BSc (Hons) Agri-Management (Top-up)




Royal Agricultural University Campus


1 Year full-time, 2 Years part-time

Academic Year

30 September 2024 to 30 May 2025

If you are aspiring to a career in farm management, agricultural consultancy or an environmental / land management advisory role, this course is ideal for you. Graduates have gone on to work for prestigious companies such as Agrii, Dalmark Group, Waitrose, AGCO and Natural England.

Course overview

This top-up degree will inform, inspire and enable you to gain a fundamental understanding and critical awareness of the problems facing agriculture today, particularly issues relating to the challenges of food production and its global impacts. The farming industry needs new talent, and that means that you are key. Here at the RAU, we're taking on the challenges and opportunities facing agriculture, nationally and globally, to include food security, climate change, environmental land management and shifts in market demand. You do not need to have an agricultural or farming background; you simply need the passion and drive to make a difference in a rapidly evolving industry. You will learn how to build a productive, resilient and sustainable agricultural business which contributes to a thriving sector - whether as a farmer, land manager, agronomist, economist, policymaker, researcher, scientist or consultant – career opportunities are diverse and eclectic.

The programme has been developed in consultation with employers to ensure that you have the knowledge and skills necessary to work effectively in the industry sector. You will be able to lead and develop sustainable agricultural livestock and crop practices, evaluate new techniques, instigate change and be able to contribute effectively to the development of the industry. The course offers a range of subject areas so that you can engineer your qualification according to your interests and career aspirations. This is likely to appeal to you if you wish to follow a specialist career (e.g. as a technical adviser in agronomy, livestock nutrition, biosecurity, agricultural policy research, farm manager, food security and safety, agricultural consultancy, breeding / health and disease, enterprise, or unit operator in agricultural on production-based enterprises either domestically or internationally). Irrespective of subject area chosen, the programme will give you skills in critical enquiry and evaluation of current processes and practices in the land management sector. This will ensure that you have the most up-to-date knowledge and can use it to meet the challenges of a changing industry with confidence.

If you are already employed you may choose to study up to 50% of the course in the workplace, reducing the amount of time you will spend on campus-based modules.

Industry experience

You will put your learning into practice on this course through hands-on experience in laboratories, on farms and via agricultural case studies.

You will also have access to the University’s Farm491 facility, an innovative agritech business incubator providing facilities and support to agritech businesses and promoting technology and innovation within the sector.


Course content

The moral, ethical, welfare and social issues related to agriculture are embedded in the academic skills, business management professional practice, industry placement and dissertation modules.

You will also select two elective modules, to specialise in a specific sector of interest or to gain a broader understanding of agriculture, land-use and business issues.

The course will be delivered through a series of lectures, seminars, group projects, visits and demonstrations at local farms, agricultural businesses and in the RAU laboratories. You will be assessed through research projects, examinations, presentations, work based learning and case studies.

Work placement

If you are already employed you may choose to study up to 50% of the course in the workplace, reducing the amount of time you will spend on campus-based modules.


Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and societies activities.


All full-time academic programmes at the RAU are constructed using a selection of modules, each of which requires engagement with a variety of learning activities. Successful completion of module assessments will result in the award of credits, and students are required to achieve a total of 120 credits. Part-time students are required to achieve a 60 credits per year over two years.

Each module represents a value of 15 credits or multiples thereof. Each 15-credit module represents a minimum of 150 hours of student learning, effort and assessment. To achieve the award of BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Management, a student must achieve a minimum of 120 credits.  For this BSc (Hons) Top-up course, your grade is calculated entirely on this course's modules. 

The modules available for this degree 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.

  • 3329 Climate Change and Natural Resource Challenges
  • 3330 Technology and Agroecological Innovations
  • 3332 Specialist study (Shell module)
  • 3331 Food Supply Systems and Policy
  • 3300 Research Project / Dissertation

Plus any ONE elective module in each semester selected from:

  • 3238 Advances in Livestock Nutrition
  • 3239 Crop Health and Protection
  • 3337 Sustainable Farm Management
  • 3338 Agronomy Challenges and Solutions
  • 3339 Livestock System Challenges and Solutions
  • 3340 Farm Business Consultancy

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

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Careers and graduate destinations

Employability of RAU agriculture graduates is excellent, and there are many diverse career opportunities in all sectors of the food chain with 95% in work or doing further study 15 months after completing the course (HESA Graduate Outcomes (GO) Survey, 2020).

Our graduates have gone on to pursue careers within companies worldwide and within the following roles:

  • Farm/estate manager
  • Food and bio crop manager
  • Agricultural/land-based consultant
  • Farm and environmental advisor
  • Agricultural supplier
  • Grain trader

Graduates have gone on to work for prestigious companies such as Agrii, Dalmark Group, Waitrose, AGCO and Natural England.

 "In the classroom you learn information ‘academically’, but the RAU also offers many great placement options. Over the holidays – Christmas, Easter and Summer – you can do placements and learn information ‘practically’." 

Oliver Pritchard, Graduate

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Entry requirements

Typical offers

  • A foundation degree or an HND award in a subject related to the Honours degree and gained in the last five years
  • Depending on previous studies, you may be required to complete additional ‘bridging’ studies prior to enrolling on the Honours course in order to cover identified gaps in previous learning

Flexible entry

The University welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. A wide range of qualifications and experience are accepted in order to join University degree programmes. The University always considers evidence of personal, professional (APL) and educational experience, (APEL), which show an ability to meet the demands of their intended programme of study.

Further information

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International students will also need to achieve IELTS Academic or equivalent at the appropriate level for your programme of study. English language requirements for international students.

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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 modules, re-sit fees or coursework resubmission). Any costs associated with work placements will be the student's responsibility.

2024-25 Applicants

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

  UK International
Full-time £9,250 per year £15,300 per year

For part-time study, please contact for further information.

Please also refer to the funding your time at university page.

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

If you are an Irish national you can check if you meet the requirements for Home Fees. Please visit the UKCISA website and consult the pdf guide “England HE – who pays Home Fees”. First check category ‘3 years in Republic of Ireland/UK/Islands, settled in UK’ or ‘Brexit temporary offer for courses starting before 2028: Irish citizens with residence in Europe or overseas territories’. You will possibly need to be fee assessed when you submit an application for study to the RAU.


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

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Ready to take the plunge? Apply now

Applications to study at the Royal Agricultural University must be made through the UCAS system. This applies to all undergraduate courses.

Applications should be made by the UCAS deadline to ensure we are able to offer you a place on your first choice course. However, if you have missed the deadline please contact as there are usually places available.

If you would like to apply during UCAS Extra or Clearing, please check that we have places available.

Applicants wishing to study on a course on a part-time basis will need to apply directly to the RAU.

Please contact to discuss your requirements and obtain an application form.