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Bachelor of Agriculture

3 years full time (part-time study options available)
Honours available
Dookie/Parkville campus
Available to Domestic and International students
VTAC code: 3800446061
International VTAC code: 3800446063
Course CRICOS code: 037228G

Studying The NEW Bachelor of Agriculture at the University of Melbourne gives you the skills and knowledge to apply science to significant real-world issues.

The new Bachelor of Agriculture will launch in 2016. It will provide you with breadth and depth of knowledge as well as key practical skills. Study soil science, plant science and animal science. Examine key aspects of agricultural production (food and fibre), from a scientific, economic, environmental and ethical point of view. 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.

The first year of the course will focus on providing you with a solid foundation in agricultural science. You will undertake studies in four key areas including, Biology of Cells and Organisms, Natural Environments and Agricultural, Production Systems 1 and 2. In second and third years you have the opportunity to pursue your interests by selecting majors in plant and soil science, animal science and economics.

The revitalised Bachelor of Agriculture degree will:

  • strengthen your foundation knowledge in basic agricultural sciences
  • help you to understand the broader industry context
  • integrate cross-disciplinary subject at each year level
  • give you an important global perspective
  • improve your communication, problemsolving and teamwork skills
  • expose you to the latest precision farm technologies, at our Dookie campus
  • provide many opportunities for external practical placements.

A semester of practical learning at our working farm and science hub

This is the unique opportunity to enjoy the best of both worlds – access to our city campus as well as a semester at our Dookie campus, near Shepparton. The optional semester allows you to focus on practical learning in a on the ground environment.

The Dookie campus is a focal point for key research, training and technology development that is helping to shape the future of agriculture in Australia. The Dookie campus is situated on 2,240 hectares and consists of a hightechnology robotic dairy, broad acre farming crops and 5000 merino sheep.

You have the opportunity to live on campus too, close to classrooms and study facilities and just a 30-minute drive to Benalla and Shepparton and 60 minutes to Wangaratta. As well as enjoying this unique study opportunity, you have access to many campus recreational facilities, including swimming pool, gym, tennis, basketball and squash courts, cricket nets as well as horse club and agistment facilities. Take a walk through the campus bushland reserve, or enjoy the beautiful Goulburn Valley.

Be job-ready

With important input from industry experts and potential employers, our revamped curriculum focuses on developing graduate agricultural scientists job ready from day one.

On graduating you will have:

  • an understanding the science behind agricultural production and agricultural farming systems
  • an appreciation of broader economic,environmental and ethical issues
  • business acumen, including a basic understanding of the key drivers of profit and growth
  • critical thinking skills that you can apply to practical production and farming issues
  • the ability to communicate with a diverse range of industry stakeholders.

Be in demand

The agricultural boom places agricultural science graduates a position in high demand. Just last year, it was estimated there are more than five jobs for every graduate of agriculture and related disciplines. Around 90 per cent 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 too as well as rural and remote areas.

Make a difference to global agricultural issues

You will become an agricultural scientist with the skills and knowledge to contribute to key industry fields at local, national and international levels. University of Melbourne graduates are highly sought after by employers because they possess the right combination of technical skills and personal attributes, including a confidence in their ability to problem-solve and address challenges, their ability to work as a team, an interest in sustainable farming practices and a genuine desire to work with rural communities.

Enjoy a range of exciting career opportunities

Enter a range of interesting and diverse careers as well as postgraduate study options and research. You can even take advantage of the pathway Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, with credit (with the requisite average score).

Entry requirements for the Bachelor of Agriculture

Clearly-in Rank 2016
70.15 Guide only

The Clearly-in Rank is the lowest score at which students were granted entry in 2016. i

The Clearly-in Rank should be used as a guide for entry. It is not set in advance and may vary from year to year. The Clearly-in Rank is determined by the number of places available, the number of applicants listing the course as a preference and the academic achievement of those applicants.

Access Melbourne entry

Access Melbourne allows eligible students to be considered below the Clearly-in Rank. i

Minimum ATAR 2016
70.00 Guide only i

You must achieve the minimum ATAR (if indicated) to be considered for entry to this degree. The Clearly-in Rank may be above the Minimum ATAR, depending on the demand for the course and the number of places available.


Units 3 & 4: 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.


All domestic undergraduate students enrol in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), which is subsidised by the Australian Government. Students pay a contribution amount that is determined by the Australian Government, based on the subjects undertaken. More details on fees and student contribution amounts.

Credit/Advanced standing

If you have completed post-secondary study, you may be eligible for credit/advanced standing towards your studies at the University. Find out more

Pathway options

Once you've graduated from this degree, you can pursue your interest in the agriculture and the environment by gaining a qualification in one of the following areas:

You can also choose to undertake further study to gain a professional qualification in one of the following areas: