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 / 2020
Administered by
Faculty of Science
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
Course Coordinator(s)
Professor William Erskine
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-AGECS Agricultural Economics
SP-AGSYS Crop and Livestock Farming Systems
SP-GENBR Genetics and Breeding
SP-SOILS Soil Science and Plant Nutrition

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2020;
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 2021 or 2022.

Take all units (12 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, 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.

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, S2ECON1111Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Applications (ATAR) or WACE Mathematics 2C/2D or TEE Discrete Mathematics or MATH0700 Preparatory Mathematics
Incompatibility:
Mathematics Methods (ATAR) or higher; WACE Mathematics 3A/3B or higher; TEE Applicable Mathematics; TEE Calculus; or MATH1701 Introductory Mathematics Foundations
lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S1, SSECON2233Microeconomics: Policy and Applications
Prerequisites:
ECON1101 Microeconomics: Prices and Markets
lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S1ECON3300Agricultural Economics and Marketing
Prerequisites:
completion of 48 points
lectures: 3 hours per week; tutorials: 2 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
6 days. The total workload for this unit is 150 hours.

Take all units (18 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1AGRI5545International Agriculture: Research and Development (Agricultural Economics)
lectures: 2 hours per week; workshops: 3 hours per week
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

Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2ECON5005Production Economics and Efficiency Analysis
Prerequisites:
ECON4402 Microeconomic Theory or ECON5003 Fundamental Microeconomics for Agriculture and Policy
10 half days. The total work load for the unit is 150 hours.
N/AECON5510Consumer Behaviour and Demand Analysis
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 honours in the Faculty of Science or honours in the Business School
lectures/tutorials: 3 hours per week for 10 weeks

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 36 points, of which 2 units must be at Level 5.

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

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
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)
S2ECON5003Microeconomic Theory for Agricultural and Environmental Economics
Prerequisites:
AGRI4402 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.
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, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
NSENVT5508Advanced Spatial Analytics
Co-requisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications
150
S2ENVT5511Advanced Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Management
Prerequisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications and ENVT5508 Advanced Spatial Analytics
total of 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.
S2SCIE5500Modelling Natural Systems
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Professional Engineering (62550) or Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or Master of Biological Science (72520) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Geoscience (72550), Master of Hydrogeology (72540), Master of Science (70630) or Master of Biotechnology or honours in the Faculty of Science
30 contact hours, total workload 160 hours

Students in the course by coursework and dissertation, take all units from this group (24 points).

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2AGRI5560Agricultural Economics Literature Review and Research Proposal
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricutural Science (72510) Agricultural Economics specialisation. Students who want to undertake a research project must have (a) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in a relevant undergraduate major; or (b) the equivalent of a UWA 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.
Students work under the guidance of their project supervisor to develop their research proposal and literature review and can also attend a short series of workshops and seminars.
S1, S2AGRI5561Agricultural Economics Research Project Part 1
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) Agricultural Economics specialisation; and must have (a) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in a relevant undergraduate major; or (b) the equivalent of a UWA 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
Co-requisites:
AGRI5560 Agricultural Economics Literature Review and Research Proposal
independent project work and consultation with supervisor
S1, S2AGRI5562Agricultural Economics Research Project Part 2
Co-requisites:
AGRI5561 Agricultural Economics Research Project Part 1
independent project work and consultation with supervisor
S1, S2AGRI5563Agricultural Economics Research Project Part 3
Co-requisites:
AGRI5562 Agricultural Economics Research Project Part 2
independent project work and consultation with supervisor

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
S2ANIM3306Clean, Green and Ethical Animal Production
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ANIM unit or AGRI2201 Pasture and Livestock Systems
lectures: 3 hours per week; practical class: 3 hours every 2 weeks
S1ENVT3338Land Capability Assessment
Prerequisites:
ENVT2220 The Climate System or ENVT2236 Soil Science or EART2222 Geomorphology and Soils (formerly EART2222 Earth Surface Processes and Soils) or EART2231 Earth Materials or EART2234 Earth Processes or ENVT2251 Environmental Hydrology or ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity or ENVT2250
Incompatibility:
EART3323 Land, Soil and Water Systems, EART8823 Land, Soil and Water Systems, EART3338 Land Capability Assessment
lectures: 2 hours per week; laboratory classes: 3 hours practical work per week and a compulsory field trip (1 or 2 days) involving soil mapping and sampling which takes place on the third or fourth weekend of the semester
S2SCIE3314Crops and Cropping Systems
Prerequisites:
AGRI2201 Pasture and Livestock Systems
lectures/computer labs: 4 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
6 days. 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 (12 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2AGRI5508Sustainable Grazing Systems
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
total workload: 150 hours
S1AGRI5546International Agriculture: Research and Development (Crop and Livestock Farming Systems)
lectures: 2 hours per week; workshops: 3 hours per week

