Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The growing human population, climate change, carbon trading, nutrition,human health and food security are just some of the imperatives facing modern agricultural and environmental scientists. The time is now for essential, innovative and vital research to address these challenges.


The faculty offers a diverse range of research opportunities encouraging you to further your research in a specific field. Our main research areas include, but are not limited to:


  • carbon sequestration
  • pollution targets and control
  • the affect of climate change on agriculture and natural resources
  • environmental soil ecology
  • natural resource management
  • crop water management
  • soil conservation
  • grazing productivity

Production Systems

  • crop protection
  • biological nitrogen fixation
  • post harvest biology and technology
  • plant breeding
  • plant pathology
  • limnology and water ecology
  • food chemistry and biochemistry
  • plant cryogenics


The faculty has significant involvement with the Grain Research and Development Corporation and several cooperative research centres, the Pulsford Laboratory and the Precision Agriculture Laboratory and membership in the Institute for Sustainable Solutions. Collaborative relationships are held with the CSIRO, National and State Departments.

We maintain strong international linkages supported by ACIAR, AusAID, GRDC, and IDP and associations throughout South East Asia, India, Central and South America, China, the Asia Pacific region, the European Union and the USA.


We have substantial field stations in western and northern New South Wales, the Plant Breeding Institute is a world leader in biotechnology, genetics, specialist plant breeding and horticulture. Our students enjoy the benefit of a modern and vibrant department, including a specialist library, laboratories and an extensive computer network.


Comprises supervised research training for a minimum of 3 years towards the production of a thesis. Research may be done on campus or at external locations where approved local supervision is available.

It is essential to access Research Supervisor Connect to view the type of research that the Faculty is currently engaged in and to find a supervisor in your field of interest.

For more information

Please contact the Higher Degree by Research Administration Centre.