Master of Sustainable Agriculture

Agriculture

Master of Sustainable Agriculture

Graduate Diploma of Sustainable Agriculture
Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture

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CSU's Sustainable Agriculture program is flexible, and designed to meet the needs of agriculture by equipping students with the necessary skills to balance the natural resource, human and economic factors that affect agricultural sustainability.

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  • Why study this course?

    CSU's Master of Sustainable Agriculture brings together studies in the three key domains of sustainability: agricultural and natural systems, agribusiness, and the humanities. Through the development of creative and critical perspectives on sustainability, the course focuses on innovative ways of enhancing agriculture for the medium to long term. Graduates are equipped to provide leadership in policy, research and strategic management that is relevant to a wide range of industry contexts.

    The Master of Sustainable Agriculture designed to meet the needs of agriculture by equipping students with the necessary skills to balance the natural resource, human and economic factors that affect agricultural sustainability. Graduates are equipped to provide leadership in policy, research and strategic management that is relevant to a wide range of industry contexts. The Master of Sustainable Agriculture aims to promote advanced, critical reflection by promoting the acquisition of advanced analytical and problem solving skills and conceptual insight that will enhance the capacity of the candidate to undertake positions of significant responsibility in their chosen field; and encouraging excellence in scholarship and / or focused research within the candidate's discipline area.

    The Master of Sustainable Agriculture aims to promote advanced, critical reflection by:

    • promoting the acquisition of advanced analytical and problem-solving skills and conceptual insight that will enhance your capacity to undertake positions of significant responsibility in your chosen field
    • encouraging excellence in scholarship and/or focused research within your discipline area.

  • Career opportunities

    CSU's courses in Sustainable Agriculture are ideal for retraining professionals to redirect or enhance their existing capabilities for a career in the agricultural or agribusiness sectors.

    Graduates find careers in advisory and policy/advocacy roles, executive management, agriculture and agribusiness consultancy, the agricultural finance sector, Landcare and catchment management agency roles, natural resource management, agricultural education and training and as rural counsellors.

    Students of the Master degree who wish to progress onto a Doctorate in Sustainable Agriculture may be admitted, providing the entry requirements are met. Successful applicants will be eligible to receive credit. The Doctor of Sustainable Agriculture provides further opportunity to undertake rigorous, in-depth and ground-breaking applied research into an aspect of sustainability under the supervision of a member of academic staff. Students graduate with enhanced analytical and creative thinking skills through the application of their learning to real world issues, and become autonomous and 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

    Graduate Certificate

    Core subjects

    AGR475 Sustainable Agriculture Issues and Viewpoints
    AGR595 Managing Agro-Ecosystems

    Restricted electives

    Plus 2 electives

    Graduate Diploma

    Core subjects

    AGR475 Sustainable Agriculture Issues and Viewpoints
    AGR595 Managing Agro-Ecosystems
    AGR402 Readings in Agriculture
    AGB440 Rural Resource Economics
    AGB555 Managing Rural Change

    Restricted electives

    Plus 3 electives

    Masters

    Core subjects

    AGR475 Sustainable Agriculture Issues and Viewpoints
    AGR595 Managing Agro-Ecosystems
    AGR580 Research Methods
    AGR610 Sustainable Agriculture Dissertation (16pts)
    AGR402 Readings in Agriculture
    AGB440 Rural Resource Economics
    AGB555 Managing Rural Change

    Restricted electives

    Plus 4 electives

    Electives can be from any of the following areas.

    Agribusiness/Rural Management

    AGB410 Agribusiness Marketing
    AGB450 Agribusiness Management 2
    MGT580 Forecasting and Risk Management
    AGR501 Special Topics 1
    AGR502 Special Topics 2
    AGR503 Special Topics 3
    AGR512 Property Catchment and Management

    Irrigation and Water Resource Management

    AHT404 Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation
    IRR400 Fundamentals of Irrigation
    IRR401 Management of Irrigation Systems
    PSC420 Water Policy and Management
    AGR501 Special Topics 1
    AGR502 Special Topics 2
    AGR503 Special Topics 3

    Cropping Systems Management

    AHT404 Climate Change (Impacts and Mitigation)
    AGR583 Alternative Agriculture
    AGS402 Weed and Pesticide Sciences (PG)
    PSC690 Integrated Pest Management
    PSC415 Soil Management
    AGR501 Special Topics 1
    AGR502 Special Topics 2
    AGR503 Special Topics 3

    Extension and Capacity Building

    AHT401 Agroecosystems and Human Values
    AHT404 Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation
    AGS453 Human Ecology (PG)
    AGB462 Managing Sustainable Development (PG)
    AGR501 Special Topics 1
    AGR502 Special Topics 2
    AGR503 Special Topics 3

    Enrolment pattern

    It is recommended that elective subjects be chosen based on those attributes and skills you require to further your chosen pathway or career in sustainable agriculture.

