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International Food and Agribusiness MBA

Course Description


The international food and agribusiness industries continue to grow despite significant fluctuations in local and regional economic activity. The rapid technological innovation pace, demographic shifts between urban and rural areas, immigration and access to skilled staff, climate change, water issues, and food security are among the topics studied in the International Food and Agribusiness MBA. the course also enjoys a Dual qualification CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership.

Career prospects

Our business-minded graduates progress into successful careers across all areas of the global food and agribusiness sectors, many of whom secure management positions at transnational companies:
• International food industry experts and consultants – for private companies, governments, and international organisations such as FAO, World Bank, European Commission
• Business management
• Import and export management
• Project coordination – overseeing international projects and operations
• Operational support – building international relations for an organisation
Students have the unique opportunity to study the first term at either the Utah State University or the Royal Agricultural University, with the remaining study periods undertaken at the RAU.

Who is the course for?

This MBA will prepare students for senior strategic positions and leadership roles within companies, agencies, or institutions where international business is a major activity. Key areas include food processing and manufacturing, procurement, research and development, policy or government service, agricultural and food marketing, and supply chain management.

Course structure

The MBA may be studied full-time over 12 months or part-time over two or three years.
Students will study six business modules in the autumn term, plus four focus modules, and one or two elective module(s) in the spring term. The Research Project is carried out over the summer to be submitted in September.
Students will learn through problem-based and experiential case studies, workshops, cooperative work, reflective reports, presentations, lectures, seminars, and industry visits.
Modules will be assessed through professional reports, presentations, reviews, essays, case study analysis, critical academic papers, business evaluation projects, and written examinations.
Financial Management
International Marketing Management
Leadership and Change
Agricultural Economics
Operations Management
Sustainable Business Strategy
Food Chain
Critical Issues in Food Technology and Innovation
International Agri-food Marketing
International Agribusiness Finance and Investments

Plus ONE or TWO further elective module(s)

The Student View

Trevor Knudsen
My agricultural career started on a small dairy farm in Utah, USA. I was excited to have the opportunity to study an MBA in International Food and Agribusiness at the Royal Agricultural University, and was very impressed by the visits from industry leaders. Those experiences helped take my education beyond theoretical knowledge, to discover how it applies to real-life situations.
After receiving my MBA, I started working as an agricultural land appraiser with Northwest Farm Credit Services in Oregon, USA. The RAU gave me an insight into the world of global agribusiness and helped me to understand how economic and geopolitical impacts affect people and operations across the world. Although I live and work in a small town, global agricultural and dietary influences have a great impact.
Earning an MBA from the Royal Agricultural University was an unforgettable milestone in my life.

Visit the International Food and Agribusiness MBA page on the Royal Agricultural University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Sophie Danlos

1406.jpg "Having grown up on a dairy farm in France, my passion for the agricultural sector led me to work as a dairy consultant for three years in western France. Thereafter, I decided to study for an MSc in Agriculture and Food Sciences. However, I also wanted to become fluent in English - an invaluable asset in today's world, and get business and management skills. Moreover, I wanted to fully understand the complexity of global agricultural markets in which stakeholders from all over the world interact to reach the ultimate goal of feeding the planet.

The International MBA in Food and Agribusiness was therefore the 'must-do' programme for me. Unlike many other MBAs, students are exposed to tangible 'international' experiences by having the opportunity to study at various world-class universities worldwide.

I started my programme at Utah State University, north of Salt Lake City in the USA; completed the second semester at the Royal Agricultural University in the UK, followed by the team project in China. As for my dissertation, I worked at the International Trade Center in Geneva, Switzerland and ran a project that was the content of my thesis.

This MBA fulfilled my desire of complementing my scientific and technical knowledge in agriculture with solid business and management skills. It also offered me the opportunity to understand the challenges that face the global food and agribusiness industry and the different approaches needed to tackle them in each part of the world. Not only did I gain a body of knowledge but I also put this into practice through various international experiences that were of great value to my career.

Four months before graduating in October 2008, I secured a job in the UK (the only one I applied for!) at DairyCo, the dairy division of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board as a Senior Economist.

In a nutshell, the International MBA in Food and Agribusiness is a very worthwhile challenge. It provides you with the skill set needed to succeed in business anywhere in the world and with an international network composed of valuable long-term contacts including friends, professors and colleagues. I cannot recommend this programme highly enough."


RAU Cirencester Scholarship - Single Award

These scholarships (paid as a tuiton fee waiver) will be available to new taught RAU 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.Each scholarship will be worth £3,000 per annum for each year of study at the RAU, up to a maximum of three years, paid in three equal instalments at the start of each academic term. Part-Time StudyApplicants for part-time study programmes who meet the criteria above and who will be studying a minimum of 25% of the full-time study load will receive a fee waiver pro rata to their study load. For example, a student studying 50% of full time, equivalent to 60 credits, would receive an award of £1,500. The award would be adjusted to match study pattern in future years of study..

Value of Scholarship(s)

Each scholarship will be worth £3,000 per annum for each year of study


These scholarships will be available to new taught RAU 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.

Application Procedure

ou 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 dateDeadline 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.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Good honours degree with minimum 2 years work experience

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