Do you have a question about your eligibility, the selection process or the Bachelor of Agriculture course?
When does the course start?
The Bachelor of Agriculture (BAg) is open for semester one entry. Semester one starts 27 February 2017.
Can I enrol mid-year?
No. Intake for the BAg is in first semester only.
Can I study part-time?
Yes. Part-time study is available for domestic students. Generally students are required to complete the course (300 point degree) in a maximum of eight years.
How long is the course?
Three years full-time, or a longer duration part-time.
What are the contact hours?
Approximately 16-22 hours per week, plus independent study time of approximately 20 hours per week (full-time study load).
What will I study?
In year one of the BAg, all students study common core subjects in foundational biological and agricultural sciences. In years two and three, you can choose from three majors, each of which involve a number of common core subjects as well as electives. For more information on subjects visit the degree structure page. See below for more information about BAg majors.
Can I choose a specialisation?
Yes. In second and third years of the BAg you can select from one of the following three majors:
- Plant and soil science
- Production animal science
- Agricultural economics.
Can I study breadth subjects as part of the BAg?
No. All agriculture elective subjects either lead to or complement the chosen major, so you will not be able to fit breadth subjects into your BAg course load. In years 2 and 3, students select electives. The course coordinator may approve enrolment into additional elective subjects at Level 2 or 3 where it is demonstrated that the selected subject is cognate and relevant to the major.
Where is the course delivered?
Parkville and Dookie (one optional semester is offered at Dookie).
Is studying at the Dookie campus compulsory?
No. The semester at Dookie is optional. It is offered in semester two of second year of the BAg, and provides a focus on practical learning in an on-the-ground environment via a different range of core subjects than those available at Parkville. You can elect to remain at Parkville for the whole of your degree, if preferred. Note that the optional semester is not an additional semester – if you choose to study at Dookie, your course duration will be the same length as students who remain at Parkville. Students undertaking the Dookie semester would typically enrol in four subjects (i.e. full-time).
Is there on-campus accommodation?
Yes. Both Parkville and Dookie offer on-campus accommodation. See http://www.colleges.unimelb.edu.au/ and http://fvas.unimelb.edu.au/study/student-accommodation/dookie-campus
Can I study the course online?
No. The course is only delivered on-campus.
Can international students take this course?
What are the entry requirements?
- A study score of at least 25 in English / English Language / Literature or at least 30 in EAL
- AND at least 25 in Mathematical Methods (CAS) or Specialist Mathematics, or at least 30 in Further Mathematics.
- In 2016 the clearly-in ATAR was 70.15.
- For domestic students who don’t meet the entry requirements, the Diploma of General Studies may provide an alternative pathway to the BAg. See below.
- Visit bit.ly/bachelor-of-ag-at-melbourne for entry requirements.
What if I don’t have the prerequisite subjects or marks?
Domestic students who don’t meet the English, mathematics or study score requirements for entry to the BAg, or who haven’t received high enough VCE (or equivalent) results, can also enter the BAg via the Diploma in General Studies (DiGS). Completing the DiGS program can provide up to seven first year subjects, depending on subjects undertaken in the DiGS program. For more information on the DiGS pathway to the BAg, visit http://www.fvas.unimelb.edu.au/study/courses/diploma-in-general-studies/overview
What are the career options following graduation?
There’s a huge diversity of career options for agriculture graduates. From advising farmers on improving soil health to trading wool in the global export market; and from designing precision agriculture technologies to researching ways to reduce livestock greenhouse gas emissions – jobs in agriculture and its related sectors are as many as they are varied.
Will I be working on a farm or in a rural setting?
Not necessarily. A large proportion of agricultural jobs – up to 50% – are based in metropolitan areas, and many others are in regional areas.
Can I apply for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with a BAg?
Yes. Upon completing the BAg, you are eligible to apply for graduate entry into the DVM. The core BAg subjects of biology (first year) and biochemistry (second year) satisfy the pre-requisite undergraduate science requirements needed for entry to the DVM. Note that selection into the DVM is on a competitive basis with applicants’ ranked based on academic merit. The typical weighted average mark each year to secure a Commonwealth Supported Place in the DVM is above 80. It is slightly lower to secure a fee paying place.
- Are there scholarships available?
What are the tuition fees?
Domestic students: the student contribution for a Commonwealth Supported Place in agriculture for 2017 is approximately $9,050 per year.
International students: international undergraduate subject fee in agriculture for 2017 is approximately $39,168 per year.
When do applications close and how do I apply?
Domestic students, for entry in semester one 2017: apply via VTAC by 30 September 2016
International students, for entry in semester one 2017:
- If you are currently studying in Australia, apply via VTAC 30 September 2016.
- If you are currently studying outside Australia, apply via the University’s Future Students webpage by late December 2016.