Royal Agricultural University

Royal Agricultural University

Advanced Farm Management

This course is designed to enable prospective farmers, farm managers and farm management consultants to work at the strategic level of management and leadership in the commercial environment of modern farming and agribusiness. A mix of core business modules with specialist modules on the agricultural industry provide you with the relevant tools, and capabilities to succeed in this profession. It is as much about management and the business of farming as it is about problem solving and opportunity finding within the agricultural industry. Our graduates are highly adaptable with the knowledge and skills to operate farm-based businesses with an entrepreneurial flair. Many have gone on to become Farm Managers, Consultants, Brand Managers, and Business Directors. This course is for those from farming backgrounds who are taking on leadership roles within their family business.The course sets out the background, issues and challenges facing the national and global farming industry and helps you understand the value chain from 'farm to fork'. This MBA provides a unique opportunity for transatlantic study to put the management theories, concepts and strategies learnt into a European or USA context. You will have the chance to study the first term at the Utah State University or the Royal Agricultural University, with the remaining study periods undertaken at the RAU. The MBA in Advanced Farm Management is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute. Upon successful completion of the degree, you will be awarded CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership and will therefore become a Member of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI). You can then apply to the CMI for full Chartered Manager status if you wish.

Entry requirements

Applicants normally require an Honours degree (minimum 2.1), or an HND with a distinction profile, plus a minimum of 2 years' post-graduation work experience; mature candidates with significant relevant work experience and lower academic qualifications are also considered for entry, following interview; international applicants whose 1st language is not English require an IELTS 6.5 average with no element below 5.5; students with other qualifications, including overseas awards and alternative English language qualifications may be considered.

Course modules

Farm Business Management; Operations Management; Financial Management; Sustainable Business Strategy; Agricultural Economics; Leadership and Change; International Marketing Management; Sustainable Agricultural Business Principles; Applied Research Challenge; plus further elective modules from: Corporate Finance; Practical E-Business and E-Commerce; Agricultural Management; International Business; Development Project Management; Small Scale Farming and Local; Food Supply; Critical Issues in Ethical Leadership; Economics of the Environment; New Product Development in the Agri-Food Industry; Adaptive Management in a Complex World.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed through a range of coursework.

Sponsorship information

UK and EU scholarships and bursaries may be available; substantial bursaries available for non-EU students.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MBA Full-time September 2017 GBP 15,000 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MBA Full-time September 2017 GBP 12,000 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MBA Part-time September 2017 - 2 Years
MBA Part-time September 2017 - 3 Years

Campus details

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

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