Taught course

Sustainable Food and Agriculture Policy

Royal Agricultural University · Royal Agricultural University

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Entry requirements

Students will be expected to have:

  • A minimum 2.1 honours degree from a UK university, or an equivalent academic qualification from a comparable international institution
  • Students whose first language is not English must achieve a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 with no element below 5.5 or equivalent
  • Mature applicants without a first degree but with acceptable professional qualifications and/or acceptable related experience may also be considered

This course is delivered via distance learning combined with some residential elements. Overseas students are welcome, however you will need to obtain a short-term study visa for the residential elements or live in the UK under another visa that allows you to study. View our visa advice for international students for further information.

Months of entry

February, September

Course content

Course Overview

Working across agriculture and the food supply chain, you will gain a deeper understanding of the sector, the challenges of the future and how they interconnect.

Policy and strategy around the areas of food and agriculture are vital for the sustainable growth of any country. This is a time of unprecedented demand for innovative solutions to sustain the flow of high quality food to more people than ever before, alongside increasing demands for traceability and provenance.

Brexit also presents an opportunity for the UK to become an important world player in the production of high quality, sustainably produced food. To secure this aim, numerous opportunities will arise for highly educated business-minded people who are capable of leading British food production policy.

If you have an inquisitive mind or wish to learn these skills, this course will help you develop the knowledge you need to begin and boost a career in the agriculture and food industry. We will provide you with important industry contacts and placements within major national companies. You will have the opportunity to connect with organisations that are shaping policy; covering areas including climate change, consumer trends, post-Brexit trading terms, public health, animal welfare and future food security.

The course is largely delivered online, in conjunction with short intensive learning periods on campus, which give you the opportunity to network and meet your classmates. An experienced online team has built a course packed with engaging multimedia content and opportunities to collaborate with other students.
With part-time and full-time options, the programme is highly flexible so that you can live at home and study in the evenings and weekends, or alongside your job.
Course structure
With two entry points per year the course can be studied full-time over one year or part-time over two years. Eight modules will be studied, as well as a final project for which you can choose an internship within business, an applied project related to a policy challenge or dissertation based on a topic of specific interest to you.
There will be plenty of academic support during residentials and during distance learning, where you’ll discuss, challenge and create through group discussion and forums.
All students on this course will be invited to participate in at least one additional enhancement week. This optional programme, not linked to a specific module, will include farm and site visits as well as invited speakers to help students consolidate and apply their learning. This will be particularly valuable for full time residential and international students.
  • 4401 Developing your leadership and people skills
  • 4402 Making sense of a changing world
  • 4403 Improving your decision-making with data and technology
  • 4404 Developing sustainable business strategies
  • 4409 Facing the global challenges in food and agriculture
  • 4410 Making a positive impact on the natural environment and rural economy
  • 4411 Delivering trust and integrity within the food supply chain
  • 4412 Analysing the interaction of agriculture and food policy with consumers and citizens
  • 4413 Research skills
  • 4414 Either dissertation or
  • 4415 Applied project

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
International students



Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24-48 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Philip Hudson
01285 652531