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.
This is a unique opportunity to create your own bespoke course in a way that will help you realise your ambitions, whether you're a student or a professional looking to re-direct your career towards agricultural and associated rural studies.
Not only will you gain a detailed understanding of the UK agricultural industry, you will be given practical rural skills training at the RAU’s cutting-edge Rural Innovation Centre, based at our 491-hectare farm.
Regular visits to farms and agricultural enterprises gives you the added opportunity of expanding your knowledge and contacts base by engaging directly with a variety of agricultural enterprises.
While many graduates find work as farm managers, farm assurance scheme officers and agricultural consultants, to name a few, others wish to progress onto a Masters course.
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.
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.
As well as lectures, farm walks and visits, you will work on case studies, assignments, and management projects.
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:
- 1054 Introduction to Food Production
- 2028 Environmental & Woodland Management
- 2232 Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship and Enterprise Development
- 3006 Emerging Agricultural Issues
- 3008 Advanced Livestock Production
- 3010 Game & Deer Management
- 3011 Rural Business Diversification
- 3013 Sustainable Management of Soil and Water
- 3020 Advanced Crop Production
- 3067 Farm Machinery Management
- 3084 Entrepreneurship
- 3087 Advanced Dairy Food Chains
- 3090 Forestry and Woodland Management
- 3093 Farmland Ecology
- 3097 Small Scale Farming and Local Food Supply
- 3104 Food and Agri-business Strategies
- 3110 Global Meat Chains
- 3205 Management Information Systems for Farming Businesses
- 3210 Applied Agricultural Finance
- 3218 Sustainable Business and Agrifood Supply Chains
- 3237 Agricultural Technology
- 3240 Contemporary Media Studies
The availability of electives to individual students will be dependent on timetabling considerations and on sufficient students electing to take part.
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.
For the academic year 2020-21 the tuition fees for this course are:
|Full-time||£10,710 per year||£12,240 per year|
|Part-time||£5,355 per year||N/A|
** 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.
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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.
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.
The rural land industry opens up multiple career prospects for successful graduates, including:
- Farm managers
- Agricultural commodity sales
- Agricultural consultants
- Agricultural research/trials officer
- Farm assurance scheme officers
- Project managers
Joseph Stanley, Graduate Diploma in Agriculture 2016 - “The RAU’s Graduate Diploma in Agriculture is the stand out syllabus for someone looking to learn the practicalities of running a farm. What appealed to me was the broad range of modules on offer, from which I had the freedom to construct my own tailored course. There are plenty of opportunities to visit rural businesses, from farms and large estates to parts of the food chain. It was rewarding to meet people from all walks of life who are passionate about forging a career in the agricultural industry.”
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.
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