Agriculture, Testamur Major

  • Western Sydney University Major Code: T108

Previous Code:  ST3076.1

Available to students in other Western Sydney University Programs: Yes, however the following restrictions apply. 

 Students must be enrolled in a postgraduate program. Please ensure your program structure allows space for enrolment in the subjects in this postgraduate major. Students must also meet any pre-requisite requirements. Consult your Program Advisor for further advice.

Increasing the sustainable production of food for a growing population, in an unpredictable and increasingly harsh environment, is a global priority. Agricultural systems that meet these social and environmental goals of sustainable development must be developed to ensure healthy lives. This postgraduate major is designed for science graduates interested in agricultural careers in technological innovation, research and development, agricultural policy and senior management. It is expected that upon completion of the major students will have the cognitive, technical and critical thinking skills to analyse issues and articulate appropriate solutions in the ever-evolving field of agricultural science. A capstone subject involving either a research or professional industry project will allow students to integrate their knowledge and skills developed throughout the program.

Location

Campus Mode Advice
Hawkesbury Campus Internal Dr Mark Williams

Major Structure

Qualification for the award of Master of Science (Agriculture) requires the successful completion of 160 credit points including:

  • 20 credit points of core subjects,
  • 20 credit points of research capstone subjects,
  • 40 credit points of major subjects as follows:
Subject Title Credit Points
AGRI 7001Agricultural Biosecurity10
AGRI 7002Agricultural Biotechnology10
AGRI 7003Agricultural Technologies10
AGRI 7004Livestock Production Systems10
Total Credit Points40
  • and at least 40 credit points from Alternate Pool 1 and up to 40 credit points from Alternate Pool 2.

Students should note that the subjects available in Alternate Pool 1 and Alternate Pool 2 are listed under the Structure tab of the Master of Science page.

Recommended Sequence

Master of Science full-time start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
AGRI 7001 Agricultural Biosecurity 10
AGRI 7004 Livestock Production Systems 10
Select two alternate subjects 20
 Credit Points40
Spring session
AGRI 7003 Agricultural Technologies 10
AGRI 7002 Agricultural Biotechnology 10
MATH 7016 The Nature of Data 10
Select one alternate subject 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
NATS 7055 Experiment Design and Project Management 10
Select three alternate subjects 30
 Credit Points40
Spring session
Select 20 credit points from the following subjects: 20
NATS 7033 MSc Research Project 20
HORT 7004 Industry Project 10
HORT 7005 Industry Project (Extended) 10
NATS 7054 Professional Topic 10
NATS 7057 Research Preparation in Post Graduate Studies 10
Select two alternate subjects 20
 Credit Points100
 Total Credit Points220

Master of Science full-time mid-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Spring sessionCredit Points
AGRI 7003 Agricultural Technologies 10
AGRI 7002 Agricultural Biotechnology 10
MATH 7016 The Nature of Data 10
Select one alternate subject 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
AGRI 7001 Agricultural Biosecurity 10
AGRI 7004 Livestock Production Systems 10
NATS 7055 Experiment Design and Project Management 10
Select one alternate subject 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Spring session
Select 20 credit points from the following subjects: 20
NATS 7033 MSc Research Project 20
HORT 7004 Industry Project 10
HORT 7005 Industry Project (Extended) 10
NATS 7054 Professional Topic 10
NATS 7057 Research Preparation in Post Graduate Studies 10
Select two alternate subjects 20
 Credit Points100
Autumn session
Select four alternate subjects 40
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points220

Major in other programs: full-time start-year intake

Students undertaking the major as part of a postgraduate program other than the Master of Science must complete 40 credit points of major subjects as follows.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
AGRI 7001 Agricultural Biosecurity 10
AGRI 7004 Livestock Production Systems 10
 Credit Points20
Spring session
AGRI 7003 Agricultural Technologies 10
AGRI 7002 Agricultural Biotechnology 10
 Credit Points20
 Total Credit Points40

Major in other programs: full-time mid-year intake

Students undertaking the major as part of a postgraduate program other than the Master of Science must complete 40 credit points of major subjects as follows.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Spring sessionCredit Points
AGRI 7003 Agricultural Technologies 10
AGRI 7002 Agricultural Biotechnology 10
 Credit Points20
Autumn session
AGRI 7001 Agricultural Biosecurity 10
AGRI 7004 Livestock Production Systems 10
 Credit Points20
 Total Credit Points40

Equivalent Subject

The subject listed below counts towards completion of this major for students who passed this subject in 2021 or earlier.

ENGR 7018 - Research Preparation in Post Graduate Studies, replaced by NATS 7057 Research Preparation in Post Graduate Studies

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