Bachelors of  Agribusiness/Agricultural Science

Program code: 2449
QTAC code: 766601
CRICOS code: 0100493


Gatton, St Lucia


4 Years full-time


Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)

Want a flexible and diverse career in agriculture? Combine practical business skills with your interests in science and agriculture in this dual program.

  • This four-year program will develop your business skills and deep scientific expertise in agricultural contexts to prepare you for a career in the agriculture sector in Australia and internationally.
  • Study the scientific and managerial principles required to help commercial farmers sustainably increase their output of food and fibre with the least environmental and social impact.
  • Learn about marketing, finance, people management and technology along the agrifood value chain, and study business courses in accounting, economics and market research.
  • Specialise in Agronomy, Animal Science or Horticulture in the Agricultural Science component of your program and graduate ready to enter the workforce in innovative management positions.

Scientific knowledge and managerial principles are a powerful combination required to help commercial farmers efficiently and sustainably feed and clothe the world’s growing population.

  • Why study

    Leader on global issues

    Embark on your career with the best skill set available. UQ is consistently Australia’s top institution for agricultural research and is ranked 17th in the world, according to the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Employability

    Double your opportunities

    This dual program (double degree) will improve your employment prospects. Use your course load to broaden your knowledge and professional skill set in your combined interest areas and graduate with twice the qualifications.

  • Teaching spaces

    Innovative facilities

    Experience a university like no other at UQ Gatton. The specialist rural campus boasts innovative learning facilities, including greenhouses, research labs, specialist small animal hospitals and more than 1000 hectares of farmland.

  • Professional experience

    Put theory into practice

    Gain valuable hands-on experience through industry placements, case studies and fieldwork across both your programs. You’ll conduct market research and connect with industry professionals, exposing you to workplace practice.

Majors for this program

Majors for this program

There are 3 majors available in the Bachelors of Agribusiness/Agricultural Science.

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Career outcomes

Your scientific expertise and knowledge of agribusiness managerial principles will place you in high demand within the Australian and international agriculture sectors.

You’ll graduate with a keen market focus, commercial awareness, innovative approach, and relevant technical skills.

You can expect to find employment in:

  • government departments and agencies
  • research institutions, including universities and CSIRO
  • banks, financial institutions, and investment and insurance companies
  • agribusinesses, such as agricultural service companies, seed companies, food producers and agricultural consultancies
  • biosecurity, extension and animal production enterprises
  • organisations involved in production, post-harvest and marketing of horticultural products
  • commodity trade, sales and marketing companies
  • export marketing and management companies
  • feed mills, stock equipment manufacturers, and livestock and poultry health companies within allied industries
  • property management companies
  • supply chain management organisations
  • tourism bodies.

Many agribusiness students are offered jobs prior to graduation.

You can also choose to continue onto further studies to pursue a career in research.

Find out more about careers that started in science

  • Beyond the classroom

    Gain international expertise

    Undertake a global experience during your studies and gain a new understanding of local and international challenges in agribusiness and agriculture.

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  • Students

    Get the most out of your studies

    Find out about compulsory or recommended courses, plan your upcoming semester and create a successful path for your degree, using the Science Study Planner.

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  • Why study

    Meet Angus, he studies Agribusiness at UQ

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  • In the classroom
    "Studying agricultural science from a rural campus at UQ means I'm placed with like-minded students and able to immerse myself in the agricultural sector while studying. The staff and lecturers are very eager to share their knowledge and explore avenues for students to gain further experience or education." Michael Wellington, Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours), current student


Admissions criteria

View the Prerequisites guide for more information about subject equivalents for interstate high schools, overseas high schools, university subjects and pathways and bridging programs.

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

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BEP - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelors of Agribusiness/Agricultural Science 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 Bachelors of Agribusiness/Agricultural Science is made up of two course lists:

Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

The Bachelors of Agribusiness/Agricultural Science has a single set of Program Rules, which explain what is required to complete the dual program. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

If you decide to enrol in a dual program, you can use a Dual Degree Planner to help organise your studies.

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

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 Bachelors of Agribusiness/Agricultural Science.

When you graduate, any majors, dual majors and extended majors 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.

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.


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.

Sometimes dual programs will have different majors to the ones listed on course lists, or on individual program pages for each of its component degrees.

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 $43,504
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelors of Agribusiness/Agricultural Science for the 2020 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 Bachelors of Agribusiness/Agricultural Science depends on what type of applicant you are.

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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 Bachelors of Agribusiness/Agricultural Science is:

  • 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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