Agricultural and Environmental Economics
Economists in the areas of Agricultural and Environmental Economics 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.
Relevant tertiary qualification, professional qualification, or appropriate professional experience
Candidates for the degree of the Master of Agriculture complete 48 credit points (cp) of study including a research project as a capstone experience with a value of 24cp. Many units of study are based on compulsory fieldwork carried out prior to the commencement of semester, so all students should be available to participate in fieldwork excursions two weeks prior to the commencement of semester. You will complete a specialisation in agricultural and environmental economics, agricultural and environmental technologies, biosphere atmosphere interactions, forest and tree technologies, horticulture technologies and your project will define your area of specialisation in the degree. The project will enable you to develop skills in cross-disciplinary thinking and project management and will comprise four units of study (24cp) being Research Proposal and Approach (AFNR5904), Research Review (ANFR5901), Research Paper (ANFR5905), and Research Communication (AFNR5906). All research projects will commence in semester 1 unless exemption is approved by the dean. Students who have completed relevant prior learning at an equivalent level elsewhere may be given up to 12 cp advanced standing with the approval of the Dean.
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 Agriculture all candidates will undertake a research project as a capstone experience. The project enables students to develop skills in cross-disciplinary thinking and project management and comprises four units of study being Research Proposal and Approach (AFNR5904), Research Review (ANFR5901), Research Paper (ANFR5905), and Research Communication (AFNR5906). The research project defines the specialisation in the degree.
Opportunities for skilled graduates are growing in fields such as carbon and water trading, food futures, ecohydrology, and sustainability, complementing recent developments in catchment management, land rehabilitation and molecular science. Our graduates are employed in agribusiness and marketing firms, merchant banks, commodity trading companies, environmental consultancies, and scientific research organisations around the world, government departments and the private sector.
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