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Royal Agricultural University


About the Royal Agricultural University

The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) has been at the forefront of agricultural education and a key contributor to the land-based sector for more than 175 years.

We combine knowledge and industry connections with an innovative, forward-thinking approach that continues to open doors for our graduates.

Set in 25-acres of picturesque green grounds in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, the University has over 1,100 students and offers many programmes at postgraduate level.

Alongside access to arable and dairy farms and an equine centre, students also benefit from an award-winning Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programme and Farm491 – RAU’s agritech business incubator – created to encourage innovation in the sector.

Postgraduate study areas
There are research and taught MSc and research courses to choose from in the following areas:

  • Agriculture, food and the environment
  • Business and entrepreneurship
  • Cultural heritage
  • Real estate and land management
  • Research degrees

Agriculture, Food and the Environment
Graduate Diploma in Agriculture
Graduate Certificate in Agriculture
MSc Agricultural Technology and Innovation 
MSc Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security

Business and Entrepreneurship 
MSc Business Management

Cultural Heritage and Archaeology
MSc Conservation and Management of Historic Buildings

Real Estate and Land Management
MSc Real Estate
MSc Rural Estate Management

Research Degrees
MSc Research Programme
PhD Programme

We pride ourselves on combining the knowledge and industry connections that stem from our rich heritage with an innovative and enterprising approach. This combination continues to open doors for our students, and we were ranked a top 10 UK university for job prospects for the second year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2020. We were a nominee for small or specialist university in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2022.

Over half of the research we produce at the RAU has been assessed as “world-leading and international in quality” in the latest round of the national Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF, 2021).

1st for Learning Community (UK Universities),4th for Overall Satisfaction (English Universities),Top 10 for Academic Support (English Universities) and Top 10 for Organisation & Management (English Universities).

We have a strong reputation for fostering partnerships with some of the world’s leading businesses, government bodies and organisations in the agritech sector. This ensures that our students access a breadth of academic and professional opportunities, from work experience and industry placements to learning about the latest developments in the sector from renowned guest speakers.

An added advantage for our graduates is the support of our alumni. A powerful network of around 17,000 former students positioned across the globe, many of whom are keen to help graduates achieve career success.

International support
Students from many different countries study here, travelling from far afield. Overseas universities, government bodies and organisations have forged strong connections with the RAU since its early days. Former students have gone on to work for governments, influential companies and set up their own businesses. We will provide you with advice and guidance from initial enquiry, right through to application and enrolment.

Student support
The University is large enough that many facilities are on-site, yet small enough to create a close-knit community that inspires students to consider it a home from home. Students are known to staff by name and supported by personal tutors.

RAU’s picturesque campus is within walking distance of the bustling town of Cirencester, a thriving cultural hub, surrounded by beautiful Cotswold countryside.

With plenty of restaurants, unique boutique shops and popular nightspots, many students never want to leave – even after graduating.

Urban adventure is close by too - Bath, Bristol, Oxford, and Cheltenham are all under an hour from the University and London is less than 90 minutes away by direct train.

Accommodation and facilities
There are over 300 bedrooms on-campus with catered and self-catered facilities and a mixture of en-suite and shared bathroom facilities available.

The University health centre, IT suite, library, launderette, cafe, bar and shop are all just a two-minute walk away. Campus accommodation includes Wi-Fi, housekeeping and car parking

You can also choose to live off-campus. The University will also help you to secure privately rented accommodation in your second and third years.

Contact us
Admissions Department
Royal Agricultural University
Stroud Road
Phone: +44 (0)1285 889912