Royal Agricultural University: Business Management

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


The business world is complex, fast-moving and exciting, and demands high-calibre employees with sound 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, the portfolio of elective modules, which has been increased, taught by RAU experts in agricultural, equine, environment, agri-food, land-based and business disciplines, provides students with the opportunity to either embed their studies in a rural context, or to concentrate their studies in pure business management disciplines. Students now have the option to select three electives from a range of eleven electives.

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.

Three month placement: Students now have the option to undertake a three month placement in industry following their taught modules, as an alternative to a dissertation, and taking place during the same period of time.

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

ENTRY CRITERIA A minimum 2.2 honours degree from a UK university, or an equivalent academic qualification from a comparable international institution. Students whose first language is not English must achieve a minimum IELTS score of 6.5. Applicants without a first degree but with acceptable professional qualifications and/or acceptable management experience may also be considered.

TEACHING The course is offered full-time over 12 months, or part-time over two, three or four years and comprises lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, case studies and a group project, as well as visits to and from national and international companies.

You will study eight modules in the autumn and spring terms; six core modules followed by two elective modules. The Research Project (dissertation) is then undertaken, to be submitted the following April.

Modules are assessed through continuous assessment and final examinations.

Modules •4086 Financial Management (15 credits) •4260 Marketing Strategy (15 credits) •4261 Leadership & Personal Development (15 credits) •4262 Sustainable Business Strategy (15 credits) •4263 Entrepreneurship and Business Planning •4413 Research Skills (15 credits) •4414 Research Dissertation (45 credits) or 4416 Work Based Project (45 credits)

Plus THREE additional modules, selected from (all modules 15 credits each): •3036 Advanced Equine Business Management •3085 Climate Change and Development •3097 Small Scale Farming and Local Food Supply •4002 Agriculture •4012 Farm Business Management •4023 Operations Management •4031 Rural Policy and Implementation •4082 Natural Resource Appraisal and Management •4238 Integrated Organic Systems •4252 Rural Tourism and Event Management •4264 International Trade and Export

The availability of electives to individual students will be dependent on timetabling considerations and on sufficient students electing to take part.

To apply visit:


Royal Agricultural University


bout 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 1,200 students and offers around 15 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 …

View Profile

Not what you are looking for?

Browse other courses in Agricultural management, Business studies, Market research, Management, Industrial management or Strategic management, or search our comprehensive database of postgrad programs.

Scholarship Opportunity with

Are you a PG student at this University or have you applied to study a postgraduate program at a university in Europe? Tell us your plans and qualify for a £500.00 PGS Scholarship.

Click here

Register with

  • Exclusive bursaries
  • Open day alerts
  • Funding advice
  • Application tips
  • Latest PG news
Sign up now