BSc (Hons) International Business Management (Food and Agribusiness)
This degree will equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to take up career opportunities in organisations across a wide range of sectors and interests.
Changes in how food is produced, marketed and controlled in the global supply chain have created complexities in an industry that requires people with transnational knowledge and a grasp of its practical needs.
Our Agribusiness Management course, shaped by RAU research that is relied on by NGOs, industry and governments, provides you with an outstanding opportunity to hone your understanding of agricultural and food production techniques, as evidenced by the impressive employability rate of our graduates.
Using the food sector as a contextual base, you will learn about production, distribution and retail, while developing your analytical and problem-solving skills. You will develop a sound grasp of business management principles and an understanding of how to engage with the food industry in an international context.
For the duration of the programme, you will have associate membership of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Upon graduation, you will also be awarded a Diploma in Management and Leadership from the CMI, a qualification that will help you stand out from the crowd.
This degree is also accredited by the Chartered Association of Business Schools.
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Work experience is a core component and will give you a distinct advantage when applying for jobs across industries, from marketing and finance to production and general management. You can match your 20-week placement in your second year to your future aspirations, thus growing your network of contacts.
Should you wish, you can complete a full year in employment between your second and third year of studies, and if you aspire to run your own business, our Enterprise Centre will help you set yourself up. For many graduates, this has been the springboard to their entrepreneurial careers.
International Study Tour
As part of the 'Entrepreneur in Action' module which is taken in the first year, the entire course of students are taken on a free study tour to a foreign country. In the last three years we have visited Spain, Bulgaria and Germany. During this time we visit entrepreneurs and their businesses with a view to learn the character traits of successful entrepreneurs and how this can be applied to our own personal development. All travel, accommodation and breakfasts are paid for by the University and it provides you with an amazing experience to meet agri-entrepreneurs.
- A Level: CCC – min.96 UCAS Tariff points (to include at least two A Level passes.)
- BTEC: MMM
- 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: 45 credits at level 3, of which 15 must be awarded at Distinction. (Pass at Literacy & Numeracy skills at level 2 are accepted in lieu of GCSE English & Mathematics)
- A period of practical experience is also highly recommended.
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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As well as lectures, tutorials, visiting lecturers, student and tutor-led seminars, directed reading, problem-based and experiential learning, on our agribusiness course you will learn from visiting speakers drawn from the RAU’s network of industry associates.
There is a strong focus on teamwork skills and written and oral presentations especially during the final year of the course.
You will be assessed through a range of coursework, including essays, reports, presentations, tests and group work. There are timed, unseen examinations at the end of each year.
The Research Project is an integral part of the course. It provides the opportunity to study in-depth a subject of specific 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 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:
In the first year, you will focus on the fundamentals of business management, marketing and finance.
- 1003 The Business Environment
- 1004 Communication and Information
- 1012 The Business of Food
- 1013 Human Resources in Context
- 1033 Business Finance
- 1213 Fundamentals of Marketing and Retailing
- 1218 Personal and Professional Development Planning
- 1219 Principles of Business and Company Law in the UK
- 1236 Entrepreneur in Action
- 2023 Financial Management
- 2036 Work Placement incorporating Personal & Professional Development Planning
- 2041 Agricultural Marketing
- 2230 Management and Organisation: Critical Perspectives in Global Food
- 2231 International Agri-business Marketing
- 2232 Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship and Enterprise Development
- 2235 Researching Business, Management and Entrepreneurship
- 2241 Omni Channel Business
In the final year, you will have the opportunity to select elective modules and specialise in subjects of particular interest and relevance to your future career aspirations.
- 3030 International Agri-food Issues
- 3066 Honours Research Project and Dissertation
- 3081 Consumer Behaviour
- 3103 Ethical Leadership in Global Organisations
- 3104 Food and Agri-business Strategies
Plus a choice of TWO electives selected from:
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) and registration costs for the Chartered Management institute. 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 on to work for some of the major players in the international business arena, including:
- Old Mill Group
- Millar Cameron
- Mitsubishi Motors UK
- Laurent-Perrier UK
- Pipers Crisps
- St James’s Place
- Fresh Direct
- Bakkavor Group
Pursuing career opportunities within the following areas:
- International sourcing/trading of fresh and/or processed food produce
- Supply chain and production management in the food and drink industries
- Consultancy and advisory positions – within government and private organisations
- Communications, media, marketing and event management
- Finance and accountancy
- General business management
- Food production
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
Harriet Pullen, BSc (Hons) International Business Management (Food and Agribusiness) graduate 2017 - “The RAU was my top choice of university. I wanted to benefit from a high standard of teaching, and experience student life in a rural setting. During the course, I grew in both confidence and ability and gained a good degree. Upon graduation I decided to further my education with a Masters degree at the RAU. I now work in the marketing department at Agrii, using the knowledge and life skills learnt at Cirencester.”
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