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
In addition to developing the pure agriculturist, the course provides you with a detailed knowledge of the UK agricultural industry.
Many graduates enter practical farming or take up commercial or administrative posts in the related land-based industries. You may also qualify for progression on to a Masters course.
The course may be studied full-time over one academic year, or part-time over two, three or four years. It includes three compulsory modules, designed to provide you with a coherent underpinning knowledge of the UK agricultural industry. You will then be able to tailor the remainder of your course by selecting a further five modules, from a wide range of undergraduate modules available, to meet future career aspirations.
You are also able to undertake a range of practical skills training courses at the Rural Innovation Centre, in addition to their academic studies, to further enhance your employability.
In addition to lectures and farm walks, you will participate in case studies, assignments, and management projects to develop and apply your knowledge across curricular themes. This approach fosters teamwork and complements individual study and student learning. A summer study tour exposes you to a wide 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.
- General Agriculture
- Farm Business Management
- Farm Enterprise Management
Plus choice of FIVE elective modules
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 include accommodation and travel costs associated with a one-week study tour.
UK and EU students
Full-time fees - £10,250 per year
Full-time fees - £11,270 per year
UK and EU students
Full-time fees - £10,500 per year
Full-time fees - £11,550 per year
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
- Farm Workers
- Senior Planners
- Project Managers
- Livestock Skills Instructors
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.