University of New England
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4 years full-time; up to 10 years part-time
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Play a part in developing sustainable food solutions for the future with the Bachelor of Rural Science from the University of New England (UNE). In this course, offered online or on campus, you'll develop an understanding of the complexities and challenges of providing food and fibre for growing populations in demanding climates, and learn the skills necessary to tackle agricultural problems in a holistic, sustainable way.
With a strong focus on both technical science and communication skills, this course will equip you with a strong skillset for tackling some of the world's most critical food problems. You'll also have the option to research a project of your choosing with an optional Honours award, or enrol in a master's degree after graduation.
Graduates with this qualification are in high demand from employers – you'll have the option to work in a variety of industries across the private and public sectors. Whether you take an academic path or work in policy or as an advisor, this course will set you up to play your part in a sustainable food future.
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. You will be required to complete 16 weeks of placement, in consultation with the School.
If plans change, and you can no longer commit to the full Bachelor of Rural Science, you could still be eligible to receive a qualification. Depending on the credit points you've completed, you could exit with the Diploma in Science or the Bachelor of Science.
Learn more about UNE's innovative School of Environment and Rural Science.
To be eligible for this course, you must meet the following entry requirements:
You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education and experience meet certain criteria.
In this agricultural course, the subjects you may study include:
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.
Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Bachelor of Rural Science from the University of New England.
Graduates from this course can seek employment in advisory, regulatory and research positions across a variety of industries, reflecting the importance of agribusiness expertise. You could pursue work in the following industries:
Crop and animal industries; Agribusiness; Primary production; Banking; Marketing; Government policy; Plant and animal breeding; Landcare and Soil conservation
Graduates are also eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology.
UNE is committed to a holistic approach to education, ensuring that all graduates also possess the following transferable attributes:
Wondering where a career in agriculture could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:
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.
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).
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