According to QS News Ranking 2020, 7 agriculture colleges in Australia were included in the top 100 universities of the world. Australia is also included among the top 10 countries to study abroad by many organizations and agencies. It is right behind the USA, UK, Canada, and Germany. Nearly 11% of international students in Australia are from India.
As per QS World Rankings of 2020, all the enlisted universities below are ranked within the top 100 of the world. Some colleges also offer dual and higher research degrees.
|Universities/Colleges||QS Ranking||Degrees Offered|
|The University of Queensland||#25||Bachelors in Agriculture-7, Honors-5, Dual degree-4, Masters-8, Doctorate-1|
|University of Melbourne||#35||Bachelors- 2, Honors-2, Masters-2, Doctorate-1|
|University of Western Australia||#45||Bachelors-2, Masters-2, Doctorate-|
|University of Adelaide||#51-100||Bachelors in Agriculture and related sciences-8, Honours-2 Masters-4, Doctorate-1|
|University of Sydney||#51-100||Bachelors-2, Masters-1, Doctorate-1|
|University of Tasmania||#51-100||Bachelors-4, Associate-1, Masters-1, Doctorate-1|
|University of New England||#101-150||Bachelors-3, Diploma-1, Masters-1, Doctorate-1|
Agricultural programs are plenty but a handful of popular universities in Australia offer them. These are further discussed in this section.
There are mainly 5 agriculture specializations available to study in Australia:
Specializations like Crop production, Animal production, Forestry, Aquaculture, Geology, Agriculture Economics, and Plant breeding are also available.
For Bachelors, the following are the five popular agriculture courses in Australia:
Below given are the popular master's courses available in agriculture colleges in Australia:
For Doctorate degree: Doctorate of Philosophy (Agriculture/Food Science/Animal husbandry/Aquaculture/Horticulture)
Agricultural Sciences is part of a larger tree of sciences involving both natural sciences and social sciences. It includes the following subjects: Biology, Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Economics, Business, and Management.
Agriculture courses offered by most Australian universities are:
Agriculture courses in Australia at an undergraduate level usually last for 3-4 years. The degree is offered usually within a science or business-based program. Some of the popular majors opted by students are Agribusiness, Animal genetics, Crop and Pasture Science, Equine Science, Fisheries Management, Horticulture, Plant Sciences, Tropical agriculture, Viticulture, and Wool science.
|Programs||Universities||Duration||Annual Tuition Fees|
|Bachelor of Agriculture Science(Hons)||The University of Queensland||4 year||43,504|
|Bachelor of Agriculture(Hons)||The University of Melbourne||3 year||40,976|
|Bachelor of Philosophy(Hons)||University of Western Australia||4 year||41,200|
|Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences||University of Adelaide||3 year||38,500|
|Bachelor of Science and Advanced Sciences (Agriculture)||University of Sydney||4 year||48,500|
Semesters commence in May and October. Admission criteria vary from university to university, but a Bachelor in Agriculture Science (Hons) has the following eligibility:
For any bachelor's program, the documents required are:
Most universities have a high tuition fee for agriculture bachelor programs. The fees range between AUD 38,000-AUD $48,000. Scholarships are available for bachelor's programs by universities but are not necessarily program-specific.
Masters agriculture courses in Canada are offered to students for a duration of 1.5 - 2 years. The programs have several specializations like Agronomy, Horticulture, Animal Science, Equine Science, Wildlife biology. Some universities like the University of Adelaide offer study programs in areas such as earth science, grape, and wine science, international agricultural development and plant breeding innovation.
|Degrees||% Required in Bachelors||English Language Proficiency||Annual Tuition Fees||Duration|
|Master in Agribusiness/Master of Agriculture/Master of Animal Science-University of Queensland||55%||IELTS-6.5 overall with 6 in each subset/TOEFL IBT-87 overall with 19 in R, L&S; 21 in W||42,528||2 years|
|Masters in Agricultural Science- University of Tasmania||55-60%||IELTS-6.0 overall with 6 in each band/TOEFL-72 overall with 16 in R&L;18 in S;22 in W||36,200||2 years|
|Master of Science in Agriculture- University of New England||No minimum Requirement||IELTS-6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band/TOEFL IBT-79 overall with 22 in each band||33,856||2 years|
|Master of Agricultural Sciences-University of Melbourne||65%; 6 years of professional experience||IELTS-6.5 overall with 6.0/TOEFL IBT-79+ overall with 13 in R&L;18 in S; 21 in W||44,280||2 years|
|Master of Philosophy-University of Melbourne||60%; 25% in the Honours year for a research project.||IELTS-6.5 overall with 6.0/TOEFL IBT-79+ overall with 13 in R&L;18 in S; 21 in W||46,015||2 years|
|Master of Agricultural Science-University of Western Australia||50%||IELTS-6.5 overall with 6.0 in each band/CBSE- English B2/ ICSE- English 60%||40,100||1.5-2 years|
|Master of Agricultural Economics- University of Western Australia||50%||CBSE- B2 in English/ICSE-60% in English/IELTS-6.5 overall with 6.0 in each band||40,100||1.5-2 years|
|Master of Agribusiness-University of Adelaide||No minimum Requirement||IELTS-6.5 overall with 6.0 in each band/TOEFL-79 overall 13 in R&L;18 in S;21 in W||$42,500||1.5 years|
|Master of Engineering Science(Agricultural Engineering)- University of Southern Queensland||No minimum Requirement||IELTS-6.5 overall||AUD $33,520||2 years|
|Master of Agricultural Economics-University of Australia||50%||IELTS-6.5 overall with no band below 6(Academic reading and writing)/TOEFL(CBT)-230||AUD $57,200||1.5-2 years|
Intake Season for Masters from Agriculture Colleges in Australia: The application process varies from college to college but the semester generally commences in February and July. The application deadline also placed accordingly i.e for Semester 1 the deadline is in October and for Semester 2 it is in April.
