Graduate Diploma of Agricultural Sciences

The University of Melbourne

This program enables students to explore the interdisciplinary nature of agricultural food and fibre production and markets at an advanced level. Students gain a sound foundation in the scientific principles and analytical skills behind improved agricultural production systems and their sustainability. Advanced research topics and practical applications are investigated, and students will be introduced to industrial applications of agricultural science and their commercial outcomes. Graduates will have a critical understanding of environmental, economic, social and ethical factors related to plant and animal-derived food and fibre production in Australia and globally. Students are able to specialise in: agribusiness, animal science, crop production or food sustainability.

Course Fee:

Australian: $27,616
International: $41,536

Entry Requirements:

Honours degree or equivalent, or undergraduate degree with at least an H3 (65 per cent) weighted average or equivalent; or a graduate or postgraduate certificate in any discipline with at least an H3 (65 per cent) weighted average or equivalent


100 credit point program comprises two core subjects (25 credit points), three specialisation core subjects (37.5 points), and three elective subjects (37.5 credit points).

Subjects you can Study:

Agribusiness; Animal science; Crop production; Food sustainability

Study Pathways:

Completion of a Postgraduate Diploma in Agriculture or Agricultural Science will give an advanced standing of 100 points into the Master of Agricultural Science.

Further information:

Graduates are employed as animal nutrition managers, business analysts, development specialists, agricultural and resource economists, economic researchers, journalists, land-care coordinators, marketers, research analysts and quality assurance professionals. Employers include public and private extension agencies, government and policy agencies, private consultancies, international aid and development agencies, international trade, and food and fibre production companies.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00116K

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Parkville No info Yes Full time 1 year
Parkville No info Yes Part time 2 years

Why study with us

At the University of Melbourne, your success begins from the day you set foot on campus. 

The unique and proven Melbourne Model, Australia’s most progressive curriculum, allows you the flexibility to uncover and explore your passions, assisting you to achieve greatness, no matter what you decide to do – during your studies and for your career. From solving real-world problems to forming powerful relationships as you go, your success is already in the making.

At Melbourne, you’ll be exposed to different ideas, approaches and ways of thinking that will help you adapt and change successfully – something that’s crucial in a world where careers, jobs and employer demands are shifting as fast as you can read this.

The Melbourne Model offers pathways into law, engineering, medicine, architecture, teaching and more. Combining undergraduate and graduate study gives you a higher qualification than a double degree. In fact, 97 per cent of Melbourne undergraduates and 98 per cent of postgraduates are employed three to five years after graduating (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018).

Facilities and Services

Ideally located in the heart of Melbourne, the University of Melbourne is an integral part of the city’s history and culture and boasts the world-class facilities, student accommodation and collaborative learning precincts only a premium, inner-city university can offer. The support Melbourne offers students – from housing advice, career and employability information, study assistance, disability and counselling – is one reason why Melbourne students are more likely to complete their degree than those at any other Australian university (Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Report 2017).

With our communities of interest – including places of worship, the student union Queer Space, and Murrup Barak for Indigenous students – everyone feels welcome.

Admission and Selection

The University of Melbourne’s Study website is a ready resource for everything you need to know about studying at Australia’s leading university. From eligibility requirements for domestic and international students and submitting an application through VTAC to applying for special entry schemes and scholarships, you’re set up for success from the get-go.

Study options

At Melbourne you’ll start with one of our undergraduate degrees. Whether it’s one of the Melbourne Model degrees in arts, biomedicine, commerce, design, music or science – or a specialist degree co-designed with industry such as agriculture, fine arts or oral health – you’ll progress through your studies while building networks, knowledge and shared experiences that will set you on the path to success. 

You can then choose to join the workforce or specialise at graduate level. And, in the meantime, study at partner institutions across the world.

Now, with a whole raft of new Graduate Degree Packages and scholarships on offer, your options and pathways are deeper and broader, and your success more assured than ever.


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