BSc (Hons) International Equine and Agricultural Business Management
This well-established degree provides a thorough grounding in agriculture, agricultural economics, equine production systems, science, marketing, and finance and business management.
With many of the world’s economies expanding their agricultural and equine industries, the opportunities for passionate, educated graduates reach far and wide. Our course in Equine and Agricultural Business Management gives you a platform to pursue your aspirations.
The RAU’s world-renowned reputation in teaching and research means that not only are we extremely well connected, we also have the facilities and the knowledge to help you develop a thorough grounding in agricultural economics, equine production systems, science, marketing, and finance and business management. Our course will see you delve into the changing dynamics of the UK horse industry, as well as international equine business, covering north-west Europe, the USA, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia.
Equine and Agricultural students frequently publish material from their dissertation research in academic journals and present findings at national and international conferences.
You will have the chance to learn from and meet internationally-acclaimed visiting speakers, while a 20-week work placement in your second year will give you further avenues to expand your industry insight and networks. This is a vital opportunity that could propel your employment chances after graduation as you can tailor your placement to your future aspirations. Should you wish, you can complete a full year in employment between your second and third year.
It’s no wonder that RAU graduates have secured work in the UK and internationally upon graduating.
- A Level: CCC – min.96 UCAS Tariff points (to include at least two A Level passes – Desirable to have one science subject. For Science subject: Pass in practical element is not required.)
- BTEC: MMM
- GCSE: (Minimum five GCSEs) - English and Mathematics (or Maths Numeracy for Welsh applicants) at Grade C / 4 or higher are required.
- International Baccalaureate: 26 points to include one science or technology subject at higher level.
- Access to HE: 45 credits at level 3, of which 15 must be awarded at Distinction. (Pass at Literacy & Numeracy skills at level 2 are accepted in lieu of GCSE English & Mathematics)
Alternative entry routes are available for a range of other qualifications. Prior experience is also considered, subject to approval by the programme manager and admissions staff.
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If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for one of our Foundation degree courses or another related degree course.
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Alongside lectures from visiting speakers, you will learn from the RAU’s own outstanding cohort of agricultural and equine researchers via lectures and seminars, complemented by directed reading, laboratory practical exercises and demonstrations.
Your progress will be assessed through essays, reports, case studies and presentations and there will be timed, unseen examinations at the end of each year.
The Research Project is an integral part of the course. It provides the opportunity to study in-depth a subject of specific interest or of direct relevance to employment aspirations.
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 depending 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 typical modules for this course are:
- 1005 Livestock Science
- 1007 Soil and Environmental Science
- 1010 Equine Industry 1
- 10xx Equine Industry 2
- 1033 Business Finance
- 1054 Introduction to Food Production
- 1235 British Bloodstock Production
- 1248 Equine Bioveterinary Science 1
- 2014 Equine Law
- 2019 Farm Enterprise Management
- 2036 Work Placement Incorporating Personal Development Planning
- 2069 Rural Business Enterprise
- 2166 Equine Business Finance and Taxation
- 2231 International Agri-Business Marketing
- 2252 Equine Research and Ethics
Plus a choice of ONE elective selected from:
- 3002 Equine Developments
- 3003 International Equine Industry
- 3006 Emerging Agricultural Issues
- 3015E Honours Research Project
- 3036 Advanced Equine Business Management
- 3079 Practical Skills for Business Managers
Plus a choice of TWO electives selected from:
- 3008 Advanced Livestock Production
- 3009 Agricultural and Equine Journalism
- 3011 Rural Business Diversification
- 3020 Advanced Crop Production
- 3034 Marketing Communications
- 3058 Equine Behaviour and Welfare
- 3059E Equine Genetics
- 3078 Equine Performance Nutrition
- 3081 Consumer Behaviour
- 3200 Equine Health
- 3206 Equine Breeding Management
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.
This course has a supplement of £3,500 for the international study visits, normally charged at £1,750 at the beginning of Year Two and Year Three.
For the academic year 2019-20 the tuition fees for this course are:
|Full-time||£9,250 per year||£10,000 per year|
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.
Equine Travel Bursaries
The University is delighted to announce the launch of a new travel bursary for students joining the BSc (Hons) International Equine and Agricultural Business Management degree.
The bursary value will be £3,500, to cover all travel and accommodation costs (excluding subsistence) of the two compulsory study tours which form part of this degree.
To find out further details and how to apply for this Bursary, please visit our funding page.
Do you aspire to work as an event manager, a bloodstock agent, a farm quality control officer, journalist, race day expert or advertising account manager? Those and many other opportunities will be open to you when you graduate. Our students have gone on to work for:
- JSC Sport
- Haygain (Forage Health Specialists)
- Newbury Racecourse
- Highclere Castle
- Juddmonte Stud
- Tattersalls sales venue
- Blair Castle Horse Trials
- Horse and Hound
- Dean Ivory Racing
- Three Counties Showground
- Racing Post
- Pachesham Equestrian Centre
- Debbie Edmundson Eventing
- Middleham Park Bloodstock
- Harry Dzenis Eventing
- Mole Valley Farmers
93%* of our graduates are in employment or further study six months after leaving the RAU.
*2016/17 UK-based leavers studying a first degree, full time. Source: HESA
Jennifer Winnett BSc (Hons) International Equine and Agricultural Business Management, 2016 - “I fell in love with the RAU after attending an undergraduate open day. The course has provided so much enrichment and variety, and opened up doors I could never have imagined. The quality of teaching is high and the level of support is second to none. The trips and visits provide valuable contacts, and the work placement allowed me to set up my own business during my third year. The Enterprise Programme was incredibly supportive and helped me secure valuable business funding.”
Applications to study at the Royal Agricultural University must be made through the UCAS system. This applies to all undergraduate courses.
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