Course: Graduate Certificate in Agriculture

Course details

  • Location

    Royal Agricultural University Campus
  • Duration

    1 Year (Part time)
  • Academic Year

    21 September 2020 - 21 May 2021

The Graduate Certificate in Agriculture is particularly appropriate for students who are re-directing their careers towards agriculture.

Course overview 

Whether you wish to enter practical farming or pursue a commercial or administrative post, this intensive course covers all bases, with graduates carving out successful careers as farm managers, agricultural consultants, research officers and more.

You will acquire a detailed knowledge of the UK agricultural industry by exploring a plethora of issues including plant nutrition, crop growth and development, animal genetics, breeding, accounting, record keeping and budgeting.

Careers and enterprise 

Some of the routes opened up to you upon graduating include:

  • Farm manager
  • Agricultural commodity sales
  • Agricultural consultants
  • Agricultural research / trials officer
  • Farm Assurance Scheme officers


The course may be studied one day a week (Tuesday) over one or two years and entails three modules, with the addition of practical skills training at the John Oldacre Rural Innovation Centre to further enhance your employability.

You will participate in lectures, farm walks and visits, case studies, assignments, and management projects, while a summer study tour will expose you to a variety of agricultural enterprises.

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to complete pre-course reading in order to secure a minimum basic knowledge of agriculture and to highlight possible areas of weakness.


Entry requirements 

The Graduate Certificate in Agriculture comprises a programme of study that requires graduate (Honours Degree) level entry or its equivalent, and has learning outcomes that match qualifications at Honours degree level. As a result, the programme is affected by the UK Governments’ policy on Equivalent and Lower Qualifications [ELQ] whereby such students are not eligible for funding support through the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Candidates will normally have a first degree from a discipline other than agriculture, awarded at upper second level. Equivalent overseas and other UK qualifications may be accepted at the discretion of the University.

Applicants of 25 years and over may seek admission on the basis of a curriculum vitae, but evidence of ability to study at degree level, such as proven managerial level experience, is essential.

A period of relevant practical work experience within the agricultural industry is recommended as a means of enhancing understanding of the industry and the relevance of specific modules towards future career goals, but is not a prerequisite of joining the programme.


Tuition fees cover the cost of a student’s academic studies. This usually includes teaching costs, registration and examination fees (not repeat or trailing module fees, re-sit fees or dissertation extensions). The fees also includes £250 worth of rural skills training at the John Oldacre Rural Innovation Centre.

2020/21 Applicants

For the academic year 2020/21 the tuition fees for this course are: 


Tuition fees may be subject to an inflationary increase each year as set out in our Access and Participation Plan 2019/20.

For full details, please visit the fees and funding webpage.

Please note: International students requiring a Tier 4 visa are not eligible to apply for this course. 

Ready to take the plunge? Apply now

Applications to study for postgraduate degrees need to be made directly through the University. 

You can now apply via our website, using the online application form. 

Alternatively, if you are unable access the online form you can call Admissions on 01285 889 912, or email

We recommend applicants keep a copy of the completed form for their records. 

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