Master of Animal Science

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The rapid growth of technological and scientific innovation in genetics, biotechnology, conservation biology, reproduction and nutrition has resulted in a need for further training for scientists across animal industries in all areas. The Master of Animal Science offers you advanced technical training in a focused area of animal science: genetics, nutrition or reproduction, biotechnology and animal production. Undertaking electives from a range of units of study, you will be equipped with advanced skills applied in a variety of industres including poultry, wildlife, pig, aquaculture, dairy, companion and pedigree animals, sheep and beef. The course is designed to enhance your research skills in managing the planning and implementation of a successful research project and in designing, conducting and writing-up a research project.

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 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

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.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Master of Animal Science.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

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Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

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Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

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Additional incidental fees

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Potential for inaccuracy

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International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students not available for Master of Animal Science.

Annual review

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Additional incidental fees and health insurance

Additional incidental fees and health insurance not available for Master of Animal Science.

Potential for inaccuracy

Potential for inaccuracy not available for Master of Animal Science.

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