Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture and Business) (P3K)

Overview  2019

ATAR

Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Achievement of a specified ATAR will guarantee acceptance into a course or institution, subject to any non-ATAR criteria being met, such as a prerequisite study or English language proficiency.

: 65

Duration

Minimum 3 Years, up to a maximum of 7 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2

Commonwealth Supported places available

ATAR

Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Achievement of a specified ATAR will guarantee acceptance into a course or institution, subject to any non-ATAR criteria being met, such as a prerequisite study or English language proficiency.

: 65

Duration

Minimum 3 Years
Entry requirements

Location

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2

"The best part of first year for me was learning about all the new industries that are happening in Australia and globally as well. We did a trip up the North West coast of Tasmania, which was really exciting."

Will Campbell,
Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture and Business) student
Are you an aspiring entrepreneur with a passion for agriculture?

Do you like the thought of growing your own business? Or becoming a leader in an industry that’s vital to the future of humanity?

A Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture and Business) has been developed at the demand of industry and delivers a powerful combination of knowledge and skills in agricultural science, production and farm management, with the business world of marketing and economics.

You emerge from this degree with strong business acumen combined with practical agricultural knowledge that makes you ideally suited to running your own business, working in all levels of the supply chain, providing business development advice to industry, and much more!

Students will gain knowledge, understanding and skills in the principles and practices of agricultural production and how they contribute to practice change.  There is an emphasis on understanding the value chain and business environment that is fundamental to the economic performance of agricultural industries and enterprises, which is why work experience is embedded in the degree, and there are significant opportunities to engage directly with the vibrant and dynamic Tasmanian agricultural industry.

The course includes theory and practical activities around agricultural production, economics, marketing, finance and communication. Together these are used to understand the real-life and complex problems facing agricultural production, practice change and agribusiness.

Areas of study covered in this course include:

  • Agribusiness
  • Agricultural production and technology
  • Animal science and principles of breeding
  • Crop production
  • Crop protection and microbiology
  • Economics, finance and marketing
  • Soil science

Tasmania is an agriculture powerhouse, punching well above our weight in terms of output volume, diversity of what we grow and create, and especially the quality of both our products and natural resources.

Engagement with industry throughout your degree

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture and Business) turns the agriculture industry into your classroom through a range of hands-on experiences including field trips to leading agricultural businesses in the state, and the opportunity for development of skills in practical classes. You will also gain valuable and highly relevant knowledge by hearing from industry guest lecturers.

Several of the advanced level units provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate self-directed learning, such as small group projects and industry placement.

The University Farm, and the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA)

The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) is a centre of excellence in agricultural research, development, extension and education. TIA maintains four farms around the State including dairy, vegetable and grain farming. These provide essential teaching and research links.

Our researchers, your lecturers, have developed collaborative links with scientific and business communities, including cooperative research centres in fields such as separation science, geological research, food safety, ocean monitoring, climate and ecosystems. This high-quality new thinking feeds into our teaching and will energise your student experience.

In 2015 the University of Tasmania was ranked as the top agricultural research institution in Australia*.

*Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015 National Report

Overseas Exchange

Our international exchange program offers opportunities for a semester of study at universities around the world. Exchange can allow students to have an affordable educational and cultural experience in a foreign country for a semester or a full year. To facilitate this, we offer a range of scholarships and financial assistance. Participants may be eligible for OS-HELP Loans or scholarship funding to assist with their airfares, accommodation and other expenses.

Find out more about Student Exchange.

Work Placement

A work-integrated-learning business placement is a part of this degree, providing you the chance to connect with Tasmania's vibrant and dynamic agricultural businesses, get hands-on experience in the industry, and develop networks with potential employers while studying, building valuable career connections before you even graduate.

Career outcomes

The University of Tasmania collaborates closely with industry and organisations – both locally and internationally – to give you exciting, challenging opportunities to further your careers and to contribute to the local and global community.

We have been closely entwined with the Tasmanian state government for many years through the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA), helping ensure best practice and cutting edge technology and production in all aspects of agribusiness.

Career Opportunities with Applied Science (Agriculture and Business)

This degree will provide you with a solid foundation for career opportunities in agribusiness-related consulting and management in the public or private sector.

In addition to direct employment in the agriculture sectors, there are a broad range of supporting industries that need graduates skilled in both agriculture and business:

  • Rural lending and investment
  • Product development
  • Rural politics
  • Commodity trading
  • Small and medium enterprise management
  • Government departments such as trade and industry
  • Marketing
  • Strategic management
  • Transport logistics
  • International development
  • Professional farm management
  • Exporting
  • Financial management
  • Agronomic and livestock sales
  • Business consulting
  • Agribusiness management
  • Agribusiness banking

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for membership of the AG Institute Australia.

