Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology

Combine your interest in Agriculture and Technology and be at the forefront of the industry with Melbourne Polytechnic's Agriculture and Technology bachelor degree, offered in partnership with La Trobe University.

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The Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology is a unique three-year degree with major studies in:

This degree is offered through Melbourne Polytechnic in partnership with La Trobe University. Graduates will have their degrees conferred by La Trobe University, and degree testamurs will feature the La Trobe seal and logo.

Focusing on agriculture needs for your future

Offering essential business and practical skills, this industry-focused degree combines the experience and expertise of specialists from La Trobe University’s Food, Agriculture and Bioscience Department and Melbourne Polytechnic’s Primary Industries Department.

Learn to apply theory and practice within the agriculture industry and prepare for a career within areas as diverse as farming, agribusiness, aquaculture, agronomy, viticulture and winemaking.

Modern facilities in a rural setting

You will have access to some of Australia’s best industrial training facilities, including:

  • commercial scale aquaculture centre with indoor recirculating systems
  • agriculture broad-acre farm
  • cell grazing systems and laboratories
  • access to four vineyards at Yarra Glen, Eden Park, Ararat and Yan Yean
  • access to two wineries – 250 tonne at Ararat and 100 tonne at Epping

For further information, please contact Melbourne Polytechnic’s Primary Industries Department.

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Full-time: 3 years

Part-time: 6 years

Modes of Delivery

Face-to-face, Flexible


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Entrance Requirements

Satisfactory completion of Year 12 (or equivalent), with a study score of at least 20 in English (any) OR satisfactory completion of a Diploma course in Agriculture (or equivalent) OR relevant industry experience defined as professional engagement in the Agriculture, Viticulture, Aquaculture or Agribusiness industry for a minimum of two years and demonstrated capacity to undertake work at degree level. Domestic students may undertake the course on a part-time basis.

Assessment Methods

Subjects are assessed in a variety of ways including exams, practical exercises, case studies, demonstrations and assignments.


Students will be required to purchase textbooks and notes and book lists will be available at enrolment.

Career Pathways

Graduates can expect to gain employment in all aspects of the agriculture, viticulture and winemaking, agribusiness and aquaculture industries.

Enrolment Intake

  • February

Units Of Study

Credit points are a basic measure of student workload. All subjects are given a credit point value. Most subjects at Melbourne Polytechnic are 12 credit points. A normal full-time annual workload is 96 credit points. The academic year is divided into two main semesters; full-time students usually enrol in 48 credit points each semester, part time students usually enrol in 24 credit points each semester or less.

Code Subjects
AGR1AGR Agronomy 1
AGR1AST Agricultural systems and technology
AGR1FCW Food production in a changing world
AGR2AMN Animal managament and nutrition
AGR2FFT Future farming technologies
AGR3COM Rural communities innovation change
AGR3ENV Environmental management
AGR3ISS Contemporary issues and leadership in agriculture
AGR3MCT Agriculture marketing and commodity trading
AGR3MGT Agribusiness management in a changing environment
AGR3RP1 Applied research project 1
AGR3RP2 Applied research project 2
AGR3WM Wine marketing
BUS1RBM Rural business management
BUS2HRM Human resource management
SCI1AAP Animal anatomy and physiology
SCI1LAL Language and logic
SCI1LS1 Living systems 1
SCI1LS2 Living systems 2
SCI2ECO Ecological systems
SCI2GPB Applied genomics and plant breeding
SCI2INP Industry placement
SCI2PLP Plant physiology
SCI2SED Statistics and experimental design