Forest and Tree Technologies

POSTGRADUATE SPECIALISATION

Professionals with the Forest and tree Technologies specialisation understand the role of forest management for conservation and production as influenced by environmental, social, political and economic conditions nationally and internationally. Students will gain an in-depth knowledge of the interrelatedness of landscape processes and how these influence forest health and productivity across a range of ecological communities. Skills are also developed that help graduates articulate approaches to improve forest practices and the development and communication of policy.

Assumed knowledge

Relevant tertiary qualification, professional qualification, or appropriate professional experience

Study plan

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.

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

Graduates will be provided with direct links to national and international careers in forest and natural resource management sectors including industry, research, government and non-government organisations. Professional careers can also be pursued in management, conservation and accreditation of forest ecosystem services.

Location

Camperdown and/or Centre for Carbon Water and Food (CCWF) Camden

Specialisation study mode

On-campus day

Related subject areas

Biosphere-atmosphere interactions and changing climates
Eco-hydrology and environmental water management
Fire Ecology and Management (to be taken with Fire Behaviour)
Fire behaviour
Sustainable water resources

Our courses that offer this postgraduate specialisation