Honours Program - Agricultural Science

Major/Minor/Specialisation !BH-SCI-MAJ+1019 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Year and Campus: 2015


Paul Taylor

Email: paulwjt@unimelb.edu.au


Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences

The University of Melbourne

Victoria 3010 Australia



The honours program in Agricultural Science comprises advance coursework and an individual research project to extend students’ knowledge and skills in solving research problems. After successfully completing the program, students will be prepared to either enter the workforce pursuing a career in Agriculture, or enrol for further research study through applying for a Masters or Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Admission requirements

In addition to satisfying the Bachelor of Science (Degree with Honours) entry requirements, students are required to have completed stream specific prerequisite.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who have completed the Agricultural Science Honours program should have acquired:

  • A “system-thinking” approach to agricultural production and land management, including an understanding of the structures of agriculture-related industries; the principle factors that determine their location, environmental impact, sustainability, profitability and international trade competitiveness; and the biophysical, economic and social factors that affect production systems;
  • Appropriate knowledge and the ability to critically evaluate knowledge gained from a range of scientific, economic and social sources; The ability to disseminate scientific and industry information;
  • Skills to effectively analyse, and scientifically evaluate agricultural problems and reach appropriate solutions;
  • Effective communication skills in a variety of media;
  • The capacity for initiating cooperative relationships with colleagues, employers and clients;
  • Appropriate group facilitation skills;
  • The ability to collected and interpret agricultural data for interpretation;
  • An understanding of the research methodologies necessary to design and interpret experiments;
  • A commitment to the highest standards of academic and intellectual integrity befitting their professional standing.
Structure & Available Subjects:


Students must complete 75 points of research.


Students must complete 25 points of coursework.

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Research Component

Students must complete 75 points of research:

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Coursework Component

Students must complete 25 points of coursework.

Students must complete 25 points of:

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Plus one of the following subjects (Or choose one elective from the 300/400 level subjects as sanctioned by the course coordinator.)

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Links to further information: http://fvas.unimelb.edu.au/study/courses/master-of-agricultural-sciences/overview
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Science (Degree with Honours)

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