Build on your knowledge and gain skills in research methodologies, communication and entrepreneurship by undertaking an independent research project in the Bachelor of Sustainable Agriculture (Honours).

  • This one-year research program is designed for students who have completed a Bachelor of Sustainable Agriculture or a related agriculture program – see Program Details for entry requirements.
  • Undertake high level analysis as you complete an independent research project. Assessment involves preparation of a literature review on your selected topic, a research seminar and poster, and an extensive research thesis outlining your findings.
  • Work closely with a specialist agricultural researcher throughout your honours year and gain valuable experience and networks to pursue a research career or move into a diverse range of employment within the sustainable agriculture industry.
  • Graduate with an honours qualification that provides valuable experience in independent analysis and research. It is excellent preparation for postgraduate study by coursework or a higher degree such as a PhD.

Design, implement and present a research project in sustainable agriculture that emphasises the importance of your chosen topic, establishes methodology, and uses data analysis to draw defensible conclusions.

  • 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.

  • In the classroom

    Work closely with experts

    During your honours year, you'll work closely with internationally respected researchers and academics who will guide your studies. Students also undertake coursework in small and supportive groups, which facilitates more in-depth class discussions.

Fields of study for this program

Fields of study for this program

There are 3 fields of study available in the Bachelor of Sustainable Agriculture (Honours).

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Career outcomes

The agriculture sector contributes billions of dollars annually to the Australian economy. You will find employment in industries such as:

  • government departments, 
  • research institutions such as CSIRO and universities, 
  • agribusinesses such as agricultural service companies, banks, seed companies, food producers and agricultural consultancies, 
  • small- or large-scale organisations involved in production, post-harvest and marketing of horticultural products, 
  • biosecurity, extension and animal production enterprises, and 
  • allied industries such as feed milling, stock equipment manufacturers, and livestock and poultry health companies.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
  • AQF
    Level 8

Entry requirements


Bachelor of Sustainable Agriculture or Bachelor of Applied Science or equivalent with a GPA of 5; and satisfied any additional requirements set by the Head of School; or

Satisfied the Executive Dean and Head of School that the applicant is qualified to undertake honours based on the applicant's academic records; and subject to completion of additional work if set.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Bachelor of Sustainable Agriculture (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 Sustainable Agriculture (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.

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Sustainable Agriculture (Honours) have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Courses and Programs

Fields of study

The following is a list of fields of study available in the Bachelor of Sustainable Agriculture (Honours).

When you graduate, any fields of study you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate.


Agronomy is the study of how the environment and agricultural practices can be managed to control the whole plant growth and crop production cycle. As an agronomist you will utilise a number of scientific disciplines to enhance the production of food, create healthier food, investigate plants as a future energy source and manage the environmental impacts of agriculture. You will combine the study of biological, chemical, ecological and earth sciences or genetics to examine variables such as crop rotation, irrigation and drainage, plant breeding, plant physiology, soil classification and fertility and the control of weeds, insects and other pests to manage the whole plant and crop production cycle.


You will study diverse areas including the intensive production of fruit, vegetable, nursery and floricultural crops; turf; and the use of plants for recreational and therapeutic benefit, or to enhance the urban landscape.

As a horticulturist you will work to improve plant yield, quality, nutritional value and resistance to insects, diseases and environmental stresses through the use of scientific techniques in plant breeding, biochemistry, physiology and propagation.

Livestock and Poultry Science

You will study a range of sciences including animal behaviour, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, health, genetics and reproduction that underpin the effective and humane production of animals for food, fibre and pharmaceuticals.

You will use the latest technologies in disease control, welfare management, animal environment interactions and product quality.

You will also study business principles and gain practical skills in applying these through industry placements to ensure the profitable and sustainable management of livestock & poultry.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. A full definition of "field of study" is available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

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