The general requirements for entry are as follows:
Masters degree applicants have to provide the following documents:
The cost of studying a Masters's degree is expensive in Australia. The average cost of tuition is AUD 40,000. But as all the colleges listed for agriculture also provide some sort of scholarships for masters programs, students can afford them. The University of Queensland Agriculture and Food Sciences scholarships are even listed by top universities.
Doctorate degrees are mostly offered as DPhil. Applications for doctorate courses are available round the year. Some colleges also offer internships alongside the degree.
|Doctor of Philosophy (3-4 years)||University of Queensland||11,470|
|Doctor of Philosophy (4 years)||University of Melbourne||193,645|
|Doctor of Philosophy(4 years)||University of Adelaide||48,500|
|Doctor of Philosophy Science (3-4 years)||University of Sydney||40,000|
Most of the Universities award a doctorate with a specialization in Philosophy. Applications must happen 6 weeks before the commencement of the program. At the University of Sydney, six research periods are beginning on January 1st, March 1st, July 1st, October 1st. The basic requirements for the application are as follows:
Most of the universities have a compulsory requirement of the following:
The cost of study for a Ph.D. degree in agriculture is lower than either bachelors or masters'. At the University of Queensland, the cost of the study is AUD 11,470. The education department of Australia offers two major fellowships for Ph.D. students. John Dillon Fellowship and John Allwright Fellowship are awarded to doctorate students.
Agricultural scholarships are awarded at many universities in Australia. Most of them are awarded by the Food and Science Department at the University of Queensland. Even topuniversities.com has included them among the best scholarships in Australia. The highest amount awarded is AUD 15,000.
Some of the scholarships for international students in Australia are:
|UQ Gatton Past Students Association Scholarship||Undergraduate||Full-time UG student at UQ||AUD 5000|
|Peter Whiteman Memorial Bursary||Postgraduate, Doctoral||PG student at UQ, Report of agricultural development or tropical research in agronomy||Annual income from an endowment|
|Sir Eric Smart Masters Scholarship in Agricultural Research||Postgraduate Research||BSc(Agriculture)/BPhil(Agriculture) student. For additional benefits, submission of research proposals needed.||AUD 5000|
|Miriam E.Wippell Undergraduate Scholarship||Undergraduate||First-year UG student in Veterinary Science and enrolled in tertiary degree.||Annual income from the endowment|
|John Allwright Fellowship||Doctoral||UQ degree or international equivalent with PG research component.||Opportunity of postgraduate qualifications at Australian tertiary institutions|
|John Dillon Fellowship||Doctoral||Must have completed an ACIAR project; resides and works in an ACIAR-partner country; holds an Australian visa/be an Australian citizen.||A 4-6 week residential stay in Australia; A 1 week hosting period for an Australian organization;Formal training in leadership, media, communications, policy and research management.|
|Eynesbury College International Scholarship||Undergraduate, Postgraduate||A graduate from Aylesbury College||Waiver of 10% or 5% on tuition fee|
|Destination Australia awards(International)||All levels||12th standard result or above||AUD $15,000|
Agriculture as a field has a high demand for jobs, with an average of 5 jobs available for every agriculture graduate in Australia. All the related sectors provide a large number of job openings.
A large part of agriculture jobs is available more in cities and metropolitan areas. As per data, it is nearly 50% of the agriculture jobs available in Australia. The average salary of individuals working in the agricultural sector ranges from AUD 67,600 to AUD 117,00 per annum.
An Environmental and Agricultural Scientist in Australia observes a salary increment of 11% every 18 months whereas the increment is 8% every 16 months for all occupations combined.
|Occupations||Annual Salary (in AUD)|
|Environmental and Agricultural Scientist||54,100-163,000|
|Agricultural and Food Science Technician||30,700-977,000|
|Aquaculture and Seafood Farmer||31,300-99,500|
Agriculture in Australia is mainly within the rural domain when on-farm activities are concerned. But jobs were mostly available in cities. A large part of agriculture jobs is available more in cities and metropolitan areas. As per data, it is nearly 50% of the agriculture jobs available in Australia.
The population in rural areas is shrinking with time. The worst-hit area is New South Wales and Western Australia with a nearly 1% decline. Most migrating to big cities to find work. Data also shows that job vacancies in regional areas witnessed a spike in growth of nearly 14% between 2018-2019.
Agriculture is a popular domain of work. Nearly 3% of all workers in Australia contribute to the sector.
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