Master of Agricultural Science (coursework or coursework and dissertation)

World populations and economies are increasing their demands for food and fibre. Agricultural systems are placed under pressure to meet environmental, social and economic goals. To maintain or increase production levels, an understanding of the complex factors that shape agricultural systems is required. This course prepares students with the knowledge and skills they need for a future in the rapidly evolving field of agricultural science.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Agricultural Science (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviation
MAgSc
Course code
72510
Course type
master's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
Status
current / 2021
Administered by
Agriculture and Environment
CRICOS code
074945E

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Articulation
The Master of Agricultural Science has the following exit awards: 72310 Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Science (48 points) (48 points), 72210 Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Science (24 points) (24 points)
Credit points required
96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
1.5 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 72 points of taught units and 24 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the Faculty
Maximum course duration
2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 96 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Time limit
4 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Available to international students
Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Schedule 2: Fees'. (Enquiries: https://www.uwa.edu.au/askuwa)
Course Coordinator(s)
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Specialisations

SP- Agricultural Technology
SP-AGBUS Agribusiness
SP-AGECS Agricultural Economics
SP-AGSYS Crop and Livestock Farming Systems
SP-GENBR Genetics and Breeding
SP-IPMGT Integrated Pest Management
SP-SOILS Soil Science and Plant Nutrition

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2021; NS = non-standard teaching period

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

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2022 or 2023.

Take all units (18 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2AGRI5402Agribusiness
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Economics (73530) or the Master of International Development (71550) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or honours in the Faculty of Science or Business School
Incompatibility:
AGRI4402 Agribusiness
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: 10 half days
S1, S2AGRI5549International Agriculture: Research and Development
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or Honours in Agricultural Science (BH004) or Master of Agricultural Economics (73530)
lectures: 2 hours per week; workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S1, S2SCIE4402Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a postgraduate course or honours; STAT1400 Statistics for Science or STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics or STAT2210 Biometrics 1 or SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis or SCIE4401 Data Use in the Natural Sciences or ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science
5 days (1 day per fortnight). The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.

Students in the course by coursework and dissertation take 24 points from this group.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2SCIE5571Dissertation Part 1
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Science (Honours)(BH004) in Agricultural Science, Environmental Science or Natural Resource Management ; completion of 144 points in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)(BH005); enrolment in Master of Environmental Science (72530) with a mark of at least 70% in ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science and a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of units completed within the course; or enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) and a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of units completed within the course.
Incompatibility:
AGRI5560 Agricultural Economics Literature Review and Research Proposal, AGRI5509 Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Project Development, AGRI5551 Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 1, AGRI4511 Agriculture Honours Research Project Development , AGRI5541 Agriculture Honours Research Dissertation Part 1, ENVT5011 Research Project in Environmental Science Part 1, SCIE4501 Science Research Dissertation Part 1
as required by supervisor
S1, S2SCIE5572Dissertation Part 2
Co-requisites:
SCIE5571 Dissertation Part 1
as required by supervisor
S1, S2SCIE5573Dissertation Part 3
Co-requisites:
SCIE5572 Dissertation Part 2
as required by supervisor
S1, S2SCIE5574Dissertation Part 4
Co-requisites:
SCIE5573 Dissertation Part 3
as required by supervisor

Students in the course by coursework only take 12 points from this group:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2SCIE5004Professional Skills in Science
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master Agricultural Science (72510) or Master of Biotechnology (71580) or Master of Biological Science (72520) or Master of Bioinformatics ( ) or Master of Biomedical Science (71520) and Completion of 24 points
Incompatibility:
ENVT5519 Professional Skills in Science (ID 7226)
S1, S2SCIE5005Science in Practice
Prerequisites:
SCIE5004 Professional Skills in Science
1x 2hr session per week contact by consultation as required

Agribusiness specialisation

Students may be required to take conversion units, up to a value of 24 points, based on an assessment of prior learning by the Faculty.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2ACCT5432Introductory Financial Accounting
Incompatibility:
ACCT1101 Financial Accounting, ACCT5602 Accounting
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S1, S2AGRI4409Fundamentals of Agricultural Science
practical classes: 1 hour per week; lectures: 6 x 15 minute online lectures per week
S1, S2ECON5541Economics for Business: Applications and Policy
Incompatibility:
ECON5503 Economic Management and Strategy; ECON1000 ECON1101 or equivalent.
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a postgraduate course or honours
Incompatibility:
STAT1400 Statistics for Science; STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics; STAT2210 Biometrics 1; SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
24 hours. The total workload for this unit is 150 hours.

