Graduate Diploma in Agribusiness (Specialisation) (S6E)

Overview  2022

Entry Requirements

See entry requirements

Duration

Minimum 1 Years, up to a maximum of 3 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

Distance Launceston
Half Year Period 1, Half Year Period 2

Commonwealth Supported places available

Entry Requirements

See entry requirements

Duration

Minimum 1 Years
Entry requirements

Location

Distance Launceston
Half Year Period 1, Half Year Period 2

The skill sets that people need in farm management roles are completely different to before. University study has taught me to analyse and think critically about my business to ensure that I am making the right decisions for the farm to be successful.

Justin Walsh Owner/ Manager Waljasper Holsteins NSW + NSW Focus Farm

The Graduate Diploma in Agribusiness is an ideal steppingstone for those currently working in the dairy or horticulture industry who wish to improve their management and leadership, and a great foundation for those wishing to enter the industry.

In this online post graduate course you will study one of two masterclasses, Dairy Management or Horticultural Business. Each masterclass will enhance your business skills, from operational and technical abilities, to farm management and strategic decision making.

Created in partnership with peak industry bodies in horticulture (Horticulture Innovation Australia) and dairy (Dairy Australia), this course has been developed under the guidance of national industry steering committees for each sector.

Your studies will include the development of a business plan relevant to either growing your business or consolidating it after a period of growth. You will also study a wide range of topics essential to agribusiness operations including leadership, management, finance, marketing and agriculture. And long after you’ve graduated, you’ll be rewarded by the networks you build during the course.

The intended course learning outcomes of this course are:

  1. Evaluate production and performance data within an agricultural or horticultural business to make timely, prudent and informed decisions
  2. Assess current business operations and performance strategies to ensure long-term profitability and sustainability in agricultural or horticultural businesses
  3. Develop creative and strategic solutions to dynamic agricultural or horticultural business operation challenges
  4. Explain internal business operations and industry wide matters to diverse audiences
  5. Lead self and others effectively within relevant professional, ethical and legal frameworks for sustainable business enterprise

Three face-to-face workshops will be held in strategic locations across Australia. Each workshop will run over a two day duration, also accessible by distance. This experience will foster peer-to-peer engagement, introduce students to online resources, reinforce course learnings, and provide networking opportunities with agribusiness leaders.

Career outcomes

The Masterclass was a fantastic way for me to develop new skills whilst networking and meeting growers from all over the country. Whilst we all grew different crops, we faced the same issues and by working together, not only did we help each other solve problems, we developed life-long friendships.

Josh Maunder - Zappala Tropicals Graduate Horticultural Masterclass 2019

Course structure

This course requires students to complete a total of eight units (100 credit points) consisting of five core units and three units for the chosen specialisation. There are two specialisations to choose from: Dairy Management or Horticultural Business.

Dairy Management Masterclass

As dairy farm businesses become increasingly dynamic, the dairy industry requires highly capable people to be farm managers of the future. Experts are needed in strategic thinking, critical analysis, decision making, problem solving, human resource management and effective communication.

Developed in partnership with Dairy Australia, this masterclass is designed to equip current and future dairy farm managers with the capabilities required to run profitable and sustainable farm businesses. A hands-on course that provides practical, contemporary content with academic insights allows participants to apply theory to practice on an existing farm business from day one.

Horticultural Business Masterclass

The horticultural masterclass has been developed in partnership with some of the world’s leading names in horticulture; Horticulture Innovation Australia, Lincoln University (NZ), and Wageningen UR (Netherlands). This specialisation focuses on the development of a personal business plan, while providing you with skills across a wide range of areas within the horticultural sector.

Each unit will be available twice a year enabling students to select study periods that avoid seasonal peaks in workload, which varies with region (Northern or Southern Australia) and production system.

Industry funded scholarships are available for the Horticultural Business specialisation. Apply here.

*This is a post graduate course, please select 'POST GRADUATE' when applying*

Dairy Management

Core Units

In this unit, you will be introduced to key concepts relating to employing and managing labour in Australia. You will learn of key management principles and techniques applicable to recruitment, employment, performance management, and change management for your business. In…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonHalf Year Period 1
LauncestonHalf Year Period 2

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

In this unit you will engage in learning activities that focus on business structures and company law and the influence of these on financial planning and decision-making. You will learn to identify the key financial and legal risks to agribusinesses.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonHalf Year Period 1
LauncestonHalf Year Period 2

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

This unit examines the relevance and influence of international political, economic, and regulatory trends on agribusinesses, how trade agreements effect export opportunities, and how to mitigate risks when engaging with international agricultural markets. You will learn how to plan your…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonHalf Year Period 1
LauncestonHalf Year Period 2

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

In this unit you will explore aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship that can grow your business through the creation of new opportunities. You will investigate disruptive and incremental innovations that may contribute to the development of increased efficiencies in production…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonHalf Year Period 1
LauncestonHalf Year Period 2

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

This unit is the culmination of all learnings from this course. By collating previous course work and assignments, you will prepare and deliver a business plan relevant to either growing your business or consolidating it after a period of growth.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonHalf Year Period 1
LauncestonHalf Year Period 2

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

    
Specialisation Units

This unit explores business strategy, management, and leadership concepts in the context of controlling managing a dairy business. You will examine approaches to developing a growth plan for your business while also acquiring personal skills that will allow you to…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonHalf Year Period 1
LauncestonHalf Year Period 2

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

In this unit you will gain an understanding of the differences between supply and value chain concepts, and the role of your dairy business in a dairy supply chain. You will learn about the key drivers of the supply chain,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonHalf Year Period 1
LauncestonHalf Year Period 2

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

This unit introduces the different types of dairy farming systems and the internal and external alignment of these with production-oriented business practices and value creation. Farming systems are both complex and dynamic and a holistic management approach requires an understanding…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonHalf Year Period 1
LauncestonHalf Year Period 2

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

Horticultural Business

Core Units

In this unit, you will be introduced to key concepts relating to employing and managing labour in Australia. You will learn of key management principles and techniques applicable to recruitment, employment, performance management, and change management for your business. In…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonHalf Year Period 1
LauncestonHalf Year Period 2

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

In this unit you will engage in learning activities that focus on business structures and company law and the influence of these on financial planning and decision-making. You will learn to identify the key financial and legal risks to agribusinesses.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonHalf Year Period 1
LauncestonHalf Year Period 2

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

This unit examines the relevance and influence of international political, economic, and regulatory trends on agribusinesses, how trade agreements effect export opportunities, and how to mitigate risks when engaging with international agricultural markets. You will learn how to plan your…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonHalf Year Period 1
LauncestonHalf Year Period 2

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

In this unit you will explore aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship that can grow your business through the creation of new opportunities. You will investigate disruptive and incremental innovations that may contribute to the development of increased efficiencies in production…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonHalf Year Period 1
LauncestonHalf Year Period 2

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

This unit is the culmination of all learnings from this course. By collating previous course work and assignments, you will prepare and deliver a business plan relevant to either growing your business or consolidating it after a period of growth.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonHalf Year Period 1
LauncestonHalf Year Period 2

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

    
Specialisation Units

This unit explores business strategy, management, and leadership concepts in the context of managing a horticultural business. You will examine approaches to developing a growth plan for your business while also acquiring personal skills that will allow you to grow…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonHalf Year Period 1
LauncestonHalf Year Period 2

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

A value chain occurs when its partners are intentional about creating and delivering value for which their customers, and for which consumers will pay a premium price. A company’s success depends not only on its excellence in its core activities,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonHalf Year Period 1
LauncestonHalf Year Period 2

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

This unit introduces the strategic use of contemporary marketing and communication tools in horticulture. It considers how strategic and operational business goals shape marketing approaches and communication of ideas and initiatives. You will investigate key concepts in marketing practice and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonHalf Year Period 1
LauncestonHalf Year Period 2

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

Entry requirements

For admission to this degree you need to have:

  1. An Australian Bachelor Degree, Graduate Certificate or equivalent level standard and a minimum of one year relevant work experience in the agricultural or horticultural sectors; OR
  2. A minimum of five years approved relevant work experience in the agricultural or horticultural sectors; OR
  3. Other special circumstances (e.g. post‐secondary qualifications) as approved by the Dean or delegated authority.

Please contact us for any entry requirements enquiries.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Commonwealth supported places (CSP)

Domestic undergraduate students may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place in this course. If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government, and you will only be required to pay the student contribution amount for each unit.

You may be able to defer payment of the student contribution amount by accessing a HECS-HELP loan from the Government. This means you can pay your tuition fees later once you start earning above a specific threshold. For more information, please refer to the Study Assist website.

The student contribution amount for each unit of study is based on its discipline area. Student contribution amounts are charged for each unit of study, this means that amounts will depend on which units you choose. Find out more about student contribution amounts.

Detailed fee information for domestic students is available at Scholarships, fees and costs, including additional information in relation to the compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

International students

2022 Total Course Fee (international students): $30,950 AUD*.

Course cost based on a rate of $30,950 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

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

Find out more about Horticultural Business specialisation Scholarships.

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