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. Practical farming and professional experience in the property sector before starting is recommended.

Months of entry


Course content

The Royal Agricultural University is in partnership with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), which fully accredits this one-year Masters degree.

This course provides a fast-track route to qualification as a Chartered Surveyor, which can be gained by completion of this MSc followed by undertaking two years of professional experience, known as the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

You will acquire the specialist knowledge and skills necessary for professional practice as a rural property manager and for entry to the relevant professional bodies; the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV).


The course will be studied full-time over 12 months.

The emphasis of the course is on the practical integration and development of the traditional core elements of a land management course. You will study eight modules in the autumn and spring terms, with final examinations taking place in May. These modules are designed to provide an understanding of the areas of professional involvement and practice that will have to be considered when delivering advice on all manner of decisions relating to rural estate management.

The final part of the course will take the form of a Research Project based on a topic of specialist interest. The Research Project is carried out over the summer, to be submitted in September.

You will attend lectures, group tutorials, and practical sessions, and visit local farms, commercial properties, and rural estates where owners, occupiers and their professional advisors can provide additional insights into the management of rural property. The University has its own arable and livestock farms to demonstrate a range of farm enterprises and conservation principles.

A variety of methods are used to assess your performance, but assessed coursework features strongly throughout the course, often based on case studies.

Prior to starting the MSc, you will receive reading lists and study material so that you can develop a basic grounding in study areas with which you are not familiar.


  • Agriculture
  • Environmental and Woodland Management
  • Rural Planning and Buildings
  • Farm Business and Enterprise Management
  • Rural Valuation
  • Rural Property Law
  • Rural Policy
  • Rural Asset Management
  • Research Project

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 and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations40
Written coursework / continuous assessment20
Dissertation40 (20000 words)

Course contact details

David Lewis
+44 (0) 1285 652 531
+44 (0) 1285 650 219