Graduate Certificate in Agriculture
The Graduate Certificate in Agriculture is particularly appropriate for students who are re-directing their careers towards agriculture.
This intensive course in agriculture is unique to the Royal Agricultural University and provides an opportunity for graduates or professionals in other disciplines to re-direct their careers towards agricultural and associated rural industries.
The Graduate Certificate in Agriculture is particularly appropriate for students who are re-directing their careers towards agriculture. In addition to developing the pure agriculturist, the course provides you with a detailed knowledge of the UK agricultural industry.
The course may be studied one day a week (Tuesday) over one or two years. You will complete three modules, and can undertake practical skills training courses at the Rural Innovation Centre to further enhance your employability.
You will participate in lectures, farm walks and visits, case studies, assignments, and management projects to develop your knowledge across curricular themes. A summer study tour exposes you to a variety of agricultural enterprises.
Prospective students are strongly encouraged to complete pre-course reading in order to secure a minimum basic knowledge of agriculture and to highlight possible areas of weakness.
The Graduate Certificate in Agriculture comprises a programme of study that requires graduate (Honours Degree) level entry or its equivalent, and has learning outcomes that match qualifications at Honours degree level. As a result, the programme is affected by the UK Governments’ policy on Equivalent and Lower Qualifications [ELQ] whereby such students are not eligible for funding support through the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
Candidates will normally have a first degree from a discipline other than agriculture, awarded at upper second level. Equivalent overseas and other UK qualifications may be accepted at the discretion of the University.
Applicants of 25 years and over may seek admission on the basis of a curriculum vitae, but evidence of ability to study at degree level, such as proven managerial level experience, is essential.
A period of relevant practical work experience within the agricultural industry is recommended as a means of enhancing understanding of the industry and the relevance of specific modules towards future career goals, but is not a prerequisite of joining the programme.
Tuition fees cover the cost of a student’s academic studies. This usually includes teaching costs, registration and examination fees (not repeat or trailing module fees, re-sit fees or dissertation extensions). The fees also includes £250 worth of rural skills training at the Rural Innovation Centre.
For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:
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.
Please note: International students requiring a Tier 4 visa are not eligible to apply for this course.
It is expected that graduates will enter practical farming, or take up a commercial or administrative post within the related land-based industries. Potential job prospects could include:
- Farm Manager
- Agricultural Commodity Sales
- Agricultural Consultants
- Agricultural Research/Trials Officer
- Farm Assurance Scheme Officers
Applications to study for postgraduate degrees need to be made directly through the University.
You can now apply via our website, using the online application form.
Alternatively, if you are unable access the online form you can call Admissions on 01285 889 912, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We recommend applicants keep a copy of the completed form for their records.