Doctor of Sustainable Agriculture


Doctor of Sustainable Agriculture

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This professional doctorate involves one-third coursework comprising the Master of Sustainable Agriculture and two-thirds research dissertations. Students' research will be supervised by leading researchers from the University and be applied in nature.

  • Why study this course?

    The Doctor of Sustainable Agriculture is a research degree that develops advanced inquiry skills and critical understanding in sustainable agriculture, particularly through a major piece of supervised research in an area of professional practice of the candidate's choice. It provides for the academic and professional development of applicants working in the broad area of the agriculture while allowing significant flexibility to accommodate individual student, industry and/or professional requirements. The course provides a structured learning environment enabling candidates to contribute in a significant way to the knowledge and practice in their profession. Candidates complete course-work and an applied research program that addresses an identified aspect of sustainable agriculture The Doctor of Sustainable Agriculture is assessed by a range of assignments during the coursework phase and an externally examined thesis for the research component.

    Students will learn to collaborate with others in learning, undertake cooperative project work with farmers and others in the rural sector, and integrate their studies in ecologically sustainable agricultural production systems, business management, self-management and social behaviour. Students graduate with enhanced analytical and creative thinking skills through the application of their learning to real world issues and become autonomous or self-directed learners who are competent in research areas relating to their choice of study.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The Doctorate will consist of 192 points, this being 64 points credit from the Masters in Sustainable Agriculture degree as below;

    AGR402 Readings in Agriculture (8pts)
    AGR475 Sustainable Agriculture Issues and Viewpoints (8pts)
    AGR595 Managing Agro-Ecosystems (8pts)
    AGR580 Research Methods (8pts)
    AGR610 Sustainable Agriculture Dissertation (16pts)

    and two 8 point electives


    The remaining 128 points will be AGR715 Sustainable Agriculture Thesis (Full Time) or AGR716 Sustainable Agriculture Thesis (Part Time)

    Enrolment pattern

    Doctor of Sustainable Agriculture

    Session 1

    AGR475 Sustainable Agriculture Issues and Viewpoints
    AGR402 Readings in Agriculture
    AGR580 Research Methods
    AGR610 Sustainable Agriculture Dissertation (Commenced)

    Session 2

    AGR595 Managing Agro-Ecosystems
    AGR610 Sustainable Agriculture Dissertation (Completed)
    Plus 2 electives

    Once the Masters component is completed the student will then enrol into AGR715 Sustainable Agriculture Thesis (Full Time) (128 points) or AGR716 Sustainable Agriculture (Part Time) (128 points)

  • Admission information

    Applicants wishing to enrol directly into the Doctor course will have completed an Honours degree, Class 1 or 2(1), a Master degree with Credit average, or a Master of Philosophy degree and will have at least three years relevant professional experience. Students who complete the Master of Sustainable Agriculture are eligible to apply to progress to the Doctorate.

    Intending applicants should contact the Sub-Dean, Graduate Studies to discuss the proposal before submitting the prescribed application form. In addition, applicants must complete a form describing their area of interest, which should accompany their application. Please phone info.csu on 1800 334 733 or email for the contact details of the appropriate person.

    Admission to candidature is subject to approval by the Board of Graduate Studies.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2014 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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    Tuition costs
    Fee-paying place

    As a fee paying student, the Australian Government does not contribute towards your study costs. You pay a tuition fee for each subject you undertake.

    2400*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2014.

    More information about fee-paying places

    On campus (onshore) study mode
    2600*Tuition fee per 8 point subject
    Distance education (offshore) study mode
    2600*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2014.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details
    Enrol Type Mode Campus Fee type Session1 Session2 Session3 Admission Code
    Direct On Campus Uni Wide FPOS Y Y N ITPS
    Direct Distance Education Uni Wide FPOS Y Y N JTOD
    Direct Distance Education Uni Wide FPPG Y Y N OTOD
    Direct On Campus Uni Wide FPPG Y Y N KTPS

    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FFPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    Successful completion of 192 points, including the 128 point thesis component.

  • How to apply
    Supplementary application forms

    Doctor of Sustainable Agriculture Higher Degrees by Research - Additional Information

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    Apply direct to CSU for distance education and postgraduate study.

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    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

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    CRICOS Code(s)

    065837F (Uni Wide)

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

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