Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology

Campus Waite Campus
Degree Type Bachelor
Duration 4 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 324611
CRICOS 068885G

Graduate as a fully trained winemaker or viticulturist, ready to make wine, grow grapes and manage your own winery or vineyard.

You’ll study at the largest agricultural teaching and research precinct in the Southern Hemisphere and access our state-of-the-art Hickinbotham Roseworthy Wine Science Laboratory.

You’ll learn best-practice techniques from more than 150 university researchers and co-located partners in wine and grape science.

Plus, you’ll have access to cutting-edge research at the Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production, based at our Waite campus.

Fun fact: did you know 70% of Australian wine research is conducted at the Waite campus?

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 324611
    2017 CSP ATAR 65.4
    2017 CSP IB 24
    2017 Guaranteed Entry Score 75
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 Applicants You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors (bonus factors)).
    Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2: Chemistry and Mathematical Methods (if studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies)

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent university study. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA.
    • VET applicants
      You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2018. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2018 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2017 or 2016), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2016). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 324611

    International applicants

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    Admissions information

    CRICOS 068885G
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications Selection Rank (International) 75
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 26
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 18
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 20
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 7
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 70
    British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 4.8
    Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 80
    ISC & CBSE [India] 70%
    ISBE [India] 80%
    SAT [US] 1200
    Abitur 3.4
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.5
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 7.5
    STPM or Matrikulasi 2.78
    Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 74
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 74
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 360
    ANU Foundation Studies 66
    Monash Foundation Year 70
    Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 72
    UNSW Foundation Year 7.0
    University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 6.7
    Western Australia University Foundation Studies Program 59
    University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 4.2
    Non-Go8 Foundation Score 74
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Phillipines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Pathway Programs
    Assumed Knowledge Chemistry and Mathematics is desirable
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $9,325

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $36,500


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    As a qualified viticulturalist and oenologist, you’ll be able to direct and develop winemaking and viticultural practices in areas such as:

    • viticultural management
    • winemaking and winery management
    • food and beverage technology
    • hospitality and tourism.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Industry Placement

    In fourth year, you are required to complete an industry experience placement in viticulture and/or oenology. This is a practical placement, based on work experience at a commercial vineyard or winery during vintage.

    Potential careers

    Winemaking, Nursery Manager, Vineyard Operator, Agriculture, Agricultural Service Industry, Vineyard Supervisor, Environmental Remediation Officer, Environmental Scientist, Beverage Technologist, Viticulture Officer, Wine Exporter, Wine Scientist, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Grape Production, Grower Liaison Officer, Horticulturalist, Vineyard Management, Winemaker, Winery Engineer, Winery Manager, Wine

  • Study Overseas

    A Study Overseas Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via Study Overseas, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Study Overseas opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

    Study Abroad and Exchange

    The Faculty of Sciences recommends students who want to undertake an exchange in an overseas university plan to go in Semester 2 of Level 2 and/or Semester 1 of Level 3. To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.
  • Degree Structure

    Level 1 teaches basic sciences and foundations of wine science at the North Terrace campus and the National Wine Centre.  At levels 2 and 3 the emphasis is on the scientific and technological aspects of winemaking and viticulture, with courses taught in the winery at the Waite campus.

    At level 4 students will have the opportunity to complete an industry experience placement in either viticulture and/or oenology to enhance personal and career objectives. The program also accommodates an honours stream for those interested in further wine science related research opportunities.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Year1S1 BIOLOGY 1101 Biology I: Molecules, Genes and Cells
    BIOLOGY 1401 Concepts in Biology I
    CHEM 1100 Chemistry IA
    CHEM 1101 Foundations of Chemistry IA
    OENOLOGY 1018NW Foundations of Wine Science I PHYSICS 1101 Physics for the Life and Earth Sciences IA
    PHYSICS 1008 Physical Aspects of Nature I
    S2 BIOLOGY 1202 Biology I: Organisms CHEM 1200 Chemistry IB*
    CHEM 1201 Foundations of Chemistry IB
    SOIL&WAT 1000WT Soils and Landscapes I STATS 1004 Statistical Practice I (Life Sciences)
    Year2S1 AGRIC 2500WT Animal and Plant Biochemistry II OENOLOGY 2501WT Microbiology for Viticulture and Oenology II PLANT SC 2510WT Foundations in Plant Science SOIL&WAT 2500WT Soil and Water Resources II
    S2 ANIML SC 2501WT Genes & Inheritance II OENOLOGY 2503WT Introductory Winemaking II OENOLOGY 2502WT Sensory Studies II VITICULT 2500WT Viticultural Science II
    Year 3S1 OENOLOGY 3007WT Stabilisation and Clarification III OENOLOGY 3047WT Winemaking at Vintage III PLANT SC 3510WT Plant Health III VITICULT 3021WT Viticultural Science III
    S2 OENOLOGY 3037WT Distillation, Fortified and Sparkling Winemaking III OENOLOGY 3046WT Fermentation Technology III VITICULT 3044WT Viticultural Methods & Procedures III OENOLOGY 3530WT Engineering for Viticulture and Oenology III
    Level IV for Bachelors Stream
    Year4S1 OENOLOGY 3500WT Industry Experience (Viticulture & Oenology) III OENOLOGY 3016WT Cellar & Winery Waste Management Approved Elective 1 x 3 units Approved Elective 1 x 3 units
    S2 OENOLOGY 3520WT Advances in Wine Science III OENOLOGY 3003WT Wine Packaging and Quality Management III Approved Elective 1 x 3 units Approved Elective 1 x 3 units
    Level IV for Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology (Hons)
    Year4S1 OENOLOGY 3500WT Industry Experience (Viticulture & Oenology) III OENOLOGY 3016WT Cellar & Winery Waste Management VITICULT 4010AWT Honours in Viticulture and Oenology A (6 units)
    S2 OENOLOGY 3520WT Advances in Wine Science III OENOLOGY 3003WT Wine Packaging & Quality Management III VITICULT 4010BWT Honours in Viticulture and Oenology B (6 units)
    *Note: CHEM 1311 Chemistry IB(S) may be presented in lieu of CHEM 1200 Chemistry IB


    • Varies with individual courses and includes a combination of oral presentations, written assignments,  practical work and/or examination work
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Last updated: Tuesday, 15 Jan 2019