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This intensive course in agriculture is unique to the Royal Agricultural University and provides an opportunity for graduates or professionals in other disciplines to re-direct their careers towards agricultural and associated rural industries.

Course Overview

This is a unique opportunity to create your own bespoke course in a way that will help you realise your ambitions, whether you are a student or a professional with plans to advance your career in the rural industries.

Not only will you gain a detailed understanding of the UK agricultural industry, you will be given practical rural skills training at the RAU’s cutting-edge Rural Innovation Centre, based at our 491-hectare farm.

A summer study tour gives you the added opportunity of expanding your knowledge and contacts base by engaging directly with a variety of agricultural enterprises.

While many graduates find work as farm managers, farm assurance scheme officers and agricultural consultants, to name a few, others wish to progress onto a Masters course.

Entry requirements

The Graduate Diploma in Agriculture comprises a programme of study that requires graduate (Honours Degree) level entry or its equivalent, and has learning outcomes that match qualifications at Honours degree level. As a result, the programme is affected by the UK Governments’ policy on Equivalent and Lower Qualifications [ELQ] whereby such students are not eligible for funding support through the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Candidates will normally have a first degree from a discipline other than agriculture, awarded at upper second level. Equivalent overseas and other UK qualifications may be accepted at the discretion of the University.

Applicants of 25 years and over may seek admission on the basis of a curriculum vitae, but evidence of ability to study at degree level, such as proven managerial level experience, is essential.

A period of relevant practical work experience within the agricultural industry is recommended as a means of enhancing understanding of the industry and the relevance of specific modules towards future career goals, but is not a prerequisite of joining the programme.

Teaching

The course may be studied full-time over one academic year, or part-time over two, three or four years.

You will complete three compulsory modules, followed by four modules selected from a wide range of undergraduate modules allowing you to tailor the course to meet your career aspirations.

As well as lectures, farm walks and visits, you will work on case studies, assignments, and management projects.

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to complete pre-course reading in order to secure a minimum basic knowledge of agriculture and to highlight possible areas of weakness.

Modules

Plus choice of FOUR elective modules from: 

Fees

Tuition fees cover the cost of a student’s academic studies. This usually includes teaching costs, registration and examination fees (not repeat or trailing module fees, re-sit fees or dissertation extensions). The fees also includes £250 worth of rural skills training at the Rural Innovation Centre.

Please contact  before you apply to confirm your eligibility.

Tuition fees may be subject to an inflationary increase each year as set out in our Access and Participation Plan 2019/20.

For full details, please visit the fees and funding webpage.

Scholarships

The University offers a range of generous fee waivers and bursaries. To find out more about the scholarships, awards and bursaries available, please visit the scholarships webpage.

Prospects

The rural land industry opens up multiple career prospects for successful graduates, including:

  • Farm managers
  • Agricultural commodity sales
  • Agricultural consultants
  • Agricultural research/trials officer
  • Farm sssurance scheme officers

Apply now

Applications to study for postgraduate degrees need to be made directly through the University. 

You can now apply via our website, using the online application form. 


Visit the Graduate Diploma in Agriculture page on the Royal Agricultural University website for more details!

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