Graduate Diploma in Global Food and Agricultural Business

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 our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, 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

SATAC Code 3GD059
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake January, May and September
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Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

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

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place


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.


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 and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. 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.


Studying has broadened my understanding of the importance and complexity of the global food system and the implications increasing food demand will have on us all. The skills and knowledge that I have gained are in demand by businesses throughout the world.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 14 Sep 2021