Taught course

Business Management

Royal Agricultural University · Royal Agricultural University

Entry requirements

A minimum 2.2 honours degree from a UK university, or an equivalent academic qualification from a comparable international institution. Students whose first language is not English must achieve a minimum IELTS score of 6.5. Applicants without a first degree but with acceptable professional qualifications and/or acceptable management experience may also be considered. Mature candidates with significant work experience and lower academic qualifications may be considered. Students with other qualifications should contact Admissions to discuss suitability.

Months of entry


Course content

The business world is complex, fast-moving and exciting, and demands high-calibre employees with substantial business, management, and financial skills.

You will study the marketing, finance, economics, people management and strategic issues faced by businesses both in the UK and internationally. Upon graduation, you will be well equipped to take on a management role within a rural business or, alternatively, develop a career in general business management.

The MSc in Business Management is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute. Upon successful completion of the degree, you will be awarded CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership and will therefore become a Member of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI). You can then apply to the CMI for full Chartered Manager status if you wish.

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.

The MSc can be studied part-time over two, three or four years. You are able to choose the pattern, in consultation with the Programme Manager, which best suits you.

Course Structure

The eight taught modules run over two terms from October to May.


  • You will study eight modules in the autumn and spring terms; six core modules followed by two elective modules. The Research Project is then undertaken, to be submitted the following April.

    You will learn through lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, as well as visits to and from national and international companies. Case studies and group project work play an important part in the learning process, together with visits to and from companies.

    Modules are assessed through continuous assessment and final examinations.

    • Business Strategy
    • Personal and Organisational Change
    • Marketing, Planning and Strategy
    • Economics and Policy
    • Research Methods
    • Financial Management
    • Research Project

    Plus TWO additional modules, selected from:

    • Food Chain
    • International Business
    • Agricultural Management
    • Farm Business Management
    • Equine Business Management
    • Equine Industry
    • Sustainable Agribusiness and Principles
    • Wine Industry
    • Economics of the Environment
    • Operations Management
    • Critical Issues in Food Technology and Innovation
    • Sustainable Development

Information for international students

For students whose first language is not English, the University will accept International English Language Test (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5 average with no element below 5.5. Other English language qualifications should be discussed with 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

Dr Codrin Chiru
+44 (0) 1285 652 531
+44 (0) 1285 650 219