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Bachelor of Agricultural and Resource Economics

  • Awarded by

    University of New England

  • Qualification

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study Mode

    On campus

  • Payment Options

    HECS-HELP may be availableUpfront payment

  • Duration

    4 years full-time; up to 10 years part-time

  • Start Date

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates!

Last modified: 10 Feb 2017

About this course

Food safety and security, climate change, natural resource sustainability and the increasing globalisation of food networks are some of the biggest challenges faced by the world community.

Designed to give you a global perspective of the economic, environmental, social and political environments in the agricultural sector, this University of New England (UNE) degree in Bachelor of Agricultural and Resource Economics will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to make key economic decisions that could have a profound effect on business practice in the resources sector. Core units of study include macro and microeconomics, farm and resource management, rural and finance risk management, environmental and natural resource economics and international trade and business.

The longest-running online and on-campus agricultural and resource economics degree in Australia, this course also provides you with the flexibility to choose a coursework-only option or an embedded Honours program, and is offered both online and on campus.

Practical industry experience

This course includes a mandatory work placement component to ensure that you graduate with a strong mix of practical industry experience that complements your learning. Students can complete four weeks of professional experience with approved agribusiness institutions, in consultation with the School.

  • Prerequisites


    To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

    • Have completed Australian senior secondary studies with an ATAR equal to or above this year's admission cut-off; OR
    • Have completed an overseas secondary or tertiary qualification/s deemed equivalent; OR
    • Have completed, or part-completed, an approved Australian post-secondary or tertiary qualification; OR
    • Have completed an approved admission scheme or pathway; OR
    • Satisfied the requirements of an approved inter-institution agreement; OR
    • Obtained other equivalent qualifications and/or vocational experience; OR
    • Satisfied the requirements for non-standard admission.

    Assumed knowledge is two units of English; studies in mathematics are desirable for studies in economics, finance and quantitative areas.

    You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education and experience meet certain criteria.

  • Subjects

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    In this agricultural economics course, the subjects you may study include:

    Core units:

    • Business and economic analysis of chains and networks
    • Introductory microeconomics
    • Introductory macroeconomics
    • Environment and food: economic perspectives
    • Intermediate microeconomics
    • Intermediate macroeconomics
    • Farm and resource management
    • Introductory econometrics
    • International trade and payments
    • Benefit-cost analysis
    • Microeconomic policy evaluation
    • Environmental and natural resource economics
    • Rural finance and risk management
    • Commodity markets
    • Introduction to business law
    • Calculus and linear algebra
    • Business statistics
    • Introduction to business analytics
    • Business decision-making
    • Sustaining our rural environment

    Listed units:

    • Sheep management
    • Financial management
    • Introduction to bioeconomics
    • Professional experience
    • Applied econometrics
    • Efficiency and productivity analysis
    • Advanced microeconomics
    • Managing people and organisations
    • Strategic marketing
    • Strategic planning and management
    • Survey methods for business and economics
    • Organisational research methods (Honours only)
    • Dissertation (Honours only)
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  • Why University of New England?

    Established in 1938, the University of New England (UNE) is Australia’s longest standing provider of distance education and continues to be at the forefront of innovations in online learning. The university offers over 200 courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research levels. UNE is committed to offering a variety of flexible study options so that students are able to manage their personal commitments while undertaking a university education.

    The University of New England (UNE) prides itself on providing the highest quality student support to ensure that students have the necessary tools to pursue their goals. Students can easily access a plethora of dedicated services including counselling, disability needs, academic and study skills, Aboriginal affairs and career development.

    With over 60 years of distance education experience, UNE has devised flexible online study options over 3 study periods a year so that students are able to utilise their time more effectively or even accelerate their degree. For courses that require hands-on experience, UNE offers Intensive School programs where students are exposed to vital practical components of their course.

    To support ongoing learning, students can get the help they need via email, phone or online chat. You can expect a well-rounded and supported experience throughout your UNE study journey.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Bachelor of Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of New England.

With demand for agricultural business experts growing rapidly worldwide, this course will equip graduates for a diverse range of careers, domestically and overseas. Employment opportunities span the private and public sectors in professional, managerial or executive positions in areas including the following:

Banking; Finance and insurance; Commodity trading; Policy analysis; Education; Agribusiness; Agriculture; International agencies and Government departments

UNE is committed to a holistic approach to education, ensuring that all graduates also possess the following transferable attributes:

  • Communication skills
  • Capacity for problem-solving
  • Information literacy
  • Awareness of ethical conduct and social responsibility
  • Independence and collaboration
  • A thirst for lifelong learning

Wondering where a career in agriculture could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Farm Manager
  • Farmer
  • Agricultural Economist
  • Resource Economist


Eligible students can apply for HECS-HELP to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees. Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you select to study in that year.

The University of New England also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.


You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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