MSc Agricultural Technology and Innovation


Royal Agricultural University Campus


1 year (full time) or 2+ (part time)

Academic Year

Commences either 30 September 2024 or 27 January 2025

With the unfolding of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), artificial intelligence (AI), analytics, connected sensors, Internet of Things (IoT), biotechnology and other technologies are being leveraged to keep agriculture sustainable. This programme will equip students with theoretical background combined with business management, to come up with disruptive, sustainable and ground-breaking innovations. Graduates are likely to start their own businesses, become consultants, work in the agriculture industry or, work for the government as advisors or policy makers.

Course overview

Developments in sensors, robotics, automation, analytics and telematics are enabling new and sophisticated ways of managing agricultural practices. You will gain a comprehensive appreciation of the wide range of new and innovative technologies in the areas of crop production, livestock production, and management of the natural environment, whilse also learning about entrepreneurship and business management.

A globally recognised centre for excellence with on-campus facilities, leading specialists and industry connections – there is no better choice than the RAU if you seek to make an impact on the future of agriculture.

Mechanisation and data capture are becoming increasingly important in the production and management of animals, crops and the natural environment. For anyone wishing to start a career in this emerging industry, or for the entrepreneurial among you, this course will help you discover all that you need to know to succeed. Read more about the farms that we learn from.

Students are given free access to the University's Farm491 facility, an agritech business incubator which provides support to agritech businesses for the promotion of technology and innovation within the sector.

A period of independent study provides an opportunity to engage with sector specialists in a professional capacity. Students also have the opportunity to complete a professional placement following the taught element of the course.

Course content

The course may be studied full-time over 12 months. You will study six modules over the autumn and spring terms, followed by a Research Project (dissertation), which is carried out over the summer to be submitted the following September. This may include a viva voce examination. You can enter the programme in either September or January. The course is also offered part-time for two years.

The in-person teaching sessions are timetabled on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays each week for the full year (both semesters) which allows you to fulfil other commitments you may have, such as work, family and interests. 

Modules are assessed primarily by coursework.

The modules available for this course are shown below. They may change for your year of study as we regularly review our module offerings to ensure they’re informed by the latest research and teaching methods.


  • 4038a Integrated Agricultural Systems: Explore complex systems including agroforestry, regenerative agriculture and vertical farming
  • 4233 Computing and Information Technology in Precision Agriculture: Assess the emerging technologies in digital agriculture
  • 4263 Entrepreneurship and Business Planning: Understand and critically evaluate the linkages between entrepreneurship and venture creation, development and growth
  • 4413 Research Skills: Develop research competencies related to data collection and analysis
  • 4723 Crop Technology and Innovation: Gain an understanding of the various technologies applied to improve crop production globally
  • 4725 Environmental Technology and Innovation: Develop creative solutions for sustainable farming landscape transformation
  • 4726 Livestock Production Technology and Innovation: Appraise the science behind different livestock technologies and evaluate their benefits, disadvantages and applications in different real-life systems
  • 4414 Dissertation: Undertake an independent research project with guidance from a supervisor

PLUS a choice of TWO electives from:

  • 4203 Small Scale Farming and Local Food Supply: Examine how small scale farmers contribute to food systems on a national and global scale
  • 4250 International Rural Development: Critically engage with normative and historical concepts of development theory and practice
  • 4261 Leadership and Personal Development: 
  • 4409 Facing the Global Challenges in Food and Agriculture: Discuss challenges affecting food production, including the global population increase and the energy crisis
  • 4722 Climate Change and Sustainability: Critically assess the causes and impacts of climate change
  • 4724 Environmental Science in Agriculture: Develop practical skills in interpreting environmental data within agricultural contexts
  • 4727 Managing Global Soils in a Changing Climate: Understand the fundamentals of soil processes key to protecting this precious resource

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Careers and graduate destinations

Graduates are highly likely to go on to pursue a career within:
  • The high-tech agricultural and environmental sectors
  • Industries allied to crop and animal production
  • Technical consultancy
  • Government and international agencies
  • The development of new companies through entrepreneurial initiatives

Potential job opportunities include:

  • Agricultural and horticultural engineering
  • Information technology
  • Resource appraisal
  • Agronomy
  • Farm management

"I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my time at the RAU. Despite having only studied here for a year, I felt fully incorporated into the community. One of  my favourite highlights was the workshop held by RAU and the Tropical Agriculture Association (TAA), which was headed by Dr Patricia Mathabe. I was able to speak about my research project in front of an audience and receive feedback from extremely experienced, knowledgeable, and informed individuals."

Surawoot Tanasen, Graduate

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Entry requirements

An Undergraduate Honours Degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or overseas equivalent, or a professional qualification and/or experience considered to be equivalent to the above. For information on international qualifications, please, see our country specific pages. For countries not listed please contact

We welcome applications from applicants with non-standard qualifications who are able to demonstrate knowledge, experience and skills developed in the workplace or elsewhere and which are relevant to the programme of study. Applicants will need to use their personal statement to provide further details supported by a CV. All non-standard applications will be considered by the Programme Manager on a case-by-case basis and applicants can expect that an interview may be required as part of the admissions process.

If English is not your first language, you will need to reach the requirements outlined in our English language requirements for the level of study. For postgraduate taught programmes this is IELTS Academic min. overall 6.5 with no element below 5.5(or equivalent). English language tests usually have a validity of 2 years from the date the test is taken.

Offers will typically be made in line with the academic requirements set out above. Offers can be conditional or unconditional. An unconditional offer will be made to applicants who have already met the conditions and provided evidence that conditions have been met. Where academic or language requirements have not yet been fulfilled, applicants will receive a conditional offer stating the requirements that must be met. 


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Tuition fees cover the cost of a student’s academic studies. This usually includes teaching costs, registration and examination fees (not repeat or trailing module fees, or dissertation extensions).

2024-25 Applicants

For the academic year 2024-25 the tuition fees for this course are:  

  UK Overseas/EU
Full-time £10,950 per year £18,050 per year

Tuition fees may be subject to an inflationary increase each year as set out in our Access and Participation Plan 2019/20.

For full details, please visit the fees and funding webpage.

Please note: International students can study on a part-time basis only if they are in the UK with a different type of visa (other than Student Visa/Tier 4 General) that allows them to undertake part-time study and their visa does not expire prior to the end date of the proposed course of study.


The University offers a range of generous fee waivers and bursaries. To find out more about the scholarships, awards and bursaries available, please visit the scholarships webpage.

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