Royal Agricultural University

Royal Agricultural University

Royal Agricultural University


Founded in 1845, the RAU has a long-standing reputation in learning, research, and consultancy. Postgraduate study is managed and taught by experienced staff and specialist consultants; the RAU is an exciting learning environment in which our postgraduate students play a pivotal role. 

Our unique and varied set of Masters courses include disciplines such as Business and Management, Agribusiness, Equine Science, Real Estate and Land Management, International Rural Development, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security, and Rural Tourism, matched by an extensive choice of research areas at Masters and Doctoral level. 

The University maintains very strong links with its partners in industry. Our courses are designed and updated to meet the demands of the market, both in the UK and worldwide. Leadership and enterprise have always featured strongly at the RAU, and our former students have gone on to perform at the highest levels across a broad range of careers.


The University offers fantastic career and employment opportunities. With strong graduate employability rates, our graduates are regularly recruited by some of the world’s leading organisations. Of our most recent graduates, 90% have entered employment or further study within six months. This can be attributed, in part, to the strong industry links maintained by the RAU. 

Our students benefit from lectures delivered by leading professionals and continued opportunities for work and study placements. This ensures that our students receive up-to-date knowledge whilst making valuable contacts with industry employers.

An extra advantage for our graduates is the support of our alumni. A powerful network of over 14,000 former students positioned across the globe, with members living in Africa, South America, Australia, and the United States, they are always keen to help graduates achieve career success.


Student Union
The RAU Student Union (RAUSU) team is always busy developing great events, clubs, and societies, and throws some of the finest balls and event weeks in the country. From the festive fun of the Christmas Ball right through to the May Ball at the end of the year, there is a whole host of activities to get involved with. 

The RAUSU holds weekly social nights in the Tithe Barn, home of the Student Union and student bar, which is available throughout the week for students to relax in and meet their friends. In February, the RAUSU and fellow students work hard to raise a considerable sum for charity during the annual RAG week. Alongside organising these events, the committed RAUSU represent the student body of the University, in order to build on and improve university life.

The RAU is passionate about its sporting activities and currently offers students a comprehensive range of sports, clubs and societies. Wednesday is sporting afternoon, when many of the teams compete against other universities. Get involved in everything from clay pigeon, equestrian and lacrosse, to rowing, rugby and polo, and enjoy the full university experience. University sports facilities include squash and tennis courts, a new fitness centre, table tennis, and a flood-lit all-weather pitch. 

Off campus, students can benefit from countless events and fixtures that take place in the area. Whether you’re a competitor or a spectator, you can enjoy, amongst others, the Cheltenham Gold Cup and rugby in Gloucester and Bath. Plenty of students bring their horses to University and use one of the many local liveries, the nearest of which is just a short walk from the campus.

Cirencester and further afield...

The Royal Agricultural University is steeped in history and tradition. The friendly campus, set in 25 acres of magnificent grounds amid the beautiful Cotswold countryside, encourages a sense of community and offers an environment that is conducive to study.

Off-campus, there is plenty to explore. The busy Roman town of Cirencester, often referred to as the capital of the Cotswolds, is just a mile away. With plenty of shops, bars and restaurants to choose from, Cirencester offers the perfect mix of high street favourites and one-off boutiques. Remember to take your student card for discounts at a range of stores. It’s home to the beautiful St John Baptist parish church, and the Corinium Museum and Roman Amphitheatre, where you can find out more about the town’s history.

If you’re into your water sports, Cotswold Water Park is 15 minute’s drive away and offers 150 lakes set over 40 square miles. Activities include kayaking, canoeing, sailing, rowing, wakeboarding, and windsurfing. It’s a beautiful area for walks and bike rides too.

Bath, Bristol, Oxford, and Cheltenham are all within an hour of the University and promise an exciting day out. Visit the world famous Bath racecourse, experience the Badminton Horse Trials, browse a plethora of shops, art galleries, and museums, and unwind at one of the countless bars and restaurants along the way. Alternatively, London is just 90 minutes by direct train, the perfect distance for a day trip.

Key information

Stroud Road
Telephone number: 
+44 (0) 1285 652531