Doctor of Sustainable Agriculture

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 Doctor of Sustainable Agriculture will consist of 192 credit points, of which 32 points will be coursework, 32 points will be a broad investigation of the research topic and proposal for applied investigation, and 128 points will be research thesis.

    Coursework component (32 points)
    AGR722 Readings in Agriculture (8pts)
    AGR775 Sustainable Agriculture Issues and Viewpoints (8pts)
    AGR795 Managing Agro-Ecosystems (8pts)
    AGR580 Research Methods (8pts)

    Broad investigation/proposal component (32 points)
    AGR712 Proposal for Applied Research/Investigation (32 points, 2 sessions)

    Research Component
    AGR715 Sustainable Agriculture Thesis (Full-Time) (128 points), or
    AGR716 Sustainable Agriculture Thesis (Part-Time) (128 points)

    Enrolment pattern

    Doctor of Sustainable Agriculture

    Full-time enrolment pattern

    Session 1
    AGR722 Readings in Agriculture (8pts)
    AGR580 Research Methods (8pts)
    AGR712 Proposal for Applied Research/Investigation (32 points, commenced)

    Session 2
    AGR775 Sustainable Agriculture Issues and Viewpoints (8pts)
    AGR795 Managing Agro-Ecosystems (8pts)
    AGR712 Proposal for Applied Research/Investigation (32 points, completed)

    Session 3, 4, 5, 6
    AGR715 Sustainable Agriculture Thesis (Full-Time) (128 points)

    Part-time enrolment pattern

    Session 1

    AGR580 Research Methods (8pts)
    AGR722 Readings in Agriculture (8pts)

    Session 2
    AGR775 Sustainable Agriculture Issues and Viewpoints (8pts)
    AGR795 Managing Agro-Ecosystems (8pts)

    Session 3
    AGR712 Proposal for Applied Research/Investigation (32 points, commenced)

    Session 4
    AGR712 Proposal for Applied Research/Investigation (32 points, completed)

    Session 5-12
    AGR716 Sustainable Agriculture Thesis (Part-Time) (128 points)

  • Admission information

    Basis of Approval for Admission to the Doctor of Sustainable Agriculture
    The RAC shall base its decision on admission to a proposed Doctor of Sustainable Agriculture candidature upon the following evidence, that:

    • the proposed program of study and research is at a level appropriate to the degree being sought;
    • the proposed supervisors are sufficiently expert in the field of sustainable agriculture research, and have the time and commitment to be able to provide appropriate supervision, and that adequate physical resources are available;
    • the applicant has the appropriate background and ability to undertake the proposed course (refer also to Entry Qualifications, below);
    • the applicant has given the necessary commitment to work regularly on the approved program of study and research and maintain regular contact with the supervisor(s).

    Entry Qualifications for Doctor of Sustainable Agriculture Degree
    The entry qualifications required for admission to a Doctor of Sustainable Agriculture program are:

    • qualified for the award of a Master by Research at an acceptable level; or
    • an appropriate Bachelor degree with class 1 or class 2(i) honours from an Australian university or an equivalent overseas tertiary institution, taken over a minimum of four years (full-time equivalent); or
    • qualified for the award of a coursework Master’s degree with a research project and thesis/dissertation component. It is normally expected that a grade equivalent to the appropriate class of Honours will have been obtained; or
    • some other appropriate combination of undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications (such as relevant graduate diplomas) and research experience that demonstrate  capacity   to   undertake   research   at   a Doctoral level.

    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 inquiry@csu.edu.au 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.

    Options:

    1. Defer your payment using a FEE-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your tuition fee up-front each session
    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 TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOn CampusUni WideFPOSYYYITPS
    DirectDistance EducationUni WideFPOSYYNJTOD
    DirectDistance EducationUni WideFPPGYYNOTOD
    DirectOn CampusUni WideFPPGYYNKTPS

    LEGEND
    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

    To graduate, students must have completed 64 credit points in coursework/proposal subjects, and a thesis or portfolio that complies in full with the relevant regulations (H3: Higher Degree by Research: Examinable Works and Examination Regulations), and through the formal University examination process, is deemed to have met the requirements of a doctoral level degree. To graduate students must demonstrate that they have (a) a relevant depth and breadth of knowledge in the discipline, (b) made an original and significant contribution to the discipline, (c) applied adequate research process and methodology, and (d) produced work that is worthy of formal publication.

  • How to apply
    Supplementary application forms

    Doctor of Sustainable Agriculture Higher Degrees by Research - Additional Information

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    CRICOS Code(s)

    065837F (Uni Wide)

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  • 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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