Graduate Programs at Royal Agricultural University
Royal Agricultural University

Royal Agricultural University

Royal Agricultural University

Granted the Royal Seal of Approval by Queen Victoria in 1845, The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) has been at the forefront of agricultural education and a key contributor to the land-based sector for more than 170 years.

Within walking distance of the bustling town of Cirencester and just a 90-minute train journey to London, RAU's location is ideal for any international student who wants to pursue an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in areas such as agriculture, food security, agribusiness, agrifood, business and enterprise, environment, equine science and management or real estate and rural land management.

Life at the RAU: A Welcoming and Supportive Environment

Welcoming: Ours is a diverse community of people where staff and students become part of a network for life. The RAU has a proud history of attracting people from a variety of backgrounds. Our goal is to nurture people's enthusiasm for the environment, to help them make a difference by developing their skills and their perspective.

Supportive: A two-week international orientation programme takes place in September each year, helping students to settle into life in the UK and at the University through practical support and social activities. It provides an opportunity to explore the local area and to visit places of interest. It also offers daily English for Academic Purposes sessions.

Every learner is treated as an individual and supported by a personal tutor. The University has also established an award-winning Enterprise Programme, a highly-regarded Students' Union and is helping shape the future with industry-ready graduates.

With the global presence and influence of the RAU alumni network acting as a testament to the institution's prestige, this is a stimulating learning environment where any student's skills can flourish.


Our portfolio of academic study programmes have been specifically designed to help students realise their potential, whether they have their sights set on further study or a career in the land-based professions.

Students can choose from a range of different degrees including:

  • Agricultural Technology and Innovation
  • Agriculture
  • Animal Science
  • Applied Farm Management
  • Business and Enterprise
  • Business Management
  • Cultural Heritage Leadership
  • Environment
  • Environmental Conservation and Heritage Management
  • Innovation in Sustainable Food and Agriculture
  • International Equine and Agricultural Business Management
  • Rural Land Management
  • Real Estate
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security
  • Sustainable Food and Agriculture Policy
  • Research degrees

Our graduates enjoy a broad range of careers; they have gone on to become animal scientists, business consultants, chartered surveyors, conservation officers, communication managers, entrepreneurs, event managers, farm managers, food production managers, land agents and racecourse managers and much more.

University Recognitions

The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) has been nominated for University of the Year, in a prestigious set of awards based on reviews from students themselves.

The RAU has made the shortlist of 10 universities competing for the top title in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019. It has also been nominated in the Job Prospects category for the second year running.

The news comes in the same week the RAU was made a Centre of Excellence by the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs – only the sixth university to gain this accreditation.



José, Uruguay

“The experience I acquired at the RAU allowed me to develop a global business mindset in a unique environment. The tailored courses and knowledgeable academics have inspired me to start my own business and to aim for excellence in my professional career.”

José, Uruguay
Peter, Kenya

“Studying at the Royal Agricultural University has been one of the most inspiring times of my life. Surely it is a home away from home. The RAU has given me opportunities to exploit my potential, a sound academic environment to improve my skills, freedom to voice my ideas and the ability to link up with others beyond the university.”

Peter, Kenya
Juanita, Ghana

“My time at the Royal Agricultural University has been a valuable experience and has significantly prepared me for greater heights in my career.”

Juanita, Ghana
Hamid, India

“Studying for my Masters degree at the RAU has been a wonderfully enriching experience. I am confident in the knowledge and skills I have gained at the RAU and look forward to developing these further in the industry.”

Hamid, India
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