Enhance your knowledge and skills for a future in the rapidly evolving field of Agricultural Science with a specialisation in Agricultural Economics.

Introduction

The production of food and fibre are key sectors in the Australian economy and management of the Agricultural sector and related industries such as forestry or fisheries. You will learn about the biophysical and socio-economic context of agricultural production systems. The interdisciplinary nature of this degree will set you up for exciting career opportunities in agricultural economics, agribusiness, or related industries.

Key features
1. Understand what key biophysical, social, policy, and economic drivers are important to improving the management of agricultural production systems.
2. This degree prepares you for careers in consulting, industry, government and non-governmental organisations.
3. Expand and/or deepen your knowledge base in agricultural and resource economics
4. Link with interdisciplinary research centres, government departments, and the Institute of Agriculture, including the possibility of jointly-supervised thesis research.

Five reasons to study Agricultural Economics at UWA:
1. Economic reasoning underlies most decision making in natural resource management and agricultural production systems.
2. The specialisation in Agricultural Economics within the Masters of Agricultural Science offers a range of career opportunities as a consultant, agricultural bank manager, agribusiness manager, in a government department, or with non-governmental organisations.
3. This degree is offered by the School of Agricultural and Resource Economics, which is renowned in Australia and globally for its excellence in agricultural economics research. It is ranked top in Australia!
4. Staff at the School of Agricultural and Resource Economics is actively engaged in agricultural policy development, environmental valuation, productivity and efficiency analysis, development economics, and urban and rural water management.
5. This degree will give you a broad, interdisciplinary knowledge base to link science and economics to improve future management.

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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.

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).

Students must nominate a specialisation on application, the Master of Agricultural Science has specialisations in;

The course structure and units are available at UWA handbook

The Faculty of Science offers Master's by Coursework bursaries for domestic students and Postgraduate Merit scholarships for international students. Please visit the Faculty of Science website for details.

Domestic students may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place within this course.

This course has been approved by the Department of Social Services for Student Support Payments. Eligible students can receive Youth Allowance, Austudy or Pensioner Education Supplement. Further information can be found on the Department of Social Services website.

Master of Agricultural Science Course code: 72510

Master of Agricultural Science CRICOS Code: 074945E

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Structure

The Master of Agricultural Science is offered by coursework or coursework and dissertation.

While the standard timeframe for completion of this degree is two years (full time), if you have previously completed an undergraduate degree in a cognate (related) area it may be possible to complete within 1.5 years.

The course offers a focused, advanced learning experience that will enhance career choices. You must complete all core units and specialisation core units. This degree also provides the flexibility to choose from a range of units to complement your specific interests.

Course structures for the master's degrees with the new 1.5 to 2 year structure (72 to 96 points) are now available via the UWA Handbook.

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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 and career opportunities range from the laboratory to the field, from the city to rural areas, as breeders, agronomist, 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 completing this degree may have the option to pursue further studies in research.

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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

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

a relevant bachelor's degree, that aligns with one of the specialisations of this course, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA.

English competency

See the full list of English language requirements.

Please note: Requirements may be higher for some individual courses, where this is the case the additional requirements will be specified.

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How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. How to apply
  2. Fees
  3. Contact us

How to apply

Apply online. Refer below for application dates and access to the online application system (OASys):

Fees

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Crawley, Perth
Western Australia 6009
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Master of Agricultural Science: Agricultural Economics: the details

Status
Available 2017
Locations offered
Crawley
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Internal
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
Please refer to the UWA handbook
Standard full-time completion
2 years
Maximum time to complete
4 years
Contact details: course information
Science Student Office
Central Wing Agriculture Building (M083)
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6488 7333
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