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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Country / Rural Estate Management

Course type


Course Summary

This is a highly-regarded course which equips graduates for a rewarding and challenging career in the management of land, property, and business in the countryside.

Course overview

This course is aimed at those people who are wanting to qualify as a Chartered Surveyor specialising in the management of rural land and property. As well as agricultural land and woodland, farms and rural estates will often include other types of property; for example, residential dwellings and non-agricultural buildings let to other businesses in addition to water or wilderness. They often, therefore, support a diverse range of rural businesses and enterprises including farming, food production, tourism and energy generation. In addition the way in which rural land and property is managed also plays a vital role in the health of the natural environment in rural areas, and also in the life of the communities within it. Land and rural property managers are therefore required to provide a wide range of advice to not only estate owners, but also farmers, tenants and rural business owners. This leads to a varied and interesting career.


The course may be studied full-time over 12 months, or part-time over a longer period. You will study eight modules and complete a Research Project, which is carried out over the summer and submitted in September. Assessed coursework features strongly throughout the course. Examinations will take place in January and June. Prior to starting the MSc, students receive reading lists and study material so that they can develop a basic grounding in study areas with which they are not familiar.

Careers and enterprise

A qualification from the RAU in this challenging and rewarding area opens up a wealth of opportunities, with former students going on to work in the following areas:

  • National, international, regional, and small firms of chartered surveyors
  • Private estates
  • Large landowners such as the National Trust, county councils and utility companies
  • Planning and environmental consultancy
  • Research and education
  • Leisure management
  • Rural conservation
  • Investment management

Different course options

Full time | Royal Agricultural University | 1 year | 21-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



In general, the module aims to establish the range of rural policies that are likely to influence rural estate management and to examine the opportunities that they offer and the constraints that they impose. Particular emphasis will be placed on the implementation of policy and its impact on the operational activities of rural estate managers. The detailed subject content will be informed by the prevailing policy issues at the time of delivery; however, in broad terms will comprise areas such as food production, international trade issues and the Common Agricultural Policy; sustainable development; localism; climate change; energy; rural recreation and tourism; water; rural economies; housing in rural areas and rural heritage, in addition to addressing the development and evolution of rural policy.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

The standard entry requirement is the minimum of an Honours degree at a 2:1 classification or equivalent. Students with lower academic achievements with relevant experience (such as farming, property or countryside management) may be considered for admission.