Open days for undergraduate and postgraduate courses

Our open days are the perfect opportunity for you to visit the University and get a real feel for what life as a student is really like.

The wellbeing of our students, staff and our visitors is our priority. With this in mind and following the latest advice from the UK Government and Public Health England, we have made the decision to postpone many of the events that were due to take place on campus in the coming weeks. 

We know this will be disappointing but hope you understand why it has been necessary for us to do this. We will be in touch with everyone booked onto one of these events in due course with further information. 

In the meantime, we have lots of information available online for you and will be arranging webinars, other online events and videos which we hope will give you the best possible insight into living and studying at the RAU.

At the moment the remainder of our events are still scheduled to take place. We are closely monitoring the situation as it develops and will provide updates in due course. 


Come along and hear first-hand from the teaching staff about the courses we have to offer. You can also have a look around our beautiful campus, chat to current students about the courses they are studying, and about the social life in Cirencester.

Find out about what to expect on an undergraduate open day.

Find out about what to expect on a postgraduate open day

Wednesday 28 October 202011:00am - 4:00pmOnline undergraduate open day >
Wednesday 4 November 20201:00pm - 1:45pmIntroduction to MSc Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security >
Wednesday 4 November 20202:00pm - 2:45pmIntroduction to MSc Agricultural Technology and Innovation >
Saturday 7 November 202011:00am - 4:00pmOnline undergraduate open day >
Wednesday 11 November 20201:00pm - 1:45pmIntroduction to MSc Rural Estate Management >
Wednesday 11 November 20202:30pm - 3:15pmIntroduction to MSc Real Estate >
Thursday 12 November 20205:00pm - 5:45pmAn introduction to the RAU >
Wednesday 18 November 20201:00pm - 1:45pmIntroduction to MBA Innovation in Sustainable Food and Agriculture >
Wednesday 18 November 20202:00pm - 2:45pmIntroduction to MSc Sustainable Food & Agriculture Policy >
Wednesday 25 November 202011:00am - 4:00pmOnline undergraduate open day >
Wednesday 2 December 20201:00pm - 1:45pmIntroduction to MSc Business Management >
Wednesday 2 November 20202:00pm - 2:45pmIntroduction to MSc Archaeological and Heritage Practice >
Wednesday 9 December 202012:30pm - 1:15pmIntroduction to MSc Historic Environment Management >
Wednesday 9 December 20201:30pm - 2:15pmIntroduction to MSc Conservation and Management of Historic Buildings >
Wednesday 9 December 20202:30pm - 3:15pmIntroduction to MSc Historical Archaeology >
Wednesday 16 December 20201:00pm - 1:45pmIntroduction to our Graduate Diploma in Agriculture & Graduate Certificate in Agriculture >
Wednesday 16 December 20202:00pm - 2:45pmIntroduction to MBA Cultural Heritage Leadership >

Our introduction to the RAU webinars provide an overview of the University. The online events will include a presentation about our courses, accommodation and campus followed by a live Q&A where you will have the opportunity to ask questions to staff from our Admissions and International teams, as well as a student ambassador.

Undergraduate open afternoons

Our undergraduate open afternoons give you the opportunity to hear about our courses first hand from teaching staff and look around our beautiful campus. The afternoon will include: welcome and course talks, campus tours and an informal Q&A session. During the Q&A you can meet teaching staff and representatives from our accommodation, finance, admissions and student support services teams. There will also be an optional visit to a nearby farm used by our students or Fossehill Equestrian Centre.

Can't make an open day?

If you can’t make one of our open days, why not come along to one of our campus tours where you will have the opportunity to see our beautiful campus and find out more about the University. The tours, led by a student ambassador, will visit University buildings and facilities including the library and student hub.

Worried about the cost of getting to us for an open day?

If you're a UK student coming to an undergraduate open day, we may be able to reimburse your travel costs as part of our Widening Access Bursary if you live in a 'low higher education progression area'. Please get in touch with [email protected] and one of the team will be very happy to help you and let you know if you are eligible.

Make it a day out

At the Royal Agricultural University, you're perfectly situated to explore everything the South West has to offer.

Known as the ‘Capital of the Cotswolds’, Cirencester is a busy student town with a great sense of history.  Packed with high street and boutique shops, art galleries, cafés, restaurants, and bars; it's a great place to grab a bite to eat and unwind after the open day.

Why not finish the day with a trip into town, to explore the place that could soon be called ‘home’?

>> Prior booking is essential and helps us to plan your day.  Please see the dates above <<

Getting here




By car: please follow signs for the A433 Tetbury Road, and arrive via the main tree-lined drive on the Tetbury Road. You will be directed to car parking once you are on-site.

By train: the nearest station is Kemble, a 10-minute drive away from the University. We provide a bus service to and from the University, timings of which are included in your pre-arrival guide which is emailed to you a week prior to your open day of choice.

By bus or coach: Cirencester can be reached by National Express coaches and buses from Swindon, Stroud and Cheltenham. These all stop at The Beeches car park, London Road, Cirencester GL7 1BW. The University is a 7 minute taxi ride away.  Alternatively, it is an easy and pleasant 40 minutes to walk through the town to reach the RAU campus.