    Other subjects within the University may be substituted with the advice an approval of the course coordinator.

    Graduate Certificate

    Session 1

    AGR475 Sustainable Agriculture Issues and Viewpoints
    Plus 1 Elective

    Session 2

    AGR595 Managing Agro-Ecosystems
    Plus 1 Elective

    Graduate Diploma

    Session 1

    AGR475 Sustainable Agriculture Issues and Viewpoints
    AGR402 Readings in Agriculture
    AGB440 Rural Resource Economics
    Plus 1 elective

    Session 2

    AGR595 Managing Agro-Ecosystems
    AGB555 Managing Rural Change
    Plus 2 electives

    Masters

    Session 1

    AGR475 Sustainable Agriculture Issues and Viewpoints
    AGR402 Readings in Agriculture
    AGR580 Research Methods
    AGB440 Rural Resource Economics

    Session 2

    AGR595 Managing Agro-Ecosystems
    AGR610 Sustainable Agriculture Dissertation
    AGB555 Managing Rural Change
    Plus 1 elective

    Session 3

    AGR610 Sustainable Agriculture Dissertation
    plus 3 electives (from the list of electives)

    Restricted electives

    Agribusiness/Rural Management

    AGB410 Agribusiness Marketing
    AGB450 Agribusiness Mana gement 2
    MGT580 Forecasting and Risk Management
    AGR501 Special Topics 1
    AGR502 Special Topics 2
    AGR503 Special Topics 3
    AGR512 Property Catchment and Management

    Irrigation and Water Resource Management

    AHT404 Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation
    IRR400 Fundamentals of Irrigation
    IRR401 Management of Irrigation Systems
    PSC420 Water Policy and Management
    AGR501 Special Topics 1
    AGR502 Special Topics 2
    AGR503 Special Topics 3

    Cropping Systems Management

    AHT404 Climate Change (Impacts and Mitigation)
    AGR583 Alternative Agriculture
    AGS402 Weed and Pesticide Sciences (PG)
    PSC690 Integrated Pest Management
    PSC415 Soil Management
    AGR501 Special Topics 1
    AGR502 Special Topics 2
    AGR503 Special Topics 3

    Extension and Capacity Building

    AHT401 Agroecosystems and Human Values
    AHT404 Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation
    AGS453 Human Ecology (PG)
    AGB462 Managing Sustainable Development (PG)
    AGB555 Managing Rural Change
    AGR501 Special Topics 1
    AGR502 Special Topics 2
    AGR503 Special Topics 3

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component for distance education students:

    AHT401 Agroecosystems & Human Values
    PSC415 Soil Management
    IRR400 Principles of Irrigation (Post Graduate)
    PSC420 Water Policy and Management
    AGS453 Human Ecology (PG)
    AGS402 Weed and Pesticide Sciences (PG)

  • Admission information

    Applicants to the Master program will have completed a bachelor degree (or equivalent) or the Graduate Diploma of Sustainable Agriculture.

    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!
    Find out more

    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

    Commonwealth supported place

    You will make a student contribution (formerly HECS) towards the cost of your tuition fees. Commonwealth supported places may be limited for this course.

    Options:

    1. Defer your payment using a HECS-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your student contribution fee up-front each session
    8792*Student contribution fee for your first year of study

    * This is an estimated fee for your first year of study based on a full-time study load (eight 8 point subjects). Should you be studying less than eight subjects in your first year, the fees would be decreased proportionally. This figure excludes the Student Services and Amenities fee. If your entire course is less than the equivalent of one year of full-time study, then the figure displayed is calculated as a percentage of a full-time study load e.g. 50%.

    More about Commonwealth supported places

    On campus (onshore) study mode
    2990*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
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    DirectOn CampusOrangeFPOSYYNITMB
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    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

    Completion of 12 subjects including 7 Core subjects (one of which is a 16 point subject) and 4 elective subjects equalling 96 points.

  • How to apply
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    CRICOS Code(s)

    065836G (Orange)

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    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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