In the Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology, you will specialise in agronomy, aquaculture, or viticulture and winemaking, while gaining a deep understanding of innovative farming practices in challenging environments.
Vocationally-focused agricultural training
In the Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology, you will take a vocational approach to learning innovative agricultural practices in the unique Australian environment.
The Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology is a unique three-year degree with major studies in:
This degree offers an extensive selection of subjects. From primary production to the plate, you will be able to develop a broader knowledge of the science, technology, and environmental aspects of agriculture alongside your chosen major.
Agriculture for the future
We have developed this program to meet industry needs. Agriculture and related industries face many challenges in the future, from a growing world population and climate change, to new technologies and altering resource conditions. We have tailored this program to ensure you will have the practical skills and theoretical background you need to be ready for the future of agronomy, aquaculture, or viticulture and winemaking.
Industry placement employment opportunities can be undertaken in this program.
Learn in Australia’s world class facilities
As an Agriculture student at Melbourne Polytechnic, you will have access to world class agricultural training facilities that include:
- 600ha mixed farming commercial operations at Yan Yean and Eden Park
- 3 vineyards
- 2 wineries
- a racetrack
- an aquaculture centre for freshwater fish breeding
- animal barns
- an algology laboratory
- scientific laboratories
- fish and meat processing facilities
- a tasting laboratory
You will also have access to the latest in digital technology to support agricultural practice. Our digital homestead can measure plant, animal, microclimate, and soil from the ground and via aerial monitoring platforms. These platforms allow our farms to be more efficient and more profitable, as well as being able to factor in environmental and social drivers.
Face-to-face or blended delivery study options
In the Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology, you will study full-time with either our face-to-face or blended delivery programs.
Blended delivery is a mix of self-directed online learning and face-to-face workshops that will teach you practical skills in plant management. This is a great option if you would like more time to complete work placements while you study.
Our friendly and approachable teachers will personally mentor and support you as you study in small class sizes with excellent staff-to-student ratios.
A wide range of careers in agriculture
Upon successful completion of this course, depending on your major, you will have a variety of employment options in fields such as agronomy, aquaculture, animal management, viticulture, winemaking, and plant and soil science.
Modes of Delivery
Face-to-face, Combination, Classroom
- Tuition fees per semester: $13400
- Tuition fees per year: $26800
- Academic: Australian Year 12 or equivalent, to include mathematics, and one of either chemistry or biology, OR
- satisfactory completion of a Diploma course in Agriculture (or equivalent), OR
- mature age applicants (21 years of age or over) relevant industry experience defined as professional industry engagement for a minimum of two years and demonstrated capacity to undertake work at degree level. Supporting document to include a CV with at least 2 supporting written references
- English: Academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no individual band below 5.5, or Pearson PTE Academic 50 overall with no individual communicative skill below 42, or Melbourne Polytechnic recognised equivalency.
- Note: All applicants must complete a phone or skype interview as part of the selection process
- Other: Applicants are required to provide a 300-500 word written statement outlining any experience in the Agriculture industry (voluntarily, informally, or as employment) and how this course will align with personal career goals.
Assessment MethodsSubjects are assessed in a variety of ways including exams, practical exercises, case studies, demonstrations and assignments
MaterialsYou will be required to purchase textbooks and notes. Book lists and additional information will be supplied at enrolment or class induction by the teaching department
Pathways to further studySuccessful completion means you can go on to further post-graduate study in Agriculture - you could consider a Masters qualification in any of the majors
Career PathwaysGraduates can expect to gain employment in all aspects of the agriculture, viticulture and winemaking, agribusiness and aquaculture industries
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.
|AGR1AST||AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGY|
|AGR1FCW||FOOD PRODUCTION IN A CHANGING WORLD|
|AGR2AMN||ANIMAL MANAGEMENT AND NUTRITION|
|AGR2FFT||FUTURE FARMING TECHNOLOGIES|
|AGR3COM||RURAL COMMUNITIES INNOVATION CHANGE|
|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|
|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|
|SCI2GPB||APPLIED GENOMICS AND PLANT BREEDING|
|SCI2SED||STATISTICS AND EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN|
You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.
This qualification aligns with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 7.