Research course

PhD Programme (All RAU Schools of Study)

Royal Agricultural University · Royal Agricultural University

Entry requirements

The standard minimum entry requirement is 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.

For students whose first language is not English, the University will accept the International English Language Test (IELTS) with a minimum overall score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in Writing and no less than 5.5 in all elements.

Months of entry

February, October

Course content


Governmental bodies, industry, NGOs and fellow research institutes all benefit from the research that takes place here at the RAU, which has been at the forefront of agricultural education since 1845. You too could make an impact with your work by joining our internationally renowned and globally connected research community.

Ours is a small, collegiate environment in which you will receive training and supervision in the practical and academic skills that are essential to furthering your professional career in either industry of academia.

From sustainable development to food chain security; agribusiness, entrepreneurship and enterprise to real estate finance, development, investment and management - our portfolio offers you extensive opportunities to specialise in any area you wish.

We will support you with your research enquiries, methodologies and statistical analysis while creating a forum in which you can exchange and grow your ideas via lectures, seminars and presentations and external conferences.

Coupled with access to the RAU’s 12,500 strong and influential alumni network, this is a highly regarded route to developing skills and contacts to last a lifetime.


The full-time PhD is a three year research project, submitted as a thesis and examined as a viva voce.

  • Full-time – minimum 36 months / maximum 48 months
  • Part-time minimum 48 months / maximum 72 months

Please note due to visa restrictions, part-time study is not available to international students on a Tier 4 visa.

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 £2,100 pa(Min. registration 6 years)
International students
FT £12,000 p.a.(Min. registration 3 years)

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

Course contact details

Prof. Meriel Moore-Colyer
01285 889 912