The Master of Animal Science combines scientific theory and technology applications while considering ethical and moral issues encompassing care, management and the use of animals as a resource.

You will graduate possessing the skills to improve animal production systems for increased yields and quality within Australian and International environments.

The interdisciplinary nature of the course allows you to specialize in animal nutrition and metabolism, animal behavior and welfare, or integrated animal systems analysis. This diverse knowledge will have practical applications in areas from captive animal care to recreation, sport and biological research. Graduates are well equipped to support and enhance the integral roles that animals play in sustaining our lives.

“…there are over 500 different job classifications for animal science graduates”

- American Society of Animal Science,

An advanced qualification in Animal Science enables you to contribute to food and fibre producing industries, environmental sustainability in live-stock management, bio-research essential for limiting disease, quality control, governmental policies determining the future of farming worldwide, community organizations working to reduce hunger or facilitate animal companionship, humane treatment of animals in farming and experimentation, nutrition, reproductive technology, standards and quality assurance and many more essential areas of business, industry, government, education, and research.

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


“In my work as a veterinarian I have often encountered a range of animal welfare issues. I chose to undertake the Master of Animal Science to provide myself with a more in depth understanding of animal welfare and to gain knowledge to be a more effective participant in this field.
The advantages of studying at MSLE include intensive and online units, allowing me the flexibility to both study and work. I have also been able to choose elective units to develop my academic interests. Studying at MSLE has provided the opportunity to undertake units involving academics from the Animal Welfare Science Centre. I have studied units in animal welfare and in ethics which I thoroughly enjoyed because they explore complex issues and challenge perceptions. It has been valuable to explore the complexity surrounding issues of animal welfare and ethics."

Miranda Coffey
Master of Animal Science


Course Structure

  • We offer you the flexibility to design your own program by selecting 6 of your units from a diverse range of animal science inquiry. Core subjects provide a solid foundation from which to undertake the specialist, research project, and elective subjects of your choice.
  • Our Diploma provides a solid grounding in the central issues of animal science and management, with the option to include a minor research project in your diploma, or complete only coursework subjects.
  • 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.

Animal Science (& Management)
  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, with some elective subjects taught in intensive mode. Academic Calendar.

  • 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
  • a personal statement of up to 500 words.
CREDIT FOR PREVIOUS STUDY Up to 100 points of advanced standing in Master of Animal Science may be awarded for the completion of a relevant honours degree or a Postgraduate Diploma in Animal Science or equivalent.
  • Mid-November for study in following year
International Students
  • 31 October for study in following year
HANDBOOK DETAILS MC-ANISCI Master of Animal Science PD-ANIMSC Postgraduate Diploma in Animal Science
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