Take units to the value of 6 points from this group.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2AGRI5503Animal Production Systems
Prerequisites:
AGRI4403 Animal Reproduction (formerly AGRI4403 Animal Science and Technology 1) or equivalent, or approval of unit coordinator
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.
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

Take units to the value of 6 points from this group.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSAGRI4401Advanced Crop Production Science
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 in July
NSAGRI4403Animal Reproduction
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Incompatibility:
ANIM3358/ANIM3359 Animal Science and Technology Part 1/Part 2, ANIM8358/ANIM8359 Animal Science and Technology Part 1/Part 2
3 hours per week plus self-paced study. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.

Students in the course by coursework and dissertation, take all units from this group (36 points).

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2AGRI5509Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Project Development
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science with specialistion in Crop and Livestock Farming Systems or Genetics and Breeding or Soil Science and Plant Nutrition; and (a) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in a relevant undergraduate major; or (b) the equivalent of a UWA 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
independent research and study plus regular meetings with supervisors
S1, S2AGRI5510Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Presentation
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science
Co-requisites:
AGRI5554 Agriculture Masters Research Dissertation Part 4
attend 10 one-hour seminars; attend 4 one-hour tutorials to discuss seminars with a member of academic staff; present a 15-minute seminar on the outcomes of research dissertation project
S1, S2AGRI5551Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 1
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science
Co-requisites:
AGRI5509 Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Project Development
independent research and study plus regular meetings with supervisors
S1, S2AGRI5552Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 2
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science
Co-requisites:
AGRI5551 Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 1
independent research and study plus regular meetings with supervisors
S1, S2AGRI5553Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 3
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science
Co-requisites:
AGRI5552 Agriculture Masters Research Dissertation Part 2
independent research and study plus regular meetings with supervisors
S1, S2AGRI5554Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 4
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science
Co-requisites:
AGRI5553 Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 3
independent research and study plus regular meetings with supervisors

For students in course by coursework only, take units to the value of 36 points, of which 2 units must be at Level 5.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSAGRI4403Animal Reproduction
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Incompatibility:
ANIM3358/ANIM3359 Animal Science and Technology Part 1/Part 2, ANIM8358/ANIM8359 Animal Science and Technology Part 1/Part 2
3 hours per week plus self-paced study. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S1AGRI4404Breeding and Animal Biotechnology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Incompatibility:
AGRI4405 Breeding and Plant Biotechnology, GENE3303 Genetics and Animal Breeding, GENE8303 Genetics and Animal Breeding, GENE3310 Genetics and Plant Breeding, GENE8310 Genetics and Plant Breeding
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S1AGRI4405Breeding and Plant 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
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
S2AGRI5503Animal Production Systems
Prerequisites:
AGRI4403 Animal Reproduction (formerly AGRI4403 Animal Science and Technology 1) or equivalent, or approval of unit coordinator
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.
S1AGRI5504Organic Agriculture
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Science (70630) or Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Incompatibility:
SCIE3303 Organic Agriculture and Horticulture, SCIE8303 Organic Agriculture and Horticulture
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: two x 3 hours sessions per week over 7 weeks
N/ABIOL5503Assessing fauna biodiversity in managed landscapes
One week block taught prior to self-paced field work with community groups
N/AECON5510Consumer Behaviour and Demand Analysis
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 honours in the Faculty of Science or honours in the Business School
lectures/tutorials: 3 hours per week for 10 weeks
S1, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
N/AENVT5510Soil Dynamics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Geoscience (72550) or the Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
6 full days (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.
S2SCIE5500Modelling Natural Systems
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Professional Engineering (62550) or Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or Master of Biological Science (72520) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Geoscience (72550), Master of Hydrogeology (72540), Master of Science (70630) or Master of Biotechnology or honours in the Faculty of Science
30 contact hours, total workload 160 hours

Genetics and Breeding specialisation

Students may be required to take conversion units to the value of 24 points from this group.

