Master of Agriculture Specialisations
For the Master of Agriculture your choice of research project will determine which of the following 5 specialisations are appended, including;
1. Agricultural and Environmental Economics
Economists in these areas are able to identify, conceptualise and analyse key human economic behaviours that shape the interactions between human and natural and managed systems in agriculture and the wider environment. Students with this specialisation will develop the knowledge and skills required to analyse economic and scientific data, evaluate current and propose new institutions and policies for more efficient and sustainable agriculture and environmental management, conduct independent research, and report on research findings in a meaningful way.
2. Agricultural and Environmental Technologies
Scientists use the technological advances and developments in this area to improve the health, productivity and sustainability of agricultural and terrestrial managed ecosystems. Students develop their knowledge in the areas of crop breeding and genetic modification, improved grain and fibre crop physiology and agronomy, and the implementation of Precision Agriculture approaches for improved management. The qualitative and quantitative understanding of key biophysical and ecological relationships between inputs/constraints, and the productivity of managed and unmanaged terrestrial ecosystems, is also key to this specialisation.
3. Biosphere Atmosphere Interactions
Scientists in this area integrate complex ideas to evaluate and predict the exchange of energy, carbon, water and other greenhouse gases between the biosphere and atmosphere in response to environmental variability and landuse change. Students of this specialisation are able to critically evaluate and appraise the scientific literature in this field and understand the scales of integrating the mechanisms governing carbon and water exchange from the sub-cellular to global, and how they change or evolve through time
4. Forest and Tree Technologies
Professionals with this specialisation understand the role of forest management for conservation and production as influenced by environmental, social, political and economic conditions nationally and internationally. Students will gain an in-depth knowledge of the interrelatedness of landscape processes and how these influence forest health and productivity across a range of ecological communities. Skills are also developed that help graduates articulate approaches to improve forest practices and the development and communication of policy
5. Horticulture Technologies
Practitioners with this area have a developed understanding of crop physiology and the importance of pre- and post-harvest crop management for maximising yield and minimising waste as part of the supply chain. Students will know the key fruit and vegetable production and supply issues both nationally and internationally, understanding evolving production systems and supply chains, resulting in improved nutrition and promoting ethical changes. By developing skills in research and extension students will understand the latest research in sustainable horticultural practices, integrated water and nutrition management, and supply change management.