Entry requirements

Honours degree from a UK university (usually a min. of 2:1 classification) or an equivalent academic qualification from a comparable international institution.

Months of entry


Course content

A globally recognised centre for excellence with on-campus facilities, leading specialists and industry connections – there is no better choice than the RAU if you seek to make an impact on the future of agriculture.

Mechanisation and data capture are becoming increasingly important in the production and management of animals, crops and the natural environment. For anyone wishing to start a career in this emerging industry, or for the entrepreneurial among you, this course will help you discover all that you need to know to succeed.

As well as learning about data processing, advances in horticultural technology and the regulatory framework of GM crops, you will address real-world problems using the kind of sophisticated approaches that have earned our graduates the praise of being the most confident, competent and highly motivated.


The course may be studied full-time over 12 months, or part-time over two years. You will study six modules over the autumn and spring terms, followed by a Research Project (dissertation), which is carried out over the summer to be submitted the following September. This may include a viva voce examination.

Modules are assessed primarily by coursework. Some modules have an examination as part of the assessment.


  • 4038a Integrated Agricultural Systems (15 credits)
  • 4233 Computing and Information Technology in Precision Agriculture (15 credits)
  • 4263 Entrepreneurship and Business Planning (15 credits)
  • 4413 Research Skills (15 credits)
  • 4723 Crop Technology and Innovation (15 credits)
  • 4725 Environmental Technology and Innovation (15 credits)
  • 4726 Livestock Production Technology and Innovation (15 credits)
  • Either 4414 Dissertation (45 credits)
  • or 4415 Applied Project (45 credits)

Plus two electives from

  • 4203 Small Scale Farming and Local Food Supply (15 credits)
  • 4250 International Rural Development (15 credits)
  • 4261 Leadership and Personal Development (15 credits)
  • 4409 Facing the Global Challenges in Food and Agriculture (15 credits)
  • 4722 Climate Change and Sustainability (15 credits)
  • 4724 Environmental Science in Agriculture (15 credits)
  • 4727 Managing Global Soils in a Changing Climate (15 credits)

Information for international students

International students will also need to achieve IELTS Academic or equivalent at the appropriate level for your programme of study. English language requirements for international students.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Scholarships and bursaries are available - please check our website for further details.


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Katharina Giebel
+44 (0)1285 889912