Note: Students ordinarily take GENE4002, SCIE4401, SCIE4481 and one of SCIE3314 or AGRI2201 or ANIM3306

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2AGRI2201Pasture and Livestock Systems
Prerequisites:
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology or BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology or SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell and (SCIE1104 Science Society and Data Analysis or STAT1400 Statistics for Science or STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics )
lectures: 2–4 hours per week for 12 weeks; laboratory sessions: 3 x 2 hours; trip to Shenton Park field station: 1 x 2 hours; 1 day trip to wheatbelt on a weekend
S2ANIM3306Clean, Green and Ethical Animal Production
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ANIM unit or AGRI2201 Pasture and Livestock Systems
lectures: 3 hours per week; practical class: 3 hours every 2 weeks
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.
S2SCIE3314Crops and Cropping Systems
Prerequisites:
AGRI2201 Pasture and Livestock Systems
lectures/computer labs: 4 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
6 days. 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 either AGRI4404 Breeding and Animal Biotechnology OR AGRI4405 Breeding and Plant Biotechnology, AND all other units in this group (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1AGRI4404Breeding and Animal Biotechnology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Incompatibility:
AGRI4405 Breeding and Plant Biotechnology, GENE3303 Genetics and Animal Breeding, GENE8303 Genetics and Animal Breeding, GENE3310 Genetics and Plant Breeding, GENE8310 Genetics and Plant Breeding
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S1AGRI4405Breeding and Plant 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
S2AGRI5502Case 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
S1AGRI5547International Agriculture: Research and Development (Genetics and Breeding)
lectures: 2 hours per week; workshops: 2 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

Students in the course by coursework and disseration take all units from this group (36 points).

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2AGRI5509Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Project Development
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science with specialistion in Crop and Livestock Farming Systems or Genetics and Breeding or Soil Science and Plant Nutrition; and (a) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in a relevant undergraduate major; or (b) the equivalent of a UWA 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
independent research and study plus regular meetings with supervisors
S1, S2AGRI5510Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Presentation
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science
Co-requisites:
AGRI5554 Agriculture Masters Research Dissertation Part 4
attend 10 one-hour seminars; attend 4 one-hour tutorials to discuss seminars with a member of academic staff; present a 15-minute seminar on the outcomes of research dissertation project
S1, S2AGRI5551Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 1
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science
Co-requisites:
AGRI5509 Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Project Development
independent research and study plus regular meetings with supervisors
S1, S2AGRI5552Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 2
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science
Co-requisites:
AGRI5551 Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 1
independent research and study plus regular meetings with supervisors
S1, S2AGRI5553Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 3
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science
Co-requisites:
AGRI5552 Agriculture Masters Research Dissertation Part 2
independent research and study plus regular meetings with supervisors
S1, S2AGRI5554Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 4
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science
Co-requisites:
AGRI5553 Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 3
independent research and study plus regular meetings with supervisors

Students in course by coursework only, take units to the value of 36 points, of which 2 units must be at Level 5.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSAGRI4401Advanced Crop Production Science
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 in July
NSAGRI4403Animal Reproduction
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Incompatibility:
ANIM3358/ANIM3359 Animal Science and Technology Part 1/Part 2, ANIM8358/ANIM8359 Animal Science and Technology Part 1/Part 2
3 hours per week plus self-paced study. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
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
S1AGRI5504Organic Agriculture
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Science (70630) or Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Incompatibility:
SCIE3303 Organic Agriculture and Horticulture, SCIE8303 Organic Agriculture and Horticulture
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: two x 3 hours sessions per week over 7 weeks
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
S2AGRI5508Sustainable Grazing Systems
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
total workload: 150 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)
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.
S2SCIE5500Modelling Natural Systems
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Professional Engineering (62550) or Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or Master of Biological Science (72520) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Geoscience (72550), Master of Hydrogeology (72540), Master of Science (70630) or Master of Biotechnology or honours in the Faculty of Science
30 contact hours, total workload 160 hours