Take all units (30 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
N/AAGRI5403Advanced Commodity Marketing
Prerequisites:
ACCT5432 Introductory Financial Accounting and ECON5541 Economics for Business: Applications and Policy; or ECON3300 Agricultural Economics and Marketing
lectures: 6 x 15 minute online lecture modules per week for 12 weeks; practical classes: 1 hour per week for 12 weeks.
S1ECON5004Microeconometric Models for Agricultural and Environmental Economics
Prerequisites:
SCIE4401 Data use in the Natural Sciences or SCIE4402 Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences or with approval of the unit coordinator
Lectures are delivered on-line. Students also attend 2 hours of practical component each week.
S2ECON5511Climate, Energy and Water Economics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Economics (73530) or the Master of Economics (42620) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Science (70630) or Master of Environmental Science (72530)or Master of Petroleum Geoscience (73540) or Master of Ocean Leadership (62540) or honours in the Faculty of Science or honours in the Business School; ECON1120 Environmental Economics 1 or ECON1101 Microeconomics: Prices and Markets or ECON1102 Macroeconomics: Money and Finance or ECON2224 Environment Economics 2 or equivalent. Students who do not meet the prerequisites can contact the unit coordinator to discuss a possible exception.
lectures/tutorials: 3 hours per week for 10 weeks
S1, S2MGMT5511Introduction to Global Business
Prerequisites:
BUSN5100 Applied Professional Business Communications; or WACE/TEE English or equivalent
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S2SCIE5507Food Fibre and Fuel Security
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology or the Master of Agricultural Science
lectures, tutorials and/or workshops: 6 hours per week

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 12 points.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2BUSN5001Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies in Business
Standard Semester: lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week Summer School: delivered intensively, up to 18 hours per week
S2ECON5001Economic Development in Theory and Practice
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of International Development (71550) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Master of Agricultural Economics (73530) or the Master of Economics (42620) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) (BH002)
lectures/tutorials/labs: 4 hours per week (for 10 weeks)
S1ECON5002Agriculture and Economic Development
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (coursework or coursework and dissertation) (72510) or Master of International Development (coursework or coursework and dissertation) (71550) or Master of Geographic Information Science (coursework or coursework and dissertation) (71570) or Master of Agricultural Economics (73530)
lectures: 4 hours per fortnight; tutorials: 2 hours per fortnight for 10 weeks
S2ECON5003Microeconomic Theory for Agricultural and Environmental Economics
Prerequisites:
AGRI5402 Agribusiness or ECON4002 Core Concepts in Agricultural and Applied Economics or ECON3302 Applied Microeconomics
Weekly - two hour workshop
S2ECON5005Production Economics and Efficiency Analysis
Prerequisites:
ECON4002 Core Concepts in Agricultural and Applied Economics, ECON5003 Microeconomics Theory for Agricultural and Environmental Economics or ECON5002 Agriculture and Economic Development
The total workload contact hours for the unit is 36 hours
S1ENVT5561GIS and Spatial Analysis: Multifunctional Landscapes
Prerequisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications or GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems or equivalent.
Incompatibility:
ENVT5508 Advanced Spatial Analytics ENVT5563 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Waterway Restoration ENVT5562 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Coastal Resilience ENVT5565 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Sensor Networks ENVT5564 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Contaminated Sites
150
S2INMT5503Logistics and Supply Chain Management
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S2MKTG5406Buyer Behaviour and Decision Making
lecture/seminar/tutorial: up to 3 hours per week
S1MKTG5462Global Marketing Strategy
lecture/seminar/tutorial: up to 3 hours per week
S1MKTG5578Client Management
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week

Agricultural Economics specialisation

Students may be required to take conversion units, up to a value of 24 points, based on an assessment of prior learning by the Faculty.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2AGRI4409Fundamentals of Agricultural Science
practical classes: 1 hour per week; lectures: 6 x 15 minute online lectures per week
S1ECON4002Core Concepts in Agricultural and Applied Economics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Agricultural Economics or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
24 hours. The total workload for this unit is 150 hours.
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a postgraduate course or honours
Incompatibility:
STAT1400 Statistics for Science; STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics; STAT2210 Biometrics 1; SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
24 hours. The total workload for this unit is 150 hours.
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
7 workshops running once a fortnight. This unit runs in both Semester 1 and Semester 2 and taken in either semester.

