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Associate Degree in Agribusiness

University of Tasmania
2 years
Full time
Associate's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
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25,000 AUD

Program description

Associate Degree in Agribusiness

The Associate Degree in Agribusiness is an industry-focused course designed for people who want to learn everything there is to know about running a successful farm-based business from paddock to plate. It is an ideal stepping stone for those currently working in agriculture who wish to move into leadership and management roles, or a great foundation for those wishing to enter the industry.

The program combines business studies in management, finance, marketing and planning with technical studies in agriculture through a unique blend of online learning, face-to-face classes, practical workshops and industry placements. The course content has been developed in consultation with industry experts and they are actively involved in its delivery.

A key feature of the course is the focus on hands-on learning, where students develop knowledge and skills through work integrated learning opportunities such as industry placements, fieldwork, case studies and applied research. This aims to enhance students’ problem solving, communication, critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership skills by allowing them to ‘learn through practice’. It has been designed to make university study a little less daunting—and a lot more practical.

While the first year serves as a foundation year in agribusiness, the second year allows students to choose an employment-based pathway, specialisation pathway, or a pathway into a higher level of study.

In the second year of study, students can undertake a pathway to further bachelor study, or choose to specialise in:

  • Dairy
  • Horticulture
  • Agriskills
  • Value Chain Management

Pathway to further study

The Articulation option, in the second year of the Associate Degree, prepares you to undertake a bachelor degree. You’ll be eligible for two years of full credit into the University of Tasmania’s Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture and Business) degree, or partial credit into another University of Tasmania bachelor program, subject to the relevant College's discretion.

The program is available for full-time and part-time study across all campuses in Tasmania and is delivered through a combination of online study, face-to-face classes, practical workshops and tutorials.

Completing our Associate Degree in Agribusiness will give you:

  • A pathway to a great career in agriculture
  • Strong commercial awareness of agribusiness industries
  • Practical skills to take straight into the workplace
  • Opportunities to advance in your chosen field
  • The skills to help you meet personal career development goals
  • Credit towards a Bachelor degree at the University of Tasmania.

Admission requirements

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to provide evidence of their English language ability.

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is NOT the official language, evidence of an approved English language test completed within the last two years must be provided.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

Z2A Agribusiness Year 1

  • Agribusiness Management
  • Agribusiness Planning
  • HRM in Agribusiness
  • Data and Analysis
  • Agribusiness Finance
  • Value Chain Management in Agribusiness
  • Agribusiness Management
  • Agribusiness Marketing
  • Agribusiness and Feasibility

Z2A Agribusiness Year 2 - Employment Pathway

  • Fundamental Principles of Agriculture (A)
  • Fundamental Principles of Agriculture (B)
  • Principles of Crop Production
  • Principles of Weed, Pest and Disease Management
  • Dairy Herd Management
  • Production Horticulture
  • Principles of Soil Management
  • E-agribusiness, Technology and Innovation

Z2A Agribusiness Year 2 - Articulation Pathway

  • Fundamental Principles of Agriculture (A)
  • Crop Production
  • Lower Life Forms: Insects and Plant Diseases
  • E-agribusiness, Technology and Innovation
  • Pasture and Animal Science
  • Soil Formation, Function and Fertility

Z2A Agribusiness Year 2 - Value Chain Management specialisation

  • Fundamental Principles of Agriculture (A)
  • Fundamental Principles of Agriculture (B)
  • Principles of Crop Production
  • Value Chain Analysis and Strategy
  • Principles of Soil Management
  • E-agribusiness, Technology and Innovation
  • Sustainability and Contemporary Issues
  • Value Chain Management Industry Project

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Learning Outcomes

On completion of the Associate Degree in Agribusiness, graduates will be able to:

  1. Understand how management of an agribusiness enterprise reflects and responds to the interaction of productivity and profitability;
  2. Apply knowledge of business management in practical agribusiness settings;
  3. Identify personal goals, abilities and pathways to guide career development in agribusiness; and
  4. Demonstrate their value to an agribusiness employer using evidence drawn from reflections on subjects, projects and experiences of the Associate Degree.

Career opportunities

Graduation from the Associate Degree in Agribusiness can provide an entry opportunity for those seeking work in an agribusiness, accelerate progression through a graduate's present agribusiness organisation, or open up new career paths and opportunities.

New to agribusiness and never worked in the industry before?

For those graduates new to agribusiness, roles including trainee positions, team leaders, field officers and researchers are likely.

Already working and want to fast track or leverage off past experience?

For those graduates already working in agriculture, the Associate Degree in Agribusiness should enable graduates to progress from assistant positions to managerial roles, lead a small team, become a field officer, research team member or salesperson and liaise better with suppliers and/ or customers.

Potential types of employers:

  • Upstream of the farm: suppliers of seed, fertiliser, chemicals, machinery, stockfeed, labour, finance, business advisory, transport, consultancy, and specialist services such as harvesting contractors.
  • Primary production: cropping, horticulture, animal based enterprises, aquaculture, pharmaceuticals, wineries, farm-based tourism.
  • Downstream of the farm: processors and value-adders, distributors, wholesalers, retailers, transport and storage operations, logistics, consultants.

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University of Tasmania

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