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Royal Agricultural University: Business Management

Institution Royal Agricultural University View institution profile
Department School of Business and Entrepreneurship - SBE
Telephone 01285 889912
Study type Taught


This degree allows you to focus solely on general business, or to select modules in the international trade, farm management, equine management, agriculture, or climate and natural resource management to contextualise your studies in a sector of your choice.

The business world is complex, fast-moving and exciting, and demands high-calibre employees with strong management, marketing and financial skills. The ability to manage change, risk and people, and to develop sustainable business strategies is crucial. If you wish to develop your own enterprise then creative and entrepreneurial skills are needed too.

The MSc Business Management programme provides students with an academically rigorous and professionally relevant education that will serve your career needs. The degree combines essential management knowledge with relevant practical and professional skills to prepare you for the challenging business world.

In addition to gaining a solid business foundation, you have the option of focusing on pure business management modules or embedding your studies in a rural context by drawing the our portfolio of elective modules from agricultural, environment, agri-food, land-based disciplines. Students now have the option to select three electives from a range of different electives. To indicate the scope and scale of what is available, we provide the following examples:

  • Agriculture and Farm Business Management specialism using Agriculture with Farm Business Management modules

  • International Trade specialism using International Trade and Export with Operations Management modules

  • Small Scale Farming specialism using Small Scale Farming and Local Food Supply with Integrated Organic Systems modules

  • Climate & Natural Resource Management specialism using Climate Change and Sustainability Management modules

This course is run by academics and practitioners who understand global best practice within their specialism. You will gain real-world experience from guest speakers working in the industry, and from assessments based on real problems. We also offer an optional three-month work-based project to expand your industry experience further.

UN Sustainable Development Goals This programme has now 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.

This is a dual qualification. Upon successful completion of the degree you will be awarded membership and a Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute, further enhancing your CV.

This stimulating and diverse programme offers students with a range of interests and first degrees a route into a successful business career. We work to ensure you develop the confidence and communication skills to make an impact in the work place. At the end of the MSc graduates will be well equipped to take on a leadership role within a rural or urban business setting, advance their management career or start up their own successful enterprise in a sector they feel passionate about.

Recent graduates have followed careers in:

  • Wealth management

  • Finance

  • Marketing

  • Farm management

  • Equine business


Our employers include:

  • Old Mill

  • Unilever

  • ADM

  • Millar Cameron

  • Weatherbys


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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