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MLE Land Economy (Rural Surveying)

Course Description

A 12 Month Taught Postgraduate Programme fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in Rural Surveying/Rural Property Management.

Land Economy (Rural Surveying/Rural Property Management) is concerned with the management of land and its resources, rural businesses and their associated activities and interests.

The programme provides a range of knowledge and skills e.g. land management, public policy, law, planning, economics, and valuation, integrated to meet the future challenges facing landowners and land managers. Understanding of traditional land management (agriculture, forestry, sporting) and emerging land uses (environmental and conservation activities, countryside access and leisure, steading conversions, telecommunication masts and wind turbines) is combined with an understanding of the business skills necessary for successful decision-making and rural business management. As a rural land and business manager the student/graduate is concerned not only with practical land management but also with the financial, legal, planning, and policy contexts within which decisions are made and business interests managed.

Students study the following courses:
- Land and Environmental Economics
- Agriculture, Forestry and Valuation
- Introduction to Rural Policy
- Planning Land and Environmental Law
- Land Use and Valuation
- Rural Business Management
- Rural Policy in Practice
- Research Methods
- Dissertation (Masters students only)

Courses are assessed via coursework and formal examinations. There are two diets of examinations: January and May, normally four courses examined at each diet. As you progress greater emphasis is placed on the application of knowledge and skills, project work increases and examinations are fewer. Projects focus on local estates, rural businesses, and farms and are designed to incorporate the types of task expected in the workplace.

Highly qualified and motivated staff will teach you, including those with considerable practical experience. A variety of teaching and assessment methods are used. All courses involve lectures, tutorials, seminars and project work although the relative balance varies as you progress through the programme. Courses typically involve two or three hours of lectures and one small group tutorial/seminar per week. There are half-day, whole day, and three day field visits (for example, to Highland estates) for general experience and in relation to specific projects. These regularly involve leading practitioners in the field.

Project-work includes a mix of individual and group exercises. Residential field visits include a European field course. In recent years visits have been made to Spain, Portugal, the Czech Republic and Slovenia.

Graduates have the option of entering a career in chartered surveying (Rural or Environmental Faculties) having already made progress towards their APC. Career options include such areas as land agency, estate management, countryside management, and rural policy and development. During the year, most if not all, Diploma and Masters students secure employment to be taken up at the end of the programme. Diploma and Masters graduates in Rural Surveying are particularly highly sought-after by the leading land agency firms throughout the UK: Smiths-Gore, Strutt and Parker, Bidwells, Savills, and Edwin Thompson to name but a few. Many of these firms visit the Department as part of their annual recruitment strategy. Other graduates have secured employment with landed estates (Buccleuch Estates, Moray Estates, Strathmore Estates, Dunecht Estates), conservation bodies (SNH, RSPB) and public authorities (National Parks, Local Authorities).

Funding exists for this programme (dependent on eligibility). Please visit http://www.abdn.ac.uk/funding.

More Information
For more information please visit our Postgraduate Propsectus http://www.abdn.ac.uk/prospectus/pgrad/study/taught.php?code=land_econ

Visit the MLE Land Economy (Rural Surveying) page on the Aberdeen University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Matthew Law

2136.jpg As the only university in Scotland running a course of this kind which is accredited by the RICS, I was naturally drawn to Aberdeen. The MLE course has a good reputation within the land and estate management industry, with a number of people that I had spoken to and did work experience with prior to starting at Aberdeen had done the course and held it in high regard.

I enjoyed being in the north of Scotland, so close to the Highlands and the Cairngorms National Park. A lot of the field visits through coursework as well as my dissertation got me out and about in the beautiful countryside, and where better to do it than in the north of Scotland.

Without the RICS accredited degree I would never have been taken on by my current employer as to become a professional member of the RICS I needed to do a degree course which is fully accredited by the RICS.

Aberdeen University has such a rich history behind it, but still runs degree programs which equip students for the working world. The degree that I obtained from Aberdeen has been a great stepping stone towards my chosen career path and without coming to Aberdeen I would never have got the job I am in.

Make sure the MLE or any other masters course is really what you want to do as it is a very tough year, you will be worked extremely hard. Despite this I felt that in the end it was worth it and had such a feeling of accomplishment and achievement when I had finished.


University of Aberdeen Alumni Discount Scheme - 20+ Awards

The University of Aberdeen is very pleased to offer a 20% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated with a degree from the University of Aberdeen. The Alumni Discount Scheme applies to both home and overseas students, and applies to the self-funding element of the postgraduate tuition fee. This is the element of tuition fee which you are paying yourself and does not cover the element of tuition fee which is covered by a scholarship, funding body, your employer, a company, or any another source of funding. The Alumni Discount applies only to the tuition fee element and does not apply to any other costs such as additional programme costs or research costs.

Value of Scholarship(s)

20% discount on postgraduate tuition


Open to all University of Aberdeen graduates.

Application Procedure

Complete the application form at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/sras/postgraduate/alumni_discount/

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Our minimum entry requirement for this programme is a UK Honours degree (or an honours degree from a non-UK institution which is judged by the University to be of equivalent worth) at a 2:2 (lower second) class or above. Mature students who do not meet the minimum entry requirement but who have appropriate professional experience will also be considered. Even if you have been educated in the medium of English you must meet our English Language requirements. Please visit View Website. We have one intake each year in September. Late applications may be asked to wait until the next intake.

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