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Associate Degree in Agribusiness

Upskill in your existing role or get a start in the industry.

Blundstone Scholarships

This scholarship, worth up to $4,000 per year, will be available to students commencing and continuing study in 2021.

For more information, please visit the Blundstone scholarship page.

Why study agribusiness?

Are you interested in making a difference and contributing to the sustainability of food and fibre production?. The Associate Degree in Agribusiness provides insight into Contemporary Agriculture and will give you the tools to ensure that the business of agriculture is profitable and sustainable in a modern dynamic economic climate.

It’s important to keep up with new trends and changes in an industry that is constantly evolving, so in this two-year, full-time course, you’ll learn skills in planning, finance and managing people. You’ll also learn where value may be created in the supply chain from production of food, fibre, and flowers to the customer.

With interest growing in how and where food and other primary products are grown and produced, customers are keen to meet and build relationships with their producers and learn about where their food comes from. This provides new and innovative retail and marketing opportunities you can benefit from with the farm-to-household trend like farmers markets, online shopping and home delivery.

This course gives you the potential to upskill in your existing role in primary industry, or is perfect for those looking to get a head start. The flexibility of the degree means you can work while studying, learning about all the new and emerging trends, ideas and technologies. It’s also a great way to continue with further studies.

The first year of two year course serves as a foundation year in the business of primary production, the second year is about the technical knowledge of food, fibre, flowers and practical application. You can choose an employment-based pathway or a pathway into further studies, like a bachelor program.


Two years full-time or part-time equivalent


Online and face-to-face (workshops, tutorials)


Cradle Coast campus
Newnham campus
Sandy Bay campus
Online (2020 intake)


Semester 1, 2021 and Semester 2, 2021


"I laughed – uni? No, not me," Taylor recalls. An intimidating prospect at first, Taylor’s university experience has only been positive.

"It’s not as scary and difficult as I thought it would be and there is plenty of support. The new-found awareness of the industry has given me a more in-depth understanding of how my workplace functions behind the scenes. Workshops and tutorials have been engaging - especially site visits to agricultural businesses the public would rarely gain access to."

Career Options

  • Small and medium primary production businesses
  • Local, state and federal government agencies
  • Broadacre farming
  • Agritourism
  • Horticulture
  • Dairy
  • Viticulture
  • Food processing

Program structure

The Associate Degree in Agribusiness (Z2A) involves 16 units over 2 years of full-time study or 4 years of part-time study, delivered on campus in Launceston, Hobart and the Cradle Coast, and fully online in 2020. We offer evening tutorials to accommodate those already working full-time or part-time. The first year of the course acts as a foundation year, while the second year of the course provides you with the skills to apply your new agribusiness knowledge to a range of situations.Due to the practical focus and industry-based syllabus, you'll be considered 'workplace ready' after two years of (full time) study.

After the successful completion of year 1 of the Associate Degree, you can choose to exit the course and be awarded with a diploma qualification.

Topics include:

  • Planning and management
  • Managing people
  • Data and analysis
  • Business finance
  • Value chain management
  • Weeds, pests and diseases
  • Fundamentals of agricultural production
  • Soil management
  • Crop production
  • Livestock production

For more detailed information, please visit the Course and Unit Handbook.

Extend your study into a Bachelor degree

In the first year of your studies, you may decide that you'd like to continue your education beyond the associate degree level. The course provides opportunity to select units that prepares you to undertake a bachelor's degree after completing your associate degree. By completing the Associate Degree in Agribusiness (Z2A) you can receive credit into the University of Tasmania’s Bachelor program in either Agriculture or Business. The level of credit will be subject to the discretion of the respective College ( College of Sciences and Engineering or College of Business and Economics).

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Bachelor degrees traditionally have a duration of three of more years, while an Associate Degree can take as little as two years when studied full time.

Our University College Associate Degrees have been uniquely designed to place equal emphasis on theory and practice. This is done by offering both discipline specific subjects and hands-on learning subjects (Practice and Portfolio) throughout your Associate Degree. By doing so, you graduate job ready with a firm understanding of how to apply the theory you have learnt.

The Associate Degrees are studied during the traditional university Semester study periods.

The new Associate Degrees are a formal qualification in their own right, offering pathways to new career opportunities or upskilling in a current career. These Associate Degrees also offer formal articulation pathways into specified bachelor degrees should you wish to continue studying.

Our Associate Degrees are likely to appeal to a wide range of people, including:

  • School leavers who achieve a TCE (or ATAR) but who are not eligible/prepared/interested in studying a bachelor degree;
  • students who want to gain skills and knowledge to start a career;
  • students interested in learning about innovation and future jobs;
  • students with industry/professional experience who would like to gain some academic credentials; and
  • non-school leaver and mature-age students seeking academic credentials and career advancement.

Our Associate Degrees are offered via a combination of face-to-face (workshops, tutorials etc.) and online study. The online component of our Associate Degrees are offered on each of the University of Tasmania campuses at Newnham, Sandy Bay and Cradle Coast.

No. For all University College units, assessments are built into the course content throughout the semester. If you undertake units from other parts of the University, you may be required to sit some exams. For more detailed information, please visit the Course and Unit Search.

If you successfully complete the first year of your Associate Degree and decide you no longer wish to study, you can graduate out of the course with a Diploma qualification.

Throughout your Associate Degree you will be exposed to a range of hands-on learning experiences such as live case studies, real-world business examples, industry speakers, job-focused programs, industry workshops, projects and internships.

By successfully completing one of our Associate Degree courses, you may be eligible to receive credit towards a relevant Bachelor degree offered by the University of Tasmania. Some of our Associate Degrees have specific credit pathways into a Bachelor degree, where you can receive up to 2 years full credit towards a specified Bachelor degree. For those Associate Degrees that do not have a specified credit pathway, or if you are wanting to receive credit into a different Bachelor degree than the one specified, you may receive some credit, subject to the College’s discretion.