• Entry Standards
    Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University. These tables use the old UCAS tariff.

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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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    3.95 / 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 high-quality 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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    73.7 / 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

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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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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    68.9 / 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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    94.5 / 100.0
  • The Royal Agricultural University is a leading specialist university offering degrees in Agriculture, Environment, Food Supply and Management, Business and Enterprise, Equine Science and Management, Real Estate, Rural Land Management.

Entry Requirements

  • The RAU seeks the most academically able students from a wide range of backgrounds.
  • Minimum course requirements for undergraduate courses range from 56 UCAS points (Foundation degrees) to 104 UCAS points. Please refer to the university website for details.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Teaching Methods

  • Teaching is through a mixture of lectures, seminars, practical field and laboratory studies, appropriate to each degree course.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

  • All undergraduate students in the departments of Agriculture, Food Supply and Management, Business and Enterprise, Equine Science and Management undertake a 20 week placement in year 2, either in the UK or overseas.
  • A diverse range of exciting and unusual placements is available via the RAU's extensive network of industry contacts and global Alumni network.
  • Part-time study options are available on many courses.

Student Services and Facilities

  • The university farms are based at two locations: Coates and Harnhill. Totalling 491 hectares 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.
  • The Rural Innovation Centre at Harnhill Manor Farm was opened by Professor Sir John Beddington, former Chief Scientific Advisor, in 2014. This centre allows students to gain extra funded training for relevant industry licences.
  • Specialist laboratories 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.
  • IT facilities include free Wi-Fi available across campus, and students have access to a high speed internet connection from all computers on campus and from those in their bedrooms. The Gateway virtual learning environment provides access to all lecture notes, which can be viewed from anywhere in the world at any time of the day or night.
  • Other facilities include an on-campus surgery, launderette, café and shop, gym and sports facilities, all a short stroll from student accommodation.

Disability Services

  • The university Disability Officer manages all issues around dyslexia and disability to ensure all students reach their full potential, including those with visible or hidden disabilities such as sight, speech, hearing or mobility impairment, mental health impairments or long term medical conditions.
  • There are many adjustments that can be made to students’ programmes of study and exams, and the university employs a specialist dyslexia tutor.
  • All conversations with the Disability Officer are confidential.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Students' Union

  • The Student's Union has many different clubs and societies, including different sports teams. Students are able to start new clubs and societies.
  • There are 4 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 in the university and in Cirencester. Many students work both during term time and in the holidays. 
  • Jobs at the university include working in the catering department and working as a Student Ambassador.
  • The careers website lists internal and external vacancies.


Careers Guidance

  • The Royal Agricultural University Careers Service offers guidance and career advice to students and graduates, providing a wide range of resources to help students whether they are just starting to think about work or are changing career and need some direction.
  • Careers advisers offer drop-in or pre-booked guidance sessions, offering support 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; or guidance to those considering self-employment.
  • A dedicated Student Job portal lists hundreds of job opportunities for students and alumni alike, contributing to the RAU's average 96% graduate employability rates over the last 5 years.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 80%
  • Postgraduate 20%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 96%
  • Part Time 4%

Where students come from

  • UK 88%
  • EU 4%
  • Other 8%

Student gender

  • Male 55%
  • Female 45%


  • The RAU was the first agricultural college in the English speaking world, granted a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria in 1845. Sovereigns have been patrons ever since; 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.

Notable Alumni

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

Further Details

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