With an excellent reputation in research across a range of disciplines, research degree students at The Royal Agricultural University can achieve their potential in a stimulating and supportive environment.
The RAU provides an excellent environment for individuals looking to further their academic and professional career through doctoral study. From sustainable development to food chain security; agribusiness, entrepreneurship and enterprise to real estate finance, development, investment and management - our internationally renowned research expertise spans a uniquely broad range of fields.
Why choose to study at the RAU?
- The RAU, is the oldest agricultural university in the English speaking world and has been at the forefront of agricultural education since 1845.
- The RAU has a long standing and enviable history of producing the leaders of the industries it serves and beyond.
- Excellent job prospects for PhD candidates in both industry and academia.
- The RAU’s 12,500 strong and influential alumni network gives a set of global contacts that serve students well throughout their lives.
- Small, collegiate campus based in the heart of the Cotswolds
- Training is provided for all research students in formulating research enquiries, research methodology, statistics and IT (e.g. Genstat, SPSS, NVivo), and in techniques required for individual projects.
- Researchers are expected to contribute to our course of internal seminars and workshops, to support taught postgraduate degree courses, input to research methodology modules and presentation of posters/papers at conferences.
- The research community has a high level of integration with academic staff which facilitates communication and exchange of ideas.
The full-time PhD is an extensive three year research project, submitted as a thesis and examined in a viva voce.
- Full-time – minimum 36 months / maximum 48 months
- Part-time – minimum 48 months / maximum 72 months
Please note due to visa restrictions, part-time study is not available to international students on a Tier 4 visa.
Research students receive training in formulating research enquiries, critical reading, scientific writing, research methodology, statistics (e.g. Genstat, SPSS, NVivo), as well as lecturing skills. Researchers will contribute to internal seminars and present at conferences.
The standard minimum entry requirement will be an Honours degree at upper second level or an equivalent academic qualification from a comparable international institution.
Mature candidates with significant relevant work experience and lower academic qualifications may also be considered for entry, following personal interview.
For students whose first language is not English, the University will accept the International English Language Test (IELTS) with a minimum score of 7.0 in all elements.
All experiment costs and supervisor travel costs to be paid by self-funding students in addition to annual fees.
For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:
|Full-time||£4,100 per year (Minimum registration of 3 years)||£12,000 per year (Minimum registration of 3 years)|
|Part-time||£3,075 per year (Minimum registration of 4 years)||N/A|
Please note: Part-time students from non-UK/EU countries are currently unable to enrol on research degrees due to visa regulations.
The tuition fees quoted for 2018 applicants may rise in line with inflation, subject to government policy.
For full details, please visit the fees and funding webpage.
If you have the ambition and passion to carry out research at higher degree level, together with the necessary finance to cover tuition fees, research project costs and your own living expenses, please contact Professor Meriel Moore-Colyer.
Applicants are required to contact the Director of Research & Knowledge Exchange, Professor Meriel Moore-Colyer in writing prior to submitting an application to discuss their proposed research project.
Please complete and return to the Director of Research the Research Proposal form found here.