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MAJOR

Dryland Agricultural Systems Major (MSc Science)

MJRP-DRAGM

TAUGHT BY: School of Molecular and Life Sciences (MLS)

DURATION

Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.

If duration is not available (N/A) the offering may be part of a larger course.

N/A

CREDIT

A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.

400

About offering

This course will provide you with the skills to pursue a career in agricultural research and development. Graduates may also find work as consultants and advisers to the livestock and cropping industries in Mediterranean environments around the world.

You will cover science and technology for crop, pasture and livestock production (including the roles of genetics and management in achieving optimum production against environmental constraints), and their integration into viable farming systems.

You will place special emphasis on emerging technologies for precise management of crops and livestock, and their role in ensuring safe, sustainable production systems. In your second year, you will undertake supervised research into a current and emerging industry problem. Intensive study periods may also be available over the summer or vacation periods.

How to apply

This major sits within the Master of Science (Science) degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Master of Science (Science). In step 3 of the application process, you will be asked to confirm the major you wish to study.

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What you'll learn

  • understand the global and cultural issues in agriculture and how these impact on the practice and management of farming systems
  • appreciate the importance of cultural and individual human rights and how these impact on the study of agriculture; embrace the diversity and opportunities presented by different cultures; value environmental, indigenous and other community perspectives
  • work both as an independent scientist and within teams, either as a professional leader or a collaborator, using effective problem solving and decision making skills in an ethical manner
  • acquire professional skills in management of soil, crop, pasture and livestock, allowing the application of this knowledge to a wide variety of rainfed farming situations
  • use logical scientific methods to analyse problems and apply this knowledge to a wide variety of rainfed farming situations especially in a Mediterranean context
  • students will be fluent in current literature, theories and practices of production technology and their integration into farming systems
  • use a broad range of communication skills appropriate to the audience
  • select and use new and established technologies appropriate to dryland farming systems
  • acquire and contribute to new agricultural and scientific knowledge and expertise relating to a broad variety of professional situations and recognise the importance of continuous training and education

Why study Dryland Agricultural Systems Major (MSc Science)

  • Curtin’s Dryland Agricultural Systems courses blend scientific training in agriculturally focused teaching units, with students undertaking an applied project of relevance to their background and the future challenges they may face. 
  • Curtin is uniquely placed to provide this training through location in a Mediterranean environment, and has a strong tradition of applied agricultural teaching in regional and metropolitan locations.

How this course will make you industry ready

The technical and scientific skills acquired through study in this course will enable you to tackle the wide range of problems facing modern agricultural industries, particularly in relation to global food security and climate change.

Career information

This qualification will provide you with the skills to pursue a career in agricultural research and development, and as consultants/advisors to the livestock and cropping industries in Mediterranean environments around the world.  Employers are likely to include Government and private research organisations, agricultural consultancy groups, and individual growers and grower groups. 

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

  • A recognised bachelor degree in science and have achieved competency in agricultural systems or a related discipline to the level of second-year tertiary study, OR
  • A recognised bachelor degree with honours in a related field or graduate diploma in a related field. Applicants via this pathway may be eligible for credit for recognised learning.

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Essential course prerequisites

You must have a bachelor degree in science and have achieved competency in agricultural systems or a related discipline to the level of second year tertiary study. Credits for recognised learning may be granted if you have successfully completed an honours or graduate diploma in this field of study.

Advanced standing / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on crl@curtin.edu.au or 1300 222 888.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please see our credit for previous study website or contact ci-enquiries@curtin.edu.au.

Fees and charges

Fee information is not available for this course at this time. Please check out our Fee Calculator for an estimation of course fees.

Next steps

This major/stream is part of a larger course. Please view the About offering tab for more information, including how to apply.

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  • Curtin course code: MJRP-DRAGM
  • This offering was last updated on: November 2, 2018