Take all units (30 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1ECON4410Environmental and Resource Economics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering Environmental Specialisation (62550) or the Master of Economics (42620) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or the Master of International Development (71550) or the Master of Agricultural Economics (73530) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or the Master of Ocean Leadership (62540) or the Master of Public Policy (coursework or coursework and dissertation) (42580)
lectures: 2 hours; tutorials: 1 hour; labs: 1 hour (4 hours/week for 12 weeks)
S1ECON5002Agriculture and Economic Development
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (coursework or coursework and dissertation) (72510) or Master of International Development (coursework or coursework and dissertation) (71550) or Master of Geographic Information Science (coursework or coursework and dissertation) (71570) or Master of Agricultural Economics (73530)
lectures: 4 hours per fortnight; tutorials: 2 hours per fortnight for 10 weeks
S2ECON5003Microeconomic Theory for Agricultural and Environmental Economics
Prerequisites:
AGRI5402 Agribusiness or ECON4002 Core Concepts in Agricultural and Applied Economics or ECON3302 Applied Microeconomics
Weekly - two hour workshop
S1ECON5004Microeconometric Models for Agricultural and Environmental Economics
Prerequisites:
SCIE4401 Data use in the Natural Sciences or SCIE4402 Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences or with approval of the unit coordinator
Lectures are delivered on-line. Students also attend 2 hours of practical component each week.
S2ECON5005Production Economics and Efficiency Analysis
Prerequisites:
ECON4002 Core Concepts in Agricultural and Applied Economics, ECON5003 Microeconomics Theory for Agricultural and Environmental Economics or ECON5002 Agriculture and Economic Development
The total workload contact hours for the unit is 36 hours

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 12 points..

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1AGRI5506Integrated Pest Management - Principles
Incompatibility:
SCIE3351 Integrated Pest Management, SCIE8351 Integrated Pest Management
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: 4 hours per week for 12 weeks
N/AECON4450Advanced International Trade
Prerequisites:
enrolment in one of the following: Master of Public Policy (42580); Master of Economics (42620); honours in the Economics specialisation (BH002) or completion of 144 points in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005) Enrolment in the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) (BH002) or completion of 144 points in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005) or enrolment in the Master of Public Policy (42580) or Master of Economics (42620) or Master of Agriculture Economics (73530).
lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S2ECON5001Economic Development in Theory and Practice
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of International Development (71550) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Master of Agricultural Economics (73530) or the Master of Economics (42620) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) (BH002)
lectures/tutorials/labs: 4 hours per week (for 10 weeks)
S2ECON5511Climate, Energy and Water Economics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Economics (73530) or the Master of Economics (42620) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Science (70630) or Master of Environmental Science (72530)or Master of Petroleum Geoscience (73540) or Master of Ocean Leadership (62540) or honours in the Faculty of Science or honours in the Business School; ECON1120 Environmental Economics 1 or ECON1101 Microeconomics: Prices and Markets or ECON1102 Macroeconomics: Money and Finance or ECON2224 Environment Economics 2 or equivalent. Students who do not meet the prerequisites can contact the unit coordinator to discuss a possible exception.
lectures/tutorials: 3 hours per week for 10 weeks
S1, S2SCIE5304Science Practicum
Prerequisites:
enrollment in Master of Science Communication (51580) or the Master of Exercise Science (52510), or the Master of Environmental Science (72530), or the Master of Biological Science (72520), or the Master of Biological Arts (71530), or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510), or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) and approval of the unit coordinator
Contact hours in Practicum placement (the majority of student time in the unit) as arranged with the unit coordinator and host/supervisor. Additional, minor, contact hours for initial and post-placement discussions with coordinator, and final presentation and review.

