This intensive course in agriculture is unique to the Royal Agricultural University
and provides an opportunity for graduates or professionals in other disciplines to re-direct their careers towards agricultural and associated rural industries.
Many graduates enter practical farming or take up commercial or administrative posts in the related land-based industries. Recent graduates have gone on to pursue
• Farm Managers
• Farm Workers
• Senior Planners
• Project Managers
• Livestock Skills Instructors
Graduates may qualify for progression on to a Masters course.
Who is the course for?
The Graduate Diploma in Agriculture is particularly appropriate for students who are re-directing their careers towards agriculture. In addition to developing the pure agriculturist, the course provides students with a detailed knowledge of the UK agricultural industry.
The course may be studied full-time over one academic year, or part-time over two, three or four years. Students complete three compulsory modules, followed by five modules selected from a wide range of undergraduate modules allowing them to tailor the course to meet their career aspirations. They can also undertake practical skills training courses at the Rural Innovation Centre to further enhance their employability.
Students participate in lectures, farm walks and visits, case studies, assignments, and management projects to develop their knowledge across curricular themes. A summer study tour exposes students to a variety of agricultural enterprises.
Prospective students are strongly encouraged to complete pre-course reading in order to secure a minimum basic knowledge of agriculture and to highlight possible areas of weakness.
Farm Business Management
Farm Enterprise Management
Plus FIVE elective modules
The student view
After leaving a career in professional services to work on my parents’ organic farm, I quickly realised I knew next to nothing about agriculture. The Graduate Diploma in Agriculture at the Royal Agricultural University
stood out because it covers a range of subject areas and has a managerial focus.
GDA surpassed all of my expectations and has been instrumental in taking on my new Estate Manger role. The lecturers were excellent and I particularly valued the University farm walks, farm visits, networking opportunities, and the Farm Business Management module. The RAU has given me the knowledge, ideas and confidence to take on this challenging role.
An Honours degree from a discipline other than agriculture(2:1 or higher). Equivalent overseas and other UK qualifications may be accepted at the discretion of the University.Applicants of 25 years and over may seek admission on the basis of a curriculum vitae, but evidence of ability to study at degree level, such as proven managerial level experience, is essential.A period of relevant practical work experience within the agricultural industry is recommended as a means of enhancing understanding of the industry and the relevance of specific modules towards future career goals, but is not a prerequisite of joining the programme.