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Study mode

Part time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Agriculture (General)

Course type


Course Summary

The course

The PgC in Agricultural Law provides a firm basis for specialism for rural professionals such as chartered surveyors, solicitors, accountants and rural business consultants, whether as an introduction or as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for those with experience. The modules earn CPD points for solicitors and other professionals.

Module options include those providing the necessary legal foundations for practice and covering the all-important areas of land law, agricultural, commercial and residential tenancies, the UK planning system and taxation computation and planning. The options choices enable you to tailor the programme to your own requirements.

How will it benefit me?

Completion of a PgC in Agricultural Law will give students a valuable specialism allowing them to more closely understand and address clients’ needs in the rural environment. The specialist options in Planning, Taxation and Land Law are underpinned by the development of post-graduate level study skills and a more general introduction to law in the Machinery of Government module. The course will aid students' effectiveness in the workplace, or in further studies, in developing their skills in accessing and preparing legal materials and in solving legal problems.

Block-based study

Modules are delivered in one week (and in a select few modules two week) blocks on campus. You will know in advance which weeks require physical attendance as they’ll be scheduled on the timetable. In addition to this, you will be required to allocate time for self-study to complete the assignments associated with each of the modules. Some modules may also include research and/or exam elements, these are also highlighted on the timetable.


Most students who join the course will have qualifications and/or experience in related fields and will be seeking to gain formal qualifications in the specific area of agricultural law, whether to develop study skills and gain a deeper and updated knowledge of these technical areas or, for those new to the subjects, to develop a very marketable enhancement to professional capabilities.

Many Harper Adams students study part-time while employed in relevant work. This means that for some of their modules they are able to use projects at work as part of their assessment.


Final award: PgC
Intermediate awards: Individual module credits.


A thorough understanding of agricultural tenancy law is essential for the rural surveyor and land manager. The surveyor needs to be able to recognise the circumstances in which it is appropriate to create a tenancy, and to be able to distinguish an agricultural tenancy from other forms of occupation, such as a business tenancy, an unregulated tenancy, or a licence. It is also important that the surveyor can recognise the critical differences between those agricultural tenancies governed by the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 from those governed by the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995. Procedural aspects of both Acts are also vital to the proper administration of agricultural tenancies, covering obligations to repair and insure, and the setting of appropriate rents. A close knowledge of agricultural tenancies is also essential in the wider sphere of professional practice, in particular in the valuation of rural property.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Students should have an honours degree in a subject related to the course, or a good FdSc/HND pass in a relevant subject area together with related industrial or professional experience of at least two years. In addition, the suitability of candidates for particular programmes may be assessed by interview, considering reports from referees and by evaluating previous experience.

University information

Harper Adams University has been providing world-leading, specialist education in the fields of agriculture, farming, and animal science for 120 years. It is now the UK’s market leader, by share*, for postgraduate degrees in agricultural and veterinary subjects. It offers Masters programmes developed in conjunction with industry in a range of topics related to agricultural production, agri-tech, food industry management, global agri-business,...more