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Bachelor of Rural Science

  • 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

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Last modified: 10 Feb 2017

About this course

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.

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. You will be required to complete 16 weeks of placement, in consultation with the School.

Flexible exit options

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.

  • Prerequisites


    To be eligible for this course, you 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 partially 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. 

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

  • Subjects

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

    Core units:

    • Agricultural and natural resource extension
    • Identification and adaptation of agricultural plants
    • Agricultural ecology and crop physiology
    • Plant protection
    • Crop production
    • Grazing systems
    • Problem solving in farming systems
    • Animal production systems and products
    • Animal function, health and welfare
    • Animal structure and function
    • Animal nutrition
    • Introductory molecular biology and biochemistry I
    • Biochemistry and microbiology for rural science
    • Biology I
    • Biology II
    • Chemistry I
    • Chemistry II
    • Farm and resource management
    • Introductory genetics
    • Introduction to breeding and genetics
    • Precision agriculture
    • Sustaining our rural environment I
    • Sustaining our rural environment II
    • Soil science
    • Productive soil systems
    • Introduction to statistical modelling
    • Statistical modelling and experimental design
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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 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:

  • 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:

  • Agricultural Scientist
  • Agricultural Researcher
  • Animal Breeder
  • Landcare Worker


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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