Program Outline

The program is offered on campus at the University of Sydney. Students will work under the supervision of Faculty staff and usually work alongside postgraduate research students on established research projects. Students’ projects will be supported by coursework consisting of two core units of study in their designated speciality and elective units.

Students in the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma courses may elect to complete their degree through coursework only, without a research project.

Structure of the Program

Core Coursework  Research and Electives Total Credit Point Value 

12 credit points of Core units in selected area of specialisation (genetics, nutrition or reproduction)

+ 12 credit points of elective units, a research project or a combination of the two 

= 24 credit points Graduate Certificate

  + 24 credit points of elective units, a research project or a combination of the two 

= 36 credit points Graduate Diploma 

  + 36 credit points comprised of a 12-24 credit point research project and 12-24 credit points of elective units  = 48 credit points Masters

Length of the Program

If you enrol on a full-time basis, you will complete the requirements for the degree in a minimum of one semester (Graduate Certificate) and a maximum of four semesters (Masters), except with permission from the Dean.

If you enrol on a part-time basis, you will complete the requirements for the degree in a minimum of two semesters (Graduate Certificate) and a maximum of eight semesters (Masters), except with permission from the Dean.

Overall Student Workload

Each 6-credit point unit of study is the equivalent of approximately 150 student learning hours. You should set aside around 10-11 hours per week for each unit of study.

The research project is expected to require between 300-600 hours. You should set aside around 21-22 hours per week for your research project.

Assessment

You will complete a research project in Animal Science and this will comprise 25 to 50 per cent of the year’s work. Your result will be based upon a supervisor assessment and a dissertation, which should be between 6000 and 8000 words in length, excluding appendices, tables, figures, footnotes and bibliography.

Other forms of assessment differ for all other coursework units of study, but mostly comprise end-of-semester exams and assignments. Each 6-credit point unit of study is the equivalent of about 6000 words of assessment.

All Fail results will be double-marked.