There is an urgent need, not only to redouble the agricultural research effort worldwide but to develop a new ‘eco-agriculture’ that is sustainable and less dependent on heavy use of energy, water, nutrients and other increasingly scarce industrial inputs. Creating it is humanity’s most pressing scientific challenge.
- Julian Cribb, The Coming Famine
University of California Press and CSIRO, August 2010
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
If you are interested in a shorter course, MSLE also offers a Postgraduate Diploma in Agricultural Science.
- 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.
|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.
Semester 2 (July) intake is possible by special arrangement
75 points of core subjects;
of core subjects and
|POINTS||200 credit points||100 credit points|
|PLACE TYPES||Local students
|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.|
|APPLICATIONS DUE||Local Students
|HANDBOOK DETAILS||MC-AGSCI Master of Agricultural Science||206AA Postgraduate Diploma in Agricultural Science|
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