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Overview

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

This course will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely. 

About this course

Feeding the world is big business. Whether you are passionate about producing high quality nutritious food, excited about getting into the food and agriculture business, or looking to make an impact through applied science, the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Food and Agribusiness) provides an excellent launch pad for your career.

The degree offers a unique combination of a double major in Food Science and your choice of a Business or Economics discipline. Industry is looking for graduates who are critical, creative and adaptable, who can help to solve emerging challenges and support innovation.

The Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Food and Agribusiness) will arm you with a highly sought after set of skills and knowledge, professional development through embedded internship and research experiences, and the flexibility to position yourself for diverse careers in the food and agribusiness sector. 

In this course you will complete the Food Science major and a Business major.

In the final year of your degree, you have two options, Advanced Coursework OR Honours: 

  • Advanced Coursework: Enhance your leadership, critical thinking and problem-solving skills and increase your employment prospects. You will undertake challenging coursework and experience work outside the classroom by collaborating with other students on a substantial real-world project.
  • Honours: Develop deep analytical skills and prepare yourself for further research opportunities, such as pursuing a PhD. You will undertake a supervised but independent research project as well as connected discipline-based and/or research-focused coursework. Admission to the honours pathway is subject to meeting the specified WAM and additional entry requirements. Check with your faculty for details.

Subject areas

Honours subject areas: Only available to students who meet the eligibility criteria for the honours pathway. Minimum WAM and additional entry requirements apply.

Shared pool

Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

Your fee

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth supported place . Refer to the UAC website for key dates. Separate scholarship deadlines apply, visit the scholarships website for details.

For other useful information, visit our How to apply page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor's degree must apply through UAC.

Refer to the UAC website . Separate Scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

Visit the How to apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). If you are a direct applicant, when you are ready to apply select the `Apply’ button on this course page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Standard closing dates:

Direct applicants:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year.
Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year.

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

UAC Applicants: Refer to the UAC website

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

This course requires you to complete an embedded Food and Agribusiness Program, including the Food Science major and a Business or Economics major chosen from the University Shared Pool for Undergraduate Degrees: Accounting; Agricultural and Resource Economics; Banking; Business Analytics; Business Information Systems; Business Law; Econometrics; Economics; Economic Policy; Finance; Financial Economics; Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management; International Business; Management; Marketing.

In your first year you will gain a broad scientific and economic overview of agriculture in the context of global issues around food, water and climate. You’ll also study biology, chemistry and statistics to give you the scientific foundation for the rest of your degree, alongside the introductory economics or business units for your second major.

In second year you will continue your science studies with food science and biochemistry and molecular biology, which links your studies in food to health and nutrition, and progress in your second major.

Third year offers more specialist, in-depth studies in your food science and economics or business majors.

Your fourth year will involve a research project and a professional internship to give you practical industry experience and set you up for a rewarding career.

Units of Study

Work component

Mandatory work component = 412 hours.

This mandatory work component must be completed as part of the award requirements for the course.

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Food and Agribusiness) 

Year Sem Unit of study
1 1 Chemistry 1A Introduction to Statistical Methods Elective Business/ Economics Major
  2 From Molecules to Ecosystems Global Challenges: Food, Water, Climate Elective Business/ Economics Major
2 1 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Applied Statistical Methods Elective Business/ Economics Major
  2 Food Science Managing Food and Beverage Supply Chains OLE Business/ Economics Major
3 1 Food Processing and Value Adding Chemistry and Biochemistry of Foods Elective Business/ Economics Major
  2 Food Product DevelopmentORScience Interdisciplinary Project Food Quality and Safety OLE Business/ Economics Major
4 1 Research Project A Research Project A Advanced Food Science Business/ Economics Major
  2 Research Project B Research Project B Industry Internship Business/ Economics Major

Assumed knowledge

Until 2024: Mathematics Advanced or higher and Chemistry; other assumed knowledge depends on majors or units of study chosen. Biology is recommended.

From 2024: Mathematics Advanced or higher, Chemistry, Biology; other assumed knowledge depends on majors or units of study chosen.

Admission criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Prerequisites

Mathematics Advanced (Band 4) or Mathematics Extension 1 or 2 (Band E3). For details on the prerequisite, and how it applies to you, visit: Mathematics course prerequisites.

Credit for previous study

For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.

Course opportunities

If you have a high ATAR you may be invited to join our Dalyell Scholars program.

Career pathways & prospects

Career pathways

  • Food production
  • Processing operations
  • Quality assurance
  • Food safety
  • New product development
  • Research and development
  • Supply chain
  • Logistics management

Depending on second major you could also pursue roles in:

  • Agribusiness banking/finance
  • Marketing
  • Consumer research
  • Retail
  • Procurement
  • Trade
  • Industrial relations/human resources
  • Information systems
  • Policy

Food and Agribusiness students are proving their worth before they receive their qualification – securing jobs, developing real-world skills and making important connections within their chosen industry.

A degree in Food and Agribusiness can put you on the path to many exciting career directions and give you real-world professional experiece. Whether it be in beer brewing, or consulting with PwC, or working from paddock to plate with a food distribution company, or food and beverage product development and marketing.

Future study options

Profiles

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