Rural Land Management
This highly regarded degree in Rural Land Management offers you a proven route to rewarding careers within the management of land, property and business in the countryside
UCAS code: N231
Mode of studyFull time / Part time
Programme managerSam Parkes
This degree equips you with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment advising owners and occupiers of rural property on how to make the most of property assets and businesses.
To prepare you effectively for your career, a wide range of subjects is covered. An understanding of agriculture and farm management is fundamental to rural professional practice, alongside the core property subjects of law, valuation, building construction and management, planning and development. You will develop an essential understanding of wider business management to enable you to provide effective advice about farm, estate and other rural businesses in practice.
Our graduates have gone on to pursue a wide range of careers within the management of rural land and property. We place graduates in APC training jobs with national firms, smaller firms, private estates, county farm estates and large landowners, such as the National Trust and utility companies
This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and, typically, graduates enter employment in rural practice surveying to undertake the two-year Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) and qualify as chartered surveyors.
Many graduates also seek qualification as Fellows of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) at the same time as completing the APC. During your time here, you can enjoy the benefits of a student membership of both RICS and CAAV.
You are encouraged to undertake practical farming and professional experience before starting the course. The course manager will be happy to provide further guidance to you about what work experience would be most suitable for your circumstances. Please email email@example.com
The course will be delivered through a series of lectures, seminars, group tutorials, and practical sessions and visits. We have our own arable and livestock farms to demonstrate a range of farm enterprises, together with conservation principles and other property management issues. You will also visit local farms, commercial properties and rural estates to gain an additional insights into the issues arising in the profession of rural land management.
Modules are assessed through a range of coursework, often based on real life case studies which help you to see the practical application of the subjects they are studying. The case study material becomes more complex and challenging throughout the course, as you learn to integrate the subject matter studied in different modules. This culminates in the final year with case studies which are supplied by practising surveyors from their own portfolios of work.
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.
You will study eight modules each year. These are developed and integrated as you progress and prepare you for professional practice.
In the first year you will develop an understanding of agriculture and rural land use. You will be introduced to core property studies in law, valuation and building construction, and gain an understanding of economics, accounting and finance.
- 1014 Building Technology
- 1015 Law 1
- 1016 Valuation 1
- 1033 Business Finance
- 1043 Rural Land Use
- 1044 Agriculture for Land Management
- 1234 Landscape Management and Surveying
- 1250 Professional Practice
- 2030 Law 2
- 2033 Planning and Development
- 2037 Valuation 2
- 2089 Environmental Management
- 2090 Farm Business Management
- 2091 Rural Buildings
- 2092 Rural Practice Management
- 2266 Rural Property Finance and Taxation
In the third year you will complete a research dissertation on a subject of your choosing, and select two elective modules to suit your specialist areas of interest.
- 3005 Contemporary Issues in Rural Land Management
- 3033 Agricultural Law and Valuation
- 3035 Rural Professional Practice
- 3055 Estate Management
- 3068 Dissertation
Plus choice of TWO electives selected from a broad range, including:
- 3007 Commercial Property Management
- 3009 Agricultural and Equine Journalism
- 3010 Game and Deer Management
- 3011 Rural Business Diversification
- 3034 Marketing Communications
- 3041 Corporate Finance
- 3080 Heritage Property
- 3081 Consumer Behaviour
- 3090 Forestry and Woodland Management
- 3096 Wine Industry
- 3215 Advanced Residential Agency
- 3228 Integrated Organic Systems
Course modules are subject to change.
Placements and Internships
Our staff support individual students in finding first and second year work experience placements and internships during the holidays.
As a new initiative, you will have the voluntary opportunity to undertake a one year placement after your second year. This could involve working in rural land management with your time counting towards the required relevant experience and structured training for the RICS assessment of professional competence, or you may wish to undertake a placement of your choice.
This work experience is invaluable to enable students to make their own contacts in the profession and gain an understanding of the diverse nature of professional work so that they can decide on the type of work that they would most enjoy. Some even decide to broaden their horizons beyond the rural sector to the residential and commercial property sectors. A transfer to the BSc (Hons) Real Estate is possible at the end of the first or second year.
- A Level: BCC – min.104 UCAS Tariff points (to include at least three A Levels – General Studies & Critical Thinking are not included in the academic offer.)
- BTEC: DMM
- 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.
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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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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.
- Fees for 2017 Applicants
UK and EU students
Full-time fees - £9,250 per year
Full-time fees - £10,000 per year
The tuition fees quoted for 2017 applicants may rise in line with inflation, subject to government policy.
For full details, please visit the fees and funding webpage.
- Fees for 2016 Applicants
UK and EU students
Full-time fees - £9,000 per year
Full-time fees - £10,000 per year
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 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 BSc 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.
Applications to study at the Royal Agricultural University must be made through the UCAS system. This applies to all undergraduate courses.
Applications need to be made by the UCAS deadline to ensure we are able to offer you a place on your first choice course.
If you would like to apply during UCAS Extra or Clearing, please check that we have places available.
Applicants wishing to study on a course on a part-time basis will need to apply directly to the RAU.
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