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 all around the world. Subjects include business and management, sustainable agriculture, food supply, agribusiness, equine research, real estate, and rural estate 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 in 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 to 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.

Programs taught in:
English

This school also offers:

MSc

Royal Agricultural University

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 ... [+]

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 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.... [-]

United Kingdom Cirencester
September 2019
Full time
12 - 48 
Campus
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Royal Agricultural University

Delivering a clear route to full professional status, it will equip you with the necessary knowledge and attributes to excel within the real estate profession and prepare ... [+]

The Royal Agricultural University is in partnership with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), which fully accredits this one-year Masters degree.

Delivering a clear route to full professional status, it will equip you with the necessary knowledge and attributes to excel within the real estate profession and prepare for your Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) to become a Chartered Surveyor.

Our graduates have gone on to pursue a wide range of careers within the commercial and urban real estate surveying profession, working for well-known organisations such as Savills, DTZ, Colliers International, Knight Frank, Strutt and Parker, Jones Lang LaSalle, and many more.... [-]

United Kingdom Cirencester
August 2019
Full time
12 
Campus
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Royal Agricultural University

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 ... [+]

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.... [-]

United Kingdom Cirencester
September 2019
Full time
12 
Campus
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Royal Agricultural University

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 t ... [+]

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.... [-]

United Kingdom Cirencester
February 2019
Full time
12 
Campus
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Royal Agricultural University

Develop your research skills as part of a team investigating key challenges facing the agriculture, land management or equine industries. In addition, you may also attend ... [+]

Develop your research skills as part of a team investigating key challenges facing the agriculture, land management or equine industries. In addition, you may also attend taught subject classes to update your knowledge and understanding of disciplines related to your study and to further your critical review skills. The programme is completed when you submit your thesis for assessment at the end of the year and defend your research in a viva voce examination. Part-time is available over two years for UK/EU students.

Structure

The full-time Master of Science by Research programme is a one-year research project submitted as a thesis and examined in a viva voce.

Full-time – minimum 12 months / maximum 24 months Part-time – minimum 18 months / maximum 36 months Training ... [-]
United Kingdom Cirencester
August 2019
Full time
12 - 24 
Campus
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Royal Agricultural University

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.... [-]

United Kingdom Cirencester
August 2019
Full time
12 
Campus
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Royal Agricultural University

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.... [-]

United Kingdom Cirencester
February 2019
Full time
12 
Campus
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