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Master of Agricultural Science

University of Tasmania
Program overview
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
36,200 AUD
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36,200 AUD
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36,200 AUD
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Program description

Master of Agricultural Science

The Master of Research qualifies individuals who apply an advanced body of knowledge in a range of contexts for research and scholarships and as a pathway for further research.

A research degree is an advanced study program that gives you an opportunity to deeply explore a topic of your choice and the expertise of their supervisors. To find an expert in your field of interest, see the Web Access Research Portal (WARP) site.

Research degree candidates are driven by naturally inquiring minds, and have a passion to solve problems and advance humanity. A research degree allows you to conduct your own, unique research, and produce new knowledge and expertise that is innovative, relevant, and enlightened.

Research degrees equip graduates with the transferable skills and attributes necessary for challenging and diverse roles in industry, government and business, as well as in research and academic organisations.

At the University of Tasmania, a research degree is a true mark of endeavour, providing you with the training and skills necessary for a career in academia and beyond.

Course Objectives

A Master of Research enables individuals to expand their breadth of knowledge and expertise in their chosen discipline.

The Degree provides candidates with advanced skills to carry out independent and sustained research. Candidates will be able to demonstrate specialist knowledge in the area of their research, present the results of their research in a publishable quality and demonstrate an understanding of, and commitment to, research ethics and codes of practice.

At the University of Tasmania candidates are encouraged to demonstrate academic leadership, increasing independence, creativity and innovation in their research and encouraged in the acquisition of a wide range of advanced and transferable skills.

Graduates will fulfil the skill requirements in the Australian Qualification Framework for this degree and the University of Tasmania expects all graduates of a Master of Research to meet its Generic Attributes

Admission requirements

Applicants should apply after finding a potential supervisor and discussing and agreeing on their proposed topic. Applicants will be considered who have:

  • An honour's degree with at least second class lower standard; or
  • A masters degree with a minimum research component (e.g., a thesis); or
  • Substantial demonstrated sector experience, previous higher education studies and professional experience and/or published research work.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Learning Outcomes


Graduates of a Masters (Research) will be able to:

  • Use specialised knowledge and skills for research, and/or professional practice and/or further learning;
  • Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of knowledge in one or more disciplines or areas of practice; and
  • Demonstrate a detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry.


Graduates of a Masters (Research) will be independent researchers able to:

  • Demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and its applications;
  • Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice;
  • Generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level;
  • Design, use and evaluate research and research methods;
  • Communicate orally and in written form to present a coherent and sustained argument and to disseminate research results to specialist and non-specialist audiences; and
  • Design, evaluate, implement, analyse, theorise and disseminate research that makes a contribution to knowledge

Application of Knowledge

Graduates of a Masters (Research) Degree will have the knowledge and skills to be able to:

  • Plan and execute a substantial piece of research using creativity, initiative, expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner or scholar.
  • Understand and apply the social and ethical implications of research and appropriate professional behaviour consistent with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research and other relevant guidelines.

Career opportunities

Master of Research degrees are internationally recognised research degrees.

The Master of Research is a demonstration of a graduate's ability to initiate a research project and to formulate viable research questions, to design, conduct and report independent and original research on a defined project and to demonstrate critical evaluation of scholarly literature.

As a result, Master of Research graduates have the opportunity to pursue diverse career paths, including professions in research and academia, as well as a broad spectrum of professions in the public and private sector, including: agriculture, life science areas, business and management.

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University of Tasmania

Tasmania is a place unlike any other.  Our island is a living laboratory where environment, industry and society are uniquely connected.  With 45% of the island being National Park or World Heritage listed it is a stunning place to get...

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