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Master of Animal Science

Overview

Develop core scientific skills in animal science with the flexibility to select business electives to hone your management and leadership skills to further your career.

The Master of Animal Science is designed for recent agricultural, animal, biological, plant, equine, animal, wildlife, zoology or veterinary science graduates, and for established professionals wanting to upgrade their skills or redirect their career into animal science.

For your 1.5 years of full-time studies, you'll select from more than 30 courses, including those within one of three specialised fields – Equine Science, Production Animal Science or Wildlife Biology – allowing you to tailor your studies to suit your interests and career goals.

The program also gives you the opportunity to complete a significant research project which may provide a pathway to research higher degrees.

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 expands your career prospects into a wide range of government, commercial, community or research-based roles.

Location
Gatton
Duration
1.5 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
5570
AQF
Level 9
Location
Gatton
Fees
A$42528 (indicative per year)
Duration
1.5 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
5570
CRICOS Code
079382F
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 world-class academic staff, ensuring you receive the highest quality education.
  • Benefit from hands-on learning in extensive research and teaching facilities on Gatton campus and the nearby Darbalara farm.
  • Utilise specialist equine and wildlife facilities, as well as a dairy, piggery, sheep and goat herds and visit commercial enterprises.

1 in Australia for agriculture and forestry

QS World University Rankings 2020

25 in the world for agriculture and forestry

QS World University Rankings 2020

Fields of study

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

  • Equine Science
  • Production Animal Science
  • Wildlife Biology

How you'll learn

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

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Research experience

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:

  • Animal Nutrition and Nutrigenomics
  • Animal Science & Production
  • Leadership in Rural Industries and Communities
  • 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:

  • Animal nutritionist
  • Animal research scientist
  • Biosecurity officer
  • Customs officer
  • Equine nutritionist
  • Equine physical therapist
  • Livestock adviser or consultant
  • National parks and wildlife officer
  • Wildlife ecologist
  • Wildlife scientist

Graduate salary

Agriculture & environmental studies (postgraduate)

$72K–$84K

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Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Bachelor degree in agricultural science, biological science, plant science (botany, horticulture or agronomy), equine science, animal science (behaviour, 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.

Prerequisites

Bachelor degree in agricultural science, biological science, plant science (botany, horticulture or agronomy), equine science, animal science (behaviour, 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.

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

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the academic or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisites, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Additional application information

Domestic students enrolled in the Master of Animal Science may be eligible to receive Commonwealth Government income support payments. Please contact Centrelink to determine eligibility.

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.

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Animal 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

Fields of study

Fields of study

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

Equine Science

As an Equine Science graduate you'll have an advanced understanding of the application of scientific principles to the study of equine science.

You'll 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, and enhance your ability to interpret and communicate scientific results and information. You'll 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.

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Production Animal Science

As a Production Animal Science graduate you'll 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'll develop research, multi-disciplinary and leadership skills which enable you to integrate and apply knowledge to manage animal production facilities and businesses.

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Wildlife Biology

As a Wildlife Biology graduate you'll 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'll develop research, multi-disciplinary and leadership skills to enable you to integrate and apply knowledge to manage wildlife and its associated issues, such as human-wildlife conflict.

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Fields of study

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

Equine Science

As an Equine Science graduate you'll have an advanced understanding of the application of scientific principles to the study of equine science.

You'll 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, and enhance your ability to interpret and communicate scientific results and information. You'll 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.

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Production Animal Science

As a Production Animal Science graduate you'll 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'll develop research, multi-disciplinary and leadership skills which enable you to integrate and apply knowledge to manage animal production facilities and businesses.

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Wildlife Biology

As a Wildlife Biology graduate you'll 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'll develop research, multi-disciplinary and leadership skills to enable you to integrate and apply knowledge to manage wildlife and its associated issues, such as human-wildlife conflict.

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Fees and Scholarships

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

Indicative annual fee

AUD $42,528

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Animal Science for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis. All fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

FEE-HELP

Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of Animal 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

Indicative annual fee

AUD $34,720

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Animal Science at 2020 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

The average fee would be less for part-time study. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program.

Fees may be higher in later years as all fees are reviewed annually.

A limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are offered for this program on the basis of academic merit. Once all CSPs have been exhausted, offers may be made on a tuition fee paying basis.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Scholarships

Scholarships

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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