BSc (Hons) Countryside Management (Top-up)

The countryside faces a plethora of demands; to provide and maintain the resources needed for food and non-food production, the increasing requirement for public access, leisure activities and environmental protection. These have increased the need for well-qualified managers and advisers, with a thorough understanding of environmental, agricultural and rural land management issues.

This course builds on your existing environmental and landscape knowledge to provide the practically based policy and business expertise required of future countryside managers.

Course Structure
Along with the core module in Countryside Management which covers a range of key issues, you will also be required to select five other elective modules. Within the broad remit of ‘countryside management’ these elective choices give students an opportunity to both pursue more specific interest that they have, but also to better position themselves in the job market.

If you have already secured employment, and are studying part-time, you may elect to follow the 30 credit, work based, Improving Personal Professional Practice module in place of the Dissertation, thus reducing the time required to attend campus based modules.

The course will be delivered through a series of lectures, seminars, group projects, and visits and demonstrations on farms, agricultural business and in laboratories. Modules are assessed through a range of techniques, including research projects, examinations, presentations, and case studies.


  • 3092 Countryside Management
  • 3015 Honours Research Project OR 3101 Work-Based Research Project / 3102 Improving Personal Professional Practice

Elective group 1 – choice of FOUR electives selected from:

  • 3010 Game and Deer Management
  • 3011 Rural Business Diversification
  • 3080 Heritage Property
  • 3090 Forestry and Woodland Management
  • 3093 Farmland Ecology
  • 3204 Tourism and Development
  • 3207 Farming and Integrated Environmental Local Delivery (FIELD)

Elective group 2 – ONE choice selected from:

  • 3013 Sustainable Management of Soil and Water
  • 3076 Urban Design and Development
  • 3096 Wine Industry
  • 3202 Natural Resource Appraisal
  • 3203 Natural Resource Management
  • 3218 Sustainable Business and Agri-food Supply Chains

Course modules are subject to change.

What you need to join the Course
Typical offers include:

  • A foundation degree or a HND award (merit) in a subject related to the Honours degree.
  • Depending on previous studies, you may be required to complete additional ‘bridging’ studies prior to enrolling on the Honours course in order to cover identified gaps in previous learning.

Career Prospects
Our graduates go on to pursue a range of careers within the conservation or countryside management sectors:

  • Statutory bodies – Natural England, Historic England
  • Non-governmental organisations – the National Trust, the Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, FWAG
  • County councils – country parks
  • Large farms or estates

How to Apply

Please visit our website or contact Dr Ian Grange by e-mail at or by telephone on 01285 652531.

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Key Information

Start date:

1st September 2017 at 9:00am


Royal Agricultural University


Full Time




Environment, Research, Sustainability


Cirencester, United Kingdom

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