Research course

PhD Programme (All RAU Schools of Study)

Royal Agricultural University · Royal Agricultural University

Entry requirements

The standard minimum entry requirement will be an Honours degree at upper second level or an equivalent academic qualification from a comparable international institution. Mature candidates with significant relevant work experience and lower academic qualifications may also be considered for entry, following personal interview with the Director of Research & Knowledge, Professor Meriel Moore-Colyer. For students whose first language is not English, the University will accept the International English Language Test (IELTS) with a minimum score of 7.0 in all elements.

Months of entry

October, February

Course content

The RAU provides an excellent environment for individuals looking to further their academic and professional career through doctoral study. From sustainable development to food chain security; agribusiness, entrepreneurship and enterprise to real estate finance, development, investment and management - our internationally renowned research expertise spans a uniquely broad range of fields.

Why choose to study at the RAU?

  • The RAU, is the oldest agricultural university in the English speaking world and has been at the forefront of agricultural education since 1845.
  • The RAU has a long standing and enviable history of producing the leaders of the industries it serves and beyond.
  • Excellent job prospects for PhD candidates in both industry and academia.
  • The RAU’s 12,500 strong and influential alumni network gives a set of global contacts that serve students well throughout their lives.
  • The RAU is a multi-cultural campus, attracting the best students from over 45 countries across the globe.
  • Small, collegiate campus based in the heart of the Cotswolds
  • Training is provided for all research students in formulating research enquiries, research methodology, statistics and IT (e.g. Genstat, SPSS, NVivo), and in techniques required for individual projects.
  • Researchers are expected to contribute to our course of internal seminars and workshops, to support taught postgraduate degree courses, input to research methodology modules and presentation of posters/papers at conferences.
  • The research community has a high level of integration with academic staff which facilitates communication and exchange of ideas.

To find out more about taking your PhD at the Royal Agricultural University, please contact the Director of Research, Dr John Conway.

Department specialisms

Development food chain security agribusiness entrepreneurship and enterprise real estate finance, development, investment and management

Fees and funding

UK students
FT £4,100 p.a.(Min. registration 3 years), PT £3,037 pa(Min. registration 4 years)
International students
FT £12,000 p.a.(Min. registration 3 years)

Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Prof. Meriel Moore-Colyer
01285 889 912