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University of Western Australia, Full Time MSc Degrees in Agriculture

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World populations and economies are rapidly increasing their demands for food and fibre. At the same time, agricultural systems are being placed under pressure to meet environmental, social and economic goals. Read more
World populations and economies are rapidly increasing their demands for food and fibre. At the same time, agricultural systems are being placed under pressure to meet environmental, social and economic goals. To meet these goals and to maintain or increase production levels, an understanding of the complex factors that shape agricultural systems is required.

Course description, features and facilities

Australian agriculture is a key part of the world's food supply system. The challenges of a rapidly growing population, climate change, and the limitations of land and fresh water all impact on the ability of agriculture to meet the demand for food, fibre and fuel. To address this demand, an understanding of the complex factors that shape agricultural systems is necessary.


Agricultural Science provides the research, technology and information for the sustainable, profitable and ethical development of the agricultural industry. Studies in agriculture include soil science, genetics, cropping and pasture systems, soil-plant interaction, livestock production, agricultural economics and agribusiness.


UWA is well equipped for teaching and research in agricultural science, with a field station at Shenton Park and the University's new research farm near Pingelly, which aims to be self-supporting, sustainable, carbon-neutral, clean, green and ethical – a best practice farm.

Teaching in agricultural science is also supported by the outstanding research and outreach activities of the Institute of Agriculture, the Centre for Legumes in Mediterranean Agriculture (CLIMA), the International Centre for Plant Breeding Education and Research (ICPBER) and the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (AHRI).

Students must nominate a specialisation on application, the Master of Agricultural Science has specialisations in;

Agricultural Economics
Agricultural Systems
Genetics and Breeding
Soil Science and Plant Nutrition

The Faculty of Science offers Master's by Coursework bursaries for domestic students and Postgraduate Merit scholarships for international students. Please visit the Faculty of Science website for details.

Domestic students may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place within this course.

Structure

The Master of Agricultural Science is offered by coursework or coursework and dissertation.

While the standard timeframe for completion of this degree is two years' (full time), if you have previously completed an undergraduate degree in a cognate (related) area it may be possible to complete within 1.5 years'.

The course offers a focused, advanced learning experience that will enhance career choices. You must complete all core units and specialisation core units. This degree also provides the flexibility to choose from a range of units to complement your specific interests.

Course structures for the master's degrees with the new 1.5 to 2 years' structure (72 to 96 points) are now available via the UWA Handbook.

Career opportunities

This course prepares students with the knowledge and skills they need for a future in the rapidly evolving field of agricultural science. There is a shortage of agricultural science graduates and career opportunities range from the laboratory to the field, from the city to rural areas, as breeders, agronomists, farm managers, market development officers, journalists and bankers.

Graduates are employed as consultants, managers or researchers, by government agencies, universities, consulting firms, food industries, fertiliser companies, and international agencies.

Career Harvest is a website launched by the Australian Council of Deans Of Agriculture to assist with finding professional careers in agriculture.

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This course provides in-depth study in the chosen specialisation. The course adds significantly to a relevant undergraduate degree through coursework and major research in the approved area of interest within the program. Read more

Introduction

This course provides in-depth study in the chosen specialisation. The course adds significantly to a relevant undergraduate degree through coursework and major research in the approved area of interest within the program. By enhancing the student's knowledge of their chosen field of study through advanced coursework units and extensive, independent research, the Master of Science (Thesis and Coursework) opens up a range of possible career opportunities, depending on the student's area of specialisation.
This is a Research Training Scheme course for domestic students.

Course description, features and facilities

A Master of Science by thesis and coursework degree is suitable for qualified students who wish to undertake further research in any of the following subject areas:

Agricultural Economics;
Agricultural Science;
Animal Science;
Botany;
Climate Studies;
Conservation Biology;
Ecology and Evolution;
Environmental Economics;
Environmental Management;
Environmental Science;
Genetics and Breeding;
Geography;
Geoscience;
Hydrogeology;
Marine Science;
Mineral Geoscience;
Natural Resource Management;
Plant Production Science;
Soil Science and Land Rehabilitation;
Urban and Regional Planning;
Water Management and Hydrology; and
Zoology.

Structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; S3 = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2015;
NS = non-standard teaching period; OS = offshore teaching period; * = to be advised

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2016 or 2017.

Take unit(s) to the value of 42 points:

S1, S2 SCIE5590 Literature Review and Research Proposal
S1, S2 SCIE5721 Master of Science Thesis (full-time) (36 points)
S1, S2 SCIE5722 Master of Science Thesis (part-time) (36 points)

Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:

Group A

S1 AGRI5501 Advanced Breeding and Biotechnology in Action 1
NS AGRI5502 Advanced Breeding and Biotechnology in Action 2
S2 AGRI5503 Animal Production Systems
NS AGRI5504 Organic Agriculture
NS BIOL5501 Plant Diversity in WA: Evolution and Conservation
NS BIOL5502 Animal Resource Management
S2 BIOL5503 Sampling Techniques in Wildlife Research
NS BIOL5505 Marine Neuroecology and Behaviour
NS ECON5510 Applied Demand and Production Analysis
NS ECON5511 Climate, Energy and Water Economics
NS ENVT5502 Marine and Coastal Planning and Management
NS ENVT5503 Remediation of Soils and Groundwater
NS ENVT5510 Soil Dynamics
NS ENVT5511 Advanced Geographic Information Systems
NS ENVT5512 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
NS GEOS5501 Advanced Hydrogeology
NS, S1, S2 GEOS5502 Hydrogeology Industry Placement
NS GEOS5504 Mining Hydrogeology
NS GEOS5505 Multiscale Tectonic Systems
NS MING5501 Applied Structural Geology
NS MING5502 Exploration Targeting
N/A MING5503 Ore Deposit Field Excursion
NS MING5504 Advanced Ore Deposits
NS MING5505 Mineral Exploration Data Analysis
S1, S2 PLNG5510 Advanced Studies in Geography and Planning
NS PLNG5511 Climate Change Policy and Planning
NS PLNG5512 Regional Planning
NS SCIE5500 Scientific Modelling
NS SCIE5505 Global Change and the Marine Environment

Career opportunities

This degree is designed for professionals interested in further study who are seeking to familiarise themselves with recent developments in the field or to enhance their intellectual and research skills.

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