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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.
Who can access it?
- Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
- Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
- Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study
- Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
- Money order
You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387