About the Course
This course aims to provide you with a thorough knowledge of the fundamental concepts of business management, taught in a unique way related to the specialist options which you have selected.
Business modules are supplemented by a choice of elective subjects across a wide range of rural topics, such as animal science, agriculture, horse business, surveying and land management. In all cases, what you learn is complemented by the use of applied case studies, often delivered in situ, giving you a real hands-on feel for that industry.
The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) accredited Rural Surveying pathway, allows students to take a specified group of modules which will enable them to pursue a career as a Chartered Rural Surveyor.
The Rural Business Management degree is awarded by the University of Glasgow.
Please note - applications for the Ayr campus have closed for 2018 entry.
Applicants must hold a minimum of 4 Scottish Highers (BBCC)/3 A-Levels (BCC) or equivalent qualification.
Find out more: download the Rural Business Management course leaflet.
The first two years follow the HND Rural Business Management. In years three and four marketing, management strategy, research skills, and economics are supplemented by a range of elective modules allowing you to focus on a rural business area of your choosing.
Your academic study is always underpinned by practical work such as field trips, case studies, business plans, study tours, industry placements and professional practice, helping to ensure that by the end of the course you have a firm grasp of your chosen industry.
In the fourth year you will undertake your own research project in a subject which interests you, drawing together all that you have learnt on your course.
Topics covered are varied: recent Honours Projects have included an investigation into the economic viability of using anaerobic digestion in the equestrian industry, the potential for growth within the UK Beetroot juice market and, a feasibility study of a farm shop in an urban area.
This course is also open for those with a relevant HND or equivalent qualification to apply for Year 3 entry as a 2-year top-up degree course. Those interested in this should be sure to enter year 3 on their application.