Master of Philosophy

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is a higher degree by research whereby students may choose an area of specialisation on completion. This exciting new course is designed to allow students greater flexibility, cross-disciplinary study and collaboration across a broad range of topical issues in economics and science such as biotechnology, climate change, resource management, food security and applied economics. The course prepares students for a range of exciting careers including but not limited to research, the private sector, international development and policy.


The Faculty offers a selection of research opportunities allowing you to further your research training in specific areas. Our research offerings are diverse, and include some of the following:


  • carbon sequestration
  • pollution targets and control
  • the affect of climate changes 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, the Sydney University Pulsford Laboratory, the Precision Agriculture Laboratory and the Hydrology and Geo-Information Sciences Laboratory.

The faculty also enjoys relationships with CSIRO, National and State government departments. Our strong international linkages are supported by ACIAR, AusAID, GRDC and IDP with collaborations in South East Asia, India, Central and South America, China, the Asia- Pacific region, the European Union and the USA.


You will have the opportunity to utilise the wide range of learning environments the faculty has to offer. We have field stations in western and northern New South Wales and the Plant Breeding Institute is a world leader in biotechnology, genetics, specialist plant breeding and horticulture. Our post graduate students enjoy the benefits of a modern and vibrant department, including a specialist library, laboratories and an extensive computer network.


Candidates for this degree engage in research for a minimum of 2 years full-time working under the supervision of an academic staff member specialising in the science disciplines.

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.