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Royal Agricultural University

The RAU combines a 170-year heritage and industry connections with a forward-thinking approach that's ideal for postgraduate study. Food security and climate change create challenges and opportunities, with the need to produce more food and manage the land sustainably, while enhancing the rural economy and protecting its vital communities. Study options open up a wealth of career paths in land management, farming, agri-food or equine industries or informing future land-based policy.

Postgraduate Student Statistics

144 postgraduate students in 2017–18

Mode of study

  • Full Time 88%
  • Part Time 12%


  • UK 66%
  • EU 8%
  • Other 26%

Numbers of Students by Subject Area

Subject Research Taught Total
Agriculture & Forestry 20 85 100
Business & Management Studies 0 25 25
Food Science 0 10 10
Building 0 10 10

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

RAU offers scholarships and bursaries to help postgraduate students achieve their full potential, with merit based awards for academic excellence and means-tested awards. The following are a selection, please refer to the university website for the full list of awards and eligibility.

  • Astrotracks Get Into Farming Award: £1,500.
  • Clyde Higgs Postgraduate Scholarship (five available): £5,000.
  • RAU Outstanding Achievers Scholarship: up to £2,000.
  • RAU Sports Scholarship: up to £3,000.

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 or the accommodation is full, the accommodation team is on hand to help them find their place in Cirencester or the surrounding area. The RAU student lettings website Urban Fox also supports students in their search.