The Royal Agricultural University
Founded in 1845, the Royal Agricultural University is the oldest agricultural college in the English-speaking world, and has a longstanding global reputation for its land-based courses and for research and consultancy. Students from Kingston Maurward College may progress to study on the Royal Agricultural University top-up courses. These courses have been developed to enable students with prior qualifications at foundation degree or HND to top up to a BSc or BA Honours award in one further year of full-time study. The courses offered at the RAU build on agricultural, business and environmental knowledge, gained from previous studies, to provide the necessary skills and business expertise required of future landbased managers and professionals.
Kingston Maurward is proud of its connection with the RAU and students are equally proud that this institution has put its name to their studies at the college. KMC students on the Animal Behaviour and Welfare programme are able to join the RAU’s Student Union and apply for an NUS Extra discount card (£12.00) for deals with various retail outlets.
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