Taught course

MBA 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

With industry accreditation and opportunities to travel, this course could be your gateway to a thriving transatlantic career working with any number of the multinational companies that are eager to take on our graduates.

Fluctuating socio-economic circumstances mean that multinational companies are increasingly seeking people who possess the knowledge and the skills to capitalise on the opportunities for growth and address the challenges in the global agribusiness sector, whether as consultants, business managers or project managers.

This course will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the key issues, including technological advances in the industry, demographic shifts between urban and rural areas, immigration and access to skilled staff, climate change, water issues, and food security.

It has been designed with the industry in mind, ensuring that you will leave capable of applying your knowledge in food processing and manufacturing, procurement, research and development, policy or government service, agricultural and food marketing, and supply chain management.

Upon successful completion of the degree, you will be awarded the Chartered Management Institute (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.


Full-time over 12 months.

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 (dissertation) 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.


  • 4014 Food Chain
  • 4023 Operations Management
  • 4076 Financial Management
  • 4095 International Agri-Food Marketing
  • 4111 Critical Issues in Food Technology and Innovation
  • 4214 Sustainable Business Strategy
  • 4215 Agricultural Economics
  • 4216 Leadership and Change
  • 4217 International Marketing Management
  • 4220 Applied Research Challenge
  • 4221 International Agribusiness Finance and Investment

Plus ONE* further elective module(s) from:

  • 3084 Entrepreneurship
  • 3211 Practical E-Business and E-Commerce
  • 4078 International Business
  • 4080 Development Project Management
  • 4205 Critical Issues in Ethical Leadership*
  • 4223 Economics of the Environment*
  • 4228 New Product Development in the Agri-Food Industry
  • 4229 Adaptive Management in a Complex World

* Please note that to achieve full credits, students must select either ONE of the 15 credit electives or BOTH of the 7.5 credit electives

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, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Dr CodSarah Maddock
+44 (0) 1285 889912