Course structure

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture and Business) usually takes three years to finish and requires the completion of 24 units. You’ll complete majors in Sustainable Agriculture (eight units) and Agribusiness (eight units), as well as units delivering core knowledge in business and science, plus electives and breadth units.

Sustainable Agriculture

The sustainable agriculture major includes study of the principles of sustainable food and fibre production in a national and global context, with unique practical focused units in agricultural technology, food microbiology (e.g. fermentation, cheese making etc) and agricultural extension. You study impacts on agriculture from insects and plant diseases, which leads into advanced study in practical approaches such as integrated pest management, and specialist units in insect ecology and plant pathology. The study of agricultural landscapes and soil science is also included. Other specialist units of study include agronomy, horticultural science and animal science.

Agribusiness

Agribusiness has a foundation in economics, finance and marketing. You then apply this knowledge to analysing agricultural businesses and industries on- and off-campus. This gives you a breadth of knowledge and skills to have an impact throughout the entire supply chain, plus gives you the foundations for exploring your own entrepreneurial initiatives.

The unit explores human population growth and the impending global food crisis by introducing agriculture as a managed ecosystem, from the earliest shifting cultivation systems to the most intensive systems currently practiced today. The ecological, economic and social sustainability of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Approximately two thirds of Australia's agricultural commodities are exported each year, generating nearly $30 billion. This unit provides an understanding of historical developments, current status and future opportunities and challenges of the dominant agricultural and horticultural industries in Tasmania and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit introduces you to the most dominant life forms on earth via the disciplines of entomology and plant pathology. It explores the classification, diversity, structure, function and general biology of insects and examines the concepts of plant disease and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The unit provides an introduction to the formation of key Tasmanian soil types, their parent materials and their land use potential. Soil fertility and key nutrient cycles (N, P and K), soil morphology and salinity will be examined in lectures,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit examines agricultural production systems within the context of climate, landscapes and natural resources. Management of soil, land, water and vegetation resources on a catchment and property basis will be covered. Students will develop competency in the assessment of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Studies the principles and practices of management of plant diseases, pests and weeds. Modules of teaching within the unit will include: (1) Weeds (2) Pest and Disease Monitoring and Decision Making (3) Chemicals in Crop Protection (4) Cultural Control and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

   

Provides an overview of insect ecology and examines life-history strategies, behavioural ecology, mating systems, insect-plant interactions and natural enemies. It explores the application of this theory to pest management and may briefly overviews specialist areas such as medical and forensic…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

OR

Advanced topics of plant disease biology and management are the focus of this unit. Topics will be illustrated by diseases caused by viral and virus-like agents, phytopathogenic bacteria and fungi in agricultural and horticultural systems. Topics include infection biology, host…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

   

Examines the status of agronomy, including developments in breeding, physiology and management. Farming systems research is also examined through a study of topics such as seasonal forecasting and climate change, crop sequence, crop simulation modelling and precision farming.Practical work is…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

OR

Develops students`ability to undertake basic soil analyses and interpret soil analytical data for management of soil physical, chemical and morphological problems. Issues covered include: management of salinity, soil drainage design, soil water retention and irrigation principles, soil biology, erosion control,…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Provides an introduction to the scientific study of animals. Students are introduced to animal diversity through studying the major invertebrate and vertebrate phyla with an emphasis on Australian examples. We consider the structural and functional characteristics of each group from…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

OR

Biology of Plants is a 1st year core unit for students specialising in plant science, biotechnology, and marine science. In Biology of Plants we introduce you to the origin, diversity, structure and internal processes of plants. In lectures and practical…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

AND

Principles of Economics 1 enables you to improve your decision-making in all domains of your life. The unit will enable you to better understand aspects of the microeconomic policy environment in which you operate, and to apply the key economic…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
Hong Kong Universal EdSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The unit provides students with an overview of Australian horticultural and grain crop production and management. Study includes agroecological aspects of fruit, vegetable and grain crop production in Australia and the growth and development of the major crop species. Principles…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

OR

An overview of Australian and global livestock production systems in wool, meat sheep, beef cattle, dairy cattle, pig and poultry industries is provided. The unit will cover genetics, breeding, nutritional management, lactational physiology, wool, milk and meat quality, feedlotting, pasture-based…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

AND    

Introduces students to the production and management of pastures and general ruminant nutrition. In the pastures component topics include pasture types and species, pasture establishment, plant growth and development, grass-legume relationships, essential nutrients for pastures, seasonality of production and fodder…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

