Royal Agricultural University

Royal Agricultural University

Rural Estate Management

The Royal Agricultural University is in partnership with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), which fully accredits this one-year Masters degree.

This course provides a fast-track route to qualification as a Chartered Surveyor, which can be gained by completion of this MSc followed by undertaking two years of professional experience, known as the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

You will acquire the specialist knowledge and skills necessary for professional practice as a rural property manager and for entry to the relevant professional bodies; the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV).

Entry requirements

Applicants normally require an Honours degree (minimum 2.1); mature candidates with significant relevant work experience and lower academic qualifications also considered following interview; IELTS 6.5 average with no element below 5.5; students with other qualifications (e.g. alternative English language or overseas qualifications) are considered.

Course modules

The course will be studied full-time over 12 months.

The emphasis of the course is on the practical integration and development of the traditional core elements of a land management course. You will study eight modules in the autumn and spring terms, with final examinations taking place in May. These modules are designed to provide an understanding of the areas of professional involvement and practice that will have to be considered when delivering advice on all manner of decisions relating to rural estate management.

The final part of the course will take the form of a Research Project based on a topic of specialist interest. The Research Project is carried out over the summer, to be submitted in September.

You will attend lectures, group tutorials, and practical sessions, and visit local farms, commercial properties, and rural estates where owners, occupiers and their professional advisors can provide additional insights into the management of rural property. The University has its own arable and livestock farms to demonstrate a range of farm enterprises and conservation principles.

A variety of methods are used to assess your performance, but assessed coursework features strongly throughout the course, often based on case studies.

Prior to starting the MSc, you will receive reading lists and study material so that you can develop a basic grounding in study areas with which you are not familiar.


  • Agriculture
  • Environmental and Woodland Management
  • Rural Planning and Buildings
  • Farm Business and Enterprise Management
  • Rural Valuation
  • Rural Property Law
  • Rural Policy
  • Rural Asset Management
  • Research Project

Assessment methods

Assessment is by a variety of methods including case studies.

Sponsorship information

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


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 9,220 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 11,270 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 9,220 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Telephone number: 
01285 889912