BSc (Hons) Rural Land Management
This highly regarded degree in Rural Land Management offers you a proven route to rewarding careers within the management of land, property and business in the countryside
Located in the heart of England’s rural landscape, and recognised worldwide for a history of success, it’s no wonder that thousands of students choose to transform their passion for the countryside into a vocation by studying at the RAU.
This highly regarded course in rural land management can do the same for you, equipping you with the knowledge, confidence and skills to make your mark while helping owners and occupiers of rural property to maximise their assets.
To complement what you learn on-campus and at our arable and livestock farms, you will learn from visits to commercial properties and rural estates, ensuring that your academic credentials are matched by the experiential knowledge that property owners and developers are looking for.
Law, valuation, building construction, management, planning and development are all covered, and may be further supplemented by a work placement or internship, should you wish to gain some additional real-world experience and carve your first steps into your future career.
This rural land management degree is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and, typically, graduates enter employment in rural practice surveying to undertake the two-year Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) and qualify as chartered surveyors.
Many graduates also seek qualification as Fellows of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) at the same time as completing the APC. During your time here, you can enjoy the benefits of a student membership of both RICS and CAAV.
For additional details about this course, please download the Programme Specification - BSc(Hons) Rural Land Management (pdf).
A period of work experience can be immensely beneficial when it comes to expanding your horizons and developing your sense of professionalism in an area of your choosing. We can guide you in finding first and second-year work experience placements and internships during the holidays.
You can also choose to undertake a one-year placement after your second year, which might involve working in rural land management with your time counting towards the required relevant experience and structured training for the RICS assessment of professional competence, or you may wish to undertake a placement of your choice.
Some students even decide to broaden their horizons beyond the rural sector to the residential and commercial property sectors. A transfer to the BSc (Hons) Real Estate is possible at the end of the first or second year.
You are encouraged to undertake practical farming and professional experience before starting the course. The course manager will be happy to provide further guidance to you about what work experience would be most suitable for your circumstances. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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- A Level: BCC – min.104 UCAS Tariff points (to include at least three A Levels – General Studies & Critical Thinking are not included in the academic offer.)
- BTEC: DMM
- GCSE: (Minimum five GCSEs) - English and Mathematics (or Maths Numeracy for Welsh applicants) at Grade C / 4 or higher are required.
- International Baccalaureate: 26 points.
- Access to HE: Please contact email@example.com.
Alternative entry routes are available for a range of other qualifications. Prior experience is also considered, subject to approval by the programme manager and admissions staff.
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If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for one of our Foundation degree courses or another related degree course.
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Lectures, seminars, group tutorials and practical sessions are the mainstay of this course, while demonstrations at our own farms and other enterprises will help you familiarise yourself with conservation principles and the realities of property management.
You will be assessed on your coursework which in itself will often be based on real life case studies, ensuring you can apply your knowledge in a practical setting. The case study material becomes more complex and challenging throughout the course, as you learn to integrate the subject matter studied in different modules. This culminates in the final year with case studies which are supplied by practising surveyors from their own portfolios of work.
The Research Project is an integral part of the course, providing you with the chance to deepen your understanding in a specific area of interest or of direct relevance to 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 depend 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:
In the first year, you will develop an understanding of agriculture and rural land use. You will be introduced to core property studies in law, valuation and building construction, and gain an understanding of economics, accounting and finance.
- 1014 Building Technology
- 1015 Law 1
- 1016 Valuation 1
- 1033 Business Finance
- 1043 Rural Land Use
- 1044 Agriculture for Land Management
- 1250 Professional Practice
- 1251 Surveying
- 2030 Law 2
- 2033 Planning and Development
- 2037 Valuation 2
- 2089 Environmental Management
- 2090 Farm Business Management
- 2091 Rural Buildings
- 2092 Rural Practice Management
- 2066 Business and Property Finance and Taxation
In the third year, you will complete a research dissertation on a subject of your choosing, and select two elective modules to suit your specialist areas of interest.
- 3005 Contemporary Issues in Rural Land Management
- 3033 Agricultural Law and Valuation
- 3035 Rural Professional Practice
- 3055 Estate Management
- 3068 Dissertation
Plus a choice of TWO electives selected from a broad range, including:
- 3007 Commercial Property Management
- 3009 Agricultural and Equine Journalism
- 3010 Game and Deer Management
- 3011 Rural Business Diversification
- 3034 Marketing Communications
- 3041 Corporate Finance
- 3080 Heritage Property
- 3081 Consumer Behaviour
- 3090 Forestry and Woodland Management
- 3215 Advanced Residential Agency
- 3228 Integrated Organic Systems
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 2019-20 the tuition fees for this course are:
|Full-time||£9,250 per year||£10,000 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.
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 have gone on to work for the likes of the National Trust and other national, international and regional landowners, county councils and utility companies. Others have secured work with private estates and chartered surveyors. You can expect to find work in any number of the areas connected to rural property management, including:
- Tax and finance
- Letting of land and property
- Compensation claims
- Farm business planning and diversification
- Management of woodlands
- Rural planning
- Property development
- Planning and environmental consultancy
- Research and education
- Leisure management
- Rural conservation and investment management.
93%* of our graduates are in employment or further study six months after leaving the RAU.
*2016/17 UK-based leavers studying a first degree, full time. Source: HESA
In the last two years, the main property employers of Rural Land Management graduates have been:
Bagshaws, Balfours, Batcheller Monkhouse, Bell Ingram, Bidwells, Brown & Co, Bruton Knowles, Buccleuch Estates, Carter Jonas, Cheffins, CKD Galbraith, CLA, Colliers International, Cooper & Tanner, Dalcour Maclaren, Duchy of Cornwall, Fenn Wright, Fisher German, Fisher German Preistner, George F White, Godfrey Payton, Halls, Hinson Parry & Co, Hobbs, Parker Kivells, Knight Frank, Lambert & Foster, Maxey Grounds & Co, Moore Allen & Innocent, National Trust, PJSA Chartered Surveyors, RH & RW Clutton, Rendells, Savills, Stags, Strutt and Parker, Staffordshire County Council, Symonds & Sampson, Taylor & Fletcher, United Utilities Water, Valuation Office Agency, Webb Paton, Whirledge & Nott, Wright Manley.
Poppy Martin BSc (Hons) Rural Land Management graduate, 2015 - “The Rural Land Management course appealed due to its reputation. The lecturers push you to do your best, but are always there to support you when needed. The depth of the course and the knowledge of the lecturers is fantastic. The course is always varied; from sitting in a lecture room, to one-to-one coursework discussions, to sessions on the RAU farms. My degree helped me to secure a job within the Estate Management team at Savills, where I am undergoing my APC training. I would recommend the RAU to anyone interested in pursuing a career in the rural environment.”
Applications to study at the Royal Agricultural University must be made through the UCAS system. This applies to all undergraduate courses.
Applications need to be made by the UCAS deadline to ensure we are able to offer you a place on your first choice course.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your requirements and obtain an application form.