The challenges of food security, climate change and developments in agricultural technology mean that there is an increasing demand for highly trained agricultural scientists both within Australia and worldwide.
The Graduate Diploma in Rural Science is designed to allow students with a background in the sciences to develop expertise in agricultural science. Students study core units in agricultural science (agronomy, animal science, soil science and land management) and then select either the plant science or animal science stream.
Please Note: The Graduate Certificate in Rural Science will no longer be offered as an exit point for the Graduate Diploma in Rural Science for students admitted into the course from 2013. Students remaining under the 2012 course rules or prior, where the exit pathway is written into the rules, will still be able to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Rural Science.
There are opportunities in advisory roles in agricultural extension, property management working with State Departments of Primary Industry and private consultants providing advice on scientific, technical and economic matters.
Students are assumed to have a basic knowledge of chemistry, biology and mathematics.
The normal requirement for admission to candidature is a three year Bachelor degree, preferably with a background in the basic sciences of biology, chemistry and statistics.
Professional work experience:
Applicants who have other qualifications and relevant professional experience will also be considered.
How to Apply
This course is restricted. Students are required to apply and be approved by the University of New England before they can enrol in units through OUA.
Applications for the Graduate Diploma in Rural Science are due by Friday two weeks prior to the close of enrolment.
Please complete the application form below.
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PDF applications should be emailed to: email@example.com or faxed to: +61 3 8628 2989.
Each unit in the course has a four-day intensive residential school at the Armidale NSW campus of UNE. The intensive for GRNS300 will be at Toowoomba, Queensland.
Students enrolling in SOIL220 should note that the on-campus requirement for this unit is before the start of Session 2 .
Students should contact the course coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information about the on-campus attendance requirements.
To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Rural Science students must complete eight units including four core units. For the exit award of Graduate Certificate in Rural Science students must complete any four units.
Recognition of Prior Learning / Credit
The maximum advanced standing shall be for four units which are deemed to be equivalent to units offered by UNE and approved for the course. Credit may be given for units completed at UNE, NSW TAFE Graduate Vocational Certificate in Rural Extension and Community Development or for units completed from another institution and not counted towards an awarded qualification.
Credit may also be given for one unit on the basis of considerable professional experience.
Recommended Study Pattern
Students should complete any 4 units.
This course sits within a group of courses, giving you the flexibility to study towards different levels of qualification. The courses are listed from the highest to the lowest qualification.
To exit with the Graduate Certificate in Rural Science, students complete any 4 units.
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