Master of Agriculture and Food Sciences (Specialisation) (P7D)

Overview  2023

Entry Requirements

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Duration

Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2

Entry Requirements

See entry requirements

Duration

Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Entry requirements

Location

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2
The Master of Agriculture and Food Science (Specialisation) course aims to provide graduates with advanced contemporary knowledge in agricultural and food sciences. Students will develop a capacity for independent research and problem-solving that can lead to a higher research degree or a career in agriculture and food-related industries. They will be able to apply their skills and knowledge to address contemporary challenges and support sustainable agricultural growth and innovative food production in Tasmania.

The specialised skills and knowledge developed through this course will enable graduates to critically evaluate data and promote sustainable, ethical and safe practices in the industries they choose to work in. Graduates will have the foundation to contribute towards the University’s strategic direction of improving processes and sustainability outcomes in Tasmania’s blue and green economies.

  • 1 Address complex problems in agricultural and food systems by critically analysing recent developments in theory and practice from the core sciences, business and agriculture.
  • 2 Use scientific skills and approaches to advance disciplinary knowledge and inform decision making in agriculture and food workplace contexts.
  • 3 Facilitate adoption of innovative, sustainable and profitable practices in agriculture and food systems by evaluating and communicating relevant knowledge to diverse stakeholders.
  • 4 Design and conduct independent investigations using appropriate methodologies and processes specific to the discipline.
  • 5 Advance the adoption of ethical, responsible, respectful and safe work practices that adhere to relevant regulatory and professional frameworks.
  • This course incorporates many practical learning experiences in the laboratory, and in agricultural enterprises.

    Our strong relationships with grazing, seed growing and horticultural enterprises create the perfect field trips during your studies. You could be monitoring water use on farms, learning about irrigation systems, technology, or how to operate a dairy farm.

    Course structure

    The Master of Agriculture and Food Sciences is a two-year course which students can enter with a cognate or non-cognate degree.

    The course comprises of:

    • Four core units worth a total of 50 credit points, to be completed as part of the transition semester
    • A specialisation comprising of six units, worth 75 credit points. Students can choose one of three specialisations:
      1. Sustainable Agricultural Systems
      2. Crop Science and Plant Health
      3. Food Microbiology
    • A research pathway or professional pathway worth 75 credit points. Threshold criteria apply for entry into the research pathway.

    Food production, access, use and resilience of supply in globally diverse contexts will be discussed and investigated. Cases studies will be explored from Africa, Asia, Europe, America and Australia to illustrate the complexity and diversity in the production of and…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    This unit is currently unavailable.

    This unit equips students to undertake scientific investigations essential to agricultural and food research. The unit follows a logical progression from understanding the importance of the principles of the scientific method and crafting a well-defined research hypothesis that can be…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    HobartSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit equips students with the skills they need to conduct a detailed analysis of an industry and use this analysis to identify and communicate potential market or technical innovations with a variety of target audiences. These target audiences might…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit is an assignment-based unit in which you will explore a particular aspect of agriculture, food science or microbiology in detail through the production of a review of the scientific literature in that area. The topic is chosen through…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    HobartSemester 2
    OnlineSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This specialisation includes six units (worth 75 credit points) that are focussed on improving crop production outcomes and support decision making for plant health and biosecurity.

    Select six units from:

    The unit explores theoretical and practical technologies and innovations applicable to extensive and intensive animal and plant production systems. These technologies and innovations address current productivity and sustainability challenges and include topics such as precision farming and spray technologies, communication…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 1

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit links your knowledge in agronomy, horticulture and business to the area of agricultural land resource assessment. We will develop your understanding and land management skills via practical experiences with SE Tasmanian soil and land resources. This unit will…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 1

