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MSc Business Management

Course Description

The business world is complex, fast-moving and exciting, and demands high-calibre employees with substantial business, management, and financial skills.

This course will allow you to focus solely on business, or to select modules in the wine industry, food production, equine management, agriculture, or international business to contextualise your studies in a sector of your choice.

This course is for graduates who want to acquire a Masters degree in business management. It is designed to accommodate graduates from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines, and is well-suited to international as well as UK students.

The MSc in Business Management 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.


The course is offered full-time over 12 months, or part-time over two, three or four years.

You will study eight modules in the autumn and spring terms; six core modules followed by two elective modules. The Research Project is then undertaken, to be submitted the following April.

You will learn through lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, case studies and group project, as well as visits to and from national and international companies.

Modules are assessed through continuous assessment and final examinations.


• 4086 Financial Management
• 4087 Economics and Policy
• 4088 Marketing Planning and Strategy
• 4089 Personal and Organisational Change
• 4090 Business Strategy
• 4091 Research Methodology
• 4106 Dissertation

Plus TWO additional modules, selected from:

• 4001 Agricultural Management
• 4009 Equine Business Management
• 4010 Equine Husbandry
• 4011 Equine Industry
• 4012 Farm Business Management
• 4014 Food Chain
• 4023 Operations Management
• 4053 Wine Industry
• 4078 International Business
• 4111 Critical Issues in Food Technology and Innovation
• 4205 Critical Issues in Ethical Leadership
• 4219 Sustainable Agricultural Business Principles
• 4223 Economics of the Environment
• 4228 New Product Development in the Agri-Food Industry
• 4229 Adaptive Management in a Complex World

Career prospects

Upon graduation, you will be well equipped to take on a management role within a rural business, or develop a career in general business management. Our graduates have gone on to become:

• Farm Business Manager
• Finance Manager
• Investment Manager
• Management Consultant

Our employers include:
• Old Mill
• Unilever
• Millar Cameron
• Weatherbys

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 MSc Business Management page on the Royal Agricultural University website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Katherine Hannam

1411.jpg "I studied for my undergraduate degree (BSc International Equine and Agricultural Business Management) at the Royal Agricultural University. I developed a keen interest in the management of rural-based businesses; so much so I decided to stay on to study for an MA in Business Management.

I had chosen the University originally due to its excellent facilities, warm and sociable atmosphere, and its reputation for being the best University of its type in the country, and have never come to regret that decision!

At a time when more and more people hold undergraduate qualifications, I wanted my CV to stand out to potential employers, and this was clearly the case, as I was lucky enough to be selected to join the British Horseracing Authority's Graduate Development Programme in summer 2008, which included a work placement with Tattersalls. It was this, combined with the help of contacts made through the University, that led me to my current job, working for a bloodstock media company in Newmarket.

There is real variety in the styles of teaching by lecturers, and also guest speakers from an assortment of industries, which all helps to provide you with different perspectives on a broad range of topics. You can tailor your studies to suit your particular area of interest. I chose modules that reflected my interest in equine management and rural business, but there are plenty of modules that encompass other areas, such as the corporate business world.

The fact that the programme attracts people from all over the world is a real strength, and it has been really interesting to meet and work with such a diverse mix of people.

I know I made the right decision to continue my learning at the Royal Agricultural University to a postgraduate level, and I fully recommend this programme to anybody wishing to further their education in business management studies."


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

A minimum 2.2 Honours degree from a UK university, or an equivalent academic qualification from a comparable international institution.Students whose first language is not English must achieve a minimum IELTS score of 6.5.Applicants without a first degree but with acceptable professional qualifications and/or acceptable management experience may also be considered.

Last Updated

06 April 2017

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