Master of Agricultural Sciences

  • CRICOS code: 085097E

Course overview

  • 2 years full time / 4 years part time
  • On Campus (Parkville)
  • Available to domestic and international students
  • Start Year Intake - February and Mid Year Intake - July


Master the science of sustainable and profitable food and fibre production at Australia’s number 2 university for agricultural science1. You’ll gain the advanced skills and knowledge needed to become a leader in Australia’s $66 billion agriculture sector2 and forge an international career.


In the Master of Agricultural Sciences, you will develop your knowledge of the fundamental and applied science of agriculture to solve critical global issues around sustainability and food supply using science, technology and business. Whether you want to work in agronomy, soil science, biotechnology, farm enterprise management, agribusiness consulting, financial services, animal nutrition, animal welfare or policy, this degree will accelerate your professional development and prepare you for a lasting and impactful career.

A Degree designed for you

Tailor your degree to your interests and career plans with five specialisations and more than 30 elective subjects to choose from.

Available specialisations are:

  • Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Extension and Innovation
  • Animal Science
  • Crop and Soil Sciences
  • Food Sustainability.
Integrated professional practice

Industry-relevant and research-led knowledge are integral to the Master of Agricultural Sciences. You will learn from the University of Melbourne’s world-renowned academic staff, as well as attending guest lectures from leaders at the top of the Australian agricultural sector.

You will complete a research project or internship as part of your degree, helping you develop the experience, knowledge and network needed to excel in the agricultural industry. The research project option also provides a pathway to PhD studies.

You could also have the chance to work with an industry-leading mentor as part of our Master of Agricultural Sciences mentoring program.

Accelerated options

If you already have industry experience or have completed relevant study, you could be eligible for recognition allowing you to complete the course in 1 to 1.5 years.

Watch Master of Agricultural Sciences alumni Victoria Green reminisce on her study experience and explain how her degree gave her the skills to support farmers in achieving economic sustainability.

1Times Higher Education Rankings by Subject 2022

2Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment, ABARES Agricultural Overview: March Quarter 2021