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Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture and Business)

University of Tasmania
Program overview
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
35,950 AUD
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35,950 AUD
Inquire for more information

35,950 AUD
Inquire for more information

Program description

Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture and Business)

Our Agriculture and Business degree has been created to meet the demands of Australia’s thriving agricultural sector through a powerful combination of knowledge and skills in science based agriculture, production and farm management with the business world of marketing and economics.

While food and fibre production is a large component of the Australian agribusiness sector, getting that produce into the hands of consumers requires an extensive supply chain, including packaging, distribution, and related sectors such as finance, insurance and risk management, as well as governmental policy.

Agribusiness studies emphasises the business, process, and entrepreneurial side of the global agriculture enterprise. You studies combine agriculture production with marketing, economics, management and distribution, providing multidisciplinary skills that will equip you to work in a variety of careers, from the family farm to multinational companies.

Our campuses have unparalleled access to Tasmania’s natural environment and thriving agricultural sector, enabling you to explore key questions about sustainable resource management and productive landscapes. Beyond our location, you will be learning from our dynamic team of researchers at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, many of whom are internationally renowned and exporting best practices in sustainable agriculture from Tasmania to the world.

Course objectives

You will gain knowledge, understanding and skills in the principles and practices of agricultural production and how they contribute to best-practice change. There is an emphasis on understanding the value chain and business environment that is fundamental to the economic performance of agricultural industries and enterprises, which is why work experience is offered in the third year of the degree and there are significant other opportunities to engage directly with the vibrant and dynamic Tasmanian agricultural industry.

The course includes theory and practical activities around agricultural production, economics, marketing, finance and communication. Together these are used to understand the real-life and complex problems facing agricultural production, practice change and agribusiness.

Areas of study covered in this course include:

  • Agribusiness
  • Agricultural production and technology
  • Animal science and principles of breeding
  • Crop production
  • Crop protection and microbiology
  • Economics, finance and marketing
  • Soil science

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

Agriculture Major

  • Sustainable Resource Management
  • Food and Fibre Production in a Global Market
  • Lower Life Forms: Insects and Plant Diseases
  • Soil Formation, Function and Fertility
  • Agricultural Landscape Systems
  • Crop Protection
  • Insect Ecology and Behaviour
  • Plant Pathology
  • Agronomy
  • Soil Science

Agribusiness Major

  • Biology of Animals
  • Biology of Plants
  • Principles of Economics 1
  • Crop Production
  • Animal Production Systems
  • Pasture and Animal Science
  • Microbes and Man
  • Farming Systems and Business Management
  • Agricultural Technology and Innovation
  • Agribusiness Placement
  • Horticultural Science
  • Experimental Design and Analysis for Agri-Food Research

Scholarships & funding

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


Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the major biophysical, environmental, economic, social and policy drivers that underpin agricultural practice and how they contribute to practice change.
  2. Examine the agricultural contexts within which producers, processors and consumers, make decisions.
  3. Analyse complex economic issues in agriculture through applying knowledge of:

    1. The core agricultural and business disciplines
    2. Relevant agricultural production systems and their value chains

  4. Formulate advice for key issues in agriculture and practice change by:

    1. Identifying contemporary issues and opportunities in agriculture.
    2. Gathering, critically evaluating and synthesising information from a range of relevant sources and disciplines.
    3. Selecting and applying appropriate theoretical techniques or tools.
    4. Collecting, accurately recording, analysing, interpreting and reporting data.
    5. Working ethically, effectively, responsibly and safely in an individual and team context
    6. Communicating effectively with a range of stakeholders using a variety of modes.

  5. Disseminate a series of research conclusions for a scholarly audience informed by analysis, synthesis and evaluation of data using appropriate methods

Continuing studies

If you successfully complete this course, you may be also be eligible to apply for a range of other postgraduate courses including Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas and Masters by coursework and research. Filter the Course list on the Agriculture study theme page by Postgraduate to view the current courses available.

About this institute

University of Tasmania

Tasmania is a place unlike any other.  Our island is a living laboratory where environment, industry and society are uniquely connected.  With 45% of the island being National Park or World Heritage listed it is a stunning place to get...

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