Entry requirements

The standard entry requirement is the minimum of a BSc (Honours) degree at a 2:1 classification or equivalent. Students with lower academic achievements with relevant experience (such as farming, property or countryside management) may be considered for admission.

Applicants are encouraged to attend an Open Day prior to applying for this course.

Months of entry


Course content


If you are looking to fast-track your way to a career as a Chartered Surveyor, look no further. This course, developed in partnership with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), is highly regarded by the industry where our graduates go on to secure roles with national, regional and international firms, as well as for private and public property owners.

This course is aimed at those people who are wanting to qualify as a Chartered Surveyor specialising in the management of rural land and property. As well as agricultural land and woodland, farms and rural estates will often include other types of property; for example, residential dwellings and non-agricultural buildings let to other businesses in addition to water or wilderness. They often, therefore, support a diverse range of rural businesses and enterprises including farming, food production, tourism and energy generation. In addition the way in which rural land and property is managed also plays a vital role in the health of the natural environment in rural areas, and also in the life of the communities within it. Land and rural property managers are therefore required to provide a wide range of advice to not only estate owners, but also farmers, tenants and rural business owners. This leads to a varied and interesting career.

To help prepare you for such a career this course covers a diverse range of subject areas including rural property law, farm and rural estate business management, and the management of the natural environment. Furthermore, due to our partnership with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), most of the graduates from this course will go on to complete the RICS 'Assessment of Professional Competence' to qualify as a Chartered Surveyor. In addition, the course can also prepare you to become a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.


The course may be studied full-time over 12 months, or part-time over a longer period. You will study eight modules and complete a Research Project, which is carried out over the summer and submitted in September.

You will study four modules in the first (autumn) semester followed by four modules in the second (spring) semester, and complete your Research Project by the end of September. You will attend lectures and group tutorials. There is also a range of practical sessions and visits to local farms, commercial properties and rural estates where owners, occupiers and their professional advisors can provide additional insights into the management of rural property.

Assessed coursework features strongly throughout the course. Examinations will take place in January and June. Prior to starting the MSc, students receive reading lists and study material so that they can develop a basic grounding in study areas with which they are not familiar.


  • 4002 Agriculture (15 credits)
  • 4007 Dissertation (60 credits)
  • 4015 Farm Business and Enterprise Management (15 credits)
  • 4016 Rural Planning and Buildings (15 credits)
  • 4019 Rural Property Law (15 credits)
  • 4747 Management of Woodlands and the Natural Environment (15 credits)
  • 4749 Rural Valuation Practice (15 credits)
  • 4750 Land and Estate Management Strategy and Professional Practice (15 credits)

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.


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Fully accredited by RICS. Qualification as a Chartered Surveyor can be gained upon completion of this MSc programme, followed by two years of professional experience, known as the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

Course contact details

Dr David O'Connor
+44 (0)1285 889912