Graduate Diploma in 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.
For someone who is looking at agriculture as a future occupation, and wants to invest in a high standard of education, this is the place to be., Graduate
The Graduate Diploma 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 students with a detailed knowledge of the UK agricultural industry.
Students are able to handpick their modules from a broad range of subject areas, to create a bespoke course, tailor made to meet their individual requirements. The ability to customise course content makes this the ideal opportunity for graduates, and professionals from other disciplines, looking to re-direct their career towards agricultural and associated rural industries.
A summer study tour, and £250 worth of rural skills training, are included in the cost of the course.
The course may be studied full-time over one academic year, or part-time over two, three or four years.
You will complete three compulsory modules, followed by four modules selected from a wide range of undergraduate modules allowing you to tailor the course to meet your career aspirations. You can undertake practical skills training courses at the Rural Innovation Centre to further enhance their employability.
You will participate in lectures, farm walks and visits, case studies, assignments, and management projects to develop your knowledge across curricular themes. You will also take part in a summer study tour, which 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.
Plus choice of FOUR elective modules from:
- 1008 Agricultural Mechanisation and Buildings
- 1046 Human Nutrition, Health and Society
- 1054 Introduction to Food Production
- 2086 Red Meat Chains
- 2087 White Meat Chains
- 2232 Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship and Enterprise Development
- 3006 Emerging Agricultural Issues
- 3008 Advanced Livestock Production
- 3009 Agricultural & Equine Journalism
- 3010 Game & Deer Management
- 3011 Rural Business Diversification
- 3020 Advanced Crop Production
- 3067 Farm Machinery Management
- 3084 Entrepreneurship
- 3087 Advanced Dairy Food Chains
- 3090 Forestry and Woodland Management
- 3093 Farmland Ecology
- 3096 Wine Industry
- 3097 Small Scale Farming and Local Food Supply
- 3104 Food and Agri-business Strategies
- 3205 Management Information Systems for Farming Businesses
- 3207 Farming and Integrated Environment Local Delivery
- 3210 Applied Agricultural Finance
- 3218 Sustainable Business and Agrifood Supply Chains
- 3228 Integrated Organic Systems
The Graduate Diploma 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.
UK and EU students
Full-time fees - £10,250
Part-time fees - £5,125 per year
Full-time fees - £11,270 per year
UK and EU students
Full-time fees - £10,500 per year
Part-time fees - £5,250 per year
Full-time fees - £11,550 per year
** Please note: International students can study on a part-time basis 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
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org before you apply to confirm your eligibility.
The tuition fees quoted for 2017 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.
Many graduates enter practical farming or take up commercial or administrative posts in the related land-based industries. Recent graduates have gone on to pursue careers as:
- Farm Managers
- Agricultural Commodity Sales
- Agricultural Consultants
- Agricultural Research/Trials Officer
- Farm Assurance Scheme Officers
Graduates may qualify for progression on to a Masters course.
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 email@example.com.
We recommend applicants keep a copy of the completed form for their records.