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  Rural Estate and Land Management

Harper Adams University    Postgraduate study at Harper Adams

Full time & Part time See Course MSc, Prof Doctorate, MRes 1 year (full-time) 2 to 3 years (part-time)
Agriculture (1) Business & Management (5)

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Unleash your potential in the field of Rural Estate and Land Management with the MProf and MSc programmes offered by Harper Adams University. Delve into a comprehensive curriculum validated by RICS, covering essential areas such as Estate Management Law, Rural Asset Valuation, and Planning Law. Tailor your learning experience with a wide range of module choices to suit your interests and career goals. Gain expertise in stakeholder analysis, land appraisal, and sustainable land management strategies. The programmes boast a professional faculty actively engaged in the industry, ensuring a practical and insightful learning experience. Benefit from the flexibility of part-time study, allowing you to balance work commitments while advancing towards the prestigious MRICS qualification. Whether you hold a relevant degree or bring extensive professional experience, the PgC programme provides a pathway to success. Elevate your career prospects in rural practice and join the ranks of successful alumni thriving in various sectors. Embrace the opportunity to become a chartered surveyor and make a lasting impact in the realm of rural land management.

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The REALM (Rural Estate and Land Management) courses provide a first step on the route to qualification as a chartered surveyor. All prospective chartered surveyors must complete the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) offered by RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors), and the programmes provide the academic foundation for candidates wishing to pursue the rural APC.

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Entry Requirements

A good honours degree (normally 2:1 or equivalent) in any subject. This requirement may be relaxed in respect of cognate degrees or for candidates with extensive, relevant professional experience. Other candidates may also be considered for the PgC programme. In addition, all candidates will be expected to provide references, and may be considered by interview and/or evidence of their relevant experience and motivation for the course.

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Archie Ruggles-Brise

Graduated in 2020

Deciding to return to higher education can be a difficult decision, especially when looking to balance studies and work. However, it can be an excellent opportunity to expand your skillset and challenge your preconceptions to find a new and potentially better way of working. This is true for Archie Ruggles-Brise who studied MProf Rural Estate and Land Management part-time and graduated in 2020.

Already working as a rural estate manager, Archie “looked at a number of institutions offering courses covering land management at postgraduate level in order - initially at least - to bolster my understanding of the land management sector, in particular professional advice.

“I have been commissioning advice for many years and felt it was time I understood better the basis of the guidance I was being offered so that I could ask better questions, and have a better understanding of the answers.

“Only Harper offered a teaching structure that I could incorporate into running a business and family life. Other part-time courses required regular weekly attendance or simply didn’t offer a viable part-time option.

“When I met tutors from Harper I was impressed by their approach and experience teaching older students. As well as their business-friendly course structure, they bring in outside expertise to supplement academic teaching, have a full range of site visits and vibrant links to industry.

“What made it work was the ability to fit the taught week blocks around my other commitments. This meant I ended up doing four modules in each of the four academic years I studied, involving 4 weeks out of the office each year, arranging backup cover and working in evenings during the taught week at Harper. At the outset, the postgraduate course leader made it very clear this level of extra commitment would be required, so I went into the course with that expectation, which was invaluable.”

"The course has been the stimulus to look again at what we do and try to build alternative approaches that make the best use of my existing knowledge, and the new understanding I have gained from my time at Harper.

“I’d encourage anyone thinking of returning to study to give it serious thought. For those in a similar position to me, with considerable work and family commitments, I’d suggest that my experience is proof that it can be done, and done well, so give it a go!"


Our Alumni Association, The Harper Adams Club, awards an annual scholarship of up to £2,000 to assist a Harper Adams graduate to undertake an MSc course at Harper Adams.

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Candidates must have been awarded a first degree or HND at Harper Adams and have been accepted for a full- or part-time Masters course

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.The scholarship is awarded on a competitive basis by means of an interview.

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NFU Mutual’s annual Centenary Award is now open for applications. The award provides bursaries to pay up to 75% of course fees for selected students who are undertaking a postgraduate course in agriculture (Masters or PhD) within the UK.

The Centenary Award was created by the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust in 2010 to celebrate NFU Mutual’s 100th birthday, with the objective of creating a legacy for the future. To date, 43 agricultural students have received bursaries to help further their studies.

The award is open to individuals who have gained, or are expected to gain, a 2:1 or above in agriculture or a related degree, and have been accepted or provisionally accepted on a Masters or PhD course in agriculture in the UK, in autumn 2021.

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The award is open to students from the UK who have gained, or are expected to gain, a 2:1 or above in agriculture or a closely related degree, and have been accepted or provisionally accepted on a Masters or PhD course in agriculture in the UK

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Further information about the scheme can be found on the NFU Mutual website:

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