Taught course

International Food and Agribusiness

Royal Agricultural University · Royal Agricultural University

Entry requirements

An honours degree at upper second level, or an equivalent academic qualification from a comparable international institution; A minimum of two years’ post-graduation work experience. For students whose first language is not English, a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 average (with no element below 5.5) or its equivalent will be required. Mature candidates with significant relevant work experience and lower academic qualifications may also be considered for entry, following personal interview with the programme manager. Students with other qualifications, including overseas awards (and alternative English Language qualifications) will be required to contact admissions@rau.ac.uk before submitting an application to discuss the suitability of their award for entry onto the programme.

Months of entry


Course content

The international food and agribusiness industries continue to grow despite significant fluctuations in local and regional economic activity. The rapid technological innovation pace, demographic shifts between urban and rural areas, immigration and access to skilled staff, climate change, water issues, and food security are among the topics studied in the International Food and Agribusiness MBA. Key areas include food processing and manufacturing, procurement, research and development, policy or government service, agricultural and food marketing, and supply chain management.

The MBA in International Food and Agribusiness 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.

Existing and aspiring multinational companies are looking for managers with transnational knowledge and linguistic skills, who are capable of functioning confidently in different regions of the world. Our business-minded graduates have gone on to pursue successful careers as food industry experts and consultants, Business Managers, and Project Managers for international organisations.

This MBA provides a unique opportunity for transatlantic study to put the management theories, concepts and strategies learnt into a European or USA context. You will have the chance to study the first term at the Utah State University or the Royal Agricultural University, with the remaining study periods undertaken at the RAU.


The MBA may be studied full-time over 12 months or part-time over two or three years.

You will study six business modules in the autumn term, plus four focus modules, and one or two elective module(s) in the spring term. The Research Project is carried out over the summer to be submitted in September.

You will learn through lectures, seminars, problem-based and experiential case studies, workshops, cooperative work, reflective reports, group project work, presentations, lectures, seminars, and industry visits. You will be given guided independent learning tasks and be encouraged to increase your knowledge and understanding through private study and the completion of assessments.

Modules will be assessed through professional reports, presentations, competitive reviews, reflective essays, case study analysis, critical academic papers, marketing plans, business evaluation projects, and written examinations.


  • Financial Management
  • International Marketing Management
  • Leadership and Change
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Operations Management
  • Sustainable Business Strategy
  • Food Chain
  • Critical Issues in Food Technology and Innovation
  • International Agri-food Marketing
  • International Agribusiness Finance and Investments
  • Research Project

Plus ONE or TWO further elective module(s)

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. https://www.rau.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
36-48 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations40
Written coursework / continuous assessment20
Dissertation40 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Dr Codrin Chiru
+44 (0) 1285 889912