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