Master of Agricultural Sciences

  • CRICOS code: 085097E

The experience


We nurture the next generation of farm and food entrepreneurs and industry leaders for a sector that is vitally important to the Australian economy and supports over 1.6 million jobs5.

Our students and staff have access to research laboratories and interdisciplinary collaboration, including at Dookie campus, our working farm and living laboratory.

Work with industry-leading mentors

It’s not just what you know that matters – it’s also who you know. You could have the chance to work with an industry-leading mentor as part of our Master of Agricultural Sciences mentoring program.

Our alumni work at all levels of industry, governance and research in the agriculture and food sector, and many have chosen to become mentors to pass on their knowledge to the next generation of leaders. You’ll connect with industry experts at events and in one-on-one meetings, gaining insights into the industry and developing your professional networks.

GraduaTE Agriculture and FoOD SOCIETY (GAFS)

GAFS is a student-led society that aims to connect agriculture students to each other, and the industry. GAFS holds student meet-ups, facilitates industry tours with agricultural producers, and hosts lectures and seminars by industry experts. For more information get in touch.

Student support

The School of Agriculture and Food strives to provide students with the support and resources they need to succeed. A range of services are available to students to facilitate professional development and mental health and wellbeing, including:

Campuses and facilities

As a Master of Agricultural Sciences student, you’ll be based at the University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus. You’ll learn in our brand new $100 million life sciences building – the most sophisticated of its kind in Australia. The building includes large practical teaching laboratories, an object-based learning facility and classrooms for small group and problem-based learning, as well as informal learning and study spaces.

Elsewhere on Parkville campus, you will have access to libraries, cafes, study spaces and gardens. The campus also hosts a range of student activities, clubs, sport and seminars.

5Australian Farm Institute, Australia’s Farm Dependent Economy: Analysis of the role of Agriculture in the Australian Economy


Yi (Elaine) Jin

Yi Jin has combined work experience at a beef cattle farm in Glenburn and as a trainee manager at a Tasmanian dairy with research into heat stress among dairy cattle at the University’s Dookie campus.

This research earned her an invitation to present at the 2019 Dairy Research Foundation Symposium Emerging Scientists Competition in Sydney.

She’s also benefitting from career advice from her mentor, University of Melbourne alumna Briannon Avery, Group Manager – Product Strategy and Communications, Ridley Corporation.

"I chose to work with Bree because I was interested in animal nutrition, and she has over ten years’ experience in this field. She’s already given me many suggestions for my career including the different kinds of roles I might be interested in, advice on the career paths I could take to prepare for them, and she has helped me to prepare my resume. It’s been a fantastic opportunity and I really look forward to our meetings.”