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Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Science

Develop your knowledge and skills further in the field of agricultural science by completing a Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Science.

Introduction

World populations and economies are rapidly increasing their demands for food and fibre. At the same time, agricultural systems are being placed under pressure to meet environmental, social and economic goals. To meet these goals and to maintain or increase production levels, an understanding of the complex factors that shape agricultural systems is required.

The Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Science will prepare you with the knowledge and skills you need for a future in the rapidly evolving field of agricultural science.

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Course description, features and facilities

Australian agriculture is a key part of the world's food supply system. The challenges of a rapidly growing population, climate change, and the limitations of land and fresh water all impact on the ability of agriculture to meet the demand for food, fibre and fuel. To address this demand an understanding of the complex factors that shape agricultural systems is necessary.

Agricultural Science provides the research, technology and information for the sustainable, profitable and ethical development of the agricultural industry. Studies in agriculture include soil science, genetics, cropping and pasture systems, soil-plant interaction, livestock production, agricultural economics and agribusiness.

UWA is well equipped for teaching and research in agricultural science, with a field station at Shenton Park and the University's new research farm near Pingelly, which aims to be self-supporting, sustainable, carbon-neutral, clean, green and ethical – a best practice farm. Teaching in agricultural science is also supported by the outstanding research and outreach activities of the Institute of Agriculture, the Centre for Legumes in Mediterranean Agriculture (CLIMA), the International Centre for Plant Breeding Education and Research (ICPBER) and the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (AHRI).

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Structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; S3 = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2014;
NS = non-standard teaching period; OS = offshore teaching period; * = to be advised

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Science

Take all unit(s) (24 points):

S1AGRI4402Agricultural Economics
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in the Natural Sciences
S1, S2SCIE4402Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science

Take units to a value of 24 points from Group A or take units to a value of 18 points from Group A and units to a value of 6 points from Group B:


Group A

NSAGRI4401Advanced Crop Production Science
S1AGRI4403Animal Science and Technology 1
NSAGRI4404Breeding and Animal Biotechnology
NSAGRI4405Breeding and Plant Biotechnology
S2AGRI4406Integrated Pest Management
NSAGRI4407Plant and Human Nutrition
S2AGRI4408Sustainable Grazing Systems

Group B

S1ECON4410Environmental and Resource Economics
NSENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications

Career opportunities

This course prepares students with the knowledge and skills they need for a future in the rapidly evolving field of agricultural science. There is a shortage of agricultural science graduates. Career opportunities range from the laboratory to the field, from the city to rural areas, as breeders, agronomists, farm managers, market development officers, journalists and bankers.

Graduates are employed as consultants, managers or researchers, by government agencies, universities, consulting firms, food industries, fertiliser companies, and international agencies. "Career Harvest" is a website launched by the Australian Council of Deans Of Agriculture to assist with finding professional careers in agriculture.

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Further study opportunities

Students with a Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Science can pursue further studies by completing the Master of Agricultural Science with a specialisation in Agricultural Economics; Animal Production; Genetics & Breeding; Plant Production or Soil Science.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. Admission Requirements
  2. English competency

Admission Requirements

- A bachelor's degree from this University with a relevant major or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; or

- Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Science of this University or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty.

English competency

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How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. Application Deadlines
  2. How to apply
  3. Fees
  4. Contact details - admission information

Application Deadlines

Semester 1: 23 January
Semester 2: 26 June

How to apply

Submit a completed application form

Fees

Annual fee: $20378.

For courses that are less than one year in duration, the annual fee listed is the total for the course. Unless otherwise indicated, for courses that are 18 months in duration, the annual fee is two-thirds of the total cost of the course.

As some units vary in cost, the actual student contribution will depend on the mix of units you choose. See the unit costs website for details of individual unit costs.

Contact details - admission information

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On this page

  1. Application Deadlines
  2. How to apply
  3. Fees
  4. Contact details - admission information

Application Deadlines

While there are no strict application deadlines for the submission of international postgraduate coursework applications, prospective students are strongly encouraged to apply with sufficient time to allow for the processing of their application and to secure a student visa.

Postgraduate coursework applications generally take four weeks from receipt of an application to offer.

How to apply

Apply online

Fees

Annual fee: $32370.

For courses that are less than one year in duration, the annual fee listed is the total for the course. Unless otherwise indicated, for courses that are 18 months in duration, the annual fee is two-thirds of the total cost of the course.

As some units vary in cost, the actual student contribution will depend on the mix of units you choose. See the unit costs website for details of individual unit costs.

Contact details - admission information

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Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Science: the details

Status
Available 2014
Locations offered
Crawley
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Internal
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
For information regarding course contact hours and requirements refer to relevant details in the UWA Handbook
Standard full-time completion
1 year
Maximum time to complete
4 years
Contact details: course information
Science Student Office
Agricultural Central building
postgrad-science@uwa.edu.au
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6488 7333
Course code
72310
CRICOS Code
074946D
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