Agricultural Technology specialisation

Students may be required to take conversion units, up to a value of 24 points, based on an assessment of prior learning by the Faculty.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2AGRI4409Fundamentals of Agricultural Science
practical classes: 1 hour per week; lectures: 6 x 15 minute online lectures per week
S1, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours. This includes podcasts for viewing and reading to be undertaken prior to attending a compulsory 1-hour seminar per week where students will be contributing to interactive discussions. Additionally there is a compulsory 2-hour computer practical lab per week for which students will undertake applied use of GIS. Completion of these labs is necessary to enable skills for completing written unit assessment. Independent learning is required throughout the unit.
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a postgraduate course or honours
Incompatibility:
STAT1400 Statistics for Science; STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics; STAT2210 Biometrics 1; SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
24 hours. The total workload for this unit is 150 hours.
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
7 workshops running once a fortnight. This unit runs in both Semester 1 and Semester 2 and taken in either semester.

Take all units (30 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSAGRI4401Precision Agriculture
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: 7 days in July
S1ENVT4401Advanced Land Use and Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Geographic Information Science (71570)
three 2-day blocks (the total workload for the unit is 150 hours)
S2ENVT4408GIS Programming
Co-requisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications
42 hours
S2ENVT5516Environmental Monitoring and Sensors
Prerequisites:
ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science
1x 1hr lecture per week 1x 4hr workshop per week 1 field trip
S1ENVT5561GIS and Spatial Analysis: Multifunctional Landscapes
Prerequisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications or GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems or equivalent.
Incompatibility:
ENVT5508 Advanced Spatial Analytics ENVT5563 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Waterway Restoration ENVT5562 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Coastal Resilience ENVT5565 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Sensor Networks ENVT5564 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Contaminated Sites
150

For students doing coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 12 points.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1AGRI5503Animal Production Systems
Incompatibility:
ANIM3358/ANIM3359 Animal Science and Technology Part 1/Part 2, ANIM8358/ANIM8359 Animal Science and Technology Part 1/Part 2
Seminar 3 hours per week, Tutorial 2 hours per week and an over night field trip . The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S2AGRI5505Integrated Pest Management - Practical
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510)
S1AGRI5506Integrated Pest Management - Principles
Incompatibility:
SCIE3351 Integrated Pest Management, SCIE8351 Integrated Pest Management
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: 4 hours per week for 12 weeks
*AGRI5507Integrated Pest Management - Ecological
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510)
S2AGRI5508Sustainable Grazing Systems
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
total workload: 150 hours
S2AGRI5571Advanced Soil Science
Prerequisites:
ENVT3060 Soil–Plant Interactions or SCIE4409 Fundamentals of Agricultural Science
12x 3 hour workshops during semester. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours
S1ENVT5005Waste and the Circular Economy
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580)
Lectures 15 x 1 hour Face to Face, 4 x 2hr Industry Tutorials, 2 x 6hr Industry Field Trips.
S1, S2SCIE5304Science Practicum
Prerequisites:
enrollment in Master of Science Communication (51580) or the Master of Exercise Science (52510), or the Master of Environmental Science (72530), or the Master of Biological Science (72520), or the Master of Biological Arts (71530), or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510), or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) and approval of the unit coordinator
Contact hours in Practicum placement (the majority of student time in the unit) as arranged with the unit coordinator and host/supervisor. Additional, minor, contact hours for initial and post-placement discussions with coordinator, and final presentation and review.

Crop and Livestock Farming Systems specialisation

Students may be required to take conversion units, up to a value of 24 points, based on an assessment of prior learning by the Faculty.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2AGRI4409Fundamentals of Agricultural Science
practical classes: 1 hour per week; lectures: 6 x 15 minute online lectures per week
S1, S2ENVT4461Assessing Environmental Quality
Incompatibility:
ENVT3361 Environmental Assessment
lectures: 1 hour per week; practical classes: 4 hours per week (one practical session involves field work)
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a postgraduate course or honours
Incompatibility:
STAT1400 Statistics for Science; STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics; STAT2210 Biometrics 1; SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
24 hours. The total workload for this unit is 150 hours.
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
7 workshops running once a fortnight. This unit runs in both Semester 1 and Semester 2 and taken in either semester.

