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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.

Course Overview

If you are looking to fast-track your way to a career as a Chartered Surveyor, look no further. This course, developed in partnership with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), is highly regarded by the industry where our graduates go on to secure roles with national, regional and international firms, as well as in private and public property.

As well as acting as a springboard to your qualification as a Chartered Surveyor, this course can also prepare you to become a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.

Covering rural property law, policy, taxation, financial planning, implementation and environmental challenges, you will be trained in all aspects of land, property and business management.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), they have produced this short video highlighting their recent work.

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirement is the minimum of an 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.

Applicants are encouraged to attend an Open Day prior to applying for this course. 


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 a 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.



Tuition fees cover the cost of a student’s academic studies. This usually includes teaching costs, registration and examination fees (not repeat or trailing module fees, re-sit fees or dissertation extensions).

Tuition fees may be subject to an inflationary increase each year as set out in our Access and Participation Plan 2019/20.

For full details, please visit the fees and funding webpage.


The University offers a range of generous fee waivers and bursaries. To find out more about the scholarships, awards and bursaries available, please visit the scholarships webpage.


A qualification from the RAU in this challenging and rewarding area opens up a wealth of opportunities, with former students going on to work in the following areas:

  • 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
  • Rural conservation
  • Investment management

Apply now

Applications to study for postgraduate degrees need to be made directly through the University. 

You can now apply via our website, using the online application form. 

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






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