Taught course

MBA Advanced Farm Management

Royal Agricultural University · Royal Agricultural University

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. Minimum of two years post-graduation work experience. 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 Registry before submitting an application to discuss the suitability of their award for entry onto the programme

Months of entry


Course content


Environmental, economic and societal pressures pose serious challenges for today’s agricultural industry, with a growing focus on sustainable agribusiness and technological change. Innovative and qualified leaders who can turn those challenges into opportunities for growth are therefore much in demand.

If you come from a farming background and aspire to be a farm manager, management consultant, brand manager or business director, this course will equip you with the strategic and problem-solving skills to succeed.

Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute, it is a unique opportunity for transatlantic study to put the management theories, concepts and strategies learnt into a European or USA context. You will even have the chance to take your first term at the Utah State before returning to complete your studies here at the RAU.

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.

If you do wish to undertake your Term One modules at Utah State University (USU), you must indicate this in your application and by 20 June at the latest. You will also need to have paid the required fees (Home/EU: 1/3 of tuition fees, Overseas: 50% of tuition fees). Please note that the term for the US study in Utah (USU) starts in the first week of August. Late applications for participation in the US term cannot be considered.


The MBA may be studied full-time over 12 months

You will study eight modules; six business modules in the autumn term, two applied modules in the spring term, plus two elective modules to focus your studies on specific areas of interest. The Applied Research Project (dissertation) is carried out over the summer to be submitted in September. It will be presented as a review paper and as a research paper.

You will take part in lectures, seminars and discussions, farm management activities, and group and individual case study work in a real-world context. Visiting industry experts give students a valuable insight into the sector in which they are involved.

Modules are assessed through a range of coursework.

  • 4012 Farm Business Management
  • 4023 Operations Management
  • 4214 Sustainable Business Strategy
  • 4215 Agricultural Economics
  • 4216 Leadership and Change
  • 4217 International Marketing Management
  • 4219 Sustainable Agricultural Business Principles
  • 4220 Applied Research Challenge

Plus further elective modules from:

  • 3041 Corporate Finance
  • 3084 Entrepreneurship
  • 4001 Agricultural Management
  • 4078 International Business
  • 4080 Development Project Management
  • 4203 Small Scale Farming and Local Food Supply
  • 4226 Entrepreneurship for Rural Tourism and Events
  • 4227 Rural Events Management
  • 4228 New Product Development in the Agri-Food Industry
  • 4229 Adaptive Management in a Complex World
  • 4239 Beverages and the Supply Chain

Information for international students

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

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

See the University website for more information

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MBA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MBA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Rita Walsh
+44 (0) 1285 652531