This course is designed to enable prospective farmers, farm managers and consultants to work at the strategic level of management and leadership in the commercial environment of modern farming and agribusiness. The course sets out the background, issues and challenges facing the national and global farming industry and helps graduates understand the value chain from ‘farm to fork’.
Previous graduates have gone on to develop successful careers as: • Farm Manager • Farm Consultant • Global Brand Manager Many of our graduates have returned home and are driving the family farming business forward.
Who is the course for?
The MBA caters for those who plan to move into senior leadership roles in managing farm-related businesses as well as those seeking employment in the related industries. The course manager will discuss with the student how this unique MBA will serve their requirements.
The MBA may be studied full-time over 12 months or part-time over two or three years. Students will study eight modules; six business modules in the autumn term, two applied modules in the spring term, plus two elective modules to focus their studies to their specific areas of interest. The Applied Research Project is carried out over the summer to be submitted in September. It will be presented as a review paper and as a research paper. Students will take part in lectures, seminars and discussions, farm management activities, and group and individual case study work in a real-world context. Visiting industry experts give students a valuable insight in to the sector in which they are involved. Modules are assessed through a range of coursework.
Sustainable Business Strategy Leadership and Change International Marketing Financial Management Agricultural Economics Operations Management Sustainable Agricultural Business Principles Farm Business Management Applied Research Project Plus TWO further elective modules
The Student View
Alastair Grizzell Before studying at Cirencester I worked in a number of financial and retail strategy roles. I saw that the agricultural industry could be an ideal opportunity to use my commercial skills in a very different environment. The MBA in Advanced Farm Management combined in-class activities with weekly farm visits. As I learnt new theories I was given ample time to consider my past experiences and how I could grow as an individual. The staff were always willing to discuss work on a one-to-one basis. Through the RAU’s industry connections, I made contact with a start-up agricultural media/finance business who helped with the background for my dissertation. I now work full-time for this company and am excited by the opportunities this new career direction brings. I am certain that without the MBA in Advanced Farm Management, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
"I had served in the armed forces for 23 years and had been on the board of a family agricultural business, based in Australia, for the last 12 years of my time in the Royal Navy. I decided to apply for the MBA in Advanced Farm Management to help me manage my career transition from the forces to take over the helm of my family business.
The programme provided exactly the right level of exposure to the skill sets essential to running a large scale farming operation at a strategic level: macro and micro-economics, during which I was able to focus my coursework on the global beef industry; marketing, during which I was able to tailor my work to the global wool market; personal and organisational change and business strategy, both of which were invaluable in helping me turn around my business in testing circumstances and, of course, finance. "These core MBA modules, supported by specific modules on the global food chain, agriculture and farm business management were very good, not only because of their intellectual and thought-provoking content, but also because of the breadth and international experience of my fellow students. Similarly, the dissertation has enabled me to focus on a complex commercial opportunity to expand my company's exposure to irrigation as part of my future business plans.
The most valuable aspect of the programme was the people: students and staff alike. The lecturers were hugely flexible in their approach, enabling me to maximise the value I gained from the programme whilst also managing my business and, most importantly, my family life too.
The outcome has been a significant turnaround in my company's performance. I feel well prepared for the future and thoroughly recommend this MBA!"
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.
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 date
Deadline for applications
Applications and all supporting information must be received by the University by the 15th August 2016. Applications received after this date will not be considered.
Honours degree from a UK university (usually a min. of 2:1 classification) or an equivalent academic qualification from a comparable international institution.Minimum of two years post-graduation work experience. Mature candidates with significant relevant work experience and lower academic qualifications may also be considered for entry, following personal interview with the programme manager. Students with other qualifications, including overseas awards (and alternative English Language qualifications) will be required to contact Registry before submitting an application to discuss the suitability of their award for entry onto the programme.
Recipient: Royal Agricultural University
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