Master of Agriculture and Environment

Candidates for the Master of Agriculture and Environment complete a total of 72 credit points from Table A, including:

  • 24 credit points of core units of study
  • 24 credit points of elective units of study, including at least 12 credit points of specialisation elective units and
  • 24 credit points of capstone units of study.

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

Unit of study Table A
Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Table A units of study

Core units
AFNR5511
Soil Processes, Assessment and Management
6      Semester 1
AGRO4003
Crop and Pasture Agronomy
6    P AGRO3004
Semester 1
AFNR5801
Climate Change: Process, History, Issues
6    A A basic understanding of climate change processes and issues.
Semester 2
ECOS3013
Environmental Economics
6    P AREC2003 or RSEC2031 or ECOS2001 or ECOS2901
Semester 2
Capstone units
AFNR5905
Research Paper
6    P AFNR5901 and AFNR5904
C AFNR5906
Semester 1
Semester 2
AFNR5906
Research Communication
6    P AFNR5901 and AFNR5904
C AFNR5905
Semester 1
Semester 2
AFNR5901
Research Review
6    C AFNR5904
N AFNR5902 or AFNR5903
Semester 1
Semester 2
AFNR5904
Research Proposal and Approach
6    C AFNR5901
Semester 1
Semester 2

Specialisation electives

Agricultural and Environmental Economics
AREC3004
Economics of Water and Bio-Resources
6    P AREC2003 or RSEC2031 or ECOS2001 or ECOS2901
Semester 2
ECOS3006
International Trade
6    P ECOS2001 or ECOS2901
Semester 1
ECOS3005
Industrial Organisation
6    P ECOS2001 or ECOS2901
N ECOS2201
Semester 1
Summer Main
AREC3001
Production Modelling and Management
6    P AREC2001 or AGEC2103 or ECOS2001 or ECOS2901
Semester 2
AREC3002
Agricultural Markets
6    P AREC2001 or AGEC2103 or ECOS2001 or ECOS2901
Semester 2
AREC3005
Agricultural Finance and Risk
6    P AREC2001 or AGEC2103 or AREC2002 or AGEC2101 or ECOS2001 or ECOS2901
Semester 1
Agricultural and Environmental Technologies
AGRO4004
Sustainable Farming Systems
6    P AGRO3004
Semester 1
ENVI5708
Introduction to Environmental Chemistry
6      Semester 1
AFNR5110
Crop Improvement
6    A Basic knowledge of plant genetics and breeding, similar to that covered by GENE4012 and GENE4013.
Semester 2
AFNR5502
Remote Sensing, GIS and Land Management
6    A ENVX3001 and SOIL3004.
Semester 2
AFNR5510
The Soil at Work
6      Semester 2
AFNR5512
Water Management and Variable Climate
6    A UG Maths or Physics or Hydrology.
Semester 2
Horticultural Technologies
AFNR5210
Sustainable Horticultural Cropping
6      Semester 1
AFNR5701
Plants and the Environment
6      Semester 1
AFNR5110
Crop Improvement
6    A Basic knowledge of plant genetics and breeding, similar to that covered by GENE4012 and GENE4013.
Semester 2
HORT4005
Research and Practice in Horticulture
6    P HORT3005
Semester 2
Forest and Atmosphere Interactions
AFNR5701
Plants and the Environment
6      Semester 1
ENSY3002
Fire in Australian Ecosystems
6    P AGEN2005 or BIOL2023 or BIOL2923
Semester 1
AFNR5705
Australian Forest Systems
6      Semester 2
ENSY3003
Forest Ecosystem Science
6    P AGEN2001 or BIOL2023 or BIOL2923 or GEOS2121


Prerequisites: Students require a basic understanding of plant biology. Understanding principles of plant taxonomy and ecology will also be an advantage.
Semester 2

Other electives

AFNR5107
Principles of Biochemical Analysis
6    N AGCH4007
Semester 1
AGEN5001
Agricultural and Environmental Extension
6      Semester 1
ECOS3002
Development Economics
6    P ECOS2001 or ECOS2901 or ECOS2002 or ECOS2902
Semester 2
ENVI5708
Introduction to Environmental Chemistry
6      Semester 1
GOVT6135
Global Environmental Politics
6      Semester 1
PHYS5031
Ecological Econ and Sustainable Analysis
6      Semester 1
PHYS5034
Life Cycle Analysis
6   

Minimum class size of 5 students.
Semester 2
AREC3003
Econ of Minerals and Energy Industries

This unit of study is not available in 2017

6    P AREC2003 or RSEC2031 or ECOS2001 or ECOS2901
Semester 2
ECOS3002
Development Economics
6    P ECOS2001 or ECOS2901 or ECOS2002 or ECOS2902
Semester 2
ECOS3005
Industrial Organisation
6    P ECOS2001 or ECOS2901
N ECOS2201
Semester 1
Summer Main
ENVI5809
Environmental Simulation Modelling
6    A This unit assumes a sound understanding of scientific principles, HSC level Mathematics and understanding of basic statistics.
Semester 2a
GEOG5004
Environmental Mapping and Monitoring
6    A This unit assumes a sound understanding of scientific principles, HSC level mathematics and understanding of basic statistics.
Semester 2
ECON5001
Microeconomic Theory
6    N ECON5040
Semester 1
Semester 2
Summer Main
PHYS5033
Environmental Footprints and IO Analysis
6   

Minimum class size of 5 students.
Semester 1
Semester 2
SUST5001
Introduction to Sustainability
6   

This unit of study involves essay-writing. Academic writing skills equivalent to HSC Advanced English or significant consultation via the Writing Hub is assumed.
Semester 1
Semester 2