Take all units (30 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSAGRI4401Precision Agriculture
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: 7 days in July
S1AGRI4410Breeding and Biotechnology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) (HON-BOTNY) Botany or (HON-CONBI) Conservation Botany
Incompatibility:
AGRI4404 Breeding and Animal Biotechnology, GENE3303 Genetics and Animal Breeding, GENE8303 Genetics and Animal Breeding, GENE3310 Genetics and Plant Breeding, GENE8310 Genetics and Plant Breeding
lectures: 2 hours per week; practicals: 3 hours per week for 12 weeks
S1AGRI5503Animal Production Systems
Incompatibility:
ANIM3358/ANIM3359 Animal Science and Technology Part 1/Part 2, ANIM8358/ANIM8359 Animal Science and Technology Part 1/Part 2
Seminar 3 hours per week, Tutorial 2 hours per week and an over night field trip . The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S2AGRI5508Sustainable Grazing Systems
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
total workload: 150 hours
S2SCIE5507Food Fibre and Fuel Security
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology or the Master of Agricultural Science
lectures, tutorials and/or workshops: 6 hours per week

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 12 points.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2AGRI5505Integrated Pest Management - Practical
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510)
S1AGRI5506Integrated Pest Management - Principles
Incompatibility:
SCIE3351 Integrated Pest Management, SCIE8351 Integrated Pest Management
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: 4 hours per week for 12 weeks
*AGRI5507Integrated Pest Management - Ecological
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510)
S2AGRI5571Advanced Soil Science
Prerequisites:
ENVT3060 Soil–Plant Interactions or SCIE4409 Fundamentals of Agricultural Science
12x 3 hour workshops during semester. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours
S1ENVT5005Waste and the Circular Economy
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580)
Lectures 15 x 1 hour Face to Face, 4 x 2hr Industry Tutorials, 2 x 6hr Industry Field Trips.
S1, S2SCIE5304Science Practicum
Prerequisites:
enrollment in Master of Science Communication (51580) or the Master of Exercise Science (52510), or the Master of Environmental Science (72530), or the Master of Biological Science (72520), or the Master of Biological Arts (71530), or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510), or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) and approval of the unit coordinator
Contact hours in Practicum placement (the majority of student time in the unit) as arranged with the unit coordinator and host/supervisor. Additional, minor, contact hours for initial and post-placement discussions with coordinator, and final presentation and review.

Genetics and Breeding specialisation

Students may be required to take conversion units, up to a value of 24 points, based on an assessment of prior learning by the Faculty.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2AGRI4409Fundamentals of Agricultural Science
practical classes: 1 hour per week; lectures: 6 x 15 minute online lectures per week
S1, S2GENE4002Integrated Topics in Genetics I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520), Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510)
Incompatibility:
GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I and GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance
6 x 2 hr tutorials over the course of a semester.
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a postgraduate course or honours
Incompatibility:
STAT1400 Statistics for Science; STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics; STAT2210 Biometrics 1; SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
24 hours. The total workload for this unit is 150 hours.
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
7 workshops running once a fortnight. This unit runs in both Semester 1 and Semester 2 and taken in either semester.

Take all units (30 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1AGRI4410Breeding and Biotechnology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) (HON-BOTNY) Botany or (HON-CONBI) Conservation Botany
Incompatibility:
AGRI4404 Breeding and Animal Biotechnology, GENE3303 Genetics and Animal Breeding, GENE8303 Genetics and Animal Breeding, GENE3310 Genetics and Plant Breeding, GENE8310 Genetics and Plant Breeding
lectures: 2 hours per week; practicals: 3 hours per week for 12 weeks
N/AAGRI5502Case Studies in Breeding and Biotechnology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Science (70630) or honours or equivalent
Incompatibility:
SCIE8709/SCIE8710 Breeding and Biotechnology in Action Part 1/Part 2
2 x 3-hr sessions every second week for six weeks
S2AGRI5508Sustainable Grazing Systems
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
total workload: 150 hours
S1SCIE4001Collecting, Analysing and Interpreting Big Data in Biology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Biotechnology (71580) or Master of Health Science (71540) or Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical Engineering) (62550) or honours in the Faculty of Science
Lectures and Seminars: 27 hours
S2SCIE5507Food Fibre and Fuel Security
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology or the Master of Agricultural Science
lectures, tutorials and/or workshops: 6 hours per week

