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Master of Agricultural Science

Overview

Gain highly valued leadership, research and problem solving skills and set yourself up for career success in the broad field of agriculture and environment.

The Master of Agricultural Science is designed for recent agricultural, animal, biological, plant, or veterinary science graduates, and for established professionals wanting to upgrade their skills.

For your 1.5 years of full-time studies, you'll select from nearly 40 courses, including those within one of three specialised fields – Agronomy, Horticulture or Plant Protection – allowing you to tailor your studies to suit your interests and career goals.

Graduates demonstrate the ability to apply 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. This greatly expands your career prospects into a wide range of government, commercial, community or research-based roles.

The Master of Agricultural Science can provide a pathway into an MPhil or PhD.

Location
External, Gatton
Duration
1.5 Years (or part time equivalent)
2 Years Master of Agricultural Science
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022), Semester 2 (25 Jul, 2022)
Program Code
5563
AQF
Level 9
Location
External, Gatton
Fees
A$43456 (2022 indicative per year)
Duration
1.5 Years
2 Years Master of Agricultural Science
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022), Semester 2 (25 Jul, 2022)
Program Code
5563
CRICOS Code
079380G
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Study at the university ranked number one in Australia in agriculture, for both research and teaching outcomes.
  • Learn from research academics who are world leaders in their disciplines, with access to extensive specialist research facilities across two campuses.
  • Be exposed to the latest advances in agricultural science, including precision agriculture techniques, genetic technologies and sustainable resource management.
  • Apply and sharpen your skills through field visits and laboratory practicals as part of your courses.

1 in Australia for agriculture and forestry

QS World University Rankings 2022

16 in the world for agriculture and forestry

QS World University Rankings 2022

Fields of study

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

  • Agronomy
  • Horticulture
  • Plant Protection

How you'll learn

Due to the way they are taught, certain programs and plans are not offered online in Semester 2, 2022.

See the list of programs you can't commence online.

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work
  • Fieldwork

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Principles of Weed Science
  • Principles of Integrated Plant Protection
  • Animal Science & Production
  • Graduate Research Project III

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Depending on which field you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Agronomist
  • Horticulturalist
  • Agricultural scientist
  • Agricultural consultant
  • Extension and inspection officer
  • Plant protection adviser

Graduate salary

Agriculture & environmental studies (postgraduate)

$62K-$83K

compared.edu.au

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

To be eligible for entry, you'll need:

  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in agricultural science, animal science, biological science, plant science, botany, horticulture or agronomy veterinary science, wildlife biology or zoology.

You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 4.5 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.
  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in agricultural science, animal science, biological science, plant science, botany, horticulture or agronomy veterinary science, wildlife biology or zoology.

You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 4.5 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.

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English language requirements

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Agricultural Science are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Additional application information

International students must undertake this program on campus at UQ on a full time basis to be eligible to apply for an Australian student visa. Please contact UQ International.

Fields of study

Fields of study

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

As an Agronomy graduate you'll play an essential role in the global challenges of producing sustainable, extensive field and fibre crops such as wheat, barley, rice, sugar cane and cotton, under irrigated or non-irrigated environments.

Soil fertility and crop nutrition is essential for producing food for an increasing world population, while maintaining our environment. You'll develop research, multi-disciplinary and leadership skills to enable you to integrate and apply knowledge across the production to consumption chain.

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As a Horticulture graduate you'll play an essential role in the global challenges of producing sustainable, high-quality and nutritious food for an increasing world population, while maintaining our environment and quality of life in urban areas.

You'll develop research, multi-disciplinary and leadership skills to enable you to integrate and apply knowledge across the production to consumption chain.

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As a Plant Protection graduate you'll have developed first-hand expertise in crop monitoring, pest and disease identification, management and reporting.

You'll develop research, multi-disciplinary and leadership skills to enable you to integrate and apply knowledge across the production to consumption chain. This field is offered at the St Lucia and Gatton campuses.

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Fields of study

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

As an Agronomy graduate you'll play an essential role in the global challenges of producing sustainable, extensive field and fibre crops such as wheat, barley, rice, sugar cane and cotton, under irrigated or non-irrigated environments.

Soil fertility and crop nutrition is essential for producing food for an increasing world population, while maintaining our environment. You'll develop research, multi-disciplinary and leadership skills to enable you to integrate and apply knowledge across the production to consumption chain.

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As a Horticulture graduate you'll play an essential role in the global challenges of producing sustainable, high-quality and nutritious food for an increasing world population, while maintaining our environment and quality of life in urban areas.

You'll develop research, multi-disciplinary and leadership skills to enable you to integrate and apply knowledge across the production to consumption chain.

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As a Plant Protection graduate you'll have developed first-hand expertise in crop monitoring, pest and disease identification, management and reporting.

You'll develop research, multi-disciplinary and leadership skills to enable you to integrate and apply knowledge across the production to consumption chain. This field is offered at the St Lucia and Gatton campuses.

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Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

Approximate yearly cost of tuition (16 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

$35,970

2022

Reduced fee (CSPs)

We offer a limited number of Commonwealth supported places (CSPs) for this program based on academic merit. We allocate CSPs based on academic merit after the closing date for applications and before Orientation.

$5,316

2022

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Approximate yearly cost of full-time tuition (16 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

AUD $43,456

2022

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

HECS-HELP

Domestic places in the Master of Agricultural Science are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

FEE-HELP

Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of Agricultural Science pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Learn more about FEE-HELP

Centrelink support

Scholarships

Make your university experience more affordable with a scholarship. Opportunities include:

How to apply

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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