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Bachelor of  Agricultural Science (Honours)

Program code: 2352
QTAC code: 762019
CRICOS code: 081217A


Gatton, St Lucia


4 Years full-time


Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)

Interested in the scientific systems behind the production of food and fibres? The Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) will teach you to apply scientific techniques to find innovative and sustainable solutions that improve crop and animal production.

  • This four-year program focuses on the production of the world's food and fibre. Develop your understanding of natural systems and the complex interactions in tropical agriculture.
  • Build a strong foundation of knowledge across the sciences and topics important to agricultural production including climate science, environmental management, land use, and economics.
  • Undertake an independent research project in your final two years, specialising in plant or animal science. It's excellent preparation for a successful career in agricultural research and development, production and management or service industries.
  • Graduate with a respected honours qualification, with advanced scientific knowledge and skills that will set you apart in the jobs market, and provide a pathway to future postgraduate studies in a Master's or PhD program.

Agricultural scientists use scientific techniques to tackle the challenges of food security and nutritive value, climate change, and the sustainable production of food and fibre for global consumption.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    UQ is one of the top ranked agricultural universities in the world. We ranked #1 in Australia and #19 in the world for agriculture in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.  

  • Fast Facts

    Join a growing profession

    Deloitte identified agribusiness as one of the "fantastic five" sectors tipped to take over from mining as the key drivers of growth and opportunity within the Australian economy.

  • Campus Life

    State-of-the-art facilities

    Gatton campus is home to some of the best agricultural education facilities in the world, including farms that cover 1054 hectares, research greenhouses, nursery and tissue culture facilities, research laboratories and the Queensland Animal Science Precinct.

  • Beyond the classroom

    International field experience

    You will have numerous practical learning experiences in agricultural production and have the opportunity to join a three-week study tour in South-East Asia, where you will focus on the biophysical, economic and social aspects of small-scale tropical production systems.

Majors for this program

Majors for this program

There are 2 majors available in the Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours).

View all majors for this program

Career outcomes

You will solve major challenges such as climate change, food security, and the sustainable production of food and fibre for global consumption. UQ graduates work in local, national or international organisations, offering advice to graziers and growers on animal and plant nutrition and pest control. Roles include:

  • agronomists and horticulturalists advising growers on crop cultivation to ensure maximum profitability and sustainability
  • scientists in government, industry and international institutions working on genetic engineering and soil science
  • agricultural consultants and advisors for producers and companies
  • managers of agricultural businesses, family and company-owned farms, or national and international agribusiness companies and rural industries
  • advisers in banks and other financial organisations
  • agricultural and resource economists
  • extension and inspection officers
  • land information systems officers
  • regulators of government policy.

  • Students
    "The ability to study agricultural science at a rural campus places you with like-minded students and enables you to become immersed in the agricultural sector. UQ is preparing me for my future career by putting me in contact with researchers and other industry professionals who can put me on the right track." Michael Wellington, Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) - current student
  • Research

    Are drones the future of farming?


  • Program code
  • QTAC code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    4 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    Gatton, St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria


Queensland Year 12 or equivalent English plus one of Chemistry or Mathematics B.

Entry scores

All international applicants need to meet the minimum entry score for this program.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ, view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours). These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.


Honours is awarded to all graduates of this program. Honours is awarded in the following classes:

  • Class I
  • Class IIA
  • Class IIB
  • Class IIIA
  • Class IIIB

Class of honours depends on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules.

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.


The following is a list of majors available in the Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours).

When you graduate, any majors, dual majors and extended majors you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate.

Animal Science

Animal production is concerned with the science and management of beef and dairy cattle production, poultry, sheep, goats and pig production. In choosing animal science, you will study nutrition and reproduction (of both grazing animals and intensively housed animals), animal health and genetics, animal behaviour, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, and biochemistry and pasture science.

Your practical classes will be conducted in some of the best animal teaching and research amenities in the Southern Hemisphere, located on the UQ Gatton campus.

Animal science graduates can find employment as: advisors and managers of animal production enterprises, and allied industries such as feed milling and stock equipment manufacturers and animal health companies; Extension and animal welfare officers; Research scientists with universities, government departments and CSIRO; Biosecurity officers with the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service; International advisors and researchers for international development and aid programs.

More information about what can be studied in the Animal Science Major.

Plant Science

When you choose a major in Plant Science you will learn the essential components of crop production systems including plant molecular genetics and breeding, plant pathology, plant physiology and plant soil interactions. The courses are designed for you to develop a broad knowledge of subtropical and tropical agriculture and gain important scientific research skills to allow you to contribute to developing more efficient and less resource-intensive crop production systems.

More information about what can be studied in the Plant Science Major.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. Full definitions of majors are available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $38,896
Indicative fee 2018

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) for the 2018 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

How you apply for the Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) depends on what type of applicant you are.

Apply now to QTAC

Your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian year 12 (either in Australia or offshore), or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Australia.

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All other international applicants

If you’re not currently studying Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia, submit your application directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

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Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university.

If you’re studying year 12 in Australia, a good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a “course” we call a "program".

If you’re applying directly to UQ, the closing date for the Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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