Graduate Diploma in Global Food and Agricultural Business Mid-Year Entry

Degree Type Graduate Diploma
Duration 1 year full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3GD059
CRICOS 068566M

Improve your standing in the food sector

With a competitive edge in a global marketplace, South Australia is the ideal location for you to study the business of food and agriculture. You’ll be based alongside world-class researchers, primary producers and agribusiness leaders, discovering the economic, policy, environmental and social issues affecting agribusinesses and global food systems.

What will you do?

Our one-year Graduate Diploma in Global Food and Agricultural Business will help you develop the conceptual and practical skills necessary for management decision-making, marketing, finance, policy analysis and problem-solving in an ever-expanding and increasingly complex global food and agricultural marketplace. You will:

  • understand how to evaluate domestic and international markets
  • study trends and issues in the world food system
  • pursue electives according to your interests—from value-chain management to marketing, natural resource issues or agricultural policy analysis.

Where could it take you?

Whether you are interested in the public or private sector, the program opens up a wide number of possible career paths, including in government departments, research centres, international funding agencies, food retailers, financial agencies, agricultural consultancy services, and non-government organisations. The graduate diploma can also lead into our advanced Master of Global Food and Agricultural Business.

  • Entry Requirements

    For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.

    For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2021 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 3GD059
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake January, May and September
    Enquiries Future Students team

    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

    Higher Education Study A completed three-year Bachelors degree or equivalent.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3GD059

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS 068566M
    Intake January, May and September
    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
    Pearson Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    C1 Advanced 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
    More Information
    Tertiary Qualifications Relevant bachelor degree or equivalent eg: Economics, Business, Agriculture, Animal Science, Environmental Studies, Commerce, International Studies.
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Domestic applicants

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    Indicative annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $33,000

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $44,500


    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.

    Global Food and Agricultural Business Scholarship
    Study Global Food and Agricultural Business in 2021 with new Scholarships available to eligible students*. The Centre for Global Food and Resources is funding a Scholarship for Australian Full-fee paying (Australian citizen and permanent resident) students commencing the following programs in years 2021 (inclusive of all intakes):
    *Find out more about scholarship rules, terms and conditions.
  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Students are well equipped for rewarding careers in the increasingly complex and diverse local, national, and global value-chain networks. Roles are most likely with:

    • food retailers
    • food processors
    • banks and financial agencies
    • agricultural consultancy services
    • research centres
    • input suppliers
    • government and non-government organisations.

    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

    Potential careers

    Food Industry Worker, Manager / Business Management, Market Researcher, Marketing - Agriculture, Food & Wine, Bioinformatics, Export / Import trade, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, International Trade or Business Analyst, Wine Marketing

  • Degree Structure

    The program involves three 3-unit foundation courses, three 3-unit core electives, and elective courses to the value of 6 units in total.

    Successful students can apply to upgrade to the Master of Global Food and Agricultural Business with status for their studies in the Graduate Diploma.

    Academic Program Rules

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

    You can find the academic program rules for this degree under the Faculty of the Professions rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative Study Plan

    Core Courses Three foundation courses to the value of 9 units:

    AGRIBUS 7055: Global Food and Agricultural Markets (3 units)  
    AGRIBUS 7054: Global Food and Agricultural Policy Analysis (3 units)
    AGRIBUS 7057: Trends and Issues in the World Food System (3 units)

    And three core electives to the value of 9 units:

    AGRIBUS 7053: Globalisation and Agriculture in Emerging Economies (3 units) 
    AGRIBUS 7060: Innovation Systems and Policy Transformation (3 units)
    AGRIBUS 7056: Management and Performance of Global Food Chains (3 units)
    AGRIBUS 7059: Experiences and Insights in Agri-food Systems (3 units)
    AGRIBUS 7064: Water Security and Governance (3 units)
    TRADE 7005: Agriculture and Food in International Trade (3 units)

    Electives Courses to the value of 6 units chosen from courses offered in the following postgraduate programs:

    • Master of Global Food and Agricultural Business
    • Master of Marketing
    • Master of Wine Business
    • Master of International Trade and Development
    Students may include other postgraduate level courses offered in trimester format, subject to the approval of the Program Adviser.


    Exams, written and oral assignments and investigative projects; includes both group and individual participation.

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Last updated: Friday, 2 Oct 2020