Royal Agricultural University

Royal Agricultural University

Agriculture

Graduate Diploma: This is a unique opportunity to create your own bespoke course in a way that will help you realise your ambitions, whether you are a student or a professional with plans to advance your career in the rural industries. Not only will you gain a detailed understanding of the UK agricultural industry, you will be given practical rural skills training at the RAU's cutting-edge Rural Innovation Centre, based at our 491-hectare farm. A summer study tour gives you the added opportunity of expanding your knowledge and contacts base by engaging directly with a variety of agricultural enterprises. While many graduates find work as farm managers, farm assurance scheme officers and agricultural consultants, to name a few, others wish to progress onto a Masters course. A summer study tour, and £250 worth of rural skills training, are included in the cost of the course. Graduate Certificate: Whether you wish to enter practical farming or pursue a commercial or administrative post, this intensive course covers all bases, with graduates carving out successful careers as farm managers, agricultural consultants, research officers and more. You will acquire a detailed knowledge of the UK agricultural industry by exploring a plethora of issues including plant nutrition, crop growth and development, animal genetics, breeding, accounting, record keeping and budgeting. A summer study tour, and £250 worth of rural skills training, are included in the cost of the course.

Entry requirements

Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip: The Graduate Diploma in Agriculture comprises a programme of study that requires graduate (Honours Degree) level entry or its equivalent, and has learning outcomes that match qualifications at Honours degree level. As a result, the programme is affected by the UK Governments' policy on Equivalent and Lower Qualifications [ELQ] whereby such students are not eligible for funding support through the Higher Education Funding Council for England. Candidates will normally have a first degree from a discipline other than agriculture, awarded at upper second level. Equivalent overseas and other UK qualifications may be accepted at the discretion of the University. Applicants of 25 years and over may seek admission on the basis of a curriculum vitae, but evidence of ability to study at degree level, such as proven managerial level experience, is essential. A period of relevant practical work experience within the agricultural industry is recommended as a means of enhancing understanding of the industry and the relevance of specific modules towards future career goals, but is not a prerequisite of joining the programme. Graduate Certificate: The Graduate Certificate in Agriculture comprises a programme of study that requires graduate (Honours Degree) level entry or its equivalent, and has learning outcomes that match qualifications at Honours degree level. As a result, the programme is affected by the UK Governments' policy on Equivalent and Lower Qualifications [ELQ] whereby such students are not eligible for funding support through the Higher Education Funding Council for England. Candidates will normally have a first degree from a discipline other than agriculture, awarded at upper second level. Equivalent overseas and other UK qualifications may be accepted at the discretion of the University. Applicants of 25 years and over may seek admission on the basis of a curriculum vitae, but evidence of ability to study at degree level, such as proven managerial level experience, is essential. A period of relevant practical work experience within the agricultural industry is recommended as a means of enhancing understanding of the industry and the relevance of specific modules towards future career goals, but is not a prerequisite of joining the programme.

Course modules

Graduate Certificate: 2256 Applied Agricultural Science; 3100 Farm Business Management; 3227 Agricultural Management. Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip: 2256 Applied Agricultural Science 3100 Farm Business Management 3227 Agricultural Management Plus choice of FOUR elective modules from: 1008 Agricultural Mechanisation and Buildings 1046 Human Nutrition, Health and Society 1054 Introduction to Food Production 2086 Red Meat Chains 2087 White Meat Chains 2232 Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship and Enterprise Development 3006 Emerging Agricultural Issues 3008 Advanced Livestock Production 3009 Agricultural & Equine Journalism 3010 Game & Deer Management 3011 Rural Business Diversification 3020 Advanced Crop Production 3067 Farm Machinery Management 3084 Entrepreneurship 3087 Advanced Dairy Food Chains 3090 Forestry and Woodland Management 3093 Farmland Ecology 3096 Wine Industry 3097 Small Scale Farming and Local Food Supply 3104 Food and Agri-business Strategies 3205 Management Information Systems for Farming Businesses 3207 Farming and Integrated Environment Local Delivery 3210 Applied Agricultural Finance 3218 Sustainable Business and Agrifood Supply Chains 3228 Integrated Organic Systems

Assessment methods

Graduate Certificate: You will participate in lectures, farm walks and visits, case studies, assignments, and management projects, while a summer study tour will expose you to a variety of agricultural enterprises. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to complete pre-course reading in order to secure a minimum basic knowledge of agriculture and to highlight possible areas of weakness. Modules 2256 Applied Agricultural Science 3100 Farm Business Management 3227 Agricultural Management Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip: In addition to lectures and farm walks, you will participate in case studies, assignments, and management projects dependent on module selections, in order to develop and apply your knowledge across curricular themes. This approach fosters teamwork and complements individual study and student learning.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Graduate Certificate Full-time October 2019 5,250 per Whole course (Wales) 1 Years
Graduate Certificate Full-time October 2019 5,250 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 1 Years
Graduate Certificate Full-time October 2019 5,250 per Whole course (EU) 1 Years
Graduate Certificate Full-time October 2019 5,250 per Whole course (England) 1 Years
Graduate Certificate Full-time October 2019 5,250 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
Graduate Certificate Full-time October 2019 5,250 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 Years
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2019 5,250 per Whole course (Wales) 2 Years
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2019 5,250 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 2 Years
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2019 5,250 per Whole course (England) 2 Years
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2019 5,250 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2019 5,250 per Whole course (EU) 2 Years
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2019 5,250 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 Years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time October 2019 10,500 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time October 2019 10,500 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time October 2019 10,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time October 2019 10,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time October 2019 10,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time October 2019 5,250 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time October 2019 5,250 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time October 2019 5,250 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time October 2019 5,250 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time October 2019 11,500 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time October 2019 5,250 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Royal Agricultural University GL7 6JS South West

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