Biosphere and Atmosphere Interactions


Scientists in the Biosphere and Atmosphere Interactions specialisation integrate complex ideas to evaluate and predict the exchange of energy, carbon, water and other greenhouse gases between the biosphere and atmosphere in response to environmental variability and landuse change. Students of this specialisation are able to critically evaluate and appraise the scientific literature in this field and understand the scales of integrating the mechanisms governing carbon and water exchange from the sub-cellular to global, and how they change or evolve through time.

Assumed knowledge

Relevant tertiary qualification, professional qualification, or appropriate professional experience

Study plan

Master of Agriculture candidates meet the requirements of this specialisation by completing a relevant research project (comprised of four core units of study equal to 24 credit points) supervised by an academic staff member. Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate candidates complete at least two core units of study as specified for Biosphere and Atmosphere Interactions.

Capstone specialisation

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.

Graduate opportunities

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.


Camperdown and/or Centre for Carbon Water and Food, Camden

Specialisation study mode

On-campus day

Our courses that offer this postgraduate specialisation