the wider food supply. As a result of consumer protection legislation, those at the consumer end of food supply are increasingly sensitised to their liabilities and have developed sophisticated systems of risk assessment, management and communication. These systems permeate along the whole supply chain and require professional and scientific management. As such, there is a constant demand for such professionals either as new entrants or through industry re-training. Consumers and advocacy groups are increasingly demanding to know more about how food is produced, processed, and distributed, and the industry needs professionals that understand consumer behaviour and can respond appropriately. There is an increasing recognition by leading international experts and influential food buyers for the need for higher levels of management skills and professionalism both within the manufacturing and production sector and also within service providers to the food industry such as Certification Bodies (CB’s) and the audit staff they engage. Often key elements of government legislation are included in current industry standards,... [-]

Location address
Royal Agricultural University, Stroud Road, Cirencester,
Cirencester, England, GL7 6JS GB