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Master of Agricultural Science: Soil Science

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

Introduction

Soil management is of great importance in all environments and depends on an in-depth understanding of the nature of soil and how it responds to various forms of disturbance with a view to its sustainable utilisation.

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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.

A Master of Agricultural Science, with a specialisation in Soil Science, will provide students with an understanding of the physical, chemical, biological, and hydrological processes that effect soil, as well as the design and implementation of appropriate soil management practices.

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).

At the time of application students nominate a specialisation from one of the following;

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.

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.

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 Master of Agricultural Science may have the option to pursue further studies in research.

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These pages are under review and are being updated.

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 into this course an applicant must meet one of the following 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 Diploma in Agricultural Science of this university or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty.

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.

These pages are under review and are being updated.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. How to apply
  2. Contact details - admission information

How to apply

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

Contact details - admission information

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  1. Application Deadlines
  2. How to apply
  3. 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

UWA representatives offer application advice and support to future students in various countries. Visit the link below to find an authorised UWA agent near you.

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Contact details - admission information

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Master of Agricultural Science: Soil Science: the details

Status
Available 2015
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)
postgrad-science@uwa.edu.au
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6488 7333
(+61 8)6488 7333
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