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University of New England Bachelor of Agricultural and Resource Economics
University of New England

Bachelor of Agricultural and Resource Economics


4 Years


Full time, Part time

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Jun 2024

USD 28,216 / per year *

Distance Learning, On-Campus

* annual course fees only cover the cost of tuition. They do not include other expenses associated with university study.


Food safety and security, natural resource depletion, climate change and the drive for sustainability are among the most significant global challenges of our time. There is a growing demand for professionals who are skilled at solving economics problems and making decisions relevant to these critical agricultural and natural resource issues.

With UNE’s Bachelor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, you will build specialist quantitative skills to pivot your career in a diverse range of agricultural and natural resource settings.

Why study the Bachelor of Agricultural and Resource Economics with UNE?

Our course is uniquely positioned to equip you with the knowledge, skills and attributes you need to solve economic problems and drive decision making in various sectors grappling with agricultural and natural resource issues, whether you work in business, government or the community.

Students consistently award UNE the maximum 5-star ratings for Overall Experience and Student Support in The Good Universities Guide, so when you study with us, you know you are in good hands.

What makes our course different?

We offer a unique opportunity to examine agriculture and natural resources through an economics lens. Specifically, you will be able to:

  • Develop advanced skills in analysing economic trade-offs, weighing up costs and benefits, and interpreting the interconnected relationships between economic activity, environmental depletion and production systems.
  • Apply initiative, judgement and critical thinking to solving real-world agricultural and natural resource issues.
  • Consider current agricultural and natural resources challenges from a global perspective.
  • Undertake an in-depth research project, with supportive supervision, giving you valuable practical experience in analysing agricultural and natural resource issues.
  • Hone your understanding of social responsibility in relation to agricultural and business practices and develop an appreciation of the importance of the environment and sustainability.
  • Choose between a coursework-only option, or undertake an embedded honours program, comprised of a supervised program of reading and research and a dissertation that investigates and reports on a particular area of economic enquiry that interests you.
  • Undertake practical work experience.
  • Participate in overseas study tours and exchange programs that value add to your degree, such as attending the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) symposium.
  • Choose between the flexibility of studying online where you can balance your work and study commitments to suit you or studying on-campus in Armidale, where you’ll be living in a regional community and will see the relevance of your learnings first-hand.
  • Interact with the Smart Region Incubator, an innovative hub co-located in our Business School, that connects regional businesses that have growth potential with academic business research, business mentors, corporate and community partners.

Study online

Most of our students choose to study online across three study periods with 24/7 tutor support* and fit study around work and family commitments. Uniquely, our online students are mostly over 30 and bring valuable experience with them. They form a community of adults juggling the same challenges and priorities and who bring their life and work experience together at UNE in order to become future-fit and better respond to a rapidly changing world.

Study on campus

Many of our students choose to take advantage of the on-campus lifestyle in Armidale, in the beautiful New England region, with access to unparalleled support, accommodation and sporting facilities. These students are often starting their first degree and have left school recently. Through access to academic and career support they get a fantastic start to their careers.

24/7 tutor support includes: essay feedback (within 24 hours); live chat 24/7 for generic feedback on academic writing; and subject-specific help at a foundation or first-year level for subjects including mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, business, accounting, microeconomics, macroeconomics and statistics. There are also a wide range of workshops, resources and courses available in academic skills support to assist you and help you to succeed.


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