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Rural Science, B.Sc.

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University rank #601 (ARWU) Armidale, Australia| Online
Rural Science at University of New England degree produces graduates with the scientific and communication skills and confidence to solve practical agricultural problems at farm, catchment and national level. Students who complete a research project in the fourth year will be considered for the award of Honours.
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Graduates are eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology.

Fully credited exchange programs of one trimester are in place with international universities.

BRurSc graduates are eligible to enrol for a range of Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and course work Master programs.

 Rural Science at University of New England degree aims to produce graduates with the scientific and communication skills and confidence to solve practical agricultural problems at farm, catchment and national levels. These students should have the ability to apply their knowledge to a diverse range of agricultural and scientific endeavours and to 'problem solve' for resource use issues and technical aspects of food and fibre production. This degree provides a specialist/generalist agricultural training that equips students with the scientific background to solve agricultural and natural resource problems using a systems approach. Students who complete a research project in the fourth year will be considered for the award of Honours. The Bachelor of Rural Science with Honours degree aims to produce graduates with the skills listed above, as well as having knowledge of research principles and methods and the ability to plan and conduct an independent research project.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • BRurSc: demonstrate a coherent understanding of rural science by articulating the methods of rural science and explaining why current scientific knowledge is both contestable and testable by further inquiry and by explaining the role and relevance of rural science in society;
  • exhibit depth and breadth of knowledge of rural science by demonstrating well-developed knowledge in at least one disciplinary area and by demonstrating knowledge in at least one other disciplinary area;
  • critically analyse and solve problems in rural science by gathering, synthesising and critically evaluating information from a range of sources, designing and planning an investigation, selecting and applying practical and/or theoretical techniques or tools in order to conduct an investigation and collecting, accurately recording, interpreting and drawing conclusions from data;
  • be effective communicators of rural science by communicating scientific results, information or arguments, to a range of audiences, for a range of purposes and using a variety of modes; and
  • be accountable for their own learning and scientific work by being independent and self-directed learners, working effectively, responsibly and safely in an individual or team context, demonstrating knowledge of the regulatory frameworks relevant to their disciplinary area and personally practising ethical conduct.
  • BRurSc with Honours: conceive, plan and implement an independent programme of research; and
  • produce a written thesis that demonstrates original thinking, a high level of research skills and the ability to write critically.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this degree can expect to be sought by employers, before completion of their degree, for careers in the following areas: advisory, regulatory and research posts in all agricultural fields in both the private and public sectors, management and consulting in the crop and animal industries, agribusiness, banking and marketing, primary production, government policy, plant and animal breeding, landcare and soil conservation.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Average part-time duration 120 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      Up to 10 years Part-time

      This course is only offered in part-time mode for online students.

  • Credits
    192 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Agricultural and Natural Resource Extension
  • Identification and Adaptation of Agricultural Plants
  • Agricultural Ecology and Crop Physiology
  • Plant Protection
  • Crop Production
  • Grazing Systems
  • Problem Solving in Farm Systems
  • Animal Production Systems and Products
  • Animal Function, Health and Welfare
  • Animal Structure and Function
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Introductory Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry and Microbiology for Rural Science
  • Biology 
  • Chemistry
  • Farm and Resource Management
  • Introductory Genetics
  • Introduction to Breeding and Genetics
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Sustaining Our Rural Environment
  • Soil Science
  • Productive Soil Systems
  • Introduction to Statistical Modelling
  • Statistical Modelling and Experimental Design

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

CRICOS Code 006006A

  • A candidate shall be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures).
  • Assumed knowledge is any two units of English, Chemistry, Mathematics.
  • Recommended studies: Biology.
  • For students without the recommended background knowledge, the School offers introductory units in Chemistry and Mathematics.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29400 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29400 AUD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Armidale

  • 1500 - 2100 AUD/month
    Living Costs

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