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Royal Agricultural University: PhD Programme

Institution Royal Agricultural University View institution profile
Department Department of Agriculture (CL)
Telephone 01285 889912
Study type Research


With a range of expertise in applied research in sustainable agriculture, food chain security, agribusiness, agronomy, soil science, animal welfare, equine science, and urban regeneration and development, the RAU provides a stimulating environment for individuals wanting to further their academic and professional careers thorough doctoral study.

The RAU is committed to environmental, economic and social sustainability, and so all our projects explore issues that will help farmers, horse owners, and rural businesses apply innovative techniques and models to improve output, economic viability, health, and welfare while caring for the environment.

*Why study at the RAU? * - Excellent job prospects for PhD candidates in both industry and academia

  • Integrated structured training on research methodologies, statistics, presentation skills, and academic writing

  • Range of on-farm facilities and unique established trial-plot areas to support your work

  • Strong research collaborations with the University of Nottingham, Rothamsted Research, and University College Dublin allowing you access to some state-of-the-art laboratory facilities

  • Our research degrees are validated by the University of Gloucestershire giving you access to a large and subject-diverse postgraduate network

Current research areas include:

  • Agronomy and sustainable agriculture

  • Wheat-bean intercropping and sustainable production systems

  • Environmental challenges and food security in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Developing sustainable pest control methods

  • Soil science

  • Understanding management influences on soil organic matter

  • Nutrient cycling in soil and potential for carbon sequestration

*Equine science * - Behavioural probes of brain function in horses

  • Evaluating energy balance in competition horses

  • Forage hygiene and respiratory health in stabled horses

*Urban regeneration * - Smart city modelling

  • International competitiveness of Chinese construction firms

  • UAE residential valuation systems audit investigation and future pathways

The University is interested in receiving applications from suitably qualified, motivated, and self-financing students wishing to undertake research at either Master of Science by Research (MScR) or Doctoral (PhD) level.

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

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 …

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