MSc 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.
If you are looking to fast-track your way to a career as a Chartered Surveyor, look no further. This course, developed in partnership with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), is highly regarded by the industry where our graduates go on to secure roles with national, regional and international firms, as well as for private and public property owners.
This course is aimed at those people who are wanting to qualify as a Chartered Surveyor specialising in the management of rural land and property. As well as agricultural land and woodland, farms and rural estates will often include other types of property; for example, residential dwellings and non-agricultural buildings let to other businesses in addition to water or wilderness. They often, therefore, support a diverse range of rural businesses and enterprises including farming, food production, tourism and energy generation. In addition the way in which rural land and property is managed also plays a vital role in the health of the natural environment in rural areas, and also in the life of the communities within it. Land and rural property managers are therefore required to provide a wide range of advice to not only estate owners, but also farmers, tenants and rural business owners. This leads to a varied and interesting career.
To help prepare you for such a career this course covers a diverse range of subject areas including rural property law, farm and rural estate business management, and the management of the natural environment. Furthermore, due to our partnership witht the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), most of the graduates from this course will go on to complete the RICS 'Assessment of Professional Competence' to qualify as a Chartered Surveyor. In addtion, the course can also prepare you to become a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.
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The standard entry requirement is the minimum of an Honours degree at a 2:1 classification or equivalent. Students with lower academic achievements with relevant experience (such as farming, property or countryside management) may be considered for admission.
Applicants are encouraged to attend an Open Day prior to applying for this course.
The course may be studied full-time over 12 months, or part-time over a longer period. You will study eight modules and complete a Research Project, which is carried out over the summer and submitted in September.
You will study four modules in the first (autumn) semester followed by four modules in the second (spring) semester, and complete your Research Project by the end of September. You will attend lectures and group tutorials. There is also a range of practical sessions and visits to local farms, commercial properties and rural estates where owners, occupiers and their professional advisors can provide additional insights into the management of rural property.
Assessed coursework features strongly throughout the course. Examinations will take place in January and June. Prior to starting the MSc, students receive reading lists and study material so that they can develop a basic grounding in study areas with which they are not familiar.
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).
For the academic year 2020-21 the tuition fees for this course are:
|Full-time||£8,160 per year||£12,240 per year|
|Part-time||Fees are calculated on a pro-rata basis depending on the number of modules taken. Please refer to Tuition Fees webpage||Fees are calculated on a pro-rata basis depending on the number of modules taken. Please refer to Tuition Fees webpage|
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.
A qualification from the RAU in this challenging and rewarding area opens up a wealth of opportunities, with former students going on to work in the following areas:
- National, international, regional, and small firms of chartered surveyors
- Private estates
- Large landowners such as the National Trust, county councils and utility companies
- Planning and environmental consultancy
- Research and education
- Leisure management
- Rural conservation
- Investment management.
James Tusting, MSc Rural Estate Management, 2014 - “I decided to pursue a career in land management and the MSc in Rural Estate Management at the RAU was the obvious step to achieving this. Although it is a challenging year, the RAU prepares people well for their two year APC training to qualify as a Chartered Surveyor, and offers an invaluable opportunity to network. After graduating, I worked for Smiths Gore in Cirencester, before moving to Cambridgeshire to work at the Burghley Estate. I have no doubt these opportunities are a result of the skills, knowledge, and network that the RAU equipped me with.”
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.
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