Countryside Management (Top-up)
This course builds on your existing environmental and landscape knowledge to provide the practically based policy and business expertise required of future countryside managers.
UCAS code: D444
Mode of studyFull time / Part time
Programme managerDr Ian Grange
This course is subject to revalidation.
Recent decades have seen a critical rise in the demands and the challenges faced by the countryside, from population growth and food production to recreation, urban development, and environmental protection. Addressing those challenges requires a level of expertise that the RAU, with over a century of experience in the field, is ideally suited to help you master. Whether you already work in this arena, or aspire to do so, this course will advance your environmental and landscape knowledge, empowering you to make a positive contribution to policy and business practice as a manager or advisor.
This course has been designed to help you position yourselves at the top of the job market with elective module choices to suit a vast number of specialisms. As well as covering the fundamentals, you will be able to tailor your studies to match your specific interests and respond to the diverse needs of the countryside, including rural business diversification, forestry and woodland management, tourism, urban design, the wine industry, and agri-food supply chains.
If you have already secured employment, and are studying part-time, you may elect to follow the 30 credit, work based, Improving Personal Professional Practice module in place of the Dissertation, thus reducing the time required to attend campus based modules.
Alongside lectures, seminars and group projects, you will take part in visits and demonstrations on farms, agricultural business and in laboratories. Modules are assessed through a range of techniques, including research projects, examinations, presentations, and case studies.
Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and societies activities.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Each credit equates to 10 hours of total study time. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.
Full time students normally take modules worth 60 credits per 15 week semester but this can vary depend on your elective choice. Part time students taking proportionally fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for your degree is based on marks obtained for modules taken at level 5 and level 6 (weighted 30:70 accordingly)
The modules available for this course are as follows:
- 3092 Countryside Management
- 3015 Honours Research Project OR 3101 Work-Based Research Project / 3102 Improving Personal Professional Practice
Elective group 1 – choice of FOUR electives selected from:
- 3010 Game and Deer Management
- 3011 Rural Business Diversification
- 3080 Heritage Property
- 3090 Forestry and Woodland Management
- 3093 Farmland Ecology
- 3204 Tourism and Development
- 3207 Farming and Integrated Environmental Local Delivery (FIELD)
Elective group 2 – ONE choice selected from:
- 3013 Sustainable Management of Soil and Water
- 3076 Urban Design and Development
- 3202 Natural Resource Appraisal
- 3203 Natural Resource Management
- 3218 Sustainable Business and Agri-food Supply Chains
Course modules are subject to change.
- A foundation degree or a HND award (merit) in a subject related to the Honours degree.
- Depending on previous studies, you may be required to complete additional ‘bridging’ studies prior to enrolling on the Honours course in order to cover identified gaps in previous learning.
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Tuition fees cover the cost of a student’s academic studies. This usually includes teaching costs, registration and examination fees (not repeat or trailing modules, re-sit fees or coursework resubmission). Any costs associated with work placements will be the students responsibility.
For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:
|Full-time||£9,250 per year||£10,000 per year|
The tuition fees quoted for 2018/19 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 wide range of generous fee waivers and bursaries. To find out more about the scholarships, awards and bursaries available, please visit the scholarships webpage.
Our graduates go on to excel in the conservation or countryside management sectors, with former students pursuing careers with:
- Statutory bodies – Natural England, Historic England
- Non-governmental organisations – the National Trust, the Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, FWAG
- County councils – country parks
- Large farms or estates
On average over the past five years, 96% of our graduates have gone on to enter employment or further study within six months, 70% in managerial positions.
Thomas Edwards, BSc (Hons) Countryside Management, 2016 - “My passion for the natural environment led me to the BSc (Hons) Countryside Management (Top-up) at the RAU. The course boasts a wide range of modules and I was able to hone my academic studies towards a career path that suited me. I received excellence support from the lecturers who provided the knowledge I needed to excel. Upon graduating, I enrolled on to a Masters by Research degree at the RAU, supported by Thames Water. The RAU has provided me will brilliant career prospects within environmental research consultancy.”
The Royal Agricultural University is currently going through an internal review of its curriculum to ensure the best possible student experience through innovative teaching, learning and assessment in an industry-led context. The new curriculum will be fully launched in 2018 and will be designed to meet current and future needs of students and employers. As a result, the course information detailed here is subject to some change. We will endeavour to ensure that the information is as up to date as possible, with the finalised curriculum then being published in May 2018. If you have any questions about the course or about the curriculum review please don’t hesitate to contact us email@example.com
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