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.

You will need to organise a research project supervisor prior to beginning the process of applying for this Master’s program. Offers to the program will only be issued after research project and supervisory arrangements have been made.

Specialisations

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.

Core specialisations

Embedded courses

Further course information

Capstone experience

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

Graduate opportunities

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).

Further study

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.

Admission

Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Animal Science will:
(a) hold an Australian Masters, Graduate Diploma or Honours Bachelor’s degree in veterinary, animal, biological or agricultural sciences or, an overseas equivalent OR;
(b) hold a Bachelor’s degree (Pass) in veterinary, animal, biological or agricultural sciences with a credit average (65%) or, an overseas equivalent OR;
(c) have completed the requirements of the University of Sydney Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate in this discipline with a WAM of at least 70 in the first 24 credit points completed. Units completed in the Graduate Diploma/Graduate Certificate will be credited to the Masters.

Assumed knowledge: Statistics at an undergraduate level

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.

How to apply

Domestic students

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.

Ancillary expenses

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.

International students

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.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students

The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will 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 costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

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.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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