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Master of Science in Agriculture

  • Qualification:

    Master's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    1 or 1.5 or 2 years full-time; up to 6 years part-time

  • Start date:

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates!

  • Awarded by:

    University of New England

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What you'll learn

About this course

This Master of Science in Agriculture offers you a postgraduate qualification in agriculture that's designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to research and methodology.

Choose from a range of units that will allow you to focus on the areas of agriculture that appeal to your interests and play to your strengths as a student. Possible areas of specialisation include animal science, meat science, wool science, genetics and animal breeding, agronomy and soil science and agricultural and resource economics.

Delivered online or on campus at the University of New England (UNE), this flexible course allows you to tailor your studies to suit your schedule.

Flexible exit options

If plans change, and you can no longer commit to the full Master of Science in Agriculture, you could still be eligible to receive a postgraduate qualification.

Depending on the credit points you've completed, you could exit with the Graduate Certificate in Agriculture.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree; OR
  • Hold a bachelor's degree from a recognised university in a relevant discipline; OR
  • Hold a graduate certificate or graduate diploma in a relevant discipline.

*Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Agribusiness
  • Agriculture
  • Agricultural economics
  • Animal science
  • Botany
  • Rural science
  • Zoology

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education and experience meet certain criteria.

Areas of study

In this agriculture course, the subjects you may study include:

Core units:

  • Applied research skills in environmental and rural science
  • Research synthesis in environmental and rural science

Listed units:

  • Agriculture in practice
  • Animals in society
  • Biology I and II
  • Chemistry I and II
  • Ecology: concepts and applications
  • Quantitative skills with applications
  • Sustaining our rural environment I & II
  • Introduction to statistical modelling
  • Identification and adaptation of agricultural plants
  • Agricultural ecology and crop physiology
  • Animal production systems and products
  • Animal structure and function
  • Introductory molecular biology and biochemistry I
  • Biochemistry and microbiology for rural science
  • Ecology: populations in ecosystems
  • Ecological methods
  • Farm and resource management
  • Introductory genetics
  • Horticultural science
  • Soil science
  • Vertebrate zoology: evolution and diversity
  • Invertebrate zoology
  • Entomology
  • Agricultural and natural resource extension
  • Plant protection
  • Crop production
  • Integrated weed management
  • Organic agriculture - principles and practice
  • Plant biosecurity
  • Grazing systems
  • Animal function, health and welfare
  • Constraints to animal production
  • Disease and its control in animals
  • Feedlot management
  • Beef production
  • Special topics in animal production
  • Special topics in animal products
  • Animal biosecurity
  • Applied animal nutrition
  • Animal nutrition
  • Plant function and environment
  • Working canines
  • Wild dog ecology
  • Applied cotton production
  • Cotton crop protection
  • Cotton and the environment
  • Cotton farm systems and technology transfer
  • Client service skills for agricultural consultants
  • Project report in engineering and environmental and rural science
  • Genetics of populations
  • Introduction to breeding and genetics
  • Genetic evaluation and breeding program design
  • Special reading unit
  • Genomic analysis and bioinformatics
  • Environmental planning and administration
  • Regional development: processes and policies
  • Agronomy of grains production
  • Grain crop protection
  • Grains and the environment
  • Grain farming and the industry systems
  • Horticultural science
  • Advanced horticulture
  • Meat technology
  • Poultry feed science and technology
  • Poultry (avian) physiology
  • Poultry production
  • Endocrinology and reproductive physiology
  • Sustainable land management
  • Master of science in agriculture thesis
  • Soil science
  • Soils for sustainable ecosystems
  • Soils, pollution and the environment
  • Productive soil systems
  • Fundamentals of sheep and wool production
  • Sheep production
  • Wool marketing and clip preparation
  • Wool technology
  • Wool processing
Established in 1938, the University of New England (UNE) is Australia’s longest standing provider of distance education and continues to be at the forefront of innovations in online learning. The university offers over 200 courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research levels. UNE is committed to offering a variety of flexible study options so that students are able to manage their personal commitments while undertaking a university education.
The University of New England (UNE) prides itself on providing the highest quality student support to ensure that students have the necessary tools to pursue their goals. Students can easily access a plethora of dedicated services including counselling, disability needs, academic and study skills, Aboriginal affairs and career development.

With over 60 years of distance education experience, UNE has devised flexible online study options over 3 study periods a year so that students are able to utilise their time more effectively or even accelerate their degree. For courses that require hands-on experience, UNE offers Intensive School programs where students are exposed to vital practical components of their course.

To support ongoing learning, students can get the help they need via email, phone or online chat. You can expect a well-rounded and supported experience throughout your UNE study journey.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Master of Science in Agriculture from the University of New England.

Possible career options for graduates of this course include advisory and management positions in the following areas:

Agricultural extension and property management; Departments of primary industry; Soil conservation; Rural banking; Private consultants; Feed and fertiliser manufacturing; Rural journalism and Providing advice on scientific, technical and economic matters

UNE is committed to a holistic approach to education, ensuring that all graduates also possess the following transferable attributes:

  • Communication skills
  • Capacity for problem solving
  • Information literacy
  • Awareness of ethical conduct and social responsibility
  • Independence and collaboration
  • A thirst for lifelong learning

Curious about where a career in agriculture could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Life Scientist
  • Agricultural Scientist
  • Agricultural Economist
  • Resource Economist
  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Botanist

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for FEE-HELP to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees. Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you select to study in that year.

The University of New England also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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