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The University of Adelaide

Adelaide , South Australia ,Australia

Graduate Diploma in Global Food and Agricultural Business

Improve your standing in the food sector

With a competitive edge in a global marketplace, South Australia is the ideal location for you to study the business of food and agriculture. You’ll be based alongside world-class researchers, primary producers and agribusiness leaders, discovering the economic, policy, environmental and social issues affecting agribusinesses and global food systems.

What will you do?

Our one-year Graduate Diploma in Global Food and Agricultural Business will help you develop the conceptual and practical skills necessary for management decision-making, marketing, finance, policy analysis and problem-solving in an ever-expanding and increasingly complex global food and agricultural marketplace. You will:

  • understand how to evaluate domestic and international markets
  • study trends and issues in the world food system
  • pursue electives according to your interests—from value-chain management to marketing, natural resource issues or agricultural policy analysis.

Where could it take you?

Whether you are interested in the public or private sector, the program opens up a wide number of possible career paths, including in government departments, research centres, international funding agencies, food retailers, financial agencies, agricultural consultancy services, and non-government organizations. The graduate diploma can also lead into our advanced Master of Global Food and Agricultural Business.

Campus Information

North Terrace

The campus provides a mix of the historical and contemporary, combining old sandstone buildings with state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research facilities.

Intakes

  • Jan
  • May
  • Sep

Application Processing Time in Days: 10

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

There are three key steps you will need to take when addressing the selection criteria in any University of Adelaide job application:

  • Create a new document. Your statement addressing the position’s specified selection criteria should be separate from your cover letter and resume.
  • List each criterion separately. Give each a title, using exactly the same wording as appears on the Position Description (e.g. Excellent verbal communication skills).
  • Address each criterion. Under each heading, write two short paragraphs explaining how your experience, skills, education and training equip you to meet that specific requirement. Dot points are also acceptable.

Please note that failing to submit a statement addressing the selection criteria could result in your application not being considered.

Some helpful writing tips
There are a number of steps you can take when putting together your responses to increase their clarity and impact.

  • Give details of one or two specific things you’ve done that are good examples of the relevant experience or knowledge required. For example: ‘I was responsible for organising an event attended by… This involved…'
  • Preface these examples with a short overview that shows you appreciate the relevance of the specific criterion.
  • Quantify your experience (number of years worked, staff supervised, etc.). For example: ‘I delivered a presentation to an industry forum with an audience of 80 people.’
  • Where possible, indicate how successfully you meet the criterion. You could do this by referring to feedback from others, or things you've set up that are still being used. For example: ‘A report I wrote about… was endorsed by the… Committee and circulated to all stakeholders for discussion.

You could also consider using the STAR method as a structural framework when describing examples of your work. This involves describing, in the order listed here, the:

  • situation you faced
  • task required, and desired outcome
  • action you took to complete the task
  • results you achieved, and lessons you learned.

Career Readiness
Students are well equipped for rewarding careers in the increasingly complex and diverse local, national, and global value-chain networks. Roles are most likely with:

food retailers
food processors
banks and financial agencies
agricultural consultancy services
research centres
input suppliers
government and non-government organisations.

Graduate Attributes
The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
Deep discipline knowledge
Critical thinking and problem solving
Teamwork and communication skills
Career and leadership readiness
Intercultural and ethical competency
Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Potential careers
Food Industry Worker, Manager / Business Management, Market Researcher, Marketing - Agriculture, Food & Wine, Bioinformatics, Export / Import trade, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, International Trade or Business Analyst, Wine Marketing

PSW Opportunity

NA

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Entry to postgraduate coursework programs as a minimum requires a Bachelors degree or equivalent qualification from an approved institution as a qualification for entry.

Some of the graduate certificates and graduate diplomas that are offered may be accepted as qualifying work for entry to a Masters program, or as professional qualifications in their own right.

IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6.5 Listening 6.5 Speaking 7 Writing 7

TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 20 Listening 20 Speaking 23 Writing 27
 
Pearson Overall 58 Reading 58 Listening 58 Speaking 65 Writing 65
 
C1 Advanced Overall 176 Reading 176 Listening 176 Speaking 185 Writing 185
 
Tertiary Qualifications Relevant bachelor degree or equivalent eg: Economics, Business, Agriculture, Animal Science, Environmental Studies, Commerce, International Studies.