Taught course


Royal Agricultural University · School of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Entry requirements

An Undergraduate Honours Degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or overseas equivalent, or a professional qualification and/or experience considered to be equivalent to the above. For information on international qualifications, please, see our country specific pages. For countries not listed please contact admissions@rau.ac.uk.

Months of entry


Course content

Agroecology is gaining increased attention today for its contributions to farm and food systems, to social innovation, and to research. Agroecology supports the development of resilient food ecosystems. It does so by drawing on science, social studies, and ecological principles to foster synergies between plants, animals, humans and the wider environment. Central to agroecological initiatives is that they are economically viable, that they support human and social values, and that they are ecologically responsible. The integration of these three domains requires interdisciplinary thinking, observation, innovation, and contextual application.

The MSc Agroecology covers the fundamentals of Agroecology, including its ecological approach to developing and maintaining resilient food systems. You will access and learn from RAU’s wide network of local and national business links, farms, social enterprises and food system innovators through seminars, site visits and placements.

You will study Agroecology on a campus that has, since its inception 175 years ago, been guided by the founding purpose of ‘caring for the land’ and be taught by lecturers with a breadth of experience in teaching, professional practice, and research. There will be the opportunity to blend on-campus study with site-based experience ensuring that there is a tight link between theory and practice.

Your professional competencies will be developed through dedicated modules which support you in the development of skills and competencies for future – or ongoing – work in the agriculture and environmental sectors. These will include studies in agroecological principles and practices, the role of agroecologically-oriented farm advisors, how farming and land management can make the transition to becoming more agroecological as well as how to contribute to the ecology of the whole food system through policy, practice, and social enterprise.

This course is delivered in partnership with The Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group.

Fees and funding

UK students
£10,950 per year
International students
£18,050 per year

Full-time: £10,950 per year (UK) or £18,050 per year (Overseas/EU)

Part-time: Fees are calculated on a pro-rata basis depending on the number of modules taken.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Dr Jonathan Code