Bachelor of Food and Agribusiness

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

The Bachelor of Food and Agribusiness is a four year program which includes an embedded Honours year and industry placement internship. It teaches students about both the business and science aspects of supplying affordable, nutritious food to an ever-growing global population, covering the production and management of food products with a focus on sustainability in the face of environmental challenges and increasing demands.
In addition to the production of agricultural goods, agribusiness covers by-products of farming (including fuels derived from farm waste) and post farm-gate aspects of bringing food to consumers: food preservation and storage, processing and manufacturing of food products, business strategy and financial support, food transport, sales and promotion.
This unique program comprises a double major in the science and business of food value-adding processes and the effective trade, marketing and management of agriculture food-related businesses. Through lectures, tutorials, and laboratory sessions, students develop interdisciplinary skills in the science and business of food production alongside expert knowledge about human nutrition. Graduates understand the business of food supply from “the paddock to the plate” and will drive the innovations necessary for the industry to stay ahead of the complex challenges it faces.

Course outline

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Study plan


For this unique interdisciplinary course, units of study are provided by the Faculties of Agriculture and Environment, Science, Veterinary Science, the School of Business and the Charles Perkins Centre. Students complete a minimum of 192 credit points over four years of full-time study, including an embedded Honours Year 4 (part-time enrollment is only available for local students).

In years 1 and 2, the degree is comprised of seven units of study related to agribusiness, and nine units of study related to food science. In years 3 and 4, students choose electives in marketing, management and retailing of commodities, and value added food and fibre products and/ or value adding activities including processing, packaging and distribution. Students are required to complete at least 72 credit points in agribusiness and 72 credit points in food science, with the remaining 12 credit points taken from the aforementioned electives.

The Honours Year 4 involves a specialised research project (worth 24 credit points). In the third year, for 12 weeks of the second semester (from September to November), students undertake a compulsory industry internship (worth 12 credit points) which provides them invaluable real world industry placement experience with select companies chosen by the Faculty.

Majors

What is a major?

A major in the Bachelor of Food and Agribusiness requires the completion of at least 72 credit points in Agribusiness and 72 credit points in Food Science to qualify for the double major. A student may not count a unit of study toward more than one major. 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. A major in agribusiness leads to career opportunities in trade, logistics, analysis, market research, product development, sales, promotion, entrepreneurship, advertising, marketing, retail management, brand management, and strategic management. A major in food science leads to career opportunities in food production, product development, health promotion, packaging and postharvest, food science, quality assurance, food safety and food security.

Further course information

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

A compulsory, 12 credit point industry placement internship in Year 3 allows students to establish solid industry contacts early on, as well as ensuring that students understand workplace environments and industry expectations. These internships also help students develop a more accurate understanding of their specific career interests and goals. Professional experience is highly regarded by employers and often leads to offers of employment prior to graduation.

Bachelor of Food and Agribusiness graduates will be eligible for membership of the Agribusiness Association of Australia, the Australian Society for Horticultural Science and the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science. Through an individual research project undertaken during the embedded Honours Year, students develop solid practical analytical and research skills. Graduates achieving First or Second class Honours are eligible to apply for a higher degree by research and are strong candidates for a postgraduate research scholarship.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Students completing the Bachelor of Food and Agribusiness can work in a diverse range of industries and roles, including: food science, marketing, product development, packaging, sales, promotion, advertising, retail management, brand management, strategic management, transport logistics, trade, food safety, quality assurance, global food security, international development, health promotion, market research, research, analysis and policy.

Course accreditation

Graduates of the Bachelor Food and Agribusiness will be eligible for membership of the Agribusiness Association of Australia, the Australian Society for Horticultural Science and the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science.

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 [http://sydney.edu.au/agriculture/future_postgraduates/coursework_degrees/master_of_agriculture.shtml]. Our research nexus includes the Plant Breeding Institute, the Precision Agriculture Laboratory, the Pulsford Laboratory and the Centre for Carbon, Water and Food. 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

A Year 4 Honours year is embedded in this course. Students complete a research project where they are able to specialise and experience extended research into a specific topic area.

Admission

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.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics and Chemistry

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 2015 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 2014 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 2015, 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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