Agricultural Management (Top-up)
This course provides you with the knowledge and understanding to make a positive contribution to a farm business or enterprise, or to continue on to higher degrees at Masters level.
UCAS code: D400
Mode of studyFull time / Part time
Programme managerChristopher Brough
This course is subject to revalidation.
There has never been greater demand for well-qualified farm business managers who know what it takes to sustain a viable agricultural economy. Studying with us will help you prepare for a future that will realise your ambitions and meet the world’s needs. Whether you are aiming for a career in farm management, food and crop bio, agricultural consultancy, or an environmental advisory role, this course will lead you there. You will learn about everything from soil analysis, food safety and crop production, to environmental protection and corporate finance, with lessons taking place in the lecture theatre and in laboratories as well as on farms and via practicing agricultural businesses.
You will study two core modules covering current affairs within the agricultural industry, including an integrated farm project requiring the production of a business plan for a specific farm business, and complete a dissertation based on a research area of your own interest. You will then select four elective modules, to further specialisation in a specific sector or to gain a broader understanding of agriculture, land-use and business issues. If you have already secured employment you may choose to study up to 50% of the course in the workplace, reducing the amount of time you are required to attend campus-based modules.
The course will be delivered through a series of lectures, seminars, group projects, and visits and demonstrations on farms, agricultural business and in laboratories. Modules are assessed through a range of techniques, including research projects, examinations, presentations, and case studies.
The Research Project is an integral part of the course, leading to your BSc (Hons) classification. It gives you the opportunity to focus on a subject of particular interest to you or your employment aspirations.
Timetables are normally available one month before registration. 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.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Each credit equates to 10 hours of total study time. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.
Full-time students normally take modules worth 60 credits per 15 week semester but this can vary depending on your elective choice. Part-time students taking proportionally fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for your degree is based on marks obtained for modules taken at level 5 and level 6 (weighted 30:70 accordingly)
The modules available for this course are as follows:
- 3006 Emerging Agricultural Issues
- 3015 Research Project OR 3101 Work-based Research Project
- 3094 Integrated Farm Project
Plus a choice of FOUR electives selected from:
- 3008 Advanced Livestock Production
- 3009 Agricultural & Equine Journalism
- 3010 Game and Deer Management
- 3011 Rural Business Diversification
- 3020 Advanced Crop Production
- 3034 Marketing Communications
- 3038 Critical Issues in Organisation
- 3041 Corporate Finance
- 3057 Advanced Crop and Plant Science
- 3067 Farm Machinery Management
- 3081 Consumer Behaviour
- 3085 Climate Change and Development
- 3092 Countryside Management
- 3093 Farmland Ecology
- 3205 MIS for Farming Businesses
- 3218 Sustainable Business & Agri-Food Supply Chains
- 3228 Integrated Organic Systems
Course modules are subject to change.
- A foundation degree or a HND award (merit) in a subject related to the Honours degree.
- 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.
Read more general information about our entry requirements.
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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.
For the academic year 2018-19 the tuition fees for this course are:
|Full-time||£9,250 per year||£10,000 per year|
The tuition fees quoted for 2018/19 applicants may rise in line with inflation, subject to government policy.
For full details, please visit the fees and funding webpage.
The University offers a wide range of generous fee waivers and bursaries. To find out more about the scholarships, awards and bursaries available, please visit the scholarships webpage.
Our graduates go on to pursue a range of careers within the agricultural and rural industries:
- Farm management
- Food and bio-crop
- Agricultural consultancy
- Farm and environmental advisory
- Agricultural supply
On average over the past five years, 96% of our graduates have gone on to enter employment or further study within six months, 70% in graduate or professional positions.
Jack Davies, BSc (Hons) Agricultural Management (top-up) graduate, 2015 - “I found the RAU and this course very beneficial in preparing me for future career paths and opening new doors and opportunities. I am able to implement what I have learnt and have secured my desired position as a Farm Business Consultant.”
The Royal Agricultural University is currently going through an internal review of its curriculum to ensure the best possible student experience through innovative teaching, learning and assessment in an industry-led context. The new curriculum will be fully launched in 2018 and will be designed to meet current and future needs of students and employers. As a result, the course information detailed here is subject to some change. We will endeavour to ensure that the information is as up to date as possible, with the finalised curriculum then being published in May 2018. If you have any questions about the course or about the curriculum review please don’t hesitate to contact us email@example.com
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