Agricultural Management (Top-up)

Royal Agricultural University
In Cirencester

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Important information

Typology Bachelor's degree
Location Cirencester
Duration 1 Year
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Cirencester
  • Duration:
    1 Year

The agricultural and land-based industries must produce high quality affordable food and non-food products whilst meeting the increasing demands for environmental protection, traceability and food safety. This has increased the demand for well-qualified farm business managers with the knowledge, understanding and ability to sustain a viable and progressive agricultural economy. This course builds on both agricultural and farm enterprise knowledge from previous studies to provide the necessary agri-business expertise required of future agricultural enterprise managers.

This programme is offered as both a full-time and part-time award, and is also suitable for those with existing and continuing positions of employment.

Important information Venues
Where and when
Starts Location
On request
GL7 6JS, Gloucestershire, England
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Starts On request
GL7 6JS, Gloucestershire, England
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Frequent Asked Questions

· What are the objectives of this course?

This course provides you with the knowledge and understanding to make a positive contribution to a farm business or enterprise, or to continue on to higher degrees at Masters level.

· Requirements

- 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.

What you'll learn on the course

Agriculture Farming
Agricultural Business
Animal Care
Agriculture Management
Agriculture Development
Agricultural Science
Agriculture Research

Course programme


You will study two core modules covering current affairs within the agricultural industry, including an integrated farm project requiring the production of a business plan for a specific farm business, and complete a dissertation based on a research area of your own interest. You will then select four elective modules, to further specialisation in specific sector or to gain a broader understanding of agriculture, land-use and business issues. If you have already secured employment you may choose to study up to 50% of the course in the workplace, reducing the amount of time you are required to attend campus-based modules.

The course will be delivered through a series of lectures, seminars, group projects, and 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.


  • Emerging Agricultural Issues
  • Research Project OR Work-based Research Project
  • Integrated Farm Project

Plus choice of FOUR electives selected from:

  • Advanced Livestock Production
  • Agricultural & Equine Journalism
  • Game and Deer Management
  • Rural Business Diversification
  • GIS Modelling of the Environment
  • Advanced Crop Production
  • Marketing Communications
  • Critical Issues in Organisation
  • Corporate Finance
  • Advanced Crop and Plant Science
  • Soil Analysis and Interpretation
  • Farm Machinery Management
  • Climate Change and Development
  • Countryside Management
  • Farmland Ecology
  • Wine Industry
  • Small Scale Farming and Local Food Supply
  • Improving Personal Professional Practice
  • MIS for Farming Businesses
  • Farming & Integrated Environmental Local Delivery
  • Sustainable Business & Agri-Food Supply Chains
  • Integrated Organic Systems

Course modules are subject to change.

Additional information

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.

International students

Full-time fees - £10,000 per year

The tuition fees quoted for 2017 applicants may rise in line with inflation, subject to government policy.


The University offers a wide range of generous fee waivers and bursaries.

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