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 12 points.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSAGRI4401Precision Agriculture
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: 7 days in July
S1AGRI4407Plant and Human Nutrition
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: 6 days full-time
S1AGRI5506Integrated Pest Management - Principles
Incompatibility:
SCIE3351 Integrated Pest Management, SCIE8351 Integrated Pest Management
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: 4 hours per week for 12 weeks
S1ENVT5005Waste and the Circular Economy
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580)
Lectures 15 x 1 hour Face to Face, 4 x 2hr Industry Tutorials, 2 x 6hr Industry Field Trips.
S1, S2SCIE5304Science Practicum
Prerequisites:
enrollment in Master of Science Communication (51580) or the Master of Exercise Science (52510), or the Master of Environmental Science (72530), or the Master of Biological Science (72520), or the Master of Biological Arts (71530), or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510), or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) and approval of the unit coordinator
Contact hours in Practicum placement (the majority of student time in the unit) as arranged with the unit coordinator and host/supervisor. Additional, minor, contact hours for initial and post-placement discussions with coordinator, and final presentation and review.

Soil Science and Plant Nutrition specialisation

Students may be required to take conversion units, up to a value of 24 points, based on an assessment of prior learning by the Faculty.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2AGRI4409Fundamentals of Agricultural Science
practical classes: 1 hour per week; lectures: 6 x 15 minute online lectures per week
S1, S2ENVT4461Assessing Environmental Quality
Incompatibility:
ENVT3361 Environmental Assessment
lectures: 1 hour per week; practical classes: 4 hours per week (one practical session involves field work)
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a postgraduate course or honours
Incompatibility:
STAT1400 Statistics for Science; STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics; STAT2210 Biometrics 1; SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
24 hours. The total workload for this unit is 150 hours.
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
7 workshops running once a fortnight. This unit runs in both Semester 1 and Semester 2 and taken in either semester.

Take all units (30 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSAGRI4401Precision Agriculture
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: 7 days in July
S1AGRI4407Plant and Human Nutrition
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: 6 days full-time
S1AGRI5506Integrated Pest Management - Principles
Incompatibility:
SCIE3351 Integrated Pest Management, SCIE8351 Integrated Pest Management
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: 4 hours per week for 12 weeks
S2AGRI5571Advanced Soil Science
Prerequisites:
ENVT3060 Soil–Plant Interactions or SCIE4409 Fundamentals of Agricultural Science
12x 3 hour workshops during semester. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours
S1ENVT4401Advanced Land Use and Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Geographic Information Science (71570)
three 2-day blocks (the total workload for the unit is 150 hours)

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 12 points.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2AGRI5505Integrated Pest Management - Practical
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510)
*AGRI5507Integrated Pest Management - Ecological
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510)
S2AGRI5508Sustainable Grazing Systems
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
total workload: 150 hours
S2ENVT5503Remediation of Soils and Groundwater
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or the Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S1, S2SCIE5304Science Practicum
Prerequisites:
enrollment in Master of Science Communication (51580) or the Master of Exercise Science (52510), or the Master of Environmental Science (72530), or the Master of Biological Science (72520), or the Master of Biological Arts (71530), or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510), or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) and approval of the unit coordinator
Contact hours in Practicum placement (the majority of student time in the unit) as arranged with the unit coordinator and host/supervisor. Additional, minor, contact hours for initial and post-placement discussions with coordinator, and final presentation and review.

Integrated Pest Management specialisation

Students may be required to take conversion units, up to a value of 24 points, based on an assessment of prior learning by the Faculty.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2AGRI4409Fundamentals of Agricultural Science
practical classes: 1 hour per week; lectures: 6 x 15 minute online lectures per week
S1, S2ENVT4461Assessing Environmental Quality
Incompatibility:
ENVT3361 Environmental Assessment
lectures: 1 hour per week; practical classes: 4 hours per week (one practical session involves field work)
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a postgraduate course or honours
Incompatibility:
STAT1400 Statistics for Science; STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics; STAT2210 Biometrics 1; SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
24 hours. The total workload for this unit is 150 hours.
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
7 workshops running once a fortnight. This unit runs in both Semester 1 and Semester 2 and taken in either semester.

