Rural Estate Management
This is a highly-regarded course which equips graduates for a rewarding and challenging career in the management of land, property, and business in the countryside.
This course equips you with the specialist knowledge and skills necessary for professional practice in rural property, it is also a fast track route to qualification as a chartered surveyor., Graduate
The Royal Agricultural University is in partnership with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), which fully accredits this one-year Masters degree.
This course provides a fast-track route to qualification as a Chartered Surveyor, which can be gained by completion of this MSc followed by undertaking two years of professional experience, known as the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).
You will acquire the specialist knowledge and skills necessary for professional practice as a rural property manager and for entry to the relevant professional bodies; the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV).
The course will be studied full-time over 12 months.
The emphasis of the course is on the practical integration and development of the traditional core elements of a land management course. You will study eight modules in the autumn and spring terms, with final examinations taking place in May. These modules are designed to provide an understanding of the areas of professional involvement and practice that will have to be considered when delivering advice on all manner of decisions relating to rural estate management.
The final part of the course will take the form of a Research Project based on a topic of specialist interest. The Research Project is carried out over the summer, to be submitted in September.
You will attend lectures, group tutorials, and practical sessions, and visit local farms, commercial properties, and rural estates where owners, occupiers and their professional advisors can provide additional insights into the management of rural property. The University has its own arable and livestock farms to demonstrate a range of farm enterprises and conservation principles.
A variety of methods are used to assess your performance, but assessed coursework features strongly throughout the course, often based on case studies.
Prior to starting the MSc, you will receive reading lists and study material so that you can develop a basic grounding in study areas with which you are not familiar.
- Environmental and Woodland Management
- Rural Planning and Buildings
- Farm Business and Enterprise Management
- Rural Valuation
- Rural Property Law
- Rural Policy
- Rural Asset Management
- Research Project
An Honours degree at upper second level or an HND award with a Distinction profile.
Mature candidates with significant relevant work experience and lower academic qualifications may also be considered for entry, following interview with the course manager.
IELTS: For students whose first language is not English, the University will accept International English Language Test (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5 average with no element below 5.5.
Students with other qualifications, including overseas awards and alternative English language qualifications, are advised to contact Admissions to discuss the suitability of their award.
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).
UK and EU students
Full-time fees - £9,000 per year
Full-time fees - £11,000 per year
UK and EU students
Full-time fees - £9,220 per year
Full-time fees - £11,270 per year
UK and EU students
Full-time fees - £9,450 per year
Full-time fees - £11,550 per year
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.
Our Rural Estate Management graduates are directly involved with managing all types of property. The professional work of the Rural Property Manager may include:
- Tax and finance
- Letting of land and property
- Compensation claims
- Farm business planning and diversification
- Management of woodlands
- Rural planning
- Property development
Types of employer include:
- National, international, regional, and small firms of chartered surveyors
- Private estates
- Large landowners such as the National Trust, county councils and utility companies
This MSc will open doors to a variety of careers outside the surveying profession, including planning and environmental consultancy, research and education, leisure management, and rural conservation and investment management.
Below is a list of some of the main property employers that have employed RAU Rural Land Management graduates over the last two years.
Bagshaws, Balfours, Batcheller Monkhouse, Bell Ingram, Bidwells, Brown & Co, Bruton Knowles, Buccleuch Estates, Carter Jonas, Cheffins, CKD Galbraith, CLA, Colliers International, Cooper & Tanner, Dalcour Maclaren, Duchy of Cornwall, Fenn Wright, Fisher German, Fisher German Preistner, George F White, Godfrey Payton, Halls, Hinson Parry & Co, Hobbs, Parker Kivells, Knight Frank, Lambert & Foster, Maxey Grounds & Co, Moore Allen & Innocent, National Trust, PJSA Chartered Surveyors, RH & RW Clutton, Rendells, Savills, Stags, Strutt and Parker, Staffordshire County Council, Symonds & Sampson, Taylor & Fletcher, United Utilities Water, Valuation Office Agency, Webb Paton, Whirledge & Nott, Wright Manley.
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