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Royal Agricultural University

The University
The Royal Agricultural University is the oldest agricultural University in the English speaking world and has been at the forefront of land-based education since 1845. It is recognised nationally and internationally as a leader in the delivery of education, research and consultancy to industries in and relating to agriculture and the rural environment.

Foundation & Undergraduate Degrees
Offering career-focused foundation and undergraduate courses to more than 1200 students from over 48 different countries, our diverse range of subjects include food production, international business management, archaeology, equine, agriculture, rural land management, wildlife conservation and real estate.

The University has an unrivalled reputation, in terms of quality of teaching and the networking opportunities available. Strong industry links are reflected in the high calibre of work placements offered to students and our impressive graduate employability rates.

One Year Farming Course
The One-Year Farming Course is an intensive short training course, unique to the University. It is designed to equip the prospective landowner, farmer or manager with the basic knowledge required for running contemporary farm enterprises.

The course covers all key aspects of modern farming practices, including science, crop, and animal husbandry, as well as farm mechanisation, administration and an introduction to farm and estate management. This short course aims to expand your understanding of some of the current challenges facing the agricultural industry, such as the food supply chain, traceability and sustainability.

As a tailor-made skills-based course, the One-Year Farming Course is designed to provide you with the opportunity to hone your practical skills, both on the University farms and at the University's dedicated Rural Skills Centre

Why the RAU?
As well as offering our students a beautiful campus, outstanding teaching and numerous clubs and societies, the Royal Agricultural University boasts extremely high employment rates, with 98% of our graduates in employment or further study six months after graduation.

Great relationships with employers mean excellent job opportunities across a range of industries. The University carries out an active programme of research by utilising the expertise of its academic staff to deliver innovative and pioneering results. Set on the edge of Cirencester in the beautiful Cotswold countryside, its relatively small size provides a real sense of community amongst students and staff, one that both develops and encourages undergraduates from all backgrounds to achieve their ambitions.

Where to find us

Royal Agricultural University


Royal Agricultural University,
Stroud Rd,
Cirencester GL7 6JS


+44 1285 652531

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