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Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is an innovative, knowledge-based organisation, supporting the development of land-based industries and communities through academic courses and professional development, specialist research and development resources and expert advisory and consultancy services.

Schools & Focus

SRUC’s position as a Centre of Excellence has gained international recognition in the industries involved in food, land and the environmental sectors and all aspects of the rural economy. Courses offered range from vocational skills training to professional development.

Undergraduate and postgraduate (taught and research) provision is offered in the following areas:

  • Agriculture
  • Animal Science
  • Applied Science and Technology
  • Business
  • Environment
  • Horticulture
  • Sport and Tourism

As well as undergraduate and postgraduate courses the College also offers postgraduate research opportunities and specialist training, as well as an extensive provision at Further Education level. SRUC’s Training Services supports the development of the rural and land-based workforce through the provision of a broad range of training opportunities.

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Fees & entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements for all our courses can be found on our web site at For example, typically applicants require the equivalent of 3 A-Levels (BCC) or 4 Highers (BBCC) to be accepted onto an undergraduate degree course. Knowledge of specific subject areas is required for some courses.

Tuition fees are set annually and can be found here: 

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International partnerships

SRUC is a specialist research, advisory and teaching institution. It currently works with partners in over 50 countries to support global agriculture, rural development, food production and the management of land and natural resources.

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Research strengths

SRUC’s research informs the rural sector and those who develop policies for it. Committed to research for application, the College organises its research skills into four groups (in addition to several themes covering a broad range of research for the rural sector).

The SRUC research programmes are designed to aid the development of the land-based industries, support the sustainability of rural communities, and inform policy makers in the rural sector, both nationally and internationally.

Particular research strengths exist in the areas of:

  • Future Farming Systems
  • Crop and Soil Systems
  • Land Economy and the Environment
  • Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Key research themes and areas of particular expertise include:

  • Rural Policy Analysis
  • Agricultural Systems
  • Environmental Economics
  • Food Supply Chains, Consumers and Policy
  • Rural Sustainability
  • Carbon Management
  • Animal Health
  • Animal Welfare
  • Applied Genetics.

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SRUC’s courses prepare students for the future. Of the students completing courses in 2010, 92 per cent of respondents were in employment or were studying within 6 months. Knowledge transfer is at the heart of SRUC – passing on experience, industry insight, and expertise, ensuring the commercial environment is part of the classroom.

Where appropriate to the course, students will study for industry recognised training qualifications and be encouraged to undertake personal volunteering and community projects which may contribute to formal assessments.

Formal, short term, work placements feature on many courses. Longer placements, such as SRUC’s unique Trust Traineeship scheme, offer successful applicants the opportunity to work in SRUC’s own SAC Consulting Division.

A testament to the career worthiness of our courses is that many companies approach us first when seeking new employees. An annual careers fair also takes place, attracting a mix of blue chip and smaller companies, charities and volunteering agencies, as well as training and public sector bodies.

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Contact us

Phone: +44 (0)131 535 4000



Address: Student Recruitment, SRUC, King’s Buildings, Edinburgh, EH9 3JG, UK

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Key facts & figures

  • Works with partners in over 55 countries
  • Providing land-based education and training in Scotland for over 100 years
  • Informs policy makers in the rural sector both nationally and internationally pro vista
  • Scotland’s only land-based Higher Education Institution
  • Degrees awarded by the University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh

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King’s Buildings

Tel: +44 (0)131 535 4000

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