- School Profile
Our School gives its students access to exceptional opportunities by engaging with experienced teaching staff and industry leaders. Graduates of our School are highly sought after professionals that help investigate solutions to unrelenting world issues, such as climate change, food security, biosecurity and the protection of endangered wildlife.
The School maintains close ties with industry and government to ensure that our students are of high value to future employers. Hands-on and practical learning is embedded into all programs and reinforces what students are learning in the classroom. Students are continually encouraged to complete work experience during their studies. This will enable them to test out possible career outcomes and will help build important relationships and career networks.
There are many scholarship opportunities available to prospective and current students of the School. Please refer to our Scholarships page to find out more.
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Dean of Agriculture
Welcome to the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences. We have researchers, students and administrative staff from around the world forming a diverse and talented team.
As part of the wider UQ community, SAFS staff have access to a wide range of benefits, including flexible working arrangements, wellbeing and support programs, and learning and development schemes.
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Please visit the “UQ Jobs” website for information regarding employment within the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences.
The extensive discipline areas in the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences are suitably accommodated in specialist facilities at Gatton and St Lucia.
The Gatton Farms team won a UQ award for Service in 2015. This award recognises and celebrates individuals and teams that have made an outstanding and significant contribution to delivering excellence in service to students, staff and/or the wider community.
Our students have access to world class teaching facilities such as the Regional Collaborative Teaching and Learning Centre and the Gatton Enhanced Learning Lab.
Other teaching and research facilities at Gatton include:
- 1,000 hectare fully serviced farm
- Research greenhouses
- Nursery and tissue culture facilities
- General and specialist research laboratories
- Chemical storage and analysis facilities
- Wind Tunnel for spray drift research
- Rain-out shelters for cropping research
- Queensland Animal Science Precinct
- Native Wildlife Teaching and Research Facility
- Specialist facilities for Equine and Poultry research
Similar high quality facilities exist at St Lucia. Plant, soils and food research is supported in specialist laboratories including certified PC2 and quarantine laboratories. Other services and facilities include:
- Research glasshouses
- Analytical services laboratories
- Plant genetics and molecular laboratories
- Food microbiology and chemistry laboratories
- Food technology and sensory laboratories
- Undergraduate teaching laboratories
- Graduate School rooms for RHD students
Students in agribusiness, systems thinking and rural management are accommodated on both campuses in general purpose teaching spaces, lecture theatres and postgraduate offices.
The University of Queensland ranks in the top 50 Universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings for 2015/16. In the field of Agricultural Science, we are ranked as #2 in Australia and we rank #17 internationally, according to the 2016 QS World University Subject Rankings (Agriculture and Forestry). In the field of Environmental Sciences UQ ranks #1 in Australia and #12 internationally in the 2016 QS World University by Subject Rankings.
The School of Agriculture and Food Sciences is home to more than 150 academics who specialise in the broad disciplines that make up Agricultural Science:
- Animal Science
- Equine Science
- Food Science
- Plant Science
- Soil Science
- Sustainable Agriculture
- Veterinary Technology
- Wildlife Science
Researchers in the school are currently engaged in research activities around the world in countries as diverse as Vietnam and Chile, and maintain strong links with rural communities, industry and government for research collaborations to find sustainable solutions for feeding the world, and for commercialisation opportunities.
Our students learn and work with Australia’s leading researchers and educators in this field and we strive to provide students with the best possible learning experience. View a list of our academics who have received Excellence Awards for Teaching and for outstanding contributions to student learning.
Also see Dr Madan Gupta's innovative approaches to improving students' learning.