Food security, animal health and agribusiness

Bachelor of Agriculture

Addressing the challenges of a changing climate

A career in agriculture means you'll be on the forefront addressing sustainability and making a difference to protect the environment, animals and food production.

Apply the latest technology

New and evolving technologies are needed to help Australian farmers in combating more extreme weather conditions and ensure the future viability of crops and animal health.

A global food supply

Australian farmers can feed 80 million people, securing the sustainability and competitiveness of that food supply is a key driver of Australia's economy.

Create healthy ecosystems

Improving soil health, biodiversity and land management means we can ameliorate environmental and agricultural lifecycle impacts, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions and water use.

Australian agricultural industry at a glance

$100b

by 2030

Industry prodution goal

1.6 million

Employed

Across the supply chain

$71.2b

Industry value

in 2020-21

334k

Employed in Australian agriculture

243k

Employed in food and beverage sector

90%

Australian food is produced locally

80m

Have a secure food supply

Source: Delivering Ag2030 (May 2021), Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Where can agriculture take you?

Bachelor of Agriculture alumni, Putri Shafira now works as a sourcing specialist, identifying agriculture projects that could generate carbon credits with climate action company South Pole.

Find out how she got there

Meet our graduates

Our graduates find work across the value chain of agriculture and its supporting industries and agencies, in Australia and around the world. They work in roles that involve: Best-practice sustainability, Water management improvement, Responsible fertiliser use, On-farm advising, Food and fibre production increase, Disease-resistant crop development, Animal welfare, Biosecurity, Post-farm processing and marketing, Agribusiness management and agricultural finance, Government and industry policy.

Agriculture isn’t just about being a farmer. It’s a career path that more young adults should consider because there are a diverse range of opportunities; there is a job for everyone. My passion is for the dairy industry, and studying at Melbourne has given me a world-class education to kickstart my career.

Sarah Fusinato, Bachelor of Agriculture, Customer Experience Lead - Agricultural Solutions at BASF
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Agriculture is a great degree and opens up so many doors, including the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. There are so many opportunities and jobs I had no idea about before I started. The hands-on aspects of agriculture make what I’ve learned very applicable to real-life situations.

Hollie Pogorzelski, Bachelor of Agriculture, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine student, Class of 2022
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In agriculture, like other industries, we have to become more efficient with everything we do. The only way to do that is through science and observation to find the best practice. I think it’s a very exciting field to be in right now.

Michael Halverson, Bachelor of Agriculture, Project Officer at Agriculture Victoria, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
Photo of Michael Halverson, Bachelor of Agriculture, Project Officer at Agriculture Victoria, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Studying Agriculture at Melbourne gave me the technical and practical knowledge that made me an industry-ready graduate, giving me a great start to my career.

Caroline Purcell, Bachelor of Agriculture, Territory Manager (Stockfeed) at Rivalea Australia
Photo of Caroline Purcell, Bachelor of Agriculture, Territory Manager (Stockfeed) at Rivalea Australia

Ready to secure your future?

This is your opportunity to use science, technology and business to tackle critical sustainability issues and build a career with lasting impact.

Discover the Bachelor of Agriculture

Your studies will be be guided by the latest in agricultural research and technologies

Food that doesn't waste water

Groundbreaking technologies developed between the University of Melbourne and Melbourne-based company Rubicon to automate irrigation networks are meeting the challenge of growing more food sustainably in an ever-hungrier world – and saving precious water.

Tackling a global crop pandemic - from the air

An incurable bacterial infection poses a huge threat to global agriculture. Melbourne technology is being used to detect it using remote sensors from the air etc etc

Redefining farmland value for climate and food security

A multidisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Melbourne is investigating the gaps and tools needed to bridge the void of support for widespread regenerative agriculture.

Helping crops survive heatwaves

Global warming threatens both the yield and survival of crucial crops. By understanding how extreme heat impacts plant genetics, researchers aim to breed in more resilience.