Entry requirements

Candidates will normally have a first degree from a discipline other than agriculture, awarded at upper second level. Equivalent overseas and other UK qualifications may be accepted at the discretion of the University. Applicants of 25 years and over may seek admission on the basis of a curriculum vitae, but evidence of ability to study at degree level, such as proven managerial level experience, is essential. A period of relevant practical work experience within the agricultural industry is recommended as a means of enhancing understanding of the industry and the relevance of specific modules towards future career goals, but is not a prerequisite of joining the programme.

Months of entry


Course content

This intensive course in agriculture is unique to the Royal Agricultural University and provides an opportunity for graduates or professionals in other disciplines to re-direct their careers towards agricultural and associated rural industries.

Who is the course for?

The course attracts students from a wide age group and is particularly appropriate for more mature students who are re-directing their careers towards agriculture. In addition to developing the pure agriculturist, the Graduate Diploma in Agriculture is also designed to provide members of the professions who are aiming to serve the rural community with a detailed knowledge of the industry.

The course may be studied full-time over one academic year (30 weeks), or part-time over two, three or four years. You are able to choose the pattern, in consultation with the Course Manager, which best suits you.

How is the course set up?

The course may be studied full-time over one academic year, or part-time over two, three or four years. It includes three compulsory modules, designed to provide you with a coherent underpinning knowledge of the UK agricultural industry. You will then be able to tailor the remainder of your course by selecting a further five modules, from a wide range of undergraduate modules available, to meet future career aspirations.

You are also able to undertake a range of practical skills training courses at the Rural Innovation Centre, in addition to their academic studies, to further enhance your employability.

In addition to lectures and farm walks, you will participate in case studies, assignments, and management projects to develop and apply your knowledge across curricular themes. This approach fosters teamwork and complements individual study and student learning. A summer study tour exposes you to a wide variety of agricultural enterprises.

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to complete pre-course reading in order to secure a minimum basic knowledge of agriculture and to highlight possible areas of weakness.


  • General Agriculture
  • Farm Business Management
  • Farm Enterprise Management

Plus choice of FIVE elective modules.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English, we will the accept International English Language Test (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5 average with no element below 5.5. . If you have other qualifications, including alternative English language qualifications, you are advised to contact Admissions.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

+44 (0) 1285 652 531
+44 (0) 1285 650 219