MBA Innovation in Sustainable Food and Agriculture
A dynamic course specifically designed to enhance the skills and knowledge you need to build or boost your career, whether you are interested in business or the food and agriculture industries. This course is primarily distance learning.
LocationRoyal Agricultural University Campus
DurationCourse duration 1 year (full time) or 2+ years (part time)
Academic Year21 September 2020 - 21 May 2021. For February entry the academic year starts 3 February 2020.
Industry partners from across the agricultural and food supply chain, including Waitrose and the National Farmers’ Union, have been closely involved in the development of the programme. It has been carefully tailored to meet skills gaps and respond to changes in industry trends.
You will work closely with industry throughout your course, engaging with real-world problems, hearing from guest speakers and receiving mentoring from a relevant expert working in the field. The programme will also provide valuable opportunities to boost your professional network.
Multi-national companies across business, food production, agribusiness, and the food retailing sectors are seeking employees who are equipped to solve challenges such as their supply chain. To create an effective, resilient, and forward-looking global food system, firms must strengthen their business management skills to enable them to deliver competitive offerings in a complex global market. Emerging technologies, business models and changing demands add to the complexity faced by this industry, as do a range of challenges - from managing natural resources to navigating political change.
This business management programme has been designed with these challenges firmly in mind. Strategy, use of data, people skills and marketing are embedded in a business and agricultural context making them accessible and directly relevant to what is happening in the world today. You can learn the core skills you need to lead a business in an unpredictable and challenging environment, whether you are launching or running your own venture, looking for career progression or just entering one of these industries.
Studying with us can open doors across the world and give you access to the very latest practices in business and technology.
Professor Damian Maye's inaugural lecture
Professor Damian Maye has provided input into both the new MSc and MBA courses by sharing his research on food supply chains and their arrangements, exploring how food systems are gaining greater complexity in terms of the wide range of foods that we eat and the global nature of where food comes from. Damian’s inaugural lecture is a taster of some of the themes that will be studied on the courses and you can view the full video here: https://youtu.be/9W3tgngKPV4.
Students will be expected to have:
- A minimum 2.1 honours degree from a UK university, or an equivalent academic qualification from a comparable international institution and min. 2 years work experience at management level (sector specific experience is not required)
- Students whose first language is not English must achieve a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 with no element below 5.5 or equivalent
- Mature applicants with lower qualifications but with extensive management experience may also be considered.
This course is delivered via distance learning combined with some residential elements. Overseas students are welcome, however you will need to obtain a short-term study visa for the residential elements or live in the UK under another visa that allows you to study. View our visa advice for international students for further information.
The Royal Agricultural University is an endorsing institution under the Home Office’s Start-up visa route. The Start-up visa is for graduates who demonstrate high entrepreneurial potential and wish to start a business in the UK for the first time.
The Start-up visa is administered by the University’s Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programme and facilitated by School of Business and Entrepreneurship. To be endorsed for the Start-up visa by The RAU, you must be an RAU student or graduate, and have taken part in the University’s Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programme. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
With part-time and full-time options, it is highly flexible so you can live at home and study in evenings and weekends alongside your work.
With two entry points per year in September and February the course can be studied full-time over one year or part-time over two years.
Eight modules as well as a final project will be completed during the course, giving you the opportunity to choose an applied project related to a business opportunity or assignment dissertation based on a topic of specific interest.
There will be plenty of academic support during residentials and during distance learning, where you’ll discuss, challenge and create through group discussion and forums.
Coaching will be available to all MBA students. This provides a unique opportunity for participants' personal and professional development in drawing on methods such as the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Analytic-Network Coaching System. To support development, enable reflection, and to evaluate application of coaching insights to organisational life, each participant will have a 'coaching credit' system comprising coaching hours to be used by the participant according to context and need. Coaching sessions will be face-to-face, by email, telephone or via Skype or a similar messaging platform.
You will also be invited to participate in at least one additional enhancement week. This optional programme, not linked to a specific module, will include farm and site visits as well as invited speakers to help students consolidate and apply their learning. This will be particularly valuable for full time residential and international students.
Academic Year dates
|Semester 1||30/09/2019 - 11/10/2019||Orientation (distance learning)|
|14/10/2019 - 25/10/2019||Residential blog|
|28/10/2019 - 20/12/2019||Distance learning|
|23/12/2019 - 03/01/2020||University Closed - Christmas holidays|
|06/01/2019 - 17/01/2020||Distance Learning|
|Semester 2||24/02/2020 - 06/03/2020||Orientation (distance learning)|
|09/03/2020 - 20/03/2020||Residential blog|
|23/03/2020 - 29/05/2020||Distance Learning|
- 4401 Developing your leadership and people skills
- 4402 Making sense of a changing world
- 4403 Improving your decision-making with data and technology
- 4404 Developing sustainable business strategies
- 4405 Improving your financial decision-making skills
- 4406 Marketing for sustainable food systems and agribusiness
- 4407 Managing your food and agribusiness supply chains
- 4408 Delivering growth through entrepreneurship and innovation
- 4413 Research skills
- 4414 Dissertation or
- 4415 Applied Project
* Optional additions to the course will incur additional charges
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 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:
|Full-time||£12,250 per year||£15,300 per year|
|Part-time||Please refer to Tuition Fees webpage||Please refer to Tuition Fees webpage|
**Please note: International students travelling from overseas to attend the residential elements of the course will need to obtain a short-term study visa to come to the UK. International students who are already in the UK can study on a part-time only if they are in the UK with a different type of visa (other than Tier 4 Child/General) that allows them to undertake part-time study and their visa does not expire prior to the end date of the proposed course of study.
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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.
Residential blocks full-board costs 2019/20**
|Full-time student, full-board basis||£900*|
|Part-time student, full-board basis (course completed in 2 years)||£450*|
|Part-time student, full-board basis (course completed in 4 years)||£225*|
*Costs are subject to an increase in 2020/21.
**For part-time study residential block fees are quoted per year.
Dates for residential blocks
|October (2 weeks)||14-18 Oct and 21-25 Oct||14/10/2020*||13/10/2021*||12/10/2022*|
|March (2 weeks)||9-13 March and 16-20 March||10/3/2021*||9/3/2022*||8/3/2023*|
*Dates may be subject to change
Attendance of residential blocks according to mode of attendance
|One year study|
Attend both Week 1 and 2 of October and March residential blocks in Year 1
|Two year study|
Attend Week 1 of October and March residential blocks in Year 1
Attend Week 2 of October and March residential blocks in Year 2
|Four year study|
Attend October Week 1 in Year 1
Attend March Week 1 in Year 2
Attend October Week 2 in Year 3
Attend March Week 2 in Year 4
|One year study|
Attend both Week 1 and 2 of March and October residential blocks in Year 1
|Two year study|
Attend Week 1 of March and October residential blocks in Year 1
Attend Week 2 of March and October residential blocks in Year 2
|Four year study|
Attend March Week 1 in Year 1
Attend October Week 1 in Year 2
Attend March Week 2 in Year 3
Attend October Week 2 in Year 4
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