Royal Agricultural University

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.01 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    1.40 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in research in the University.

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    0.26 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    69.7 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend Facilities Spend

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  • Good Honours Good Honours

    The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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    62.2 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    93.7 / 100.0


  • The RAU was the first agricultural college in the English speaking world.
  • Queen Victoria granted the Royal Charter to the University in 1845.
  • Sovereigns have been patrons ever since, visiting the University in every reign. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales became President in 1984.
  • The university motto is Avorum Cultus Pecorumque, meaning 'caring for the fields and the beasts'. The university continues to enact its educational, research and consultancy commitment in keeping with this motto.
  • In 2013, the Privy Council awarded the RAU full University status, in recognition of its provision as a higher education institution, and it formally changed its name to Royal Agricultural University.

Location and Transport

  • The campus is situated one mile from the centre of the Cirencester, in the heart of the beautiful Cotswold countryside.
  • During term time, a free shuttle bus rus between Cirencester and the university.
  • London is just 90 minutes by rail.
  • The university is often referred to as 'the Oxbridge of the Countryside'. The main quadrangle sits alongside the 16th-century tithe barn and farmhouse, in 10 hectares (25 acres) of manicured grounds.

Entry Requirements

  • The RAU seeks the most academically able students from a wide range of backgrounds.
  • For information about entry requirements, please visit our website.

Student Mix

The 1,185 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 80%
  • Postgraduate 20%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 95%
  • Part Time 5%


  • UK 87%
  • EU 4%
  • Other 9%

Student gender

  • Male 57%
  • Female 43%

Course Flexibility

  • Mixture of lectures, seminars, practical field and lab studies, appropriate to each degree course.
  • All undergraduate students in the School of Agriculture, Food and Environment, School of Business and Entrepreneurship and School of Equine Management and Science undertake a 20 week placement in year 2, either in the UK or overseas. A diverse range of exciting and unusual placements is enabled through the RAU's extensive network of industry contacts, including its global Alumni network.
  • Part-time study options available on many courses, as well as flexibility to study in London on the MSc Real Estate (blended learning option).
  • January start available on a number of MSc programmes including those in the School of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

Teaching Standards

  • High quality of teaching with courses managed by experienced staff, all of whom are leaders in their fields and many of whom are involved in consultancy, research and training activities, both in the UK and overseas.
  • Ranks in the top 25% of all 160 UK universities for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (2015).
  • All courses demonstrate the RAU's strong links with the industry and are developed and revised with industry partners and advisers. Industry professionals also provide guest lectures, visits and placement opportunities.
  • Degrees are accredited by industry and professional bodies including the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), following a partnership with the RAU's School of Real Estate and Land Management for more than 80 years.
  • Graduates from the RAU's School of Business and Entrepreneurship (SBE) receive dual qualifications; a degree from the RAU and equivalent professional qualification from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). The school is also a member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS).

Academic Strengths

  • High teaching quality of teaching and research throughout industry-relevant degrees, devised with employers, and placements.
  • 98.2% employability rates: 3rd in the UK for graduate employability (HESA, 2015).
  • High standard of student support and resources to enable students to achieve full potential (top 10 for degree completion, Complete University Guide 2016).
  • Top 25% of UK universities for student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2015).

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

  • The university farms are based at two locations: Coates and Harnhill. Totalling 491 heactares in size (1,200 acres), they offer very different farming system situations. There is also an equine enterprise providing a stabling and livery facility at Fossefill farm. All enterprises are run on a commercial basis, giving RAU students the opportunity to access their physical and financial data.
  • A new Rural Innovation Centre at Harnhill Manor Farm was opened by Professor Sir John Beddington, former Chief Scientific Advisor, in 2014.
  • Specialist labs and facilities are available alongside a well-stocked library containing around 30,000 print volumes, 1,000 current journal subscriptions, more than 100,000 e-books and a growing number of full-text electronic databases, many of which can be searched via a one-stop search facility.
  • Free wi-fi access is available across the whole campus. Students have access to a high speed internet connection from all computers on campus and from those in their bedrooms.
  • All student PCs have access to Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2010, Genstat, Read and Write 9 and Mindgenius amongst others. Specialised packages for Geographical Information Systems (GIS), and several specialist agriculture management packages.
  • All lecture notes are available on Gateway, a virtual learning environment, which students can access from anywhere in the world at any time of the day or night.
  • The university surgery, launderette, café and shop, gym and sports facilities, and bar/Student Union are all located on campus, a short stroll from the accommodation.

Disability Services

  • Disabled people are entitled to equal access to education and employment. The Royal Agricultural University wishes to ensure that disabled students are treated no less favourably in their academic studies and wishes to ensure they reach their full potential. The university employs a Disability Officer who manages all issues surrounding dyslexia and disability for the University.
  • There are many types of disability; visible or hidden; physical (sight, speech, hearing or mobility impairment) or mental health impairments or long term medical conditions. The most frequently encountered is dyslexia and the university employs a specialist dyslexia tutor.
  • If you have dyslexia or any other form of disability please contact Dr John Conway ( or telephone 01285 652531. There are many adjustments that can be made to your programme of study and exams that can only be authorised by the Disability Officer. All conversations are confidential.

Students' Union

  • Many different clubs and societies, including different sports teams. Students are able to start new clubs and societies.
  • There are four major balls held each year, considered to be amongst the country's finest.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • A wide range of part-time work is available both in the university and in Cirencester. Many students work both during term time and in the holidays.
  • Jobs are listed on the careers website.

Careers Guidance

  • The Royal Agricultural University Careers Service offers guidance and career advice to students and graduates.
  • We have a wide range of resources to help you, whether you're just starting to think about work or you're changing career and need some direction.
  • We're a friendly team with a great deal of enthusiasm for what we do.

Drop-in guidance sessions or pre-book an appointment with a Careers Adviser for advice on:

  • How to find and develop a career.
  • Identifying and developing skills.
  • Finding a job or work placement.
  • Applications, CV's and interviews.
  • Further study options.
  • Thinking about self employment. 

A dedicated Student Job portal lists hundreds of job opportunities for students and alumni alike, contributing to the RAU's 98.2% graduate employability rates (3rd in the UK, HESA 2015).

Recent/Prospective New Builds

The largest capital development in the university's history has taken place over the last couple of years on campus. This has included:

  • A new state-of-the-art teaching block, including seven new lecture rooms.
  • A biomass district heating system, which heats the library, lecture blocks and computer labs and is also used as a learning resource for teaching. It aims to cut the university's carbon emissions by 100 tonnes/year.
  • An accommodation block with an additional 50 en-suite self-catered rooms.
  • A Postgraduate Study Centre.
  • A new Rural Innovation centre (£1.2m) to enable the sharing of the very latest i scientific knowledge and technical innovation between those undertaking applied research and those involved in agricultural production.

Notable Alumni

  • Jonathan Dimbleby, Farm Management 1965 – television personality and political commentator.
  • Tim Payne, Land Management – England, British Lions and Wasps rugby union player.
  • Simon Coveney TD, Agriculture and Land Management 1990s – Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, Republic of Ireland.

Further Details

Address Royal Agricultural University Cirencester Gloucestershire GL7 6JS
UCAS Code R54