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Bachelor of Agricultural Science

Overview

Prepare to shape the future of agriculture and tackle global challenges. Gain the expertise to improve the productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of agricultural practices.

As the world’s population continues to expand, demand is high for agricultural scientists who can find sustainable solutions to the complex challenges of food security, nutritive value and climate change.

In the Bachelor of Agricultural Science, you'll learn from world-class academics with an active research focus and strong industry connections. They’ll teach you to apply and integrate the scientific, technological, managerial, economic and social principles of agriculture to improve livestock and cropping outcomes for small, medium and large-scale farming operations.

You can enhance your skills with a 120-hour practical industry placement, where you'll build a strong understanding of current and emerging trends in agricultural innovation.

Graduate job-ready with an internationally respected qualification, or undertake an additional year of independent honours research to focus on a specific topic.

Location
Gatton
Duration
3 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
QTAC Code
762019
Program Code
2448
AQF
Level 7
Location
Gatton
Fees
A$43504 (indicative per year)
Duration
3 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
QTAC Code
762019
Program Code
2448
CRICOS Code
0100492
AQF
Level 7

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Access some of the best animal and veterinary facilities in the Southern Hemisphere as well as research greenhouses, nursery and more than 1000 hectares of farmlands.
  • Learn from highly awarded teachers and gain professional skills through placements or internships, contact with industry representatives, and participating in our Summer Research Program.
  • Customise your study to suit your goals with a major in Agronomy, Horticulture or Animal Science.

1 in Australia for agriculture and forestry

QS World University Rankings 2020

25 in the world for agriculture and forestry

QS World University Rankings 2020

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

  • Agronomy
  • Animal Science
  • Horticulture

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Overseas study
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work
  • Fieldwork
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Agricultural Biochemistry
  • Sustainable Agricultural & Animal Systems
  • Biological Concepts & Plant Science
  • Animal Health & Epidemiology

See all courses in this program

See program rules [PDF]

In Semester 1, 2021, we'll be teaching courses on campus and online. Delivery modes vary for each course and may change in future semesters.

Dual programs

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Depending on which major you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Agronomist
  • Animal technician
  • Horticulturalist
  • Biosecurity officer
  • Research manager
  • Animal management officer
  • Propagator
  • Crop scientist
  • Animal health officer
  • Plant scientist

Graduate salary

Agriculture & environmental studies (undergraduate)

$53K–$57K

compared.edu.au

Next steps after graduation

The agriculture sector contributes billions of dollars annually to the Australian and international economies.

You will find diverse career opportunities in organisations such as:

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

Alternatively, you can further your research ambitions by applying for a 12-month honours program.

Find out more about careers that started in science

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

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

Prerequisites

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

Entry score threshold

OPRankIB
117727

These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2020. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in April each year. Meeting the threshold doesn't guarantee admission.

ATAR scores: See QTAC's OP to ATAR conversions (PDF) for a rough guide to equivalent ATARs.

Guarantee your place at UQ: If you meet our ATAR guarantee threshold (PDF, 201.47 KB) you could be guaranteed an offer for your preferred program.

English language requirements

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.

BE - 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.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the minimum entry score, subject prerequisites or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven't studied the prerequisites or need to improve your entry score, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Additional application information

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

Entry score range

This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the B Agricultural Science for Semester 1, 2020

Without adjustmentsWith adjustments
Highest5 / 925 / 92
Median9 / 829 / 82
Lowest12 / 7511 / 77

Who you'll study with

Here's a snapshot of our student intake for this program in Semester 1, 2020:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students

(A) Higher education study

1352%

(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

00%

(C) Work and life experience

<5<5
(D) Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
832%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
00%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
<5<5

International students

<5<5

Total

25100%

"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Agricultural Science are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Majors

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Agronomy

Build your knowledge of how the environment and agricultural practices can be managed to control the whole plant growth and crop production cycle.

You'll learn to utilise a number of scientific disciplines to enhance food production, create healthier food, investigate plants as a future energy source and manage the environmental impacts of agriculture.

You'll 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.

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Animal Science

This major focuses on the science and management of production animals, including beef and dairy cattle, poultry, sheep, goats and pigs.

You'll 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 facilities in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Horticulture

In this major you'll study areas as diverse as the intensive production of fruit, vegetable, nursery and floricultural crops and turf, and the use of plants for recreational and therapeutic benefit or to enhance the urban landscape.

You'll learn how to use scientific techniques in plant breeding, biochemistry, physiology and propagation to improve plant yield, quality, nutritional value and resistance to insects, diseases and environmental stresses. 

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Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Agronomy

Build your knowledge of how the environment and agricultural practices can be managed to control the whole plant growth and crop production cycle.

You'll learn to utilise a number of scientific disciplines to enhance food production, create healthier food, investigate plants as a future energy source and manage the environmental impacts of agriculture.

You'll 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.

View

Animal Science

This major focuses on the science and management of production animals, including beef and dairy cattle, poultry, sheep, goats and pigs.

You'll 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 facilities in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Horticulture

In this major you'll study areas as diverse as the intensive production of fruit, vegetable, nursery and floricultural crops and turf, and the use of plants for recreational and therapeutic benefit or to enhance the urban landscape.

You'll learn how to use scientific techniques in plant breeding, biochemistry, physiology and propagation to improve plant yield, quality, nutritional value and resistance to insects, diseases and environmental stresses. 

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Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

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

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $43,504

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Agricultural Science for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (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.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

HECS-HELP

Domestic places in the Bachelor of Agricultural Science are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $9,527

Indicative annual fee 2020 Commonwealth supported place

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Agricultural Science for one academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Applying online

How you apply depends on what type of applicant you are.

Your senior schooling is from Australia or New Zealand

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

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

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Agricultural Science is 762019.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Apply now to QTAC

All other international applicants

Submit your application to UQ. If you prefer, you can use an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Bachelor of Agricultural Science is 2448.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Apply now to UQ

Important dates

If you’re studying Year 12 in Australiago to the QTAC website to check the closing date for this program. 

If you’re applying to UQ, the closing date for this program is: 

  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar

Important dates

Admissions schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

Learn more about admission schemes

Pathway options

A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.

If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Learn more about pathway options

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

Express yourself. And your interest.

They say choosing a degree is hard, which is why we've made it easy. Register your interest in the Bachelor of Agricultural Science and we'll send you everything you need to know about applying to UQ.