University profile

Royal Agricultural University

2017/18 edition

About Royal Agricultural University

About Royal Agricultural University

Founded in 1845, the RAU has a long-standing reputation in learning, research, and consultancy. Postgraduate study is managed and taught by experienced staff and specialist consultants; the RAU is an exciting learning environment in which our postgraduate students play a pivotal role.

Our unique and varied set of Masters courses include disciplines such as Business and Management, Agribusiness, Equine Science, Real Estate and Land Management, International Rural Development, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security, and Rural Tourism, matched by an extensive choice of research areas at Masters and Doctoral level.
The University maintains very strong links with its partners in industry. Our courses are designed and updated to meet the demands of the market, both in the UK and worldwide. Leadership and enterprise have always featured strongly at the RAU, and our former students have gone on to perform at the highest levels across a broad range of careers.

My RAU experience has opened new opportunities for me to work with highly-respected international institutions.

Nephas Munyeche

Social life

students in countryside

The RAU Student Union (RAUSU) team is always busy developing great events, clubs, and societies, and throws some of the finest balls and event weeks in the country. From the festive fun of the Christmas Ball right through to the May Ball at the end of the year, there is a whole host of activities to get involved with.

The RAUSU holds weekly social nights in the Tithe Barn, home of the Student Union and student bar, which is available throughout the week for students to relax in and meet their friends.

Off-campus, there is plenty to explore. The busy Roman town of Cirencester, often referred to as the capital of the Cotswolds, is just a mile away. With plenty of shops, bars and restaurants to choose from, Cirencester offers the perfect mix of high street favourites and one-off boutiques. Remember to take your student card for discounts at a range of stores. It’s home to the beautiful St John Baptist parish church, and the Corinium Museum and Roman Amphitheatre, where you can find out more about the town’s history.

If you’re into your water sports, Cotswold Water Park is 15 minute’s drive away and is a beautiful area for walks and bike rides too.

Bath, Bristol, Oxford, and Cheltenham are all within an hour of the University and promise an exciting day out. Visit the world famous Bath racecourse, experience the Badminton Horse Trials, browse a plethora of shops, art galleries, and museums, and unwind at one of the countless bars and restaurants along the way.

The flexibility was fantastic and the range of modules offered was vast.

Ed Noble

Business and Enterprise

International Students

The department of Business and Enterprise is committed to high quality teaching and providing an excellent learning environment for our students. We offer something special; a commitment to prepare the best graduates for the agribusiness and business sectors, experienced and knowledgeable specialist lecturers, and strong links with industry. Upon graduation, our students will also be awarded with a level seven Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute. The dual qualification offered by the RAU will continue to contribute to our high graduate employment rates. Many of our graduates have gone on to become senior managers and pursue successful careers in areas such as banking, shipping, consultancy, government, plantation management, food chain and farm diversification.

Postgraduate education that develops confidence, capability and business expertise, this is what we promise to deliver. We strive to develop leaders who are creative, versatile, entrepreneurial and socially conscious, who build strong caring and sharing businesses and institutions.

The course content is highly relevant to the profession.

Roland Bull

Equine Science and Management

This department has expanded its postgraduate portfolio to encompass pure research degrees; MScR and PhD. Our research specialisms include equine nutrition, genetics, and behaviour, and we are rapidly gaining an international reputation within these subject areas. Research in SEMS concentrates on the applied side of the challenges facing veterinary equine researchers and those in the equine industry.

Our highly experienced staff are intricately involved in all of our research projects and facilitate interaction with industry. As such, our students gain a wide experience of research techniques whilst understanding the relevance of their work to the equine industry. Many of our graduates are managers and directors of equine businesses and are driving innovation and development to help shape the future of our industry.


Students studying in this area can expect a course which meets the needs of recent graduates, those already working in rural development who wishes to further their career prospects, and those seeking a career change. Students will be encouraged to explore factors influencing sustainability, while at the same time reflecting on your own actions and attitudes and those of others. Looking at areas such as the application of development paradigms, models and tools to build capacity within communities, institutions and individuals


At the Royal Agricultural University we pride ourself on being a centre of excellence for teaching in the land-based sector. Our members of staff are acknowledged experts in their own particular subjects, and most are involved in consultancy, research and training activities in addition to their academic responsibilities.

The range of livestock, arable and mixed farming systems at our farms provide an ideal opportunity for student engagement and offer a valuable insight into the current realities of commercial farming and environmental management.

Food Supply and Management

On campus, we have specialist facilities for food testing, diagnostics and preparation, which are used by our students to provide practical and technical experience of the food supply chain.

Our graduates are equipped with the education and industry experience to progress their career and become food safety and quality management professionals within international organisations, government bodies, NGOs, and major agricultural and food supply companies.

Real Estate and Rural Land Management

Students in these areas can look forward to an enviable reputation of world-class teaching and training, preparing future leaders of the land and property business sector with the wide range of skills required to excel. Teaching is provided by dedicated academic staff and industry leaders, providing a bespoke learning experience. Graduates from these departments thrive in their chosen employment, whether that is in major urban and rural real estate companies, advisory practices, estate management, the public sector, or development and investment companies.

With strong employment rates, and a partnership with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, we are confident that we will continue to make a substantial contribution to the development of the global surveying profession.

The course content is highly relevant to the profession.

Roland Bull


Fees vary depending on the particular programme. Full-time taught programmes (2016/2017 figures) range from £6,000 to £12,000 for UK/EU students and £7,000 to £15,000 for overseas students.

Research programmes (2016/2017 figures) range from £2,000 (part-time) to £4,050 (full-time) for UK/EU students and £12,000 for full-time overseas students.

For the most up-to-date fees, please contact Admissions.

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