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    Examines the status of agronomy, including developments in breeding, physiology and management. Farming systems research is also examined through a study of topics such as seasonal forecasting and climate change, crop sequence, crop simulation modelling and precision farming. Practical work…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    In this unit we study the principles behind the management of agricultural pest insects, weeds and diseases. The unit includes modules on (1) Biosecurity, (2) Weeds (3) Pest & disease monitoring and decision making; (4) Chemicals in crop protection; (5)…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    The objective of the unit is to provide students with a detailed understanding of key physiological processes underlying horticultural crop production and pre- and post-harvest management practices that are designed to provide products desired by the market. The focus of…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    Welcome to Insect Ecology & Behaviour. This unit is research focused in its contentand assessment. We will explore three key research areas in depth: these are insect Page 6 KLA314 Insect Ecology &Behaviourmating systems, insect natural enemies and insect-plant-interactions. In…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    The focus of this unit is on advanced topics of plant disease biology and management. Concepts will be illustrated with diseases caused by viral and virus-like agents, phytopathogenic bacteria and fungi in agricultural and horticultural systems. Topics include infection biology,…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    This unit is currently unavailable.

    This course provides students with advance knowledge of mechanisms of plant function, from the molecular to the whole plant level. The broad range of fundamental processes such as photosynthesis, respiration, plant water relations, stomata physiology, mineral nutrition, plant hormone functions,…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This specialisation includes six units (worth 75 credit points) that are focussed on the use of microorganisms in food production and the control of spoilage and pathogenic microorganisms.

    Traditional approaches to food safety assurance are failing to keep up with the modern food industry. In response, and to harmonise international trade in food, food safety management is moving to a "risk-based approach that relies strongly on synthesis of…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    Maintenance of food security and public health requires vigilance in the food supply chain based on knowledge of the physiology, ecology and epidemiology of food-borne pathogens including bacteria, viruses and parasites. This unit focuses on enhancing depth of knowledge of…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 1

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    Provides Master of Applied Science students with knowledge of the role of microorganisms in the production, deterioration and safety of foods, from both ecological and physiological perspectives, including the effect of temperature, pH, water activity and other factors affecting the…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    Microorganisms, though invisibly small, collectively make up the majority of the living matter on Earth and have profound influences on many aspects of our lives. This unit will draw on contemporary, real-world examples to explore the influence and impact of…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    Tasmania has a growing reputation as a gourmet paradise, with high quality primary products and a growing fermented food and drink industry. In this unit, students will learn about the full production life cycle for fermented food and drink, from…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    Microbiology is the study of microorganisms- how they work and their role in our world. Microorganisms encompass huge diversity and include bacteria, viruses, fungi and single-celled animals and algae. Although not visible to the naked eye, microorganisms have a profound…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This specialisation includes six units (worth 75 credit points) that are focussed on sustainable practices in livestock farming and landscapes.

    Select six units from:

    The unit explores theoretical and practical technologies and innovations applicable to extensive and intensive animal and plant production systems. These technologies and innovations address current productivity and sustainability challenges and include topics such as precision farming and spray technologies, communication…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 1

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit links your knowledge in agronomy, horticulture and business to the area of agricultural land resource assessment. We will develop your understanding and land management skills via practical experiences with SE Tasmanian soil and land resources. This unit will…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 1

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    In this interdisciplinary unit, students will be introduced to systems thinking and practice in a farming context. Systems approaches will be used to explore how the broader social, cultural, political, institutional, economic and ecological factors influence how a farm operates.…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    In this unit we study the principles behind the management of agricultural pest insects, weeds and diseases. The unit includes modules on (1) Biosecurity, (2) Weeds (3) Pest & disease monitoring and decision making; (4) Chemicals in crop protection; (5)…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit aims to develop your understanding of key physical and chemical properties and processes of soils and how these attributes relate to and inform land use and management. This unit will develop your ability to critically analyse soil data…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    This unit is currently unavailable.

    This unit is only available to Master of Applied Science (Agricultural Science) students.This unit is considered an ADVANCED level unit. Your final grade in this unit is used in the calculation of performance criteria applied to the advanced component of…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    The unit introduces the science behind pasture production and management and the link between pasture or other feedstuffs on animal digestion, feed and nutrient utilisation and productive performance. In the practical classes, students are given the opportunity to perform pasture…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    Threshold entry criteria exist for the Research pathway

