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Rural Estate Management

Course Description


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.

Career prospects

Our Rural Estate Management graduates are directly involved with managing all types of property. The professional work of the Rural Property Manager may include:
• Agency
• 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.

Course structure

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 Valuation
Rural Property Law
Rural Policy
Rural Asset Management
Research Project

The Student View

Charlie Adkin
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.

Visit the Rural Estate Management page on the Royal Agricultural University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Laura Prior

1402.jpg "I chose a career in rural surveying as it brought together my keen interest in the countryside within the confines of a profession. The daily job offered diversity and the ability to work with both property and people, two things I greatly enjoy dealing with.

I first heard about the MSc in Rural Estate Management at the Royal Agricultural University through a careers fair at Bristol University where I was reading Geography. The course seemed to provide an ideal grounding for a career in rural surveying, with a broad syllabus, and a good mix of theory-based and practical learning.

Having now completed the course and worked for two years for Strutt and Parker, I can recommend the Masters programme for giving a comprehensive base in the technical knowledge necessary to practise as a rural surveyor, be that in law, valuation, planning or business. The course also contributed to the development of skills which I rely on daily, from communication with clients, tenants or contractors to time management and negotiation.

Beyond the academic, the University offered access to a broad range of practitioners already in the industry. This was invaluable to many members of the programme for work experience and dissertation assistance. In addition to this, following graduation from the programme, you have a national network of friends practising rural surveying to call on for both professional matters, and the odd social one too.

Work itself at Strutt and Parker has provided all the diversity that I had hoped for, mixed with regular challenges and a great quality of working life. My time is split between traditional management clients and one-off consultancy jobs, which gives the ideal breadth of experience, necessary in preparation for the Assessment of Professional Competence with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

My time at the Royal Agricultural University was both enjoyable and rewarding, and I have no doubt that it was fundamental in preparing me for a successful career in rural surveying."


Entry Requirements

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.

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