The Royal Agricultural College (RAC), now the Royal Agricultural University (RAU), is the oldest agricultural college in the English speaking world and has been at the forefront of agricultural education since 1845. Our historic campus in the Cotswold countryside provides a stimulating and unique learning environment.
Studying at the University
We offer courses at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate levels to over 1,000 students from over 40 different countries. Subjects include business and management, agriculture, food supply, agribusiness, equine, international rural development, property and rural land management.
The career-focused courses are designed and updated to meet the changing needs of the employment market and combine academic excellence with practical application. Courses are managed and taught by experienced staff and specialist consultants, all of whom are leaders within their fields.
The University maintains strong industry links, creating an unrivalled reputation in terms of the networking opportunities available and the calibre of work placements offered to students. Students have gone on to enjoy success and make a significant contribution in a wide range of professions around the world.
History and Heritage
In 1842, the seeds of the University were sown at a meeting of the Fairford and Cirencester Farmers Club.
How to find us
The RAU is superbly located on the outskirts of Cirencester in the heart of the Cotswolds.
Take a Virtual Tour
Explore our beautiful campus in stunning 3D, with the newly created Virtual Tour.