Wheat field being harvested - Kieran Shephard

Why study postgraduate agriculture at Sydney

Invest in a career with lasting environmental impact
Postgraduate studies in agriculture will prepare you to tackle the biggest global challenges: food security, climate change, water, and the environment.

Forge a career with growth potential

The Master of Agriculture and Environment is your opportunity to save the planet and feed the world at the same time.

Gaining skills and knowledge in crops, soil, environmental and climate science, and economics will enable you to understand existing natural and managed systems and provide innovative solutions.

With 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.

Develop tech solutions

Digital agriculture is the future of farming and production, with researchers at Sydney playing a leading role in the development of new technologies.

You will learn how to use field robots and sensors to measure water use, crop yield and soil properties that impact farm profits, and how to develop methods for turning data into maps that improve production efficiency while reducing environmental impact.

ACFR robots working field

Explore sustainable crops

Peer into the world of plant breeding and learn from researchers at the forefront of gene-editing. Our specialists work on a variety of disease and drought-resistant crops that can withstand difficult climate conditions.

As grains and horticultural industries search for new cultivars that maximize profitability and sustainability, you will gain the skills and experience to meet these challenges and help feed a growing global population.

Learn in modern facilities

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.

Our IA Watson International Grains Research Centre at Narrabri is the largest regional grains research centre in the country. Used for large-scale field trials, crop genetics, agronomy, digital agriculture, and soil research, you will gain experience in a variety of lab environments.

Learn how to improve animal health at Nowley and Cobbitty farms, which specialise in animal reproduction, cattle behaviour, and high-quality milk production.

Gain experience in the field

Through regularly fieldtrips to farms and agribusiness companies you will learn about the advanced and highly technical production methods associated with food safety and environmental health.

During semester break you will have the opportunity to work for companies like Fresh Produce Group and witness the real-world impact of what you learn in the classroom, as you put your knowledge and skills to practice.

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8 July 2020

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