Bachelor of Agricultural Economics

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The focus of the Bachelor of Agricultural Economics degree is on the development of analytical, quantitative, computing and communication skills with an academic emphasis on commodity markets and agricultural and natural resource issues. Skills highly regarded by employers are gained throughout the degree, and by research experience in the final year. Your studies may involve applied international trade, agribusiness management, marketing, agricultural and resource policy, and marketing and finance. It addresses the most challenging current issues of the day, such as carbon, water, food security, climate change, and the environment. Units of study are offered by both the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment and other relevant faculties. The degree program is flexible and allows students to undertake both a non-agricultural economics and agricultural economics major.

Majors

Units of study

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Full units of study list

Further course information

Study plan

In the first year of the Bachelor of Agricultural Economics degree, you will complete units of study in agricultural economics, economics and econometrics, and have the option to take an elective in each semester. In later years, your study continues with sequences in economics or business, and agricultural economics. These areas include applied international trade, agribusiness management, marketing, agricultural and resource policy, and quantitative methods. In each year of the course you have access to a wide range of optional units of study, for example, marketing and finance units. In fourth year you will conduct a research task and complete a written report. All students complete two majors, one in Agricultural Economics and one in another approved subject area, each comprising 48 credit points. A standard full-time enrolment is 24 credit points (cp) per semester; less than 18cp per semester is considered to be part-time. A student may not enrol in more than 30cp in any one semester without permission and may not enrol in a unit of study before meeting any prerequisites and corequisites for that unit of study.

What is a major?

A major in the Bachelor of Agricultural Economics requires the completion of 48 credit points of units of study in one subject area, including any units of study specified in the table of undergraduate units of study as compulsory for that major. A student may not count a unit of study toward more than one major. All students complete two majors. Units of study completed at the University of Sydney Summer School which correspond to units of study permitted to count to this degree may be credited towards the course requirements.

What is an elective?

An elective is a unit of study within a degree, usually an option within a course. Electives allow more detailed study of a particular subject. Electives can be selected from the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment or from other faculties within the university (subject to permission from the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment).

Course opportunities

All students enrolled in the Bachelor of Agricultural Economics degree are required to complete at least 40 days of approved professional experience, plus at least one faculty excursion as a field trip prior to graduation. This experience is undertaken during vacations and, for students who have commenced their candidature since March 2009, is a requirement of a compulsory 6 cp unit of study credited to their fourth year of study. A minimum of 15 days of the 40 day requirement must be completed as 'on-farm'/field experience for the course and students must undertake a minimum of two placements. The remainder is completed with organisations involved in agriculture, business, research and the resource industries and is known as a ‘graduate’ experience. The Faculty maintains a database in excess of 5000 providers for professional experience to assist students.
Professional experience is highly regarded by employers and provides an insight into the operations of organisations and often leads to offers of employment prior to graduation.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Bachelor of Agricultural Economics graduates express high levels of satisfaction related to their chosen career paths. They enjoy strong starting salaries with opportunities to advance rapidly. Many graduates in agricultural economics are employed in the finance sector including risk management, commercial and merchant banking, and accounting, while others are involved in agribusiness, marketing and commodity trading, consulting (domestic and international), public policy analysis and policy making, economic journalism and economic research.

Course accreditation

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, the Economics Society of Australia, the Australian and New Zealand Society of Ecological Economics and other international professional associations, including the American Agricultural Economics Association.

Further study

The Faculty of Agriculture and Environment enjoys a prestigious international reputation for postgraduate study and research excellence at the University of Sydney. Our flagship postgraduate coursework program in the Master of Agriculture offers the opportunity to undertake specialised study in the fields of agribusiness, agricultural economics, agricultural technologies, natural resource management, resource economics, sustainable agriculture, forest systems or sustainable horticulture. Check our website at http://sydney.edu.au/agriculture/future_postgraduates/coursework_degrees/master_of_agriculture.shtml. Our research nexus includes the Plant Breeding Institute, the Australian Precision Agriculture Laboratory and the Pulsford Laboratory. The faculty invites outstanding and suitably qualified graduates to express their interest in joining our current research projects in the degrees of Master of Philosophy, and Doctor of Philosophy.

About honours

Honours in the Bachelor of Agricultural Economics degee is awarded on the basis of academic performance over second, third and fourth years. Dependent on academic merit graduates may be awarded either Honours 1; Honours 2, Division 1; Honours 2 Division 2; or Pass.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission requirements not available for Bachelor of Agricultural Economics.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications for the University's undergraduate courses are made though the Universities Admission Centre (UAC). On-time applications for the March Semester close on the last working day of September.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University's International Office, (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent), or (iii) through the Universities Admissions Centre, for students applying on the basis of a current Australian Year 12 secondary school examination, or studying either an International Baccalaureate in Australia or a New Zealand Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2013 your student contribution may differ.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

International students

Indicative international tuition fees for undergraduate students

This international tuition fee is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact tuition fees that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

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