Take all units (30 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2AGRI5505Integrated Pest Management - Practical
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510)
S1AGRI5506Integrated Pest Management - Principles
Incompatibility:
SCIE3351 Integrated Pest Management, SCIE8351 Integrated Pest Management
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: 4 hours per week for 12 weeks
*AGRI5507Integrated Pest Management - Ecological
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510)
S2AGRI5508Sustainable Grazing Systems
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
total workload: 150 hours
S2SCIE5507Food Fibre and Fuel Security
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology or the Master of Agricultural Science
lectures, tutorials and/or workshops: 6 hours per week

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 12 points.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSAGRI4401Precision Agriculture
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: 7 days in July
S1AGRI4407Plant and Human Nutrition
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: 6 days full-time
S1AGRI4410Breeding and Biotechnology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) (HON-BOTNY) Botany or (HON-CONBI) Conservation Botany
Incompatibility:
AGRI4404 Breeding and Animal Biotechnology, GENE3303 Genetics and Animal Breeding, GENE8303 Genetics and Animal Breeding, GENE3310 Genetics and Plant Breeding, GENE8310 Genetics and Plant Breeding
lectures: 2 hours per week; practicals: 3 hours per week for 12 weeks
S1AGRI5503Animal Production Systems
Incompatibility:
ANIM3358/ANIM3359 Animal Science and Technology Part 1/Part 2, ANIM8358/ANIM8359 Animal Science and Technology Part 1/Part 2
Seminar 3 hours per week, Tutorial 2 hours per week and an over night field trip . The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S1, S2SCIE5304Science Practicum
Prerequisites:
enrollment in Master of Science Communication (51580) or the Master of Exercise Science (52510), or the Master of Environmental Science (72530), or the Master of Biological Science (72520), or the Master of Biological Arts (71530), or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510), or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) and approval of the unit coordinator
Contact hours in Practicum placement (the majority of student time in the unit) as arranged with the unit coordinator and host/supervisor. Additional, minor, contact hours for initial and post-placement discussions with coordinator, and final presentation and review.

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials and Communication and Research Skills modules

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the CARS module is not required to repeat the module.

(3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

and

(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent;

and

(c) met the prerequisite for the chosen specialisation, as set out in 4 (2) to 4 (5).

(2) For the Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness specialisation an applicant must have successfully completed prior studies at a tertiary level in either science, statistics, mathematics, or economics; or in a related cognate discipline, as recognised by UWA

(3) For the Crop and Livestock Farming Systems, Genetics and Breeding, Integrated Pest Management and Agricultural Technology and Soil Science and Plant Nutrition specilisations an applicant must have successfully completed prior studies at a tertiary level in science, as recognised by UWA

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) This course has the following exit awards:

  • 72310 Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Science (48 points)
  • 72210 Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Science (24 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Agricultural Science course before completing it, but after completing 48 points of Level 4 or Level 5 units, which includes the course core units, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Science.

(3) A student who withdraws from the Master of Agricultural Science course before completing it, but after completing 24 points excluding conversion units, with at least 12 points of core units, of which a minimum of 6 points must be degree core

, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Science.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points (maximum value) which includes conversion units to a value of 24 points, course core units and specialisation units. The course comprises the following specialisations :

  • SP- Agricultural Technology
  • SP-AGBUS Agribusiness
  • SP-AGECS Agricultural Economics
  • SP-AGSYS Crop and Livestock Farming Systems
  • SP-GENBR Genetics and Breeding
  • SP-IPMGT Integrated Pest Management
  • SP-SOILS Soil Science and Plant Nutrition

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

(3) Students who have completed tertiary units that are deemed equivalent to the conversion units for the chosen specialisation are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 24 points.

Satisfactory progress

8. A student who does not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled, or who fails the same unit twice, will not have made satisfactory progress.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module) when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. A student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty decides otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent which is calculated based on—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules
Research project

13. Students who request approval to undertake a research project must have—

(i) a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units, relevant to the master's specialisation, in their UWA undergraduate major; or

(ii) a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty. or

(iii) equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; and a supervisor, approved by the Faculty, must have confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the project,

and

(iv) must have achieved a mark of at least 70% in SCIE5549 International Agriculture: Research and Development