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Agricultural Technology and Innovation

Course Description

This degree will explore the high level of technical innovation currently being applied to agricultural and horticultural production.


In the future, agricultural and horticultural production will demand new intellectual and technological understanding and skills. The new technologies of sensors, computing, data analysis, remote sensing, robotics, drones and systems of analysis and interpretation will allow new and sophisticated ways of managing both productive and natural environments.
The course will explore and study the high level of technical innovation currently being applied to agricultural and horticultural production, as will the management and the entrepreneurial skills that will be of fundamental importance to those entering this dynamic, technical based sector.

Career prospects

Graduates are highly likely to go on to pursue a career within:
• The high-tech agricultural and environmental sectors
• Industries allied to crop and animal production
• Technical consultancy
• Government and international agencies
• The development of new companies through entrepreneurial initiatives

Potential job opportunities

• Agricultural and horticultural engineering
• Information technology
• Resource appraisal
• Agronomy
• Farm management

Who is the course for?

This course will be of relevance to those wishing to start a career in this emerging industry, join an established company, or looking to develop the skills needed to start their own enterprise.

Course structure

The course may be studied full-time over 12 months. Students will study six modules in the autumn and spring terms, followed by the Research Project, which is carried out over the summer to be submitted the following September. This may include a viva voce examination.
Students will have the opportunity to engage with real-world problems, to find solutions to current issues and experience the working world of new technologies in animal and crop production, and the natural environment. Modules will be assessed primarily by coursework, there may be some exams.


Crop Production Technologies
Livestock Production Technologies
Production Resource Management
Environmental Technologies
Computing and Information Technology
Business Development in the Agri-tech Sector
Research Project

Visit the Agricultural Technology and Innovation page on the Royal Agricultural University website for more details!

Student Profiles

RAU Cirencester Scholarship - Single Award

Deadline 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.

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to £3,000 pa


These scholarships (paid as a tuiton fee waiver) will be available to all new RAU undergraduate and postgraduate 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.

Application Procedure

You 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 date

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Honours degree from a UK university (usually a min. of 2:1 classification) or an equivalent academic qualification from a comparable international institution.

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