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. It is a fast-track route to qualification as a Chartered Surveyor. The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Our Rural Estate Management graduates are directly involved with managing all types of property. The professional work of the Rural Property Manager may include:
• Tax and financial strategy
• Compensation claims
• Letting of land and property
• Farm business planning and diversification
• Management of woodlands
• Rural planning
• Property development
Types of employer include:
• National, international, regional, and small firms of chartered surveyors
• Private estates
• Large landowners such as the National Trust, county councils and utility companies
This MSc will also open doors to a variety of careers outside the surveying profession, including planning and environmental consultancy, research and education, leisure management, and rural conservation and investment management.
Who is the course for?
This course is for graduates looking to acquire the specialist knowledge and skills necessary for professional practice as a rural property manager and for entry to the relevant professional bodies; the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.
The course will be studied full-time over 12 months.
Students will study eight modules in the autumn and spring terms, with final examinations taking place in May. The Research Project is carried out over the summer, to be submitted in September.
Students will attend lectures, group tutorials, and practical sessions, and visit local farms, commercial properties, and rural estates where owners, occupiers and their professional advisors can provide additional insights into the management of rural property. Assessed coursework features strongly throughout the course.
Prior to 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.
Environmental and Woodland Management
Rural Planning and Buildings
Farm Business and Enterprise Management
Rural Property Law
Rural Asset Management
The Student View
Growing up in a rural area, I soon realised that I wanted an agriculturally oriented career. After reading geography at Exeter University, the MSc in Rural Estate Management at the Royal Agricultural University
stood out by a country mile. It is intensive but also great fun and has the advantage of being vocational, embedding specialist skills and knowledge relevant to my future working life in professional practice as a Land Agent; its automatic RICS accreditation is a huge bonus.
The MSc undoubtedly broadened my horizons, preparing me well for my career, and is seen by employers as an ideal training ground. I and my fellow students, now studying for the Assessment of Professional Competence and Central Association of Agricultural Valuers examinations, fulfil a wide variety of roles within organisations ranging from small to national firms and private estates. I have no hesitation in recommending the MSc in Rural Estate Management to others.
The standard entry requirement is the minimum of a BSc (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 following an interview.