Taught course

MBA Innovation in Sustainable Food and Agriculture

Royal Agricultural University · Royal Agricultural University

Entry requirements

Students will be expected to have:

  • A minimum 2.1 honours degree from a UK university, or an equivalent academic qualification from a comparable international institution and min. 2 years work experience at management level (sector specific experience is not required)
  • Students whose first language is not English must achieve a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 with no element below 5.5 or equivalent
  • Mature applicants with lower qualifications but with extensive management experience may also be considered.

This course is delivered via distance learning combined with some residential elements. Overseas students are welcome, however you will need to obtain a short-term study visa for the residential elements or live in the UK under another visa that allows you to study. View our visa advice for international students for further information.

Months of entry

February, September

Course content

Industry partners from across the agricultural and food supply chain, including Waitrose and the National Farmers’ Union, have been closely involved in the development of the programme. It has been carefully tailored to meet skills gaps and respond to changes in industry trends.

You will work closely with industry throughout your course, engaging with real-world problems, hearing from guest speakers and receiving mentoring from a relevant expert working in the field. The programme will also provide valuable opportunities to boost your professional network.

Multi-national companies across business, food production, agribusiness, and the food retailing sectors are seeking employees who are equipped to solve challenges such as their supply chain. To create an effective, resilient, and forward-looking global food system, firms must strengthen their business management skills to enable them to deliver competitive offerings in a complex global market. Emerging technologies, business models and changing demands add to the complexity faced by this industry, as do a range of challenges - from managing natural resources to navigating political change.

This business management programme has been designed with these challenges firmly in mind. Strategy, use of data, people skills and marketing are embedded in a business and agricultural context making them accessible and directly relevant to what is happening in the world today. You can learn the core skills you need to lead a business in an unpredictable and challenging environment, whether you are launching or running your own venture, looking for career progression or just entering one of these industries.

Studying with us can open doors across the world and give you access to the very latest practices in business and technology.

Professor Damian Maye's inaugural lecture

Professor Damian Maye has provided input into both the new MSc and MBA courses by sharing his research on food supply chains and their arrangements, exploring how food systems are gaining greater complexity in terms of the wide range of foods that we eat and the global nature of where food comes from. Damian’s inaugural lecture is a taster of some of the themes that will be studied on the courses and you can view the full video here: https://youtu.be/9W3tgngKPV4.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
International students



Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MBA
    full time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24-48 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr David Bozward
01285 652531