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As Science Coursework


Agricultural Science provides the research, technology and information for the sustainable, profitable and ethical development of the agricultural industry. Studies in agriculture include soil science, genetics, plant breeding, animal breeding, cropping and pasture systems, crop production, soil-plant interactions, plant and human nutrition, integrated pest management, livestock production, animal reproduction, scientific modelling, agricultural economics and agribusiness, data management and science communication (peer-to-peer) and other topics. UWA is well equipped for teaching and research in agricultural science, with a field station at Shenton Park and the University research farm near Pingelly.

Australian agriculture is a key part of the world's food supply system. The challenges of a rapidly growing population and the limitations of land and fresh water all affect the ability of agriculture to meet the demand for food, fibre and fuel. Agricultural Economics explores optimisation of resource management using applied economics within certain constraints in selected agricultural sectors. Crop and Livestock Farming Systems explores the role of research and development in productivity increases of selected crops/agricultural systems. Genetics and Breeding covers how genetics and molecular genetics are applied to modern breeding and conservation of genetic resources. Soil Science and Plant Nutrition provides an understanding of the processes that affect soil, as well as appropriate soil management practices.

Master's  degrees (thesis and coursework)

A Masters by Thesis and Coursework is a research-intensive degree in which the research component comprises two-thirds of the degree's total requirements.

To be eligible for one of these degrees you must have already completed a Bachelor degree in an appropriate discipline with at least upper second class Honours from an approved university.

Master of Exercise Science (thesis and coursework) 

Master of Science (thesis and coursework)

In the Master of Science (thesis and coursework) you can choose to specialise in any one of the following areas:

  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Science
  • Animal Science
  • Botany
  • Climate Studies
  • Conservation Biology
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Environmental Economics
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Genetics and Breeding
  • Geography
  • Geoscience
  • Hydrogeology
  • Marine Science
  • Mineral Geoscience
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Plant Production Science
  • Soil Science and Land Rehabilitation
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Water Management and Hydrology
  • Zoology

Combined coursework and PhD

The Faculty of Science offers a selection of degrees that combine the advanced coursework component of a Master's degree with a Doctor of Philosophy or PhD. This encourages an incredibly high level of specialization within a particular field, and indeed, many of these combined degrees are designed to meet professional accreditation standards.

Higher degree by research preliminary

The Higher degree by research preliminary program is designed for students who wish to undertake a Master's by Research or PhD, but do not yet have the necessary research experience to be eligible. It is similar to an Honours year, and is intended to lead directly into further postgraduate research.

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