Master of Animal Science
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
Animal research and production is booming, and the Master of Animal Science’s advanced training will bring you to the forefront of these rapidly developing fields. With technical skills in genetics, nutrition or reproduction, biotechnology and animal production, our course will make you relevant and competitive across a variety of animal industries.
The one-and-a-half-year Master of Animal Science is designed to create professionals who can meet the modern demands in animal industries. Rapid growth across genetics, biotechnology, conservation biology, reproduction and nutrition has resulted in a need for updated skills. We provide advanced technical training in a tightly focused area of animal science – genetics, nutrition or reproduction, biotechnology and animal production – so that you stay at the cutting edge of the technological and scientific innovations that are rapidly developing across the field.
Our diverse range of subjects will give you advanced specialisation in a variety of industries including poultry, wildlife, pig, aquaculture, dairy, companion and pedigree animals, sheep and beef. And, the strong research focus of the course means that you will have excellent experience in leading a scientific study from beginning to end.
The postgraduate Animal Science program (which includes the nested degrees at Masters, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate level) opens up careers in animal science, research and a range of animal industries. Our graduates go on to work in diverse locations with production animals, companion animals and wildlife.
What is a specialisation?
This degree offers specialisations (streams) in animal genetics, nutrition or reproduction. Students will normally take two core units specific to their specialisation and two-six elective units of coursework in addition to their research project units of study. Under certain circumstances, core units can be waived with the permission of the Academic Supervisor.
Further course information
A capstone experience comprises one or more units of study designed by the faculty to provide students with an opportunity to draw together the learning that has taken place during the award, synthesise this with their prior learning and experience, and draw conclusions that will form the basis for further investigation, and intellectual and/or professional growth. For the Master of Animal Science all students complete a 12 to 24 credit point research project as a capstone experience.
Course outcomes and further study
Completing the Master of Animal Science at the University of Sydney provides an excellent path for graduates to pursue careers in animal science, research and a range of animal industries. Employment opportunities are available in diverse locations with production animals, companion animals and wildlife.
Career opportunities may include: careers in primary production and agribusiness, aquaculture, ancillary and support industries (veterinary and feed supplements), quality assurance of food and feed products, food safety, feed technology, overseas aid in food production, animal nutrition and animal health, careers in government/research: biosecurity and quarantine, animal welfare, regulatory, advisory and policymaking positions, animal health and diagnostics, consultancy, laboratory and field research in the animal sciences and tertiary education, careers in genetics/biotechnology: medical research, native animal genomics, molecular biology (animal and human), genetics and biotechnology companies and assisted reproductive technologies (artificial breeding and IVF).
Postgraduate coursework at the Faculty of Veterinary Science provides an opportunity for students wishing to progress to a higher degree by research in veterinary science. The following research degrees are offered in the Faculty of Veterinary Science:
Master of Veterinary Science, Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies, Master of Science in Veterinary Science, Doctor of Philosophy
Other study options
Coursework units of study may be taken on a non-award basis for students wishing to explore a specific area of interest or support their research.
A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Animal Science will:
(a) hold a bachelor’s degree or higher award with a minimum credit average from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification, in veterinary science, animal science or agriculture; or
(b) have completed the requirements of an embedded graduate certificate or graduate diploma in this discipline from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification.
It is assumed that applicants have statistics knowledge at an undergraduate level.
How to apply
How to apply
Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty. On-time applications for the March Semester close on 31 January. On-time applications for the July Semester close on 30 June. Late applications will be accepted, but priority is given to those who submit before the application deadline.
Students in some units of study may be required to attend field trips, residentials or intensive, off-campus sessions which will require extra costs for accommodation, transport and catering through the event or session. Please check with unit of study coordinators regarding these activities before enrolling.
How to apply
Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).
Ancillary expenses for international students
Students in some units of study may be required to attend field trips, residentials or intensive, off-campus sessions which will require extra costs for accommodation, transport and catering through that time. Please check with unit of study coordinators regarding these activities before enrolling.
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2016, 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 2015 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 2016, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2016, 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.