With an excellent reputation in research across a range of disciplines, research degree students at The Royal Agricultural University can achieve their potential in a stimulating and supportive environment.
Governmental bodies, industry, NGOs and fellow research institutes all benefit from the research that takes place here at the RAU, which has been at the forefront of agricultural education since 1845. You too could make an impact with your work by joining our internationally renowned and globally connected research community.
Ours is a small, collegiate environment in which you will receive training and supervision in the practical and academic skills that are essential to furthering your professional career in either industry of academia.
From sustainable development to food chain security; agribusiness, entrepreneurship and enterprise to real estate finance, development, investment and management - our portfolio offers you extensive opportunities to specialise in any area you wish.
We will support you with your research enquiries, methodologies and statistical analysis while creating a forum in which you can exchange and grow your ideas via lectures, seminars and presentations and external conferences.
Coupled with access to the RAU’s 12,500 strong and influential alumni network, this is a highly regarded route to developing skills and contacts to last a lifetime.
The full-time PhD is an extensive three year research project, submitted as a thesis and examined in a viva voce. It can be taken full time over 36 or 48 months, or part time over 48 or 72 months. Please note due to visa restrictions, part-time study is not available to international students on a Tier 4 visa.
The standard minimum entry requirement will be an Honours degree at upper second level or an equivalent academic qualification from a comparable international institution.
Mature candidates with significant relevant work experience and lower academic qualifications may also be considered for entry, following personal interview.
For students whose first language is not English, the University will accept the International English Language Test (IELTS) with a minimum score of 7.0 in all elements.
All experiment costs and supervisor travel costs to be paid by self-funding students in addition to annual fees.
For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:
|Full-time||£4,100 per year (Minimum registration of 3 years)||£12,000 per year (Minimum registration of 3 years)|
|Part-time||£3,075 per year (Minimum registration of 4 years)||N/A|
Please note: Part-time students from non-UK/EU countries are currently unable to enrol on research degrees due to visa regulations.
The tuition fees quoted for 2018 applicants may rise in line with inflation, subject to government policy.
For full details, please visit the fees and funding webpage.
If you have the ambition and passion to carry out research at higher degree level, together with the necessary finance to cover tuition fees, research project costs and your own living expenses, please contact Professor Meriel Moore-Colyer.
Applicants are required to contact the Director of Research & Knowledge Exchange, Professor Meriel Moore-Colyer in writing prior to submitting an application to discuss their proposed research project.
Please complete and return to the Director of Research the Research Proposal form found here.