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Bachelors of  Agribusiness/Equine Science

Program code: 2389
QTAC code: 766101
CRICOS code: 087883G


Gatton, St Lucia


4 Years full-time


Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)

Use your scientific and business knowledge to prepare for a career in the global equine industry and improve the health, management and welfare of leisure horses and equine athletes.

  • This four-year program is one of Australia’s leading agribusiness programs. It will introduce you to the commercial world behind agriculture and allow you to combine practical business skills with your interests in equine science.
  • Develop skills in marketing, finance, and managing people and technology along the agrifood value chain. Study accounting, economics and market research in an agribusiness context, preparing you for business management positions.
  • Gain exposure to the scientific and practical aspects of the horse industry. Study nutrition, breeding, exercise physiology, health and rehabilitation, welfare and behaviour, and explore the interaction between horse and rider.
  • Undertake industry experience and placements with agribusiness enterprises and work with horses from the UQ Australian Stock Horse stud. You’ll also participate in laboratory and field-based activities and have the chance to study internationally.

The equine sector is growing fast on a global scale, while the $5 trillion agribusiness industry is one of Australia’s most important employment and production fields.

  • Campus Life

    Best of both worlds

    Experience city and rural living at two campuses. Take courses in the award-winning UQ Business School at Brisbane’s St Lucia campus and equine science courses at UQ’s specialist rural Gatton campus.

  • Fast Facts

    Specialist facilities

    Along with a $1.5 million Equine Unit, Gatton campus is also home to the Equine Specialist Hospital, which provides a range of services including emergency treatment, diagnostic imaging and surgery.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Career outcomes

Your scientific knowledge and marketing and management skills will equip you for a career in both the equine and agribusiness sectors.

Expect to find employment in organisations such as:

  • equine enterprises
  • agribusiness firms servicing the equine industry
  • animal nutrition and animal health companies
  • bloodstock agencies
  • equine industry organisations and educational institutions
  • equine media organisations
  • policy development and analysis in agricultural and regional agencies
  • preconditioning and training businesses
  • racing and competition stables
  • sales and marketing companies
  • statutory bodies administering racing and trotting.

Alternatively, choose to further your research ambitions and enrol in postgraduate study to develop your research skills and make significant contributions to knowledge.

Find out more about careers that started in science

  • Campus Life

    Participate in a vibrant culture

    Student organisations like the UQ Equestrian Club, the UQ Equine Association and the Gatton Students' Association provide plenty of opportunities for you to network, socialise and build relationships outside the classroom.

  • 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.

    Find out more
  • Why study

    Meet Angus, he studies Agribusiness at UQ

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  • Why study

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  • Program code
  • QTAC code
  • Component degrees
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    4 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    Gatton, St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 7
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria

Entry scores

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


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

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/Equine 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/Equine 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/Equine 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.

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/Equine 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/Equine Science 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 Bachelors of Agribusiness/Equine 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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