    This is the “Human Resources” unit of the GradDip course and covers Leadership theory and HR practice. The unit will contrast the difference between leadership and management, what is required to lead others and lead an agricultural team, team leadership…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineHalf Year Period 1
    OnlineHalf Year Period 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    In this unit you will learn about the contemporary marketing concepts, tools and strategy that are suitable for use in agribusiness, as well as the theoretical underpinning behind them. These will then be applied to your own business, and considerations…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineHalf Year Period 1
    OnlineHalf Year Period 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit is the capstone unit in the professional pathway for the MAppSci(Agricultural Science) course.This unit contains a series of case studies, selected from different areas of agriculture,for example, horticulture, animal production, post-harvest processing, vegetablecropping, dairy, water policy. Within each…

    Credit Points: 25

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    HobartSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    In this unit, Masters students will learn skills relevant to project planning and organising funding applications. Students will develop a plan for a small project, that would form the basis of a proposal to be evaluated by a funding body,…

    Credit Points: 25

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    Research Pathway

    The Master of Applied Science, Thesis (50% loading) is the final semester in the Master of Applied Science course in the following specialisations, with each specialisation requiring enrolment in two unit codes of 25% loading:SPECIALISATION UNIT CODESMicrobiologyKLA 717 (25%)KLA 718…

    Credit Points: 25

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    HobartSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    The Master of Applied Science, Thesis (50% loading) is the final semester in the Master of Applied Science course in the following specialisations, with each specialisation requiring enrolment in two unit codes of 25% loading:SPECIALISATION UNIT CODESMicrobiologyKLA 717 (25%)KLA 718…

    Credit Points: 25

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    HobartSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    In this unit students will, with assistance and supervision, develop skills associated with obtaining research funding. Students will develop a research proposal for a small project, such as would be submitted to a research agency. Skills will be developed in…

    Credit Points: 25

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    Entry requirements

    2-year MAgFoodSci:

    A Bachelor degree in a science related area, and some background (e.g. minor sequence) in sciences relevant to one of the specialisations, completed to a standard of achievement that is deemed acceptable by the College.

    1.5-year MAgFoodSci:

    A Bachelor degree in a science field with a major in Agricultural Science or Microbiology completed to a standard of achievement that is deemed acceptable by the College.

    Admission to most postgraduate coursework courses at the University of Tasmania require qualifications equivalent to an Australian bachelor degree. Applicants must achieve the required grade in their qualifying studies, meet any prerequisite subjects, and meet English language requirements to be eligible for an offer.

    English Language Requirements  

    For students who do not meet the English Language Requirement through citizenship or prior studies in English in an approved country, evidence of an approved English language test completed within the last 2 years must be provided. See the English Language Requirements page for more information.

    Course Specific Requirements

    A Bachelor degree in a science related area, and some background (e.g. minor sequence) in sciences relevant to one of the specialisations, completed to a standard of achievement that is deemed acceptable by the College.

    Students may also apply for recognition of prior learning for specific units of study based on prior learning or work experience. The College will assess all applications for a reduction in the volume of learning or recognition of prior learning in line with the requirements of the Student Participation and Attainment Ordinance.

    Articulation from: students who have completed a cognate Honours degree can be given recognition for prior learning of the entire transition study block and the research / project study block. These students only need to complete the remaining 100 credit points to be awarded the Masters. 

    Articulation to: graduates are eligible to apply for a Research Higher Degree program, including PhD.

    Fees & scholarships

    Domestic students

    Commonwealth supported places (CSP)

    Domestic undergraduate students may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place in this course. If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government, and you will only be required to pay the student contribution amount for each unit.

    You may be able to defer payment of the student contribution amount by accessing a HECS-HELP loan from the Government. This means you can pay your tuition fees later once you start earning above a specific threshold. For more information, please refer to the Study Assist website.

    The student contribution amount for each unit of study is based on its discipline area. Student contribution amounts are charged for each unit of study, this means that amounts will depend on which units you choose. Find out more about student contribution amounts.

    Detailed fee information for domestic students is available at Scholarships, fees and costs, including additional information in relation to the compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

    Domestic students enrolled in certain postgraduate coursework programs may not be eligible for student payments through Youth Allowance and Austudy. Visit the Department of Social Services website to find out more about eligibility for Centrelink support and the list of eligible courses

    International students

    2023 Total Course Fee (international students): $ 65,188 AUD *.

    Course cost based on a rate of $32,033 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

    * Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

    International students

    International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

    Scholarships

    For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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