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Overview

The number of discounted places being offered in response to the COVID-19 Higher Education Relief package for the  Graduate Certificate in Agriculture and Environment has been reached and applications for discounted and full fee places have closed for Semester 2 2020.

The Graduate Certificate in Agriculture and Environment will set you on a path to solve the big challenges in the world: food security, climate change, and management of carbon, water and the environment.

Get upskilled and contribute to a booming sector that generates over $150 billion a year in production, contributes to 16% of Australia's export earnings, and tackles the biggest global issues of our time.

This half-year course is the perfect next step for graduates already trained by a degree in science, economics or related work experience (subject to approval).

You can choose from a range of specialist subjects which will help make you highly sought-after by employers in both the public and private sectors. 

Subject areas
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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

NOTE: Important Semester 2, 2020 changes:

The number of discounted places being offered in response to the COVID-19 Higher Education Relief package for the Graduate Certificate in Agriculture and Environment has been reached and applications for discounted and full fee places have closed for Semester 2 2020.

Standard closing dates: 

Semester 1 - TBA
Semester 2 - TBA

Late applications may be considered subject to availability of places. We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Not available to international students.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

Candidates for the Graduate Certificate of Agriculture and Environment complete 24 credit points (cp) of study including 12cp of Agricultural and Environmental Technologies specialisation units and 12cp of eligible elective units of study.

Sample study plan:

Year 

 Sem 

Unit of study 

Unit of study

Unit of study

Unit of study

 1

 2

AFNR5110
Crop Improvement
GEOG5004
Environmental Mapping and Monitoring

Elective 

Elective

 

Units of Study

Admission requirement

A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Certificate of Agriculture and Environment will:

  • (a) hold a relevant bachelor’s degree in agriculture, science, economics, or an equivalent qualification, or

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.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

Career pathways & prospects

Career pathways

Opportunities for skilled graduates are in growing fields such as:

  • carbon
  • water and energy trading
  • food security
  • food futures
  • ecohydrology
  • sustainability
  • catchment management
  • land rehabilitation
  • molecular science.

Domestic students

International students

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