Master of Global Food and Agricultural Business

Get a competitive edge in the food and agriculture industries

Base yourself in Australia’s agricultural hub and be 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 Master of 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.

To complement the fundamental competencies developed through the core courses, you will have the opportunity to:

  • customise the program to an area of your interest and career objectives through the available elective units
  • develop practical skill sets by completing a full range of internship options with leading agribusiness companies
  • undertake a research project that will analyse real-world food and agricultural business problems, issues, or strategic opportunities.

Where could it take you?

The Master of Global Food and Agricultural Business provides you with the necessary conceptual and practical skills to solve global challenges and start a rich career in food and agriculture-related industries.

Whether you are interested in the public or private sector, the program opens up a wide number of possible career paths, including government departments, research centres, international funding agencies, food retailers, financial agencies, agricultural consultancy services, and non-government organisations.

  • Strong links to industry leaders
  • Australia's #1 University for Entrepreneurship Education
  • Take an internship with industry

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Entry Requirements

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
For our students who are studying offshore in 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 further information and a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM121
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake January, May and September
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed three-year Bachelors degree or equivalent.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3CM121

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place

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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 2022 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 2022 (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

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

Degree Structure

The Masters program includes:

  • three (9 units) core foundation courses
  • three (9 units) core electives.

The program also includes a 12 unit applied research project and six (18 units) electives that make up the remaining course requirements.

Example Study Plan

Indicative Study Plan

Core courses to the value of 9 units AGRIBUS 7055: Global Food and Agricultural Markets  
AGRIBUS 7054: Global Food and Agricultural Policy Analysis
AGRIBUS 7057: Trends and Issues in the World Food System
Three courses to the value of 9 units AGRIBUS 7053: Globalisation and Agriculture in Emerging Economies
AGRIBUS 7060: Innovation Systems and Policy Transformation
AGRIBUS 7056: Management and Performance of Global Food Chains
AGRIBUS 7059: Experiences and Insights in Agri-food Systems
AGRIBUS 7064: Water Security and Governance
TRADE 7005: Agriculture and Food in International Trade
Elective courses to the value of 18 units, chosen from courses offered in the following postgraduate programs:
  • Master of Global Food and Agricultural Business
  • Master of Marketing
  • Master of International Business
  • Master of International Trade and Development
  • Exchange, Study Tours and Internships
Students may include other postgraduate level courses offered in trimester format, subject to the approval of the Program Adviser.
Research projects to the value of 12 units

Students must complete the following research projects to a total of 12 units:

AGRIBUS 7061: Research Project Part 1 - Research Principles and Methods
AGRIBUS 7062A: Research Project Part 2 - Theoretical Frameworks and Research Design
AGRIBUS 7062B: Research Project Part 3 - Data Gathering and Analysis


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


The structure of the degree with intensive courses and smaller class sizes, incorporating opportunities for internships, as well as the variety of courses on offer were key features.

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Last updated: Friday, 8 Apr 2022