Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences
Be part of the boom
Agriculture is about understanding the land, animals, crops and community.
For those seeking a career in the industry, our Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences is the degree of choice. It is ranked 40th in the world and is the only Agricultural Science degree in South Australia*.
What will you do?
Our hands-on approach to teaching will set you up to join this booming industry. You will:
- learn how to respond to global food shortages and a changing climate with sustainable practices, environmental stewardship, modern agribusiness and new technology
- master the latest methods, from adapting genes and cells for new crops to the business of livestock, and explore emerging trends, like vertical farming
- build practical skills through at least 450 hours of internships and real-world learning at our working farm at Roseworthy
- work with industry-transforming technology, like drones, GPS and crop sensors
- go on field trips across Australia, exploring everything from dryland farming to glasshouse systems
- develop skills in agribusiness that will allow you to work in the business of farming
- access the latest research, innovation and technology through government and industry partners.
Where could it take you?
Within just a few months of finishing, almost 90% of our graduates find full time employment**. In fact, on average there are five jobs available for every graduate***. You’ll be set to improve primary production outputs in both rural and city locations. You could work as a consultant, conduct sustainability research, advise on government policy or innovate in urban and vertical farming. You might get a job in ag media, connecting farmers to their customers. Perhaps you’ll come up with ways to increase farming efficiency using modern drone technology.
*Academic Ranking of World Universities by Subject 2019
**Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences (QILT Outcome Results by Program 2018)
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 2020 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely. 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.
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SATAC Code 324561 2020 CSP ATAR 65.8 2020 CSP IB 24 Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 75 Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 27 Deferment Yes - 2 year Intake February and July Enquiries Future Students team
2020 Admissions Data for school leavers
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 58.55 Median ATAR to receive an offer 77.95 Highest ATAR to receive an offer 99.25 Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 65.8 Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 80.75 Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 99.95 Minimum eligibility score 65 Additional criteria considered Selection rank only Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. 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). Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information. Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2: Chemistry and Mathematical Methods (if studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies) Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). 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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information. Vocational Education and Training (VET) study 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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information. Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2021. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2021 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2020 or 2019), 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 2019). 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 Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information. Other Entry PathwaysSATAC Code: 324561
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2020 Number of students Percentage of all students (A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
8 14.3% (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study 5 8.9% (C) Work and life experience
(admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
N/A N/A (D) Recent secondary education:
- Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
(regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
- Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
- Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
<5 N/A International students 6 10.7% All students 56 100.0%
CRICOS 069204G Intake February and July
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 RequirementsMore Information
Secondary School Qualifications Selection Rank (International) 70 International Baccalaureate (IB) 25 Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 17 United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 25 General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 6 Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 65% British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 4.6 Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 74 ISC & CBSE [India] 65% ISBE [India] 75% SAT (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 1120 AP (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 6 Abitur 3.7 Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.2 Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 7.5 STPM or Matrikulasi 2.67 Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 70 The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 70 Eynesbury Foundation Program 339 ANU Foundation Studies 59% Monash Foundation Year 63.75% Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 70 UNSW Foundation Year 6.4 University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 6.5 Western Australian Universities' Foundation Program (WAUFP) 54 University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 4.0 Non-Go8 Foundation Score 70 SMA3 (in conjunction with National Final Examination Certificate) 80 Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines 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 desirable
- Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
Fees and Scholarships
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Indicative annual tuition feesCommonwealth-supported place
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $41,500
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
Career ReadinessThis degree gives you the highest chance of full-time employment, compared to any other degree in South Australia.
The proportion of agricultural graduates in full-time employment is 12-15% higher than graduates from other degrees.
In fact, 91% of our Bachelor of Agricultural Science graduates find full-time employment within just a few months of graduation.
You will be highly sought after for positions such as consulting in the livestock and cropping industries, banking and research as well as natural resource management.
You’ll be well-positioned for employment in industries such as:
- advisory and regulatory services
- agricultural and business consulting
- agricultural production
- banking and rural finance
- managing commercial enterprises
- journalism, communication and marketing
- research and technical work
- secondary, tertiary and vocational education.
The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.
Graduate AttributesThe objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
- Deep discipline knowledge
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Career and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Unlike many other universities, we offer industry work experience: a total of 12 weeks, or 450 hours. This is done during university vacations.
In your first and third year, you’ll go on numerous field trips and excursions.
You’ll also have the opportunity for field trips to South-East South Australia and Queensland; and even international trips such as China and India.
Vineyard Management, Vineyard Operator, Vineyard Supervisor, Viticulturalist, Viticulture Officer, Winemaker, Winemaking, Winery Manager, Livestock Scientist, Merchant Banker, Biosecurity Officer, Brewer, Distiller, Farmer, Geospatial Scientist, Hedge Fund Manager, Agricultural Scientist, Animal Scientist, Microbiologist, Entomologist, Remote Sensing and GIS, Research Scientist, ...
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 available opportunities visit Study Overseas.
Study Abroad and ExchangeThe 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.
The course is designed to provide broad training in science and agriculture. In the first year students develop basic skills in chemistry, biology and statistics and study core courses in soils and agriculture. In the second and third years students enrol in crop science, livestock science, soil science and agribusiness courses. Some specialisation is possible in the third year.
Field trips and excursions are incorporated into the first and third year of the program to expose students to best-practice in industry. Practical skills are developed through a professional internship(12 weeks or 450 hours) during the second half of the program. Study in the first year of the program is mainly at North Terrace and the second and third years of the program are based at the Waite and Roseworthy campuses.
Academic Program Rules
The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.Bachelor of Agricultural Scienceshttps://calendar.adelaide.edu.au/faculty/sciences
Example Study Plan
Indicative study plan Year 1 S1 STATS 1000 Statistical Practice I CHEM 1100 Chemistry IA
CHEM 1101 Foundations of Chemistry IA
AGRIC 1510WT Agricultural Systems IA S2 BIOLOGY 1202 Biology I: Organisms SOIL&WAT 1000WT Soils and Landscapes I CHEM 1200 Chemistry IB
CHEM 1201 Foundations of Chemistry IB
AGRIC 1520WT Agricultural Systems IB Year 2 S1 PLANT SC 2510WT Foundations in Plant Science II AGRIC 2500WT Agricultural Biochemistry II PLANT SC 2500WT Microbiology and Invertebrate Biology II SOIL&WAT 2500WT Soil and Water Resources II S2 AGRIBUS 2520WT Agribusiness II AGRIC 2505RW Crop & Pasture Production II ANIML SC 2503RW Livestock Production Sciences II AGRIC 2510WT Agricultural Genetics II Year 3 S1 AGRIBUS 3500WT Agricultural Economics & Policy III AGRIC 3515WT Research Methodology in Agricultural Science III Approved Level III Elective
1 x 3 units
Approved Level III Elective 1 x 3 units S2 AGRIC 3500WT Professional Skills in Agricultural Science III Approved Level III
Elective 1 x 3 units
Approved Level III
Elective 1 x 3 units
Approved Level III Elective 1 x 3 units
- Varies with individual courses and includes a combination of oral presentations, written assignments, practical or examination work
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Last updated: Friday, 7 Aug 2020