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Royal Agricultural University: MBA Food and Agriculture

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


Leaders face urgent global challenges which are highly prominent in the food and agricultural sector. This course equips you with the leadership skills and specialist knowledge that is required to navigate dynamic business environments, whilst enabling you to take a strategic role in shaping the future of the sector.

Course overview

This course will prepare you to address global challenges and to successfully navigate through a time of uncertainty and change in the food and agriculture sector, through the development of responsible leadership skills and management expertise.

You will study business modules in responsible leadership, sustainable business strategy, and financial decision making, which comprise the foundation of the MBA curriculum. You will study a further five sector-based specialist modules which cover the economics of food production, challenges and solutions for achieving a more sustainable agricultural future, the significance of scale in farming and food supply, food marketing and sustainable consumption practices, and the policy environment in which the agri-food industry operates.

The aim of the course is to develop responsible leaders with the skills needed to shape the food and agricultural sector for a more sustainable future, whether as senior leaders, consultants, entrepreneurs, or policy advocates. To that end we encourage you to choose a dissertation research topic that has the potential to be impactful and create change. The research skills module will equip you with the skills required to develop and execute your own research investigation.

An important part of the MBA experience is the opportunity to explore sector issues with your peers in a collegiate environment. Your course peers will, like you, be existing managers with at least three years professional work experience at a managerial level, who are keen to bring about change and make an impact in this sector. Discussion and debate, critique and team problem solving will ensure you are prepared for the changing landscape of business within the food and agriculture sector.

UN Sustainable Development Goals: This programme has been designed to foster greater knowledge and awareness of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. These goals are mapped to our modules to ensure that at each stage of the programme we are identifying how these goals can be developed as part of business strategy and managed within a business.


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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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