Graduate Certificate in Agriculture

Royal Agricultural University
In Cirencester

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Important information

Typology Postgraduate
Location Cirencester
Duration 1 Year
  • Postgraduate
  • Cirencester
  • Duration:
    1 Year

The Graduate Diploma in Agriculture is particularly appropriate for students who are re-directing their careers towards agriculture. In addition to developing the pure agriculturist, the course provides students with a detailed knowledge of the UK agricultural industry.

Students are able to handpick their modules from a broad range of subject areas, to create a bespoke course, tailor made to meet their individual requirements. The ability to customise course content makes this the ideal opportunity for graduates, and professionals from other disciplines, looking to re-direct their career towards agricultural and associated rural industries.

A summer study tour, and £250 worth of rural skills training, are included in the cost of the course.

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 intensive course in agriculture is unique to the Royal Agricultural University and provides an opportunity for graduates or professionals in other disciplines to re-direct their careers towards agricultural and associated rural industries.

What you'll learn on the course

Agricultural Science
Farming Equipment
Supply Chain Strategy

Course programme


The course may be studied full-time over one academic year, or part-time over two, three or four years.

You will complete three compulsory modules, followed by four modules selected from a wide range of undergraduate modules allowing you to tailor the course to meet your career aspirations. You can undertake practical skills training courses at the Rural Innovation Centre to further enhance their employability.

You will participate in lectures, farm walks and visits, case studies, assignments, and management projects to develop your knowledge across curricular themes. You will also take part in a summer study tour, which exposes you to a variety of agricultural enterprises.

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to complete pre-course reading in order to secure a minimum basic knowledge of agriculture and to highlight possible areas of weakness.

  • Applied Agricultural Science
  • Farm Business Management
  • Agricultural Management

Plus choice of FOUR elective modules from:
  • Agricultural Mechanisation and Buildings
  • Human Nutrition, Health and Society
  • Introduction to Food Production
  • Red Meat Chains
  • White Meat Chains
  • Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship and Enterprise Development
  • Emerging Agricultural Issues
  • Advanced Livestock Production
  • Agricultural & Equine Journalism
  • Game & Deer Management
  • Rural Business Diversification
  • Advanced Crop Production
  • Farm Machinery Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Advanced Dairy Food Chains
  • Forestry and Woodland Management
  • Farmland Ecology
  • Wine Industry
  • Small Scale Farming and Local Food Supply
  • Food and Agri-business Strategies
  • Management Information Systems for Farming Businesses
  • Farming and Integrated Environment Local Delivery
  • Applied Agricultural Finance
  • Sustainable Business and Agrifood Supply Chains
  • Integrated Organic Systems

Additional information

UK and EU students

Full-time fees - £10,500 per year

Part-time fees - £5,250 per year

International students**

Full-time fees - £11,550 per year

Part-time fees - £5,775 per year

** Please note: International students can study on a part-time basis only if they are in the UK with a different type of visa (other than Tier 4 Child/General) that:

Allows them to undertake part-time study and their visa does not expire prior to the end date of the proposed course of study

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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