Advanced Farm Management
This MBA caters for those who plan to move into senior leadership roles in managing farm-related businesses as well as those seeking employment in the related industries.
I gained a great deal of business confidence and feel well equipped to enhance my career. Due to this achievement I have been awarded a senior management position with a farming business in the UK., Graduate
Environmental, economic and societal pressures pose serious challenges for today’s agricultural industry, with a growing focus on sustainable agribusiness and technological change. Innovative and qualified leaders who can turn those challenges into opportunities for growth are therefore much in demand.
If you come from a farming background and aspire to be a farm manager, management consultant, brand manager or business director, this course will equip you with the strategic and problem-solving skills to succeed.
Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute, it is a unique opportunity for transatlantic study to put the management theories, concepts and strategies learnt into a European or USA context. You will even have the chance to take your first term at the Utah State before returning to complete your studies here at the RAU.
Upon successful completion of the degree, you will be awarded CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership and will therefore become a Member of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI). You can then apply to the CMI for full Chartered Manager status if you wish.
If you do wish to undertake your Term One modules at Utah State University (USU), you must indicate this in your application and by 20 June at the latest. You will also need to have paid the required fees (Home/EU: 1/3 of tuition fees, Overseas: 50% of tuition fees). Please note that the term for the US study in Utah (USU) starts in the first week of August. Late applications for participation in the US term cannot be considered.
The MBA may be studied full-time over 12 months or part-time over two or three years.
You will study eight modules; six business modules in the autumn term, two applied modules in the spring term, plus two elective modules to focus your studies on specific areas of interest. The Applied Research Project (dissertation) is carried out over the summer to be submitted in September. It will be presented as a review paper and as a research paper.
You will take part in lectures, seminars and discussions, farm management activities, and group and individual case study work in a real-world context. Visiting industry experts give students a valuable insight into the sector in which they are involved.
Modules are assessed through a range of coursework.
- 4012 Farm Business Management
- 4023 Operations Management
- 4214 Sustainable Business Strategy
- 4215 Agricultural Economics
- 4216 Leadership and Change
- 4217 International Marketing Management
- 4219 Sustainable Agricultural Business Principles
- 4220 Applied Research Challenge
Plus further elective modules from:
- 3041 Corporate Finance
- 3084 Entrepreneurship
- 4001 Agricultural Management
- 4078 International Business
- 4080 Development Project Management
- 4203 Small Scale Farming and Local Food Supply
- 4226 Entrepreneurship for Rural Tourism and Events
- 4227 Rural Events Management
- 4228 New Product Development in the Agri-Food Industry
- 4229 Adaptive Management in a Complex World
- 4239 Beverages and the Supply Chain
Honours degree from a UK university (usually a min. of 2:1 classification) or an equivalent academic qualification from a comparable international institution.
Minimum of two years post-graduation work experience.
Mature candidates with significant relevant work experience and lower academic qualifications may also be considered for entry, following personal interview with the programme manager.
Students with other qualifications, including overseas awards (and alternative English Language qualifications) will be required to contact Registry before submitting an application to discuss the suitability of their award for entry onto 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).
For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:
|Full-time||£12,000 per year||£15,000 per year|
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.
The University offers a range of generous fee waivers and bursaries. To find out more about the scholarships, awards and bursaries available, please visit the scholarships webpage.
Previous graduates have gone on to develop successful careers in the following roles:
- Farm Manager
- Farm Consultant
- Global Brand Manager
- Finance Manager
- Business Director
- Managers of family-run businesses
Ruth Grice, MBA Advanced Farm Management, 2015 - “The RAU has given me the knowledge and the confidence to begin playing a key role in managing the family farm and to work towards a head of marketing role within The Wildlife Trusts. The MBA has a fantastic mix of different subject areas, including marketing, finance, and farm management, which are supported by farm visits in the surrounding area. These really help to bring the lectures to life. The course was incredibly enjoyable, and it was exciting to learn new things and challenge my perceptions in a supportive, academic environment.”
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