The Master of Agricultural Science will
help you launch a career that addresses
the environmental, political and scientific challenges of international food security.

You will gain a sound foundation in the scientific principles and analytical skills vital for plant and animal-derived food and fibre production in Australia and globally.

In addition you will develop competence in experimental work, and understand the
industrial applications and commercial outcomes of the industry.

Graduates of the Master or Diploma in Agricultural Science have an impressive range
of careers that can cover the areas of agronomy, animal nutrition, catchment management, farm enterprise management, plant breeding, resource economics, soil science, biotechnology, embryo transfer technology, environment, natural resource management, food processing, international trade, and policy development. You can also pursue further study in research science.

The gravity of the current food crisis is the result of 20 years of under-investment in agriculture and neglect of the sector. Directly or indirectly, agriculture provides the livelihood for 70 percent of the world's poor.

- World Summit on Food Security, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations

"The Master of Agricultural Science at MSLE allows me to both develop thorough knowledge of the agricultural sciences and to explore the ecological, social, political and economic elements of our globalised agricultural system to better address the issue of sustainability in agriculture. I like most of my subjects! I particularly appreciate the mix of theory and practical work that is inherent in many of them. Being able to apply the theory in the field provides opportunities to consolidate my understanding of concepts in a stimulating, hands-on environment. In the field we can bounce ideas and questions amongst fellow students, tutors and lecturers and are free to ask questions and learn beyond the specific requirements of the course."

Prue Ferguson
Master of Agricultural Science



If you are interested in a shorter course, MSLE also offers a Postgraduate Diploma in Agricultural Science.

Course Structure

  • We offer you the flexibility to design your own program by selecting 6 of your units from a diverse range of agricultural inquiry. Core subjects provide a solid foundation from which to undertake the specialist, research project, and elective subjects of your choice.
  • Our Diploma is focused on core subjects to ensure that you receive a solid grounding in the central issues of agricultural science.
  • Delivered at Parkville campus, all the benefits of our expert teaching staff and the renowned resources of the University of Melbourne are available to you.

Agricultural Science
  Masters Postgraduate Diploma
DURATION 2 years full time or part time equivalent
1 year full time or part time equivalent
TEACHING MODE On campus; Two Semesters per year. Academic Calendar.

  • You may select an elective subject which is taught in a different mode.
  • International Students have visa requirements around study load. More Information.
Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July) intake is possible by special arrangement

75 points of core subjects;
25 points of professional toolbox subjects;
minimum of 25 points of research project:
a minimum of 25 points discipline electives. Course Structure

Research Project Topics

75 points of core subjects and
25 points of electives

Course Structure

POINTS 200 credit points 100 credit points
PLACE TYPES Local students
  • Commonwealth Supported Place
  • Australian Fee Place
International Students
  • International Fee Place
Local students
  • Australian Fee Place
International Students
  • International Fee Place
  • an undergraduate degree with at least H3 (65%) average in the final year, or
  • a graduate or postgraduate certificate in any discipline with at least H3 (65%) average, or
  • a graduate or postgraduate diploma in any discipline, with at least H3 (65%) average, or
  • an honours degree in any discipline, or equivalent; and
  • a curriculum vitae or resume; and
  • two academic referee reports; and
  • personal statement of up to 500 words
CREDIT FOR PREVIOUS STUDY Up to 100 points of advanced standing in Master of Agricultural Science may be awarded for the completion of a relevant honours degree or a Postgraduate Diploma in Agricultural Science or equivalent.
  • Mid-November for study in following year
International Students
  • 31 October for study in following year
HANDBOOK DETAILS MC-AGSCI Master of Agricultural Science 206AA Postgraduate Diploma in Agricultural Science
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