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University of Melbourne

  • 37% international / 63% domestic

Master of Agricultural Sciences

  • Masters (Coursework)

Gain an advanced understanding of the science of sustainable and profitable food and fibre production, in Australia's $66 billion agricultural sector and around the world.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
Course Code
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months
Mar, Aug
Domestic Fees
$58,909 total

About this course

Gain an advanced understanding of the science of sustainable and profitable food and fibre production, in Australia's $66 billion agricultural sector and around the world.

Study locations


What you will learn


Choose from one of five exciting areas of agricultural science to specialise in:

  • Agribusiness: The Agribusiness specialisation will provide you with knowledge of the trends and underlying influences impacting the agribusiness value chain and the global environment. It focuses on the methods and tools relevant to business decision-making in the presence of risk and uncertainty across economics, finance and management.
  • Agricultural Extension and Innovation: The new Agricultural Extension and Innovation specialisation will give you the knowledge to support change and innovation in farming communities, agricultural sectors and value chains, helping these groups adopt the latest science and technology and adapt to a changing environment.
  • Animal Science: The Animal Science specialisation is multi-disciplinary and research-oriented. You will be able to develop an understanding of the biological and social aspects of our relationship with animals, and of the impact animals have on the world. This includes animals outside the agricultural industries, such as those in zoos or sports.
  • Crop Production: Crop production, crop protection, soil science and land management are the basis of all agricultural production. If you wish to help to find solutions to issues in these areas, the Crop Production specialisation will help you to develop advanced knowledge in applied crop science and skills in integrating crop system concepts across multiple disciplines.
  • Food Sustainability: The Food Sustainability aims to develop graduates who are ready to address the challenges of creating more sustainable food systems. In this specialisation you will gain advanced knowledge of the agro-ecological and social complexity of producing and providing access to sufficient and healthy food including environmental and population demands, and the policy, economic, political and nutritional dynamics of food production, distribution and consumption.

Choose from the 200 point (2 year), 150 point (1.5 year) or 100 point (1 year) versions of the Master of Agricultural Sciences, depending upon your level of previous study in agriculture, or related disciplines. You can see the course structure and full range of subjects available in each version of the course here.

Learn from A diverse range of electives

Elective subjects will allow you to explore broader issues in agricultural science: animal breeding, welfare and production, agribusiness and economics, crop production, management of diseases and pests, agricultural land and water management, conservation and business management.

This means you can specialise in Agribusiness but develop advanced knowledge of dairy production through electives, for example, or prepare for a career in agronomy by specialising in Crop Production but also ready yourself to manage a team or business.

gain scientific and analytical skills

Develop the skills and knowledge to address the environmental, political and scientific challenges of international food security. And gain a sound foundation in scientific principles and analytical skills vital for plant and animal-derived food and fibre production in Australia and globally.

take on a Research project OR INTERNSHIP

All students complete a 25 or 50-point research project or an internship. In your research project you can work with a supervisor to develop your agricultural interests or contribute to an existing area of strength at Australia's number 1 university for research.

How to apply

  • Semester 1 (February) entry: 30 November
  • Semester 2 (July) entry: 12 June

Late applications may be accepted if places are still available. Students are advised to apply as early as possible to ensure timely course enrolment.