The top 3 Agriculture and Environmental Studies unis in Australia for 2017 are

  1. University of New England
  2. University of Adelaide
  3. University of Melbourne

Uni Reviews ranked Australian universities by a formula using:

  • the size of the agriculture and environment faculty (with extra weighting for postgraduate students)
  • course satisfaction ratings (% of students and recent graduates satisfied with their course overall)
  • graduate salaries (adjusted for unemployment and students doing advanced studies).

Agriculture and Environmental Studies definition

Agriculture and Environmental Studies includes Agriculture and Forestry, and Environmental Studies.

Detailed study areas: Agriculture, Horticulture and Viticulture, Forestry Studies and Fishery Studies, Land, Parks, Wildlife Management and Environmental Studies.

University of New England

The School of Environmental and Rural Science at UNE is Australia’s top ranked school for Agriculture and Environmental Studies.

UNE scores well for size (1,178 students), student satisfaction with courses (89%) and indicative graduate salary ($48,147).

University of Adelaide

The environmental and agricultural programs at Adelaide Uni place it 2nd in Australia for Agriculture and Environmental Studies.

As well as receiving high salaries, students of agriculture and environment courses report a high overall satisfaction rate (89%).

University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is in the top 3 subject rankings for Agriculture and Environmental Studies in 2017.

Spanning faculties for Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, and Science, the uni scores well in terms of student numbers and has the highest indicative graduate salary.

Overall Rankings

Rank University Students Satisfaction Grad salary Points
1 University of New England 1178 89% $48,147 234
2 University of Adelaide 1022 89% $46,666 215
3 University of Melbourne 3913 79% $49,849 205
4 La Trobe University 540 89% $47,094 193
5 Charles Sturt University 1886 82% $48,392 192
6 University of Queensland 1813 84% $40,445 160
7 James Cook University 290 88% $42,783 158
8 Southern Cross University 505 83% $43,483 131
9 Deakin University 618 92% $32,439 126
10 Murdoch University 298 84% $38,565 106
11 Western Sydney University 197 79% $42,713 59

Updated: 4 November 2016

Universities with small sample sizes for satisfaction or salary components are omitted from overall ranking.

1. Agriculture and Environment Faculty Size

University Students Undergraduate Postgraduate International
University of Melbourne 3913 2825 1088 1357
Charles Sturt University 1886 1461 425 94
University of Queensland 1813 1166 647 404
University of New England 1178 743 435 127
University of Adelaide 1022 734 288 262
University of Sydney 627 346 281 162
Deakin University 618 605 13 47
University of Newcastle 587 407 180 37
La Trobe University 540 489 51 40
Griffith University 520 201 319 165
Australian National University 516 169 347 194
Southern Cross University 505 397 108 55
University of Tasmania 472 193 279 179
University of Western Australia 444 25 419 201
RMIT University 304 232 72 42
Murdoch University 298 174 124 33
Macquarie University 297 154 143 54
James Cook University 290 127 163 137
University of the Sunshine Coast 250 218 32 21
CQUniversity 247 186 61 17
Monash University 233 101 132 67
University of South Australia 220 120 100 54
Curtin University 210 126 84 52
Charles Darwin University 206 126 80 32
Western Sydney University 197 197 0 0
Flinders University 195 131 64 50
University of New South Wales 174 10 164 49
Edith Cowan University 141 83 58 22
University of Canberra 124 124 0 9
University of Wollongong 114 94 20 9
Australian Catholic University 91 90 1 13
Bond University 78 39 39 30
Swinburne University of Technology 21 21 0 2
University of Notre Dame Australia 1 0 1 0

Source: uCube Higher Education Statistics (Category: Agriculture Environmental and Related Studies)

2. Student Course Satisfaction

Rank University Graduates Students Overall
1 University of Wollongong 92% 94% 94%
2 Deakin University 89% 93% 92%
3 Macquarie University 88% 92% 91%
4 University of Newcastle 89% 90%
5 Griffith University 91% 88% 90%
6 University of the Sunshine Coast 87% 91% 90%
7 University of New England 95% 86% 89%
8 La Trobe University 87% 89% 89%
9 University of Adelaide 88% 89% 89%
10 RMIT University 85% 90% 89%
11 James Cook University 87% 88% 88%
12 Charles Darwin University 87% 88%
13 Australian National University 91% 85% 87%
14 Australian Catholic University 88% 85% 87%
15 Edith Cowan University 85% 89% 87%
16 Monash University 84% 85%
17 Murdoch University 82% 88% 84%
18 University of Canberra 83% 84%
19 Flinders University 88% 79% 84%
20 University of Queensland 81% 85% 84%
21 Southern Cross University 79% 87% 83%
22 Charles Sturt University 84% 81% 82%
23 University of Melbourne 87% 78% 79%
24 University of Sydney 80% 78% 79%
25 Western Sydney University 77% 80% 79%
26 Curtin University 84% 71% 76%
27 CQUniversity 92% 68% 76%
28 University of South Australia 83% 68% 74%
29 University of Tasmania 67% 72% 71%

Sources: Course Experience Questionnaire (2014-2015), University Experience Survey (2014-2015)

Universities are ranked by graduate satisfaction. For further details, see Course Ratings by Students.

3. Indicative Graduate Salaries

Rank University Employed Studying Other Salary
1 University of Melbourne 47% 38% 15% $49,849
2 Charles Sturt University 76% 8% 16% $48,392
3 University of New England 71% 12% 18% $48,147
4 La Trobe University 39% 42% 20% $47,094
5 University of Adelaide 32% 41% 27% $46,666
6 Southern Cross University 45% 22% 33% $43,483
7 James Cook University 43% 25% 32% $42,783
8 Western Sydney University 49% 17% 34% $42,713
9 University of Queensland 54% 17% 29% $40,445
10 Murdoch University 50% 10% 41% $38,565
11 Deakin University 42% 22% 36% $32,439

Source: Graduate Destinations Survey (2013-2015)

The indicative graduate salary accounts for:

  1. low incomes of unemployed graduates
  2. earnings potential of graduates doing advanced studies.

For further details, see Graduate Salaries by University.