Postgraduate coursework

Postgraduate studies are available towards a Master of Agriculture and Environment, Graduate Diploma in Agriculture and Environment and Graduate Certificate in Agriculture and Environment.

Admission to the Master of Agriculture and Environment and the Graduate Diploma in Agriculture and Environment requires a bachelor's degree in a related discipline, or an equivalent qualification, with at least a credit average for admission to the Masters degree.

Students who have completed relevant prior learning at an equivalent level may be given up to 24 credit points advanced standing.

Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Agriculture and Environment is available only through transfer from the Master of Agriculture and Environment or from the Graduate Diploma of Agriculture and Environment.

Many units are based on compulsory fieldwork carried out before the semester starts. This means that all coursework students should be available to participate in fieldwork excursions two weeks prior to the starting date of semester.

Students may transfer between courses and receive credit for any completed units, provided they have not taken out the award from which they are transferring.

The Graduate Diploma and the Master of Agriculture and Environment testamur will specify the area of specialisation:

  • Agricultural and Environmental Economics
  • Agricultural and Environmental Technologies
  • Forest and Atmosphere Interactions
  • Horticultural Technologies.
 

Graduate Certificate in Agriculture and Environment

Graduate Diploma in Agriculture and Environment

Master of Agriculture and Environment


These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2000 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended) and the Academic Board policies on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism.

Course resolutions

1 Course codes

Code

Course title

GCAGRENV-01

Graduate Certificate in Agriculture and Environment

GNAGRENV-01

Graduate Diploma in Agriculture and Environment

GCAGRENV-01

Master of Agriculture and Environment

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for these courses is full time or part time according to candidate choice.

3 Master's type

The master's degree in these resolutions is an advanced learning master's course, as defined by the Coursework Rule.

3 Embedded courses in this sequence

(1)
The embedded courses in this sequence are:
(a)
the Graduate Certificate in Agriculture and Environment
(b)
the Graduate Diploma in Agriculture and Environment
(c)
the Master of Agriculture and Environment
(2)
Providing candidates satisfy the admission requirements for each stage, a candidate may progress to the award of any of the courses in this sequence. Only the longest award completed will be conferred. Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Agriculture and Environment is available only via transfer from the Master of Agriculture and Environment or from the Graduate Diploma of Agriculture and Environment, and with the approval of the Dean.

4 Admission

(1)
Available places will be offered to qualified applicants in the order in which complete applications are received, according to the following admissions criteria. In exceptional circumstances the Dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the faculty, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.
(2)
Admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in Agriculture and Environment is available only via transfer from the Master of Agriculture and Environment and or from the Graduate Diploma of Agriculture and Environment with the approval of the Dean.
(3)
Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Agriculture and Environment requires:
(a)
a bachelor's degree in Agriculture, Science or Economics or an equivalent qualification
(4)
Admission to the Master of Agriculture and Environment requires:
(a)
a bachelor's degree with a credit average in Agriculture, Science or Economics, or an equivalent qualification; or
(b)
completion of the requirements of an embedded graduate diploma in this discipline from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification.

5 Requirements for award

(1)
The units of study that may be taken for the courses are set out in Table A.
(2)
To qualify for the award of the Graduate Certificate in Agriculture and Environment a candidate must complete 24 credit points.
(3)
To qualify for the award of the Graduate Diploma in Agriculture a candidate must complete 48 credit points, including at least 12 credit points from units of study listed in the table for the selected specialisation.
(4)
To qualify for the award of the Master of Agriculture and Environment a candidate must complete 72 credit points, including:
(a)
24 credit points of core units of study; and
(b)
24 credit points of elective units of study, including at least 12 credit points from units of study listed in the table for the selected specialisation; and
(c)
24 credit points of research capstone units of study.
(d)
With permission, up to 12 credit points of the elective requirements may be taken from other courses outside the Faculty, including foundational units of study.

6 Specialisations

(1)
Completion of a specialisation is a requirement of the Graduate Diploma of Agriculture and Environment and the Master of Agriculture and Environment, and requires the accumulation of 12 credit points chosen from units of study listed in the table for that specialisation. The specialisations available are:
(a)
Agricultural and Environmental Economics
(b)
Agricultural and Environmental Technologies
(c)
Forest and Atmosphere Interactions
(d)
Horticultural Technologies
(2)
Candidates for the Master of Agriculture and Environment will complete a research project as part of their research capstone units of study. The research area of this research project is expected to correlate to the chosen specialisation. However, the number of research projects in each specialisation varies from year to year, and may be limited.
(3)
Not every specialisation is available every year.

7 Recognition of prior learning

Candidates offered admission to the Master of Agriculture and Environment may be eligible for a reduction in the volume of learning of up to 24 credit points where the candidate has completed a qualification at level 8 of the Australian Qualifications Framework in economics, soil science, environmental science, plant science, environmental chemistry, agricultural science or agronomy.

8 Course transfer

A candidate for the master or graduate diploma may elect to discontinue study and graduate with a shorter award from this embedded sequence, with the approval of the Dean, and provided the requirements of the shorter award have been met.

9 Transitional provisions

(1)
These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2015and students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2015 who elect to proceed under these resolutions.
(2)
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2015 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that requirements are completed by 1 January, 2020. The Faculty may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.