BSc (Hons) Rural Land Management

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UCAS Code: N231

UCAS Score: 260-300

Mode of study: Full-time

Programme manager: Diane Martin

Telephone: 01285 652531 Ext: 2262

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This highly regarded three-year degree course offers you a proven route to rewarding careers in the management of land, property and business in the countryside.

The course provides the diverse knowledge and skills necessary to prepare you for work advising owners and occupiers of rural property on how to make the most of property assets and businesses.

To prepare you effectively for the workplace a wide range of subjects is covered. As well as developing an understanding of agriculture and farm management to underpin professional practice, you are introduced to the core property subjects of law, valuation, building construction and management, and planning and development. You will also be given the essential understanding of business to enable you to provide effective advice about farm, estate and other rural businesses in practice.

The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and - typically - a graduate is employed as a trainee with a firm of chartered surveyors and undertakes a two-year Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) in one of the specialist areas of practice recognised by the RICS to qualify as a chartered surveyor. Graduates may also seek qualification as an agricultural valuer with the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV).

About the course

Each year of the course comprises eight modules of study, divided initially into three streams under the headings of Property, Land Use and Business as set out below.

Developing an understanding of agriculture and rural land use is an essential part of first year studies. You will also be introduced to core property studies in law, valuation and building construction, and an understanding of economics, accounting and finance. You will learn what a landscape is, and how it can be modelled - using maps or digital technology.

These subject streams are developed and integrated as you progress through the course, with the aim of preparing you effectively for the workplace.

In the final year, a double module of study is devoted to personal research for a dissertation on a subject of the your choosing, under the guidance of a member of academic staff familiar with the subject matter. In your final year, you’ll also choose two further modules of study from a range of elective subjects to suit your specialist areas of interest.

You will attend lectures, smaller group tutorials and practical sessions, depending on the particular subject being taught.

We have our own arable and livestock farms to demonstrate a range of farm enterprises, both conventional and organic, together with conservation principles and other property management issues. You will also visit local farms, commercial properties and rural estates where owners, occupiers and their professional advisers can provide additional insights into the issues arising in the profession of rural land management.

A variety of methods is used to assess your performance, but assessed coursework features strongly throughout the course, often based on case studies which help you to see the practical application of the subjects you are studying. The case study material becomes more complex and challenging throughout the course, as you learn to integrate the subject matter studied in different modules. This culminates in the final year with case studies in the module Rural Professional Practice which are supplied by practising surveyors from their own portfolios of work.


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3


Valuation 1


Law 1


Building Technology


Landscape Modelling

Valuation 2


Law 2


Rural Buildings


Planning and Development

Agricultural Law and Valuation

Land Use

Rural Land Use


Agriculture for Land Management

Environmental Management

Contemporary Issues in Rural Land Management


Business Environment


Business Finance

Rural Property Finance and Taxation


Farm Business Management


Rural Practice Management

Estate Management


Rural Professional Practice

Specialist Studies



(double module)


Elective 1


Elective 2

What you need to join the Course

Offers will typically be based on a UCAS score of 300 points, including a minimum of 260 points normally from three subjects passed at A2 level (not including General Studies). You should also have achieved GCSE passes at Grade C or above in English and Mathematics.

Alternative entry routes are available if you have other qualifications, including a Diploma, AVCE, GNVQ, overseas qualifications and prior work experience, although entry is subject to approval by the course manager and admissions staff. 

You are encouraged to undertake practical farming and professional experience before starting the course. If you take a gap year, it would be expected that you spend some part of it in relevant work experience. The course manager will be happy to provide further guidance to you about what work experience would be most suitable for your circumstances. If further advice is required relating to the nature of relevant work experience, you should contact Sue Roffe, by email in the first instance, at

Career Prospects

We have an excellent employment record, and the wide network of former students ensures a warm welcome for our graduates throughout the land management profession. Nationally and internationally recognised firms of chartered surveyors recruit regularly from our course.

We also place graduates in many other APC training jobs, as they arise, with smaller firms, private estates and other large landowners, such as the National Trust.

The academic staff of the School will support you in your career applications and assist you in the first and second year to find work experience placements for your vacations. This work experience is invaluable to enable you to make your own contacts in the profession and gain an understanding of the diverse nature of professional work so that you can decide on the type of work that you would most enjoy.

Should you decide not to follow a career in the surveying profession, many alternatives are open to you, including further study for a higher degree, or a career in law or accountancy, as well as normal graduate opportunities in industry and business. Again our network provides contacts in many suitable fields of employment.

Recent surveys of 2013 graduates reveal that 96.3% of undergraduates are in employment or further study within six months of leaving the RAU. For more information click here.

Recent Graduate Jobs

Below are a few examples of the jobs and the companies which graduates have gone on to work for after their studies.

  • Assistant Land Agent, Carter Jonas
  • Graduate Surveyor, Smiths Gore
  • Land Agent, Savills
  • Grain Buyer, ADM Ltd
  • Trainee Quantity Surveyor, JH Vaudrey & Son Ltd