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MSc Rural Estate Management

Course Description

This is a highly-regarded course which equips graduates for a rewarding and challenging career in the management of land, property, and business in the countryside. It is a fast-track route to qualification as a Chartered Surveyor. The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

The Royal Agricultural University is in partnership with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), which fully accredits this one-year Masters degree.

This course is a highly-regarded course which equips graduates for a rewarding and challenging career in the management of land, property, and business in the countryside. It is a fast-track route to qualification as a Chartered Surveyor.

This course is for graduates looking to acquire the specialist knowledge and skills necessary to work as a rural property manager. It also prepares graduates for qualification as a Chartered Surveyor and Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.


The course will be studied full-time over 12 months.

You will study eight modules in the autumn and spring terms, with final examinations taking place in May. The dissertation is typically undertaken between May and September.

You will attend lectures and group tutorials.There is also a range of practical sessions, and visits to local farms, commercial properties, and rural estates where owners, occupiers and their professional advisors provide additional insights into the management of rural property. Assessed coursework features strongly throughout the course.

Before starting the MSc, students receive reading lists and study material so that they can develop a basic grounding in study areas with which they are not familiar.


• 4002 Agriculture
• 4007 Dissertation
• 4015 Farm Business and Enterprise Management
• 4016 Rural Planning and Buildings
• 4019 Rural Property Law
• 4029 Environmental and Woodland Management
• 4031 Rural Policy and Implementation
• 4033 Rural Valuation
• 4043 Rural Asset Management

Career prospects

Our Rural Estate Management graduates are directly involved with managing all types of property. The professional work of the Rural Property Manager may include:

• Valuation, and the sale and purchase of land and rural property
• Management and letting of land and property
• Farm business planning and diversification
• Development of land and buildings and rural planning
• Management of woodlands and the environment
• Compulsory purchase (roads, pipelines cables etc) and compensation claims
• Tax and financial strategy

Types of employer include:

• National, international, regional, and small firms of chartered surveyors
• Private estates
• Large landowners such as the National Trust, county councils and utility companies
• Planning and environmental consultancy
• Research and education
• Leisure management
• Rrural conservation
• Investment management.

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 Rural Estate Management page on the Royal Agricultural University website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Laura Prior

1402.jpg "I chose a career in rural surveying as it brought together my keen interest in the countryside within the confines of a profession. The daily job offered diversity and the ability to work with both property and people, two things I greatly enjoy dealing with.

I first heard about the MSc in Rural Estate Management at the Royal Agricultural University through a careers fair at Bristol University where I was reading Geography. The course seemed to provide an ideal grounding for a career in rural surveying, with a broad syllabus, and a good mix of theory-based and practical learning.

Having now completed the course and worked for two years for Strutt and Parker, I can recommend the Masters programme for giving a comprehensive base in the technical knowledge necessary to practise as a rural surveyor, be that in law, valuation, planning or business. The course also contributed to the development of skills which I rely on daily, from communication with clients, tenants or contractors to time management and negotiation.

Beyond the academic, the University offered access to a broad range of practitioners already in the industry. This was invaluable to many members of the programme for work experience and dissertation assistance. In addition to this, following graduation from the programme, you have a national network of friends practising rural surveying to call on for both professional matters, and the odd social one too.

Work itself at Strutt and Parker has provided all the diversity that I had hoped for, mixed with regular challenges and a great quality of working life. My time is split between traditional management clients and one-off consultancy jobs, which gives the ideal breadth of experience, necessary in preparation for the Assessment of Professional Competence with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

My time at the Royal Agricultural University was both enjoyable and rewarding, and I have no doubt that it was fundamental in preparing me for a successful career in rural surveying."


Entry Requirements

The standard entry requirement is the minimum of a BSc (Honours) degree at a 2:1 classification or equivalent. Students with lower academic achievements with relevant experience (such as farming, property or countryside management) may be considered for admission following an interview.

Last Updated

06 April 2017

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