Royal Agricultural University


  • Location: Town, Rural

About us

The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) has been developing leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators since 1845 and we are the UK’s leading global agricultural University. Today, we have more than 1,100 students studying agriculture, business, environment, equine science, farm management, food, real estate and rural land management. We are based in Cirencester, Gloucestershire and pride ourself on our links with industry and all courses are designed to meet the demands of the employment market for land-based expertise, both in the UK and worldwide. Our vision is to become the leading specialist University providing a fresh perspective for the land agri-food and rural enterprise sectors.

Grow your opportunity

Take a look at the range of courses offered by the Royal Agricultural University and find one that suits you.

What makes us different

In-demand graduates

Every year, many students spend part of their course gaining practical insight into the working world, thanks to placements.


The RAU is large enough that facilities are on-site, yet small enough to create a close-knit community.

World-leading research

Over half the research carried out by the RAU has been assessed as 'world-leading and international in quality by the Research Excellence Framework.

Inspiring enterprise

We have been made a Centre of Excellence by the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs.

Active alumni network

Students will be joining the 17,000-strong global alumni network, many of whom also act as mentors.

Social life

The RAU has an active Student Union, who are always busy developing fantastic activities, societies, clubs and social events.

Royal seal of approval

His Majesty King Charles III, then His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, became President in 1982 and has previously presented awards to students at graduation.

“The RAU gave me the tools I need in the future to run a successful and sustainable business, as well as looking at the bigger global picture. Now I’m putting my academic learning and hands-on training together".

Alex Dunn - BSc (Hons) Agriculture graduate

Course locations

Main Site

Stroud Road, Cirencester, GL7 6JS

Cultural Heritage Institute-RAU Swindon Centre

11 Carriage Works,, London Street, Railway Village, Swindon, SN1 5FB

Royal Agricultural University

Stroud Road, Cirencester, GL7 6JS

Capel Manor College, Enfield Campus

Enfield Campus, Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield, EN1 4RQ