OR

Microorganisms, though invisibly small, collectively make up the majority of the living matter on Earth and have profound influences on many aspects of our lives. This unit will draw on contemporary and real-world examples to explore the influence and impact…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this interdisciplinary unit, students explore systems approaches to farming, wherein understanding of various components of a farm is linked to broader social, cultural, political, institutional, economic and ecological factors that influence how a farm operates. The first part of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The unit explores theoretical and practical technologies and innovations applicable to extensive and intensive animal and plant production systems. These technologies and innovations address current productivity and sustainability challenges and include topics such as precision farming and spray technologies, communication…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit involves a work placement and the investigation and writing of two reports related to the agricultural/horticultural industry or enterprise experienced. Students choose the area of investigation in consultation with the unit coordinator and then are assigned an academic…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

AND

This unit provides students with a detailed understanding of key physiological processes underlying horticultural crop production and pre- and post-harvest management practices that are designed to provide products desired by the market. The focus of the unit is on the…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

OR

This unit enables students to plan and complete scientific investigations essential to agricultural research. On completion of this unit, students should be able to: understand the principles of scientific method and formulate a well-defined research hypothesis; design experiments relevant to…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Other Requirements

This unit provides a basic knowledge of chemistry and its applications, introducing the interactions occurring between atoms and molecules and their effect on solids, liquids and gases; the physical chemistry of solutions and the calculation of values such as equilibrium…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Financial markets play a critical role in the functioning of a modern global economy. To understand how these financial markets operate, it is important to establish the "key principles of finance" that underpin the decisions made by financial market participants,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

One Student Elective (100-level)
One Breadth unit (100-level).  For a list of breadth units see: http://www.utas.edu.au/students/lead-achieve/breadth-units/offerings

In undertaking this unit you will be provided with a theory base for Marketing and develop:the ability to describe the key concepts and principles of marketing;an understanding of the marketplace;an understanding of the components of the marketing mix; andthe ability…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
HobartSpring school (extended)
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

There are multiple perspectives from which you can analyse an industry; this unit will inform students about industry analysis, from the perspective of an advisor or a consultant, with a view to adoption for practice change.It will provide the foundations…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

One Student Electives (100, 200 or 300-level)
One Breadth unit (100, 200 or 300-level).  For a list of breadth units see: http://www.utas.edu.au/students/lead-achieve/breadth-units/offerings

Entry requirements

If you're interested in studying this degree, you'll need to meet the general entrance requirements of the University.

School leavers

An ATAR score of 65 or higher.

Mature age students/non-school leavers

You will need to meet University General Entry Requirements through alternative qualifications or experience.

International Students

All international applicants will need to meet the International General Entrance Requirements.

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is NOT the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. The Bachelor of Design requires an IELTS (Academic) of 6.0 with no individual band less than 5.5.

You will also need to meet any course specific requirements with recognised qualifications, or equivalent experience. More information is available at the international future students website.

Credit for appropriate studies completed at TAFE and/or other university courses may be granted, including direct articulation from the Associate Degree in Agribusiness offered through the University College.

You can apply for advanced standing as part of the application process, or it can be assessed independently via a separate application.

Please contact us for further information

The Associate Degree in Agribusiness offered through the University College also provides a direct pathway into the Bachelor degree.

If you successfully complete this course, you may be eligible to apply for a range of other postgraduate courses including Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas and Masters by coursework and research. Filter the Course list on the Agriculture and Environmental Science study theme page by Postgraduate to view the current courses available.

As a school leaver, if you do not meet the minimum ATAR you should consider enrolment in the Diploma of University Studies as a pathway to the Bachelor of Design.

As a mature age student, if you do not meet the General Entry Requirements (GER), you should consider enrolment in the Diploma of University Studies or the University Preparation Program.

In all cases, you can contact us to discuss an option best suited to your needs.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Domestic students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place will be charged a fee based on the number of units a student enrols in. In 2019, this fee is $44.70 per unit. In 2019, the maximum charge for full time students is $298.

International students

2019 Total Course Fee (international students): $105,456 AUD*.

Course cost based on a rate of $33,950 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

International students

International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Scholarships

Domestic Students

Each year, the University offers more than 900 awards to students from all walks of life, including those who have achieved high academic results; those from low socio-economic backgrounds; students with sporting ability; students undertaking overseas study; and students with a disability.

The Agricultural industry are desperate for graduates, and as a result there are currently more scholarships available for Agriculture students than any other discipline at the University of Tasmania! Over $300,000 in scholarships and bursaries are available, including:

For information on all scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

Applications for most awards commencing in Semester 1 open at the beginning of August and close strictly on 31 October in the year prior to study.

International students

There are a huge range of scholarships, bursaries and fee discounts available for international students studying at the University of Tasmania. For more information on these, visit the Tasmanian International Scholarships (TIS) website.

How can we help?

Do you have any questions about choosing a course or applying? Get in touch.

Domestic
1300 363 864
International
+61 3 6226 6200
Email
Course.Info@utas.edu.au
Online
Online enquiries

Next steps