Bachelor of Agriculture
Our Bachelor of Agriculture gives you the skills and knowledge to apply science to significant real-world issues.
The Bachelor of Agriculture degree will:
- Strengthen your foundation knowledge in basic agricultural sciences
- Help you to understand the broader industry context
- Integrate cross-disciplinary subjects at each year level
- Give you an important global perspective
- Improve your communication, problem-solving and teamwork skills
- Expose you to the latest precision farm technologies at our Dookie campus
- Provide many opportunities for external practical placements.
In the first year of the course you’ll focus on a solid foundation in agricultural science, with core studies in biology, natural environments, agricultural production and agricultural science. In second and third year you’ll have the opportunity to pursue your interests by selecting a major in plant and soil science, animal science or agricultural economics.
As an Agriculture student, you will develop core practical skills across plant and soil science, animal science and agricultural economics and examine key aspects of agricultural production from scientific, economic, environmental and ethical points of view.
You will also work in cross-disciplinary teams to apply your knowledge to solve major industry challenges – from improving animal production and welfare to addressing climate change and food sustainability.
A semester of practical learning at Dookie - our working farm and science hub
We offer a 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, about 180 kilometres north-east of Melbourne. The optional semester allows you to focus on practical learning in an on-the-ground environment.
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 largest farm campus in the southern hemisphere, Dookie is situated on 2240 hectares and has a high-technology 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 curriculum focuses on developing graduate agricultural scientists job ready from day one.
On graduating you will have:
- An understanding of 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, with three 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 bachelors degree graduates in Australia). A high percentage of positions are available in cities, as well as rural and remote areas.
*Based on data from the Australian Council of Deans of Agriculture
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 graduate study options and research. You can even take advantage of the pathway Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, with credit (with the requisite average score).
Majors (focus your undergraduate degree)
Students who study the Production Animal Science major and gain entry into the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program will receive subject credit of 37.5 points towards their first year of studies.
In the Bachelor of Agriculture, you can focus on the following areas of study:
Entry requirements for the Bachelor of Agriculture
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 allows eligible students to be considered below the Clearly-in Rank. 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.
If you have completed post-secondary study, you may be eligible for credit/advanced standing towards your studies at the University. Find out more.
Once you've graduated from this degree, you can pursue your interest in 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: