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Learn the science of agriculture and food production

The agricultural sector helps to feed and clothe people across the world every day. With an ever-growing population, meeting the challenges of food security, environmental agendas, changing markets and complex rural issues means there is a high demand for qualified agricultural specialists across all sectors.

Our degrees are shaped by research leaders who are committed to helping you develop advanced knowledge and technical capabilities, as well as transferable skills in business acumen and communication.

Our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are tailored to your career goals, with a choice of study areas as diverse as sustainable farming and grain production, agronomy, meat science, poultry science, precision agriculture technologies and sheep and wool science. In fact, UNE is the only Australian university to offer a comprehensive range of sheep and wool units developed and funded by industry bodies.

From farm management and food production, to biotechnology, business management and landcare, regardless of the career path you want to take, UNE’s specialist expertise will ensure you leave ready to tackle any challenge.

If you’re looking for a dynamic, science-focused, rewarding career, explore the Agriculture courses on offer at UNE. 

Courses by study level

Demand for agribusiness professionals continues to grow as the world faces the evolving challenges of climate change, sustainability, food safety and security, and the increasing globalisation and integration of agricultural and food networks.

UNE’s Bachelor of Agribusiness provides you with the skills and knowledge you’ll need to anticipate and respond to the demands of agricultural businesses in a changing global environment. Hone your skills in problem solving and analysis to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

Duration
  • 3 years full-time
  • Up to 10 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

Food safety and security, natural resource depletion, climate change and the drive for sustainability are among the most significant global challenges of our time. There is growing demand for professionals who are skilled at solving economic problems and making decisions relevant to these critical agricultural and natural resource issues.

With UNE’s Bachelor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, you will build specialist quantitative skills to pivot your career in a diverse range of agricultural and natural resource settings.

Duration
  • 4 years full-time
  • Up to 10 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

With UNE’s Bachelor of Agriculture, you’ll gain practical, production-oriented, specialist skills. You’ll have the paddock-ready skills and knowledge to solve problems and adapt to future challenges as a professional. Choose a major from one of four production-based options — Animal Production, Plant Production, General Agricultural Production, and Technology — to gain a specialisation allowing you to enter the agricultural industry with expert knowledge and a technical skillset.

With a Bachelor of Agriculture from UNE you will be well positioned to gain employment across a range of agricultural industries, with your career effectively future-proofed. 

Duration
  • 3 years full-time
  • Up to 10 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online

With UNE’s Bachelor of Agriculture/Bachelor of Business you will gain practical, production-oriented skills and knowledge in agriculture together with in-depth skills and knowledge in business, management and finance. You will learn to formulate strategies and become an informed decision maker who can communicate effectively in this rapidly evolving industry. 

Our combined degree enables you to specialise by studying one of four business majors to complement the paddock-ready skills you gain from the Bachelor of Agriculture component. You will be well positioned for career success with the expertise to adapt to a rapidly changing world.   

Duration
  • 4 years full-time
  • Up to 10 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

Anticipate and respond to the demands of agricultural industries and businesses in a changing global environment and gain a broad range of in-demand legal skills with the UNE Bachelor of Agriculture/Bachelor of Laws. In this double degree you will benefit from UNE’s unique position in regional Australia, with the flexibility to build your capabilities in areas that interest you most. With your acquired legal and agricultural knowledge, advanced research skills and technical skillset, you will graduate with broad knowledge and specialist skills for greater career flexibility.

Duration
  • 5 years full-time
  • Up to 12 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

With UNE’s Bachelor of Animal Science you will graduate with knowledge and skills in the science-based fundamentals that underpin the management of animals, plus acquire the practical experience to be on track for a rewarding career in animal-related industries. You will develop expertise in a specialist area through your major in livestock production or wildlife management.

Enhance your science-based qualifications and future proof your career across a range of workplace contexts.

Duration
  • 4 years full-time
  • Up to 10 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

With UNE’s Bachelor of Rural Science, you’ll graduate at the forefront of the agricultural industry ready to solve complex problems in agricultural systems. You’ll have the paddock-ready scientific skills to adapt to future challenges as a professional, and you will gain an understanding of the sustainability of the whole agricultural system from soils, plants, and animals through to economics.

You will be well positioned to become a leader in a range of industry contexts, with your career effectively future proofed.

Duration
  • 4 years full-time
  • Up to 10 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus
Bachelor of Science

Constant technological disruption and new discoveries in science influence every aspect of our lives, meaning that there has never been a better time than now to safeguard your future career with scientific knowledge and practical skills. With 20 majors to choose from, UNE’s Bachelor of Science is flexibly delivered by experts in research and teaching. Tailor your degree towards generalist or specialist science, while developing a broad scientific base and refining your abilities in critical analysis and complex problem solving. Our majors span the pure and applied sciences, with specialisation available in traditional disciplines and emerging fields.

Duration
  • 3 years full-time
  • Up to 10 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online

The UNE Undergraduate Certificate in Professional Development is a program of study for people from a broad range of backgrounds who want to begin developing skills for future careers or further study. Designed in response to rapid workplace and industry changes brought about by COVID19, it can help you develop knowledge and skills in a range of disciplinary areas. This program is available fully online and includes a core unit to help you articulate your career goals. 

Duration
  • 1 trimester full-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
Mode
  • Online

High-achieving agribusiness graduates can contribute to our understanding of today's complex challenges affecting agriculture and agribusiness sectors through UNE’s Bachelor of Agribusiness with Honours.

In your honours year, you will undertake in-depth research targeted at solving business problems or making strategic decisions in the agricultural industries. In doing so, you will hone your knowledge, analysis and communication skills to future proof your career in the agribusiness sector.

Duration
  • 1 year full-time
  • Up to 2 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

Contribute to world class research by completing a Bachelor of Science with Honours at UNE. Position yourself with advanced science knowledge in an era of rapid change. Our honours course goes beyond the normal practical and field training and provides you with a wide range of cross-disciplinary applied research opportunities to foster your development as a skilled research professional.

We offer a range of majors spanning the pure and applied sciences, working with UNE’s internationally recognised research disciplines. Our flexible, innovative learning environment equips you with advanced discipline knowledge and skills in critical thinking, data analysis and problem-solving to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

Duration
  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

With UNE’s Graduate Certificate in Agriculture, you can expand your professional skills and gain a specialisation in a specific area of agriculture or develop your fundamental knowledge of agricultural production. UNE’s Graduate Certificate in Agriculture is an opportunity to fast-track your career via a range of coursework programs designed to develop your expertise. You’ll be able to choose your specialist area from options that include agricultural production, precision agriculture, agricultural consulting and animal science.  

Open doors to employment options in this rapidly changing industry and future proof your career.  

Duration
  • Up to 4 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online

Adapt to an evolving workplace and open the door to new career opportunities with UNE’s Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice. Whether you want to create more career choices, hone your specialist skills, or take a new career direction, we will work with you to customise a course to match your skills and aspirations.

Choose from a full breadth of subjects. Avoid getting bogged down in a lengthy, traditional course, and instead, play to your natural strengths, refine your skills and draw on your experience to prepare for the future. And do it all with the support of an expert academic success advisor with 1:1 guidance from start to finish.

Duration
  • 0.5 years full-time
  • 2 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online

Design a bespoke course and prepare for a rapidly evolving workplace with the UNE Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice. Whether you want to advance your career, hone your skills or embark on a new career direction, we’ll work with you to design a course to match your skills and aspirations. You will have the freedom to assemble your course from a full breadth of subjects, play to your strengths and draw from your experience to achieve your goals. Learn in a way that suits your timeframe and do it all with the support of an expert academic success advisor — with one-on-one guidance from start to finish. You’ll be paving your pathway to the next stage of your career.

Duration
  • 1 year full-time
  • Up to 4 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online

Upgrade your skills and develop your expertise with science-based agricultural studies through UNE’s Master of Science in Agriculture. Steer your studies towards your interests and career direction within the agricultural industry and focus your studies within the broad areas of animal science; meat science and technology; wool science; genetics and animal breeding; agronomy and soil science.

Choose from a wide range of units, covering all aspects of the agricultural industry and receive a comprehensive introduction to research skills and research methodology. You can also undertake a research project supervised by our world-class researchers.

