Master of Agricultural Sciences
- CRICOS code: 085097E
Where will this take me?
Agricultural science transcends global boundaries, with over 90 per cent of graduates finding employment after course completion3. Whether you are already working in the agricultural industry or beginning a new career, the Master of Agricultural Sciences is designed to amplify your options. On average, Australians with a graduate degree earn $22,700 more per year than those with only a bachelors degree4.
There is a wide range of fields you can pursue based on your educational and work background, and what you choose to study in the Master of Agricultural Sciences.
- Banking and rural finance: Help banks make smart lending choices and businesses make good investments using your knowledge of agricultural finance and economics.
- Consultancy and advice: Apply your knowledge of agribusiness and risk management to help clients grow resilient businesses.
Value chain management: Work with businesses to find the best market for produce and make their supply chains efficient and resilient.
AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION & INNOVATION SPECIALISATION
- Agricultural extension: Help farmers adapt to changing conditions and work with stakeholders to apply the latest science and technology.
- Project management: Guide the work of science professionals with a diverse range of skillsets, applying your skills in communication, leadership and management.
Science communication: Help non-scientists adopt the latest science and technology to grow their businesses and improve sustainability.
ANIMAL SCIENCE SPECIALISATION
- Animal nutrition: Ensure animal diets are nutritious and result in profitable and sustainable businesses as an employee or consultant.
- Animal production: Apply your knowledge of animal science to produce animal products that are safe, healthy and marketable.
Animal welfare: Ensure the health and welfare of animals in production systems are maintained to a high standard and meet legal requirements.
CROP PRODUCTION SPECIALISATION
- Agronomy: Make decisions or provide advice to help farmers grow crops, feed and produce efficiently while maintaining soil health.
- Biosecurity and crop protection: Keep crops free of pests, and the environment free of diseases and invasive species by monitoring imports or developing advice and policy.
Plant breeding: Develop crops that are more productive and disease or drought tolerant.
FOOD SUSTAINABILITY SPECIALISATION
- International aid: Apply your knowledge to help developing communities grow their economies and opportunities through agriculture.
- Public policy: Use your knowledge of agricultural science, communication and economics to help governments develop guidelines and policy to increase production and sustainability.
Sustainable agriculture: Work with organisations to develop farming methods that reuse resources and maintain environmental health.
The Master of Agricultural Sciences can also help to prepare you for a research degree so you can pursue a career in academia. Read more about agricultural sciences research degrees.
3Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching, 2020 Graduate Outcomes Survey
4Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching, 2020 Graduate Outcomes Survey
"After I graduated in Argentina, I worked in planning and finance for two agribusiness companies. I chose to do further study in Melbourne because Australia is close to the growing Asian markets, and the Master of Agricultural Sciences has a lot of subject options that have let me focus on the aspects of the business I like the most and that I believe are key for the future of agriculture such as Managing Markets, Managing Innovation and Managing Risk. These have helped me build skills to grow agribusinesses in the context of new technologies, climate change and the volatility of agricultural markets."