Doctor of Philosophy (Agriculture)
Agriculture and environmental studies
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
The Faculty of Agriculture and Environment has a long and proud history in research and development in agricultural and related sciences benefitting local and international enterprises and industries. Its research addresses and creates solutions for the most challenging current issues affecting agriculture and management of natural resources, such as food security, climate change, carbon, water and the environment.
The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) may be undertaken within one of the Faculty's Departments: Agricultural and Resource Economics; Environmental Sciences; Plant and Food Sciences. These departments are supported by the Faculty's research centres and laboratories: the Plant Breeding Institute at Cobbitty and Narrabri, the Precision Agriculture Laboratory, and the Sydney University Nitrogen Fixation Centre.
The Faculty has links with the Grains Research and Development Corporation, CSIRO, NSW Department of Industries and other important stakeholders in agriculture and strong international links with research programs in Vietnam, India, Mexico, China, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Thailand and parts of Europe and the USA. These links provide excellent and abundant opportunities for you to undertake research with leading agronomists and agricultural scientists.
Further course information and outcomes
During this three year full-time research degree you are expected to reach pre-determined milestones involving the submission of written material as well as oral presentations about your research work. Students are expected to develop the ability to independently undertake an original research project. The outcomes of that research will be presented in a thesis which is then subject to examination by recognised scholars.
Further information about research courses:
How to apply
Applicants for admission to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy should normally hold a master's degree with research or a bachelor's degree with first or upper second class honours of the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification from another university or institution. Alternatively, an applicant may be admitted having passed a qualifying examination at a standard equivalent to the bachelor?s degree with first or upper second class honours.
In addition to these academic requirements the head of department must certify to the faculty that your proposed course of advanced study and research is appropriate and acceptable; that you have in addition to the academic qualifications the necessary training and ability to pursue the proposed course of study and research; and that there are sufficient supervisory and other resources and facilities available to enable your candidature to be completed successfully.
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Doctor of Philosophy (Agriculture).
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Doctor of Philosophy (Agriculture).
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.
The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents
Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.
International tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees and health insurance
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.
In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.