Graduate Diploma in Rural Science 2012

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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Level of study: What does Postgraduate mean?

Postgraduate

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8 units

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  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.

  1. Read information requirements

    • 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:

      Receive a faster response by ensuring you have all the required information ready before you start. If you have a web account, sign in first to pre-fill personal details we already have for you on record.

      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 supporting documentation, according to the individual course eligibility requirements and to your personal circumstances:

      1. Certified copies of academic documentation in support of eligibility requirements, including:
        • Official academic transcripts, showing the units/subjects you have completed and their final grades, including the date the program was completed or the qualification awarded. Include all pages, ensuring page numbers are visible.
        • Academic Testamur or Certificate of Completion.

        Unofficial copies will not be accepted.

        Required for all applications based on academic experience and for all academic experience listed on the application form.

        If your previous course or units were undertaken at the same university you are now applying to, then you don't need to provide academic transcripts in the application. For studies done elsewhere, always include academic transcripts and certificates if you have undertaken studies/qualifications at institutions other than OUA. Please retain the actual certified copy in case the university requests it at a later date.

      2. Certified copies of legal documentation, including:
        • Marriage certificate.
        • Deed poll name change certificate.

        These documents are required to show your legal name or if you have changed your name.

        Please ensure your legal name is on your application form and matches all your supporting documentation.

      3. Certified copies of official translations of supporting documents not in English. Required for:
        • All academic documentation, e.g. transcripts and certificates.
        • All legal documentation, e.g, marriage, deed poll and birth certificates.

        If any academic or legal document is not in English, you must provide certified copies of the non-English documents, including certified copies of the official English translations of these documents. This is for comparison purposes.

      4. Certified copies of English language test results, e.g. IELTS or TOEFL.

        Required if your previous studies were not completed in English.

      5. Your curriculum vitae. Required for:
        • Entry into all postgraduate courses.
        • All applications based on work experience.
      6. A letter of reference or recommendation from your employer. Required for all applications based on work experience.

        This letter must be on company letterhead, documenting length of time working for that company and duties performed.

        If you are providing documentation to support work experience over a period of time and you have worked for multiple employers during that period, please provide a letter of reference for each separate employer.

      * 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.

    • Requirements of supporting documents:

      • Documents must be scanned at the original size. If the document is larger than A4 then the document should be scanned in A4 sized portions without size reduction.
      • Applicants must ensure no portion of the document is missing (look out for page numbers).
      • If the document has markings or text on both sides (e.g. a registration number) then both sides must be scanned.
      • Scanned documents must be between 125 and 150 dots per inch.
      • File size of any single document should not exceed 3MB.
      • We cannot accept a photograph of a document.

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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