Royal Agricultural University

The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) recognises that the current global challenges of food security, climate change and Brexit provide unprecedented opportunities for the industry and those who work within it. The need to produce more food and manage the land sustainably, while enhancing the rural economy and sustaining its vital communities, will lead to a wealth of career options. Studies at the university will be extremely valuable, helping not only not only the students' career but also the future of the industry.

Postgraduate Student Statistics

250 postgraduate students in 2016–17

Mode of study

  • Full Time 96%
  • Part Time 4%


  • UK 70%
  • EU 4%
  • Other 26%

Numbers of Students by Subject Area

Subject Research Taught Total
Agriculture & Forestry 20 160 185
Business & Management Studies 0 30 30
Building 0 25 25
Food Science 0 15 15

Figures are rounded to the nearest five.

Postgraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Postgraduate Tuition Fees

The following are the typical annual course fees for postgraduate students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2018–2019). Always confirm individual course fees with the university.

Type of Course Taught Postgraduate (£)
Classroom 7,500
Mixed 7,500
Laboratory -
Clinical -
Teaching takes place in a classroom or ordinary lecture theatre. Subjects with classroom teaching might include history, maths and philosophy.
Subjects taught in classrooms and laboratories, such as languages.
Much of the teaching may take place in a laboratory and includes biology, chemistry and physics.
Clinical subjects can include dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine.

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • The university offers a range of scholarships and bursaries for postgraduate students. Please refer to the university website for details.
  • Funding opportunities for eligible students starting in 2018 include: RAU Cirencester Scholarship, RAU Outstanding Achievers Scholarship, RAU Sports Scholarship, Clyde Higgs Postgraduate Scholarship, FE Turner Award, Geoffrey Cragghill Memorial Scholarship, Sir Emrys Jones Memorial Trust Scholarship and The Vice-Chancellor’s Overseas Excellence Scholarship. 
  • If eligible, students could benefit from up to £3,000 of funding to support them through their studies. 

Accommodation for Postgraduate Students

  • The RAU offers three designated quiet accommodation areas on campus, which are a mixture of postgraduate students and students who request a quiet block.
  • Students can opt for catered or self-catered, standard or en-suite rooms, which include a housekeeping service, out-of-hours security and Wi-Fi in all bedrooms and common areas.
  • Accommodation is allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. If students wish to live off campus, the accommodation team is on hand to help them find their place in Cirencester or the surrounding area. The RAU student lettings website also supports students in their search.