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Master of Viticulture and Oenology

Campus Waite Campus

Degree Type Masters by Coursework

Duration 2 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 3CM180

The viticulture and wine education programs have an international reputation for excellence.  The Waite campus houses state-of-the-art facilities including its own vineyard and the Hickinbotham Roseworthy Wine Science laboratory.

This program incorporates courses in both viticulture and oenology and qualifies graduates to work as either a viticulturist, oenologist (winemaker) or in related professions (eg hospitality and tourism, and the food and beverage industry).  Viticulture is the study of grape vines and their cultivation and includes site selection, vineyard establishment, management of pests and diseases and the informed application of irrigation and fertilizer to optimise vineyard yield and grape quality.  The viticulturist typically works closely with the winemaker to achieve the desired winemaking outcome.  The winemaker utilises their training in the science of winemaking (oenology), to process grapes for the production of white, red still and sparkling and fortified wines.  The viticulturist/winemaker often contributes to in-house research, sales and promotion of the finished product.  Throughout the program, there is an emphasis on the key technical methods and sensory (wine tasting) skills required for a career in viticulture and oenology.

The Waite campus is co-located with a number of research partners, providing a stimulating and unique environment for training, exposing candidates to the latest technologies and enabling them to learn from leaders in their field.
  • Program Structure
    The master's is a 48 unit program of advanced coursework, including all core courses, a range of electives, and the option to undertake either a 12 unit research option or a 12 unit professional experience component in either a viticulture or oenology discipline. Students undertaking the graduate diploma will take the same courses as those undertaking the first year of the master's program; satisfactory completion will enable a student to apply for the master's program. Graduate diploma undertake all core courses (except Advances in Oenology).
  • Assessment
    Assessment includes assignments, practical reports and a final examination.
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  • Admission and Fee Information

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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 3CM180
    Annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $29,500
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    Deferment? Yes - contact the Admissions Office
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    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only.
    A completed Bachelor's degree in an appropriate field of study of the University of Adelaide, or a Bachelor's degree in an appropriate field of study of another institution accepted by the Faculty for the purpose as equivalent.

    Please note the program is only available for Semester 2 entry.

    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM180

    International applicants

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    IELTS Overall 6 [more info]
    Annual tuition fees International student place: $32,500
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    CRICOS 082842A
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    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only

    Relevant Bachelor degree or equivalent in a Science related field including (but not restricted to) Agriculture, Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Plant and General Science and Engineering.
    Please note the program in only available for Semester 2 entry.

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    How to Apply

    International applicants applying with Australian year 12 results

    Not an international applicant applying with Australian year 12 results?

    Annual tuition fees International student place: $32,500
    Mid-year entry? Yes
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    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only
  • Study Plans

    The study plans given are examples of pathways through this degree.

    Core Courses
    Choice of:
    • Professional Experience
    • Research Project


    Additional relevant courses selected with the approval of the Program Advisor
  • Career Opportunities
    Well paid career opportunities exist in the grape and wine industry within Australia and elsewhere. Graduates will be qualified to manage a vineyard, direct and carry out vineyard operations, direct wine-making operations and manage the winery.

    Potential careers

    Advertising / Wine Promoter, Grape Production, Grower Liaison Officer, Vineyard Management, Wine Making, Winery Engineer

  • Graduate Attributes
    Students are encouraged to take responsibility for developing the following attributes:

    • Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised.
    • The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner.
    • An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems.
    • Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication.
    • A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies.
    • A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life.
    • A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community.
    • An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities.

  • Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

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Last updated: Monday, 16 Mar 2015


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