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Royal Agricultural University 

The RAU’s mission is to equip a new generation to thrive through change. Its purpose is to cultivate care for the land and all who depend on it. 

Its appeal is truly international, we have students from 41 different countries and 17,000 alumni around the world.

The University maintains very strong links with its partners in industry. Our courses are designed and updated to meet the demands of the market, both in the UK and worldwide, and we have a great many influential contacts that enable us to arrange excellent placement opportunities for our students.

GREAT Scholarships 2021

The Royal Agricultural Unviersity has four GREAT Scholarships available for the 2021-22 academic year for students from India (one), Indonesia (one), Kenya (one) and Mexico (one). 

For eligible subjects, please visit the university website. 

Royal Agricultural University 

Key subject showcase

RAU’s postgraduate courses are taught in a dynamic and stimulating learning environment with inspiring and highly supportive teaching.

MSc Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security

This course is for anyone concerned that our food production systems will not be fit for purpose by the middle of this century. 

Increasingly large swathes of the globe are beset by resource constraints and environmental uncertainty, which requires a radical shift in our production and consumption habits. This course will equip you with the specialised knowledge and skills that are urgently needed by governments, NGOs and commercial companies as they respond to some of today’s biggest challenges. 

You will delve into critical issues such as the human exploitation of the Earth’s resources, poverty alleviation and food security, the ethical and cultural implications of policy development, the ecological basis for sustainable agricultural development, and critical capacity building approaches.

MSc Business and Management

This degree allows you to focus solely on general business, or to select modules in the international trade, farm management, equine management, agriculture, or climate and natural resource management to contextualise your studies in a sector of your choice.

The business world is complex, fast-moving and exciting, and demands high-calibre employees with sound management, marketing and financial skills. The ability to manage change, risk and people, and to develop sustainable business strategies is crucial. If you wish to develop your own enterprise then creative and entrepreneurial skills are needed too.

The MSc Business Management programme provides students with an academically rigorous and professionally relevant education that will serve your career needs. The degree combines essential management knowledge with relevant practical and professional skills to prepare you for the challenging business world.

In addition to gaining a solid business foundation, the portfolio of elective modules, which has been increased, taught by RAU experts in agricultural, equine, environment, agri-food, land-based and business disciplines, provides students with the opportunity to either embed their studies in a rural context, or to concentrate their studies in pure business management disciplines. Students now have the option to select three electives from a range of eleven electives.

MSc Conservation & Management of Historic Buildings

Even the simplest structure encapsulates a huge body of evidence about the past. To protect and steward a building’s heritage requires an understanding of its nature, structure, historic context and significance, the ways in which the building can be legally protected and the conservation tools which are available for its repair and upkeep.  It also requires an understanding of how a given structure can be managed for a sustainable future. This includes everything from schemes of interpretation and display, to how visitors can be managed to control potential damage through to how historic buildings can be retrofitted to make them environmentally friendly.

This blending of conservation and management skills lies at the heart of this course and reflects the integrative direction of travel of many historic building professions.

Further information about the Royal Agricultural University

  • Spearheading Land Based Education for 175 years.
  • Seventh in the UK for student satisfaction. 
  • Times Higher Education ranking of 2019 National Student Survey (NSS).
  • Twelfth in the UK for Student Experience.  
  • Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (September 2019).
  • Top 10 in the University of the Year category. 
  • Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019.
  • Safest university in England and Wales 2019. (Complete University Guide)