Study the new Bachelor of Agriculture and become a highly skilled scientist

  • Develop an understanding of the science behind agricultural production and agricultural farming systems
  • Gain an appreciation of broader economic, environmental and ethical issues
  • Develop your business acumen, including a basic understanding of the key drivers of profit and growth
  • Apply critical thinking skills to practical production and farming issues
  • Communicate with a diverse range of industry stakeholders
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Course Description

Agriculture is a major contributor to the Australian national economy, and productivity growth is booming, more than in any other industry sector.

In light of this exciting growth, the University of Melbourne consulted widely with industry, employers and graduates and the new Bachelor of Agriculture undergraduate degree was born – a degree that empowers you with the general, technical and problem-solving abilities required to meet the high demand for skilled graduates in agriculture.

Key information

  • One intake: Semester 1 
  • Duration: 3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent 
  • Course delivery: On-campus at Parkville and Dookie (students have the option to study at Dookie for one semester) 

Course Overview

You will study key aspects of agricultural production, from scientific, economic, environmental and ethical points of view and you'll work in teams to apply your knowledge to solve key industry challenges – from improving animal production and welfare to addressing climate change and food sustainability.

What to expect

In the first year of the course you’ll gain a solid foundation in agricultural science, with core studies in biology, natural environments, agricultural production and agricultural science.

In second and third year, you have the opportunity to pursue your interests by selecting from majors in plant and soil science, production animal science and agricultural economics. You also have the option of completing a semester at our Dookie campusallowing you to focus on practical learning in a hands-on environment on the largest farm campus in the southern hemisphere.

Honours is an optional fourth year of study that gives you the opportunity to draw together your previous studies and focus your knowledge, skills and intellect on an exciting piece of original research. Honours can further prepare you for employment, or a research higher degree.

Career Outcomes

Be job-ready and in demand

Employment outcomes for graduates in agricultural science are strong. Around 90% of graduates gain full-time employment four months after graduation (significantly above the average of 71 per cent for all bachelor degree graduates). A high percentage of positions are available in cities, as well as rural and remote areas.

Enjoy a range of exciting career opportunities

Enter a range of interesting and diverse careers as well as postgraduate study options and research in food science, agribusiness and the agricultural sciences. You can even take advantage of the pathway into the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

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