The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) has been at the forefront of agricultural education and a key contributor to the land-based sector for more than 170 years. Today, the RAU has more than 1,200 students studying agriculture, animal science, business, environment, equine science, farm management, food, real estate and rural land management. The University, which is based in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, prides itself on its links with industry and all courses are designed to meet the demands of the employment market for land-based expertise, both in the UK and worldwide.
Founded in 1845, the RAU has a long-standing reputation in learning, research, and consultancy. Undergraduate and postgraduate study is managed and taught by experienced staff and specialist consultants; an exciting learning environment in which our students play a pivotal role.
Our unique portfolio includes disciplines as varied as Rural Land Management, Real Estate, Business, Agriculture, Food, Environment and Equine matched by an extensive choice of research areas at Masters and Doctoral level.
The University maintains very strong links with its partners in industry. Our courses are designed and updated to meet the demands of the market, both in the UK and worldwide, and employment rates for RAU graduates are amongst the highest in the country. Leadership and enterprise have always featured strongly at the RAU, and our former students have gone on to perform at the highest levels across a broad range of careers both in the UK and overseas.
There has rarely been a more important time for agriculture, food, and land management – and the opportunities that flow from our courses are numerous and stimulating. Our student community is enriched by its diversity, with students from around the globe. We encourage applicants from urban as well as rural backgrounds, and from all cultures and faiths.
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