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Overview

The Master of Agriculture and Environment trains you to solve the big challenges in the world: food security, climate change, and management of carbon, water and the environment. With lots of professional experience in the lab and out in the field, you’ll be ready to contribute to a booming sector that generates over $150 billion a year in production, contributes around 16% of Australia's export earnings, and tackles the biggest global issues of our time.

The one-and-a-half-year Master of Agriculture and Environment is the perfect next step for graduates already trained by a degree in Science, Economics or related work experience (accreditation subject to approval).

Within this articulated degree you will complete a research project where you will be innovatively addressing modern-day problems, while also honing your skills in project management, communication and cross-disciplinary thinking. You can choose from a range of specialist streams depending on where your interests lie. Importantly, the course gives you lots of hands-on experience, which helps to make you highly sought-after by employers in both the public and private sectors. 

Your studies will be bolstered by state-of-the-art facilities that are among the best in Australia. These include our Centre for Carbon, Water and Food – the first of its kind in the nation – and the world-renowned Plant Breeding Institute. In 2015, our IA Watson International Grains Research Centre became the largest regional grains research centre in the country.

Commonwealth Supported Places

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for this course for eligible domestic students.  This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSP places are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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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. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year
Semester 2
- 30 June of the commencing year

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 1 (March) and 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. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year
Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

Candidates for the degree of the Master of Agriculture and Environment complete 72 credit points (cp) of study including a research project as part of a capstone experience with a value of 24cp.

Many units of study are based on compulsory fieldwork carried out prior to the commencement of semester, so all students should be available to participate in fieldwork excursions two weeks prior to the commencement of semester.

You will complete a specialisation in:

  • agricultural and environmental economics
  • agricultural and environmental technologies or
  • horticulture technologies.

The project will enable you to develop skills in cross-disciplinary thinking and project management and will comprise four units of study (24cp):

  • Research Proposal and Approach (AFNR5904)
  • Research Review (ANFR5901)
  • Research Paper (ANFR5905), and
  • Research Communication (AFNR5906).

All research projects will commence in the second semester after commencement unless exemption is approved by the dean. Students who have completed relevant prior learning at an equivalent level elsewhere may be given up to 12 cp advanced standing with the approval of the Dean.

Sample study plan:

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
Soil Processes, Assessment and Management Climate Change: Process, History, Issues
Crop and Pasture Agronomy Environmental Economics
Specialisation elective Research proposal and approach
Specialisation elective Research review
Year 2
Research Communication
Research Paper
Specialisation elective/elective
Specialisation elective/elective

Units of Study

Admission criteria

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

  • (a) bachelor’s degree with a credit average (65 percent) in agriculture, science, economics, or an equivalent qualification, or
  • (b) have completed the requirements for the award of the Graduate Certificate in Agriculture and Environment from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification.

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. A very limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) may be available to domestic applicants for this course from year to year.

Professional accreditation

Graduates of the Master of Agriculture and Environment are eligible for membership of several professional bodies in the fields of agriculture and natural resource management.

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.

Our graduates are employed in a range of industries including:

  • agribusiness
  • marketing firms
  • merchant banks
  • commodity trading companies
  • environmental consultancies
  • scientific research organisations around the world
  • government departments
  • the private sector.

Domestic students

International students

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