The Royal Agricultural University

City/Town: Cirencester

Region: Southern England


The RAU has been at the forefront of agricultural education and a key contributor to the land-based sector for more than 170 years. We are honoured to have been given the Royal seal of approval. Queen Victoria granted a Royal Charter to the College in 1845. Sovereigns have been patrons ever since, visiting the institution in every reign. His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales became President in 1982.

Our portfolio includes courses as varied as Rural Land Management, Real Estate, Business, Agriculture, Animal Science, Food, Environment and Equine. This is matched by an extensive choice of research areas at Masters and Doctoral level.

A number of our Postgraduate programmes offer September and February entry points.

The University is a 90 minute drive from London Heathrow and within two hours of Bristol and Birmingham airports.

Key Successes:

  • The RAU was named safest university in England and Wales in 2017, with the South West the safest region in the UK, according to the Complete University Guide.
  • The RAU has a strong reputation for fostering partnerships with some of the world’s leading businesses, government bodies and organisations in the agri-tech sector. This ensures that our students can access a breadth of academic and professional opportunities, from work experience and industry placements to learning from renowned guest speakers.
  • RAU graduates leave prepared for successful careers in their chosen field, whether that be leading innovation and change in industry, informing future land-based policy, or setting up their own businesses; which many of our entrepreneurial students do with great success.

The Royal Agricultural University is a Tier 4 Sponsor and is on the Home Office’s Register of Sponsors.