This unique MBA equips talented, entrepreneurial leaders from all kinds of backgrounds to generate sustainable growth and change in food, agriculture and related industries. Delivered primarily through high quality distance learning, with opportunities for face to face networking and learning on campus. Full time for a year, part-time for two years, with further flexibility as needed.
On completion of the MBA, students are ready to make a strategic impact in climate-smart, pro-planet and profitable businesses. The pace of change and the need for rounded leaders make this the ideal time for you to invest in high level business skills, along with increased knowledge of how these exciting sectors, vital for the future of us all, work in practice.
Whilst the university cherishes its history, the MBA demonstrates that it constantly responds to current challenges. The programme covers both business theory and real world practice: businesses such as Waitrose and the National Farmers' Union were part of its development. MBA students grapple with questions such as 'Are supply chains broken or effective?' 'Can the industry be more efficient but also more sustainable?' 'What part does technology play in sustainable food and agriculture?' Regenerative agriculture and agritech innovation are put under the spotlight.
‘’The teaching follows the theory and course content of MBAs in major business schools, but incorporates it intelligently into an applicable niche that sets this MBA programme apart from mainstream MBAs, and a much more competitive offering. The small class size means you get impressive levels of input and attention, combined with the impressive Alumni links’’.
Joost Weterings, MBA ISFA 2020 cohort, full-time. Global insurance professional
Core MBA modules cover leadership, strategy, marketing and finance. In addition, you will engage with entrepreneurship, decision-making in a complex world, the use of data and the supply chain, with examples throughout from food and agriculture. Whether you want to operate in a complex global market, do your own start up, or operate somewhere in between, this course will propel the next stage of your career development.
The added value of the MBA comes of course from networking, industry dialogue, leadership and employment opportunities and the specialist expertise of RAU staff. The extended research or project which forms a big part of the course can be tailored to job opportunities.
And, of course, you will make friends for life.
On successful completion of the course, as well as your MBA you may be awarded a Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute, further enhancing your cv.
‘’The MBA is a wonderful opportunity to broaden horizons through connecting with a wide range of students and staff. Students come from a variety of backgrounds which enriches discussions and provides excellent networks for future career prospects.
Staff are at the forefront of their disciplines as well as having outstanding industry expertise.
I really enjoy the guest sessions with industry leaders and feel these will help with my career progression’’.
Georgina Aldred MBA ISFA 2019, part time, senior educationalist, parent
Accreditations and partnerships
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