Royal Agricultural University

Advanced Farm Management

This MBA caters for those who plan to move into senior leadership roles in managing farm-related businesses as well as those seeking employment in the related industries.

This course is designed to enable prospective farmers, farm managers and farm management consultants to work at the strategic level of management and leadership in the commercial environment of modern farming and agribusiness. A mix of core business modules with specialist modules on the agricultural industry provide you with the relevant tools, and capabilities to succeed in this profession.

It is as much about management and the business of farming as it is about problem solving and opportunity finding within the agricultural industry. Our graduates are highly adaptable with the knowledge and skills to operate farm-based businesses with an entrepreneurial flair. Many have gone on to become Farm Managers, Consultants, Brand Managers, and Business Directors.

This course is for those from farming backgrounds who are taking on leadership roles within their family business.The course sets out the background, issues and challenges facing the national and global farming industry and helps you understand the value chain from ‘farm to fork’.

This MBA provides a unique opportunity for transatlantic study to put the management theories, concepts and strategies learnt into a European or USA context. You will have the chance to study the first term at the Utah State University or the Royal Agricultural University, with the remaining study periods undertaken at the RAU.

The MBA in Advanced Farm Management is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute. Upon successful completion of the degree, you will be awarded CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership and will therefore become a Member of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI). You can then apply to the CMI for full Chartered Manager status if you wish.

Entry requirements

Honours degree from a UK university (usually a min. of 2:1 classification) or an equivalent academic qualification from a comparable international institution.

Minimum of two years post-graduation work experience.  

Mature candidates with significant relevant work experience and lower academic qualifications may also be considered for entry, following personal interview with the programme manager.

Students with other qualifications, including overseas awards (and alternative English Language qualifications) will be required to contact Registry before submitting an application to discuss the suitability of their award for entry onto the programme

Course modules

The MBA may be studied full-time over 12 months or part-time over two or three years.

You will study eight modules; six business modules in the autumn term, two applied modules in the spring term, plus two elective modules to focus your studies to specific areas of interest. The Applied Research Project is carried out over the summer to be submitted in September. It will be presented as a review paper and as a research paper.

You will take part in lectures, seminars and discussions, farm management activities, and group and individual case study work in a real-world context. Visiting industry experts give students a valuable insight in to the sector in which they are involved.


  • 4012 Farm Business Management
  • 4023 Operations Management
  • 4076 Financial Management
  • 4214 Sustainable Business Strategy
  • 4215 Agricultural Economics
  • 4216 Leadership and Change
  • 4217 International Marketing Management
  • 4219 Sustainable Agricultural Business Principles
  • 4220 Applied Research Challenge

Plus further elective modules from: 

  • 3041 Corporate Finance
  • 3211 Practical E-Business and E-Commerce
  • 4001 Agricultural Management
  • 4078 International Business
  • 4080 Development Project Management
  • 4203 Small Scale Farming and Local Food Supply
  • 4205 Critical Issues in Ethical Leadership
  • 4223 Economics of the Environment
  • 4228 New Product Development in the Agri-Food Industry
  • 4229 Adaptive Management in a Complex World

Undertaking Term One of study in Utah, USA

Applicants who wish to undertake their Term One modules at Utah State University (USU) will need to ensure that they have indicated this in their application by replying the specific question.  

Applicants can participate in the US study only if they have paid the required fees (Home/EU: 1/3 of tuition fees, Overseas: 50% of tuition fees) and identified that they want to participate in the US study programme the latest by 30th June.

Please note that the term for the US study in Utah (USU) starts in the first week of August. Late applications for participation in the US term cannot be considered.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed through a range of coursework.


Qualification Study mode Fee status Fee Study period Duration
MBA Full-time Home/EU £ 12,000 Academic year 1 years
MBA Full-time Home/EU £ 15,000 Academic year 1 years

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