Science & Engineering

Graduate Diploma in Rural Science

Become a part of the professional community working on solutions to the challenges of global warming. As a student of this postgraduate course in Rural Science from the University of New England your studies will focus on issues surrounding recent developments in agricultural technology, the challenges of food and crop security, property management and environmental science.

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Overview

Level of study: What does Postgraduate mean?

Postgraduate

Number of units: What are units?

8 units

How to enrol

  1. This course has restricted enrolment. You must apply and be accepted before you can enrol in units.
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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.

Career Outcomes

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.

Eligibility

Students are assumed to have a basic knowledge of chemistry, biology and mathematics.

Academic entrance:
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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    • Select to apply for one or more courses listed on the application form, taking note of the eligibility criteria for each course. If you want to apply for a (restricted) course with a different university, you'll need to submit a separate application from the relevant course page.

    • Read all parts of the application form in advance:

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      If you do not have a web account, you'll need to register one within the application form. Once you've registered an account, you'll then be signed in. From here you can choose to complete your application and submit it, or save and return to it later.

      Completing this application should take 15 to 20 minutes.

    • Need help completing your application? Contact us:

      If in doubt about any of the information required to support your application, the more information you can provide the better. If you have any academic queries including how to request credit transfer, contact University of New England directly. For all other enquiries, contact us.

    • Next steps:

      After submitting your application, you should receive a confirmation email containing a copy of your application for your records.

      Your application will be assessed within 2-4 weeks, and if further information is required, we will contact you. Once your application has been assessed, we will be in touch via email to notify you of the outcome. At the latest this will be one week after the closing date for applications.

      If, after submitting your application, you wish to change your preferences or submit an additional document, please email apply@open.edu.au. Include your full name as it appeared on the application.

  2. Prepare supporting documents

    • Check that you have all the required documents, according to individual course requirements and your personal circumstances, specifically:

      1. Your curriculum vitae - required for entry into postgraduate courses only.
      2. Certified copies of academic transcripts - required in most cases but check course eligibility rules.
      3. A letter of recommendation from your employer on company letterhead - recommended for entry using work experience.
      4. Certified legal documentation - if you have changed your name e.g. a marriage certificate, deed poll name change certificate.
      5. Certified legal documentation - if you need to correct an error in your date of birth e.g. a birth certificate.
      6. English language test results - if your courses were not predominantly in English e.g. IELTS or equivalent test results.
      7. Official translations of any documents not in English.

      A "certified" copy is a copy bearing the recognised mark of a Justice of the Peace, Commission of Oaths or declarations, Public Notary or a Solicitor.

    • Create an electronic copy of your attachments:

      For each certified document, scan and save it on your computer. Save your curriculum vitae to your computer, then get ready to upload all documents in the form.

    • Do not send original documents as they will not be returned.

Then submit your application in one of two ways:

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Alternatively, you can download, print and email/fax your application:

UNE_Postgraduate_Application_Form (PDF, 156 KB)

PDF applications should be emailed to: apply@open.edu.au or faxed to: +61 3 8628 2989.

On-campus Requirements

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 (jrobert2@une.edu.au) for further information about the on-campus attendance requirements.

Award 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 must complete four core units and four units from either the Plant Science stream or the Animal Science stream.

  • Students are recommended to start with the core units before selecting either the Plant Science or Animal Science stream
  • Full-time students starting in Session 1 should enrol in two of AGRO211, ANPR211 and RSNR403
  • Full-time students starting in Session 2 should enrol in SOIL220 and a unit from their selected Stream
  • Part-time students starting in either Session 1 or Session 2 should enrol in a core unit from the list below
  • All students are encouraged to contact the course coordinator for an enrolment plan.

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