Experts in the natural economy.

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is a specialist institution offering college and university level courses.

We strive to help grow a natural economy fuelled by the responsible use of the world’s natural resources: people, land, energy, water, animals and plants. In this, we are experts.

We focus on solving the global challenges facing the planet, including climate change, biodiversity and access to nutritious food and clean water. By focusing on the sustainability of our natural economy, SRUC will strive to make a world of difference: delivering economic, social and environmental benefits for all.

Whether your passion is for business, science, food, golf, plants, animals, sustainability, or just the great outdoors, you will find courses at SRUC tailored to meet the needs of a whole range of industries.

Issues such as environmental impact and sustainability have an effect on all our lives and are of importance whether you have ambitions to manage a golf course or a farm, run your own business or run the country.

SRUC’s courses consider the innovative science that supports land-based and rural industries, the way they interact with and support the environment around them, and the businesses that rely on them – from agriculture and business to veterinary and zoonoses, and a huge variety of relevant topics in between.

Join us and help make a world of difference.

SRUC offers:

A choice of campus locations and accommodation options.

Discover our locations spanning all of Scotland and the range of accommodation options available for students, either on campus or in the local area.

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Levels of study to suit all qualifications and ambition

From foundation courses to postgraduate degrees and everything in between, you'll find hundreds of courses in over 20 disciplines available for you to study at SRUC.

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Study pathways enabling your progression

Explore all the ways you can learn at SRUC. From entry-level to Master's degree and beyond, full or part time study, distance learning, apprenticeships, mature students and courses for schools. We're here to help you and your business thrive.

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Specialist resources & access to first-rate and national facilities

SRUC offers all the facilities you would expect from a university/college environment, plus world-class research facilities serving our specialist areas of expertise.

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Excellent employment prospects in stable and growing industries

The variety of courses available at SRUC open up an endless number of doors to our students. From working for renowned companies worldwide to starting your own business, the options are limitless!

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Industry-leading expertise, research and knowledge

Working with industry and policy makers, our staff and students design, develop and deliver real-world change to benefit the global natural economy. 

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Ready to study at SRUC?

Students from England, Northern Ireland, Wales, and Islands

Coming to Scotland to study at SRUC from elsewhere in the UK is a great choice! Learn more about how to apply, study, and thrive in our beautiful country while making the very most of SRUC's first-class education opportunities.

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Students from Ireland

Coming to us from the Republic of Ireland? You're very welcome! Our Irish mini prospectus has been specifically written with you in mind and contains entry requirements for all our courses, and information about how to apply.

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International students

Coming to Scotland from outside the UK or Ireland? Our international student pages are dedicated to providing the information and advice you need to apply to SRUC, study with us, and live in beautiful Scotland.

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