Rural Estate, Property and Land Management

The world is growing, building, farming, conserving, diversifying. We are buying, selling, negotiating. Protecting our heritage while shaping our future.

Would you enjoy the exciting challenges of managing land, estate and property? A career where no two days are the same? Understanding the issues facing our towns and countryside and helping the people who live and work there make the most of their land and property? Then you’ve come to the right place.

Why study Rural Estate, Property and Land Management at Harper Adams? Careers in surveying and land agency are exciting, challenging and creative. They suit those who enjoy talking and listening to other people, understanding their problems and coming up with solutions that fit their needs and budget. If you’d love to work both independently and with a team, and would enjoy a busy and varied role where you’re outdoors as often as in the office, we have a course for you.

The university has an outstanding reputation in this field. Staff are experts in land and property management: chartered surveyors, foresters, builders and town planners. Many teach in industry, including RICS professional short courses. They also work closely with the university’s experts in agriculture, business and countryside management.

You won’t just learn in the classroom – the university estate, including a commercial farm, is a great way to see land management in action, not to mention visits to local farms, estates, factories and interesting properties, and guest lecturers from industry.

Surveyors and land/estate agents are, essentially, negotiators so we’ll help you to develop this essential skill, as well as project management, communications, and understanding the issues affecting potential clients. You will learn about valuation, land and property law, auctioneering, construction and surveying, property marketing, renewable energy, compulsory purchase and utilities.

Students on our two rural courses (REALM and RPM) take the same modules for their first two years before specialising in their fourth year after placement, in either estate or property management. Those studying Real Estate will follow their own curriculum, specialising in commercial, residential, leisure and industrial properties.

“If you want a career where you often have to think outside the box and come up with solutions to practical problems then look no further.”

Senior lecturer Andrew Black, adds:

“For example, a Rural Chartered Surveyor friend of mine was responsible for negotiating the route and agreeing compensation for the mammoth task of moving the decommissioned aircraft Concorde a mile across a muddy field, having travelled by barge from London to the Museum of Flight in East Lothian. Many obstacles across the route had to be overcome, including building bridges over ditches, felling trees and dropping power lines.”

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