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MBA International Food and Agribusiness

Course Description

The international food and agribusiness industries continue to grow despite significant fluctuations in local and regional economic activity. The rapid technological innovation pace, demographic shifts between urban and rural areas, immigration and access to skilled staff, climate change, water issues, and food security are among the topics studied in the International Food and Agribusiness MBA. Key areas include food processing and manufacturing, procurement, research and development, policy or government service, agricultural and food marketing, and supply chain management.

The MBA in International Food and Agribusiness is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute. Upon successful completion of the degree, you will be awarded CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership and will therefore become a Member of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI). You can then apply to the CMI for full Chartered Manager status if you wish.

Existing and aspiring multinational companies are looking for managers with transnational knowledge and linguistic skills, who are capable of functioning confidently in different regions of the world. Our business-minded graduates have gone on to pursue successful careers as food industry experts and consultants, Business Managers, and Project Managers for international organisations.

This MBA provides a unique opportunity for transatlantic study to put the management theories, concepts and strategies learnt into a European or USA context. You will have the chance to study the first term at the Utah State University or the Royal Agricultural University, with the remaining study periods undertaken at the RAU.


The MBA may be studied full-time over 12 months or part-time over two or three years.

You will study six business modules in the autumn term, plus four focus modules, and one or two elective module(s) in the spring term. The Research Project is carried out over the summer to be submitted in September.

You will learn through lectures, seminars, problem-based and experiential case studies, workshops, cooperative work, reflective reports, group project work, presentations, lectures, seminars, and industry visits. You will be given guided independent learning tasks and be encouraged to increase your knowledge and understanding through private study and the completion of assessments.

Modules will be assessed through professional reports, presentations, competitive reviews, reflective essays, case study analysis, critical academic papers, marketing plans, business evaluation projects, and written examinations.


• 4014 Food Chain
• 4023 Operations Management
• 4076 Financial Management
• 4095 International Agri-Food Marketing
• 4111 Critical Issues in Food Technology and Innovation
• 4214 Sustainable Business Strategy
• 4215 Agricultural Economics
• 4216 Leadership and Change
• 4217 International Marketing Management
• 4220 Applied Research Challenge
• 4221 International Agribusiness Finance and Investment

Plus ONE* further elective module(s) from:

• 3084 Entrepreneurship
• 3096 Wine Industry
• 3211 Practical E-Business and E-Commerce
• 4078 International Business
• 4080 Development Project Management
• 4205 Critical Issues in Ethical Leadership*
• 4223 Economics of the Environment*
• 4228 New Product Development in the Agri-Food Industry
• 4229 Adaptive Management in a Complex World

* Please note that to achieve full credits, students must select either ONE of the 15 credit electives or BOTH of the 7.5 credit electives

Undertaking Term One of study in Utah, USA

Applicants who wish to undertake their Term One modules at Utah State University (USU) will need to ensure that they have indicated this in their application by replying the specific question.

Applicants can participate in the US study only if they have paid the required fees (Home/EU: 1/3 of tuition fees, Overseas: 50% of tuition fees) and identified that they want to participate in the US study programme the latest by 30th June.

Please note that the term for the US study in Utah (USU) starts in the first week of August. Late applications for participation in the US term cannot be considered.

Career prospects

Our business-minded graduates progress into successful careers across all areas of the global food and agribusiness sectors, many of whom secure management positions at transnational companies:

• International food industry experts and consultants – for private companies, governments, and international organisations such as FAO, World Bank, European Commission
• Business management
• Import and export management
• Food processing, manufacturing, and supply chain management
• Procurement
• Project coordination – overseeing international projects and operations
• Operational support – building international relations for an organisation
• Research and development

Working for organisations such as:

• USDA National Agricultural Statistics Office
• Garrett Capital
• Agrimarc Ltd
• Schickelsheim
• Co-op farms
• Moet Hennessy
• NSF Agriculture

How to apply

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


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

Visit the MBA International Food and Agribusiness page on the Royal Agricultural University website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Sophie Danlos

1406.jpg "Having grown up on a dairy farm in France, my passion for the agricultural sector led me to work as a dairy consultant for three years in western France. Thereafter, I decided to study for an MSc in Agriculture and Food Sciences. However, I also wanted to become fluent in English - an invaluable asset in today's world, and get business and management skills. Moreover, I wanted to fully understand the complexity of global agricultural markets in which stakeholders from all over the world interact to reach the ultimate goal of feeding the planet.

The International MBA in Food and Agribusiness was therefore the 'must-do' programme for me. Unlike many other MBAs, students are exposed to tangible 'international' experiences by having the opportunity to study at various world-class universities worldwide.

I started my programme at Utah State University, north of Salt Lake City in the USA; completed the second semester at the Royal Agricultural University in the UK, followed by the team project in China. As for my dissertation, I worked at the International Trade Center in Geneva, Switzerland and ran a project that was the content of my thesis.

This MBA fulfilled my desire of complementing my scientific and technical knowledge in agriculture with solid business and management skills. It also offered me the opportunity to understand the challenges that face the global food and agribusiness industry and the different approaches needed to tackle them in each part of the world. Not only did I gain a body of knowledge but I also put this into practice through various international experiences that were of great value to my career.

Four months before graduating in October 2008, I secured a job in the UK (the only one I applied for!) at DairyCo, the dairy division of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board as a Senior Economist.

In a nutshell, the International MBA in Food and Agribusiness is a very worthwhile challenge. It provides you with the skill set needed to succeed in business anywhere in the world and with an international network composed of valuable long-term contacts including friends, professors and colleagues. I cannot recommend this programme highly enough."


RAU Cirencester Scholarship - Single Award

These scholarships (paid as a tuiton fee waiver) will be available to new taught RAU 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.Each scholarship will be worth £3,000 per annum for each year of study at the RAU, up to a maximum of three years, paid in three equal instalments at the start of each academic term. Part-Time StudyApplicants for part-time study programmes who meet the criteria above and who will be studying a minimum of 25% of the full-time study load will receive a fee waiver pro rata to their study load. For example, a student studying 50% of full time, equivalent to 60 credits, would receive an award of £1,500. The award would be adjusted to match study pattern in future years of study..

Value of Scholarship(s)

Each scholarship will be worth £3,000 per annum for each year of study


These scholarships will be available to new taught RAU 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.

Application Procedure

ou 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 dateDeadline 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.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Good honours degree with minimum 2 years work experience

Last Updated

06 April 2017

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