SRUC Scotland’s Rural College

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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 to veterinary nursing, and a huge variety of topics in between.

SRUC is the largest institution of its type in Europe, unique in combining and integrating the disciplines of research, education and consultancy. SRUC's business is not just to provide high quality education; SRUC's consultancy business provides a wealth of knowledge and expertise to rural and agricultural businesses across the UK, while their research division offers cutting-edge insight and innovation to government, industry and the rural communities in Scotland, the UK and internationally.

Scotland’s Rural College

SRUC has three faculty hubs in North, Central and South West Scotland. Specialist subject areas include agriculture and business, animal and equine, veterinary nursing, biological sciences, countryside and environmental management, forestry and engineering, horticulture and landscaping, golf, garden design and professional cookery.

Facts & Stats

  • Scotland’s national provider of college and university-level education in the land-based sector.
  • A choice of teaching campuses in locations across Scotland.
  • Research excellence.
  • Links with industry.
  • Home of the Scottish National Equestrian Centre at Oatridge.
  • Owner of an 18-hole golf course at Elmwood.
  • Academic progression routes from one level of study to the next.
  • Knowledge exchange bringing real-life expertise into the classroom.
  • Partnerships with Edinburgh and Glasgow Royal Botanic Gardens.

Integration and Knowledge Exchange

SRUC’s strength lies in the integration of the education, research and consulting areas of their business. As a student at SRUC, particularly at degree level, you will be taught by a team which, depending on your course, may include lecturers, instructors, researchers, vets, and consultants, as well as speakers from industry. Knowledge exchange is at the heart of SRUC – passing on experience, industry insight, expertise, and ensuring the commercial environment and the practical application of theory is part of the classroom.

It’s not all just sitting in a classroom

Alongside traditional lectures, there may be guest speakers and practical classes, and depending on your course, laboratory work. You will also participate in seminars and tutorials, group presentations, projects and written assignments. Learning isn’t confined to the classroom – whatever your course, you’ll find that study tours, field trips and real-life case studies all feature. SRUC's smaller teaching groups also mean that they are able to arrange regular visits to relevant industry locations to meet with experts working in your field.

Employability

Our courses are vocational in nature, blending the academic with the practical. Where appropriate, students can also study for industry-recognised training qualifications. SRUC regularly invites industry representatives to advise and contribute to their plans for new and existing courses.

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