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


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, plant breeding, animal breeding, cropping and pasture systems, crop production, soil-plant interactions, plant and human nutrition, integrated pest management, livestock production, animal reproduction, scientific modelling, agricultural economics and agribusiness, data management and science communication (peer-to-peer) and other topics.

UWA is well equipped for teaching and research in agricultural science, with a field station at Shenton Park and the University 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 Plant Genetics and Breeding (PGB), and the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (AHRI).

Why study Agriculture at UWA?

  • UWA is ranked first in Australia for Agriculture and Life Sciences.
  • The Institute of Agriculture assists with finding placements for Masters students during the holidays.
  • We have our strong links with industry representatives.
  • Our Industry forums are great platforms for you to network.
  • You have opportunities of working with farmers (field days) and to work with world-leading agricultural scientists and other specialisations in the Faculty of Science.

Our strengths

  • Dryland agriculture
  • Water and nutrient efficient agriculture
  • Stress-tolerant crops
  • Food security
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agribusiness
  • Conservation agriculture
  • Plant/crop nutrition
  • Land and Water Management
  • Broad-acre farming
  • Farming systems
  • Plant and animal breeding and genetics
  • Sustainability breeding and genetics
  • Strong modelling and statistics
  • Cereals, oil seeds and legume crops
  • Green, clean, ethical animal production
  • Animal reproduction
  • Crop/Plant physiology
  • Soil biology and chemistry
  • Climate change and adaptation
  • Soil science and GIS
  • Weed science and herbicide resistance
  • International agriculture development
  • Integrated pest management
  • Sustainable grazing systems

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Course description, features and facilities

You must nominate a specialisation on application. The Master of Agricultural Science has specialisations in:
  • Agricultural Economics: The application of economics, risk management and marketing within Agricultural enterprises and the wider international industry and social contexts. This specialisation explores optimisation of resource management using applied economics within the physical, biological and social constraints in selected agricultural sectors. Sustainable agricultural industries must be underpinned by sound economic principles.
  • Crop and Livestock Farming Systems: Explores the role of research and development in productivity increases of selected crops/agricultural systems of international interest. Agricultural science, and related disciplines, plays an important role in our understanding of the constraints and challenges associated with food and fibre production, and the development of innovative solutions for
    improved productivity of sustainable agricultural systems..
  • Genetics and Breeding: Plant and animal genetics underpins approaches to breeding of improved crops, pastures and animals for various agricultural industries around the world. This specialisation provides a solid grounding in the disciplines of genetics and molecular genetics and how these techniques are applied to the theory and practice of modern breeding and conservation of genetic resources. The role of breeding in enhancing the supply of food and fibre, especially in this era of climate change, is emphasised.
  • Soil Science and Plant Nutrition : Soil management is of great importance to agricultural production in all environments and depends on an in-depth understanding of the nature of soil and how it responds to various forms of management interventions and disturbance factors with a view to its sustainable utilisation and management for productive crops.
You will study the core units for the Master of Agricultural Science:
  • AGRI4402 Agricultural Economics
  • SCIE4402 Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences
Each specialisation has four core units in addition to the two units listed above, with
other units selected as options. Visit the UWA handbook for more details.

You may apply to replace the equivalent of half a year’s units with a research project.

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.

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Student profile – Course Coordinator Tim Colmar

"The research focus in my laboratory is on the identification of physiological and biochemical traits associated with plant adaptation to salinity and flooding, and the regulation of these traits. Research ranges from cellular to eco-physiological processes, since I consider that elucidation of mechanisms at several levels of organisation is essential to gain an integrative understanding of whole plant adaptation. Collaborative, multi-disciplinary research in my laboratory involves PhD students, and we have established projects with key Local, National and International scientists. Research on flooding stress has focused on anoxia tolerance using rice coleoptiles as a model system, and on oxygen movement in the aerenchyma in roots of crops (esp. rice and wheat), pasture species, and wetland plants (including ‘wild’ Triticeae). Research on salt resistance focuses on the regulation of tissue concentrations of organic solutes and Na and Cl in wheat and its wild relatives, pasture species, and Australian halophytes. Nutrient and water management in turf with Louise Barton (soil scientist)."

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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 years' structure (72 to 96 points) are now available via the UWA Handbook.

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Career opportunities

This course prepares you with the knowledge and skills you 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, agronomists, farm managers, market development officers, researchers, catchment or farming group scientists, journalists and bankers.

Graduates are employed as consultants, managers or researchers, by government agencies, universities, consulting firms, food industries, fertiliser companies, community groups, local/regional governments 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. 

Additional information

Student may apply to undertake a research project within this degree.
These pages are under review and are being updated.

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):


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Master of Agricultural Science - Coursework: the details

Available 2017
Locations offered
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
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)
6488 7333
(+61 8)6488 7333
Course code
Additional information