UNE is a leading innovator in teaching and research in the agricultural sciences. Your advanced knowledge and skillset will prepare you for high-level work in this rapidly evolving industry.

Duration
  • 1 or 1.5 or 2 years full-time
  • Up to 6 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

A Doctor of Philosophy is the pinnacle of academic study. Using rigorous and systematic research, combined with critical analysis, you will add to society’s understanding of complex issues at the cutting edge of your discipline or profession.

When you complete your PhD at UNE, you will be recognised as an expert in your area of study. Your original discoveries and innovations will be applied to benefit society and industry in Australia and worldwide.

Duration
  • 3 years full-time
  • 6 years part-time
Start
  • Research Period 1
  • Research Period 2
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online
Master of Science

Understanding and discovery in science drives advancement, providing solutions to the world’s health, environmental, agricultural and technological challenges. UNE’s Master of Science allows you to study flexibly, to gain expertise and research training, and to contribute to current scientific knowledge. You will be supervised by internationally-recognised scientists and with opportunities to immerse yourself in UNE’s vibrant research culture and access to our world-class facilities, develop your skills as a research professional.

Duration
  • 2 years full-time
  • Up to 4 years part-time
Start
  • Research Period 1
  • Research Period 2
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus
  • Bespoke Graduate Certificate: design your own 4 unit postgraduate course and have your work experience recognised in the process.
  • ‘Fundamental’ Bespoke Course: choose two, three or four fundamental units from a traditional degree. If you are planning a new direction, or adding a new set of skills to your portfolio, you may want to start with this option. These units provide a foundation, or a ‘base camp’, to return to if you want to later progress to a full degree.
  • ‘Advanced’ Bespoke Course: choose two, three or four advanced units from a full degree. This is a great strategy for staying current in your field, or advancing your knowledge.
  • ‘Critical Content’ Bespoke Course: choose two, three or four units from any of the available units in a degree to create a Critical Content Bespoke Course. This option lets you get the knowledge you need without the time and cost of a full degree.
  • ‘Mix and Match’ Bespoke Course: combine two, three or four units from different degrees and disciplines to design your mix and match Bespoke Course. This option lets you diversify your knowledge.

What our students say

Bachelor of Agriculture student Matthew McCauley in rural setting in UNE shirt

UNE has offered me so many opportunities, friendships and connections. My highlight has to be travelling around Qld and NSW expanding my education through various agricultural groups and conferences.

Matthew McCauley, Bachelor of Agriculture student

Why study with us?

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Where studying Agriculture can take you

Our courses in agriculture, agricultural production and management, rural science and agribusiness can lead to career opportunities including:

  • primary production, landcare, soil conservation
  • technology
  • farm management
  • sustainable farming
  • agricultural consultancy
  • biotechnology
  • natural resource management
  • research.

A career in Agriculture

The world relies on qualified agriculture experts to sustain food supply systems. As the population grows, there is an increasing demand for specialists in the field, making a degree in agriculture the pathway to varied opportunities in a fast-moving industry where you can make a difference.

Former South Australian Premier
The Hon Dean Brown

Rural Science was an excellent program; it gave me a broad education that I could apply to many political situations later in life. It taught me the need to learn throughout life.

Graduate, Bachelor of Rural Science
Sara Paton

A lot of people whom I look up to as mentors all have some form of involvement in agriculture and/or the rural environment, and have inspired me to pursue a career in the agricultural industry.

Graduate, B.Agriculture (Animal Production)
Greg Kemmett

Agriculture is pretty important on a global scale, it’s nice to have an education in something of international importance.

The Australian Government’s Job Outlook website predicts ‘stable’ or ‘strong’ future growth in many agricultural fields as a profession. It lists the current average weekly salary of an agricultural and forestry scientist as $2,218.

A five-star experience

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#1 in Australia Postgraduate Teaching Quality
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What happens next?

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1. Decide on your course

Got any questions about a course you would like to study? Don’t hesitate to contact us, our Future Student team is standing by to help.

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2. Apply

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3. Receive an offer, enrol and start studying

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