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Graduate Diploma in Agriculture


Course Description

The Graduate Diploma in Agriculture is particularly appropriate for students who are re-directing their careers towards agriculture. In addition to developing the pure agriculturist, the course provides students with a detailed knowledge of the UK agricultural industry.

Students are able to handpick their modules from a broad range of subject areas, to create a bespoke course, tailor made to meet their individual requirements. The ability to customise course content makes this the ideal opportunity for graduates, and professionals from other disciplines, looking to re-direct their career towards agricultural and associated rural industries.

A summer study tour, and £250 worth of rural skills training, are included in the cost of the course.

Structure

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. You can undertake practical skills training courses at the Rural Innovation Centre to further enhance their employability.

You will participate in lectures, farm walks and visits, case studies, assignments, and management projects to develop your knowledge across curricular themes. You will also take part in a summer study tour, which exposes you to a variety of agricultural enterprises.

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

• 2256 Applied Agricultural Science
• 3100 Farm Business Management
• 3227 Agricultural Management

Plus choice of FOUR elective modules from:

• 1008 Agricultural Mechanisation and Buildings
• 1046 Human Nutrition, Health and Society
• 1054 Introduction to Food Production
• 2086 Red Meat Chains
• 2087 White Meat Chains
• 2232 Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship and Enterprise Development
• 3006 Emerging Agricultural Issues
• 3008 Advanced Livestock Production
• 3009 Agricultural & Equine Journalism
• 3010 Game & Deer Management
• 3011 Rural Business Diversification
• 3020 Advanced Crop Production
• 3067 Farm Machinery Management
• 3084 Entrepreneurship
• 3087 Advanced Dairy Food Chains
• 3090 Forestry and Woodland Management
• 3093 Farmland Ecology
• 3096 Wine Industry
• 3097 Small Scale Farming and Local Food Supply
• 3104 Food and Agri-business Strategies
• 3205 Management Information Systems for Farming Businesses
• 3207 Farming and Integrated Environment Local Delivery
• 3210 Applied Agricultural Finance
• 3218 Sustainable Business and Agrifood Supply Chains
• 3228 Integrated Organic Systems

Career prospects

Many graduates enter practical farming or take up commercial or administrative posts in the related land-based industries. Recent graduates have gone on to pursue careers as:

• Farm Managers
• Farm Workers
• Senior Planners
• Project Managers
• Livestock Skills Instructors

Graduates may qualify for progression on to a Masters course.

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.rau.ac.uk/STUDY/POSTGRADUATE/HOW-APPLY

Funding

For information on funding, please view the following page: https://www.rau.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/funding

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

(Student Profile)

Kate Little

1403.jpg "I was a general news journalist looking for a specialism, and, coming from a farming family, I chose the Graduate Diploma in Agriculture so I could join the farming press, but then I soon realised I wanted to 'do' farming rather than write about it. After the course, I set up my own goat dairy farming business in Cumbria and 99% of the know-how came from the Diploma - it simply got me thinking along the right lines. After two years, I sold my business for a decent profit and am now setting up a goat meat business.

The choice of modules on the programme is vast. You can select from each academic year - if it's basic principles you are looking to learn, you can pick up a first-year module, or, if you know exactly which area you want to focus on, you can choose third-year undergraduate or postgraduate modules.

I chose subjects I was interested in, including world farming and food chain studies to get a clear idea of the whole picture from 'farm gate to plate'.

As a farmer, I like to place my products locally - for me it's more profitable and it's easier to manage - but my graduate diploma has given me all the skills I need to think about what I'm producing, how to market it, and where my produce sits in local, national and international markets - and the effects those markets in turn have on my business.

This programme is perfect for postgraduates with an idea of what they really want to learn about, but who are prepared to be taken off in interesting new directions. If I wasn't so busy, I'd love to do the programme again and try all those other modules I never had time for first time around!"


(Scholarship)

RAU Cirencester Scholarship - Single Award

Deadline for applicationsApplications and all supporting information must be received by the University by the 15th August 2016. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to £3,000 pa

Eligibility

These scholarships (paid as a tuiton fee waiver) will be available to all new RAU undergraduate and postgraduate students, both full and part-time, who live and/or have within the last two years studied within a 25 mile radius of Cirencester (not previously at the RAU) and who can demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, and motivation to succeed by means of their Programme and Scholarship applications and supporting references. We will take into account academic and community achievements, past, present and potential, as well as overcoming hardship.

Application Procedure

You need to apply by using the online application form, together with supporting evidence. Please download and ask your referee to complete the Scholarship reference form; the referee should be your most recent school/university tutor or employer. We do not accept references from family members. Please note Scholarship applications cannot be considered without a satisfactory reference. Additional information may be requested at a later date

Further Information

https://www.rau.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/scholarships/rau-cirencester-scholarship



Entry Requirements

An Honours degree from a discipline other than agriculture(2:1 or higher). 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.

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