Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology (Honours) (BVitOenol(Hons))

Program Code

Program Faculty
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Academic Year

These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (


This program incorporates courses in both viticulture and oenology and qualifies graduates to work as either a viticulturalist, oenologist (winemaker) or in related professions (e.g. hospitality and tourism, and the food and beverage industry). Viticulture is the study of grape vines and their cultivation and includes site selection, vineyard establishment, management of pests and diseases and the informed application of irrigation and fertiliser to optimise vineyard yield and grape quality. The viticulturalist typically works closely with the winemaker to achieve the desired winemaking outcome. The winemaker utilises their training in the science of winemaking (oenology), to process grapes for the production of white, red, still and sparkling and fortified wines. The viticulturalist / winemaker often contributes to in-house research, sales and promotion of the finished product.
Throughout this program, there is an emphasis on the key technical methods and sensory (wine tasting) skills required for a career in viticulture and oenology. The first year level teaches both basic sciences and foundations of wine science at the North Terrace campus and the National Wine Centre. In second, third and fourth year levels the emphasis is on the scientific and technological aspects of winemaking and viticulture, with courses taught in the winery at the Waite campus. In fourth year students will undertake an Honours project over two semesters and have the opportunity to complete an industry experience placement in either viticulture and / or oenology to enhance personal and career objectives.
The Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology (Honours) is an AQF Level 8 program with a standard full-time duration of 4 years.


Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Executive Dean or delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Academic Program Rules for Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology (Honours)

There shall be a Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology (Honours).

Qualification Requirements

To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology (Honours), the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 96 units, comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 96 units
  2. Courses to the value of 24 units at each of Levels I and II
  3. Courses to a total value of 48 units at Levels III and IV
  4. Work based training / extra mural studies


To be eligible to be admitted to the Honours degree program, a student shall complete Levels I, II and III as set out in Academic Program Rule 2.1 to a standard that is acceptable to the Faculty for the purpose of admission to the Honours degree. A student who wishes to proceed to the Honours degree must obtain the approval of the Head of School.
The work of the Honours program shall normally be completed in the final year of study. The Faculty may permit a student to present the work over a period of not more than two years on such conditions as it may determine.

Core Courses