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Undergraduate

Agribusiness

Bachelor of Agribusiness - BAgribus(Curtin) - B-AGRIB Science and Engineering
Indicative ATAR 70 Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July
Duration 3 years full-time

Course overview

The practice of agriculture is radically different from the past, when it meant ploughing a field, planting seed, harvesting a crop, milking cows or feeding livestock on a small scale. Agriculture has evolved into agribusiness and has become a vast and complex system that reaches far beyond the farm, to include all those who are involved in bringing wholesome food and fibre to consumers. 

Curtin offers Western Australia’s only Bachelor of Agribusiness. You will engage in research-led activities, problem-solving and self-directed experiments using our field trial site and glasshouse facilities.

The course also offers field trips and work placements to ensure you graduate with the science, technology and business skills you need to thrive in agribusiness. This course provides a unique opportunity to understand both science and business as applied to agriculture.

To satisfy the growing demand for food worldwide, we need smarter ways of producing crops and resources using sustainable production methods, innovation and responsible entrepreneurship – exactly what this practical course is about.

It will provide you with a solid grounding in basic biology and you will also study new technologies, including precision agriculture using satellite-based imagery for measuring crop and pasture growth and soil variability, remote sensing, remote management of crops and pastures, and tracking systems for livestock.

Your study will have a strong focus on broad acre crops and livestock production systems of Mediterranean climates, and low-rainfall environments in western and southern parts of Australia.

Career opportunities

Increasing demand for global food security in a globally competitive environment provide graduates with many job opportunities across the food production chain. The majority of Curtin agribusiness students who graduated in 2014 and 2015 were employed before graduating.

Opportunity exists in:

  • Government agencies (such as CSIRO and state departments of agriculture)
  • Farm management and farm consultancy
  • Agronomy (including consultant and research)
  • Soil scientist
  • Banking and finance sectors
  • Agricultural marketing and supply chain logistics
  • Grain trading
  • Agricultural product suppliers
  • Biotechnology (including plant and animal breeding)
  • Research, development and extension
  • Education
  • Farmer grower groups and natural resource management
  • International agricultural development

Find out more about studying Agribusiness at Curtin

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

Indicative TER (ATAR) Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.

70

STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Written English and either Verbal or Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Mature age entry

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Essential WACE courses

  •  Mathematics: Applications ATAR and one science course

Desirable WACE courses

At least one of the following courses: Chemistry ATAR, Biology ATAR, Plant Production Systems ATAR or Animal Production Systems ATAR

Fees

Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2017 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.
$9,290*

Fees are indicative first year only.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Professional recognition

Agribusiness graduates are able to apply for membership of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology.

Why Agribusiness?

  • Curtin University provides a unique combination of agricultural science and agribusiness with options in spatial science, data analytics, supply chain management and business management.
  • Become a part of the solution to developing challenges in domestic and global food and fibre production
  • Future productivity improvements rely on skilled graduates undertaking high-impact research and an ability to adopt new and innovative technologies.
  • Develop networks across the agricultural sectors by participating in work experience and field tours
  • Opportunity to link to world-class research programs including the GRDC-funded Centre for Crop and Disease Management, post-harvest horticulture, aquaculture management and rehabilitation of degraded land.
  • A strong demand for skilled professionals from ‘paddock to plate’, with job opportunities currently greater than available graduate numbers.

How this course will make you industry ready

Government and industry partnerships

You will interact with people working in agricultural research, production and management, and with agribusinesses including CSIRO, State Government Departments of Agriculture, farmers, agribusiness and financial advisors, agronomy advisors, consultants, research trial operators, grain trading and marketing, and Curtin’s GRDC Centre for Crop and Disease Management