Why study the Master of Animal Science

The Master of Animal Science covers the integrative disciplines within the animal, plant, soil, food and social sciences continuum in 1.5 years. Select from one of three specialised fields of study to gain comprehensive theoretical and practical knowledge. Fields available are: Equine Science, Production Animal Science and Wildlife Biology.

Learn to apply your leadership, research and problem solving skills to meet the global challenges associated with feeding the world, and maintaining our environment in situations of increasing community expectations of animal welfare, biosecurity concerns, and competition for limited resources. It is an ideal program for graduates and professionals seeking to expand their career prospects into a wide range of government, commercial, community based or research roles in the broad field of agriculture and environment.

The Master of Animal Science replaced the Master of Animal Studies in 2014. Students enrolled in the Master of Animal Studies can refer to the program requirements, rules and course list for the Master of Animal Studies.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
  • AQF
    Level 9

Entry requirements


Bachelor degree in agricultural science, biological science, plant science (botany, horticulture or agronomy), equine science, animal science (behavior, production or technology), wildlife science, wildlife management, veterinary science, veterinary technology, zoology or an approved discipline.

UQ or equivalent GPA of 5 or above on a 7 point scale.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Animal Science are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Animal Science. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Early exit points

Depending on your choice of courses, it might be possible to withdraw from the Master of Animal Science at an early exit point and graduate with one of the following awards:

Further study options

Graduates of the Master of Animal Science have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Courses and Programs

Fields of study

The following is a list of fields of study available in the Master of Animal Science.

When you graduate, any fields of study you have finished will be listed on your degree certificate.

Equine Science

As an Equine Science graduate you will have an advanced understanding of the application of scientific principles to the study of equine science. You will have the ability to apply this knowledge in a practical context. The completion of a research project will provide you with skills in the use of effective and modern methods for describing and analysing scientific data, as well as enhance your ability to interpret and communicate scientific results and information. You will gain sufficient understanding of equine science and will be required to undertake independent research as part of the program. This will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills to undertake further study in a research Masters or PhD, if you wish. Graduates will have the skills required for employment in a diverse range of areas of the global equine industry.

Production Animal Science

As a Production Animal Science graduate you will play an essential role in the management and production of domestic farm animals (cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry and goats) in a society with increasing needs for animal products, especially meat. You will develop research, multi-disciplinary and leadership skills which will enable you to integrate and apply knowledge to manage animal production facilities and businesses.

Wildlife Biology

As a Wildlife Biology graduate you will play an essential role in the management, conservation and utilisation of wildlife given the increasing demands of an increasing human population with the associated increased competition for land. You will develop research, multi-disciplinary and leadership skills to enable you to integrate and apply knowledge that will allow you to manage wildlife and its associated issues, such as human-wildlife conflict.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. A full definition of "field of study" is available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

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