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
S1ENVT3338Land Capability Assessment
Prerequisites:
ENVT2220 The Climate System or ENVT2236 Soil Science or EART2222 Geomorphology and Soils (formerly EART2222 Earth Surface Processes and Soils) or EART2231 Earth Materials or EART2234 Earth Processes or ENVT2251 Environmental Hydrology or ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity or ENVT2250
Incompatibility:
EART3323 Land, Soil and Water Systems, EART8823 Land, Soil and Water Systems, EART3338 Land Capability Assessment
lectures: 2 hours per week; laboratory classes: 3 hours practical work per week and a compulsory field trip (1 or 2 days) involving soil mapping and sampling which takes place on the third or fourth weekend of the semester
S2SCIE3314Crops and Cropping Systems
Prerequisites:
AGRI2201 Pasture and Livestock Systems
lectures/computer labs: 4 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
6 days. 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 (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSAGRI4401Advanced Crop Production Science
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 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
S1AGRI5548International Agriculture: Research and Development (Soil Science and Plant Nutrition)
lectures: 2 hours per week; workshops: 2 hours per week
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 the course by coursework only, take units to the value of 36 points, of which 4 units must be at Level 5.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2AGRI5502Case 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
S1AGRI5504Organic Agriculture
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Science (70630) or Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Incompatibility:
SCIE3303 Organic Agriculture and Horticulture, SCIE8303 Organic Agriculture and Horticulture
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: two x 3 hours sessions per week over 7 weeks
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
S2AGRI5508Sustainable Grazing Systems
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
total workload: 150 hours
S1, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S2ENVT5001Biotechnology in the Natural Environment
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Biotechnology (71580) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
lectures/tutorials: 2 hours per fortnight; field trips/case study work: 2 hours per fortnight
S2ENVT5002Advanced Studies in Environmental Biotechnology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Environmental Science (72530)
lectures/tutorials: 2 hours per fortnight; practical classes: 2 hours per fortnight
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.
NSENVT5508Advanced Spatial Analytics
Co-requisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications
150
N/AENVT5510Soil Dynamics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Geoscience (72550) or the Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
6 full days (the total workload for the unit is 150 hours)
S2ENVT5511Advanced Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Management
Prerequisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications and ENVT5508 Advanced Spatial Analytics
total of 150 hours
S1ENVT5512Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or Master of Environmental Science (72530)
Incompatibility:
ENVT3305 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry, ENVT8305 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
one full day per week for six consecutive weeks (the total workload for the unit is 150 hours)
S1, S2GEOS4499Water in a Changing Climate
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Geographic Information Science (71570)
1 x 4 hour workshop per week for 8 weeks
S2SCIE4481Good, Bogus and Corrupted Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in honours or postgraduate course
seminars: 3 hours per week for 12 weeks—theory is provided by the unit coordinators and guest speakers; tutorials: 2 hour per week for 12 weeks—students present cases of bogus and corrupted science in classes, discuss further the material covered in the seminars, and are asked to support their learning with examples of their choice, thus guaranteeing a multidisciplinary flavour to this unit. The advanced academic training and research experience required of the postgraduate and honours students attending this unit provide the grounds for scholarly and informed discussions during the tutorials.
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.

Students in the course by coursework and dissertation, take all units from this group (36 points).

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2AGRI5509Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Project Development
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science with specialistion in Crop and Livestock Farming Systems or Genetics and Breeding or Soil Science and Plant Nutrition; and (a) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in a relevant undergraduate major; or (b) the equivalent of a UWA 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
independent research and study plus regular meetings with supervisors
S1, S2AGRI5510Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Presentation
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science
Co-requisites:
AGRI5554 Agriculture Masters Research Dissertation Part 4
attend 10 one-hour seminars; attend 4 one-hour tutorials to discuss seminars with a member of academic staff; present a 15-minute seminar on the outcomes of research dissertation project
S1, S2AGRI5551Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 1
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science
Co-requisites:
AGRI5509 Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Project Development
independent research and study plus regular meetings with supervisors
S1, S2AGRI5552Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 2
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science
Co-requisites:
AGRI5551 Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 1
independent research and study plus regular meetings with supervisors
S1, S2AGRI5553Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 3
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science
Co-requisites:
AGRI5552 Agriculture Masters Research Dissertation Part 2
independent research and study plus regular meetings with supervisors
S1, S2AGRI5554Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 4
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science
Co-requisites:
AGRI5553 Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 3
independent research and study plus regular meetings with supervisors

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

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The http://handbooks.uwa.edu.au/postgraduate/student-procedures'>student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

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).

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

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 specialisation an applicant must have successfully completed prior studies at a tertiary level in either statistics, mathematics, or economics; or in a related cognate discipline, as recognised by UWA

(3) For the Crop and Livestock Farming Systems specialisation an applicant must have successfully completed prior studies at a tertiary level in science, as recognised by UWA

(4) For the Genetics and Breeding specialisation an applicant must have successfully completed prior studies at a tertiary level in either plant biology, animal biology, agriculture, or genetics; or in a related cognate discipline, as recognised by UWA

(5) For the Soil Science and Plant Nutrition specialisation an applicant must have successfully completed prior studies at a tertiary level in either earth science, soil science, plant biology, or agriculture; or in a related cognate discipline, 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 of Level 4 or Level 5 units, which includes the course core units, 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-AGECS Agricultural Economics
  • SP-AGSYS Crop and Livestock Farming Systems
  • SP-GENBR Genetics and Breeding
  • 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 ACE 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—

(a) 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

(b) 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.