International Agricultural Development

Guide market-wide agricultural advance

Even with the rise of the ‘knowledge economy’, agriculture remains a driving force of human progress. More sustainable, more efficient and better-quality agricultural industry holds the promise of not only greater food security and care for our planet, but improved quality of life for countless communities around the world.

Our new Master of Science (International Agricultural Development) will prepare you to lead these advances in rural economies anywhere, through science.

What will you do?

Completed over two years full-time—at a leading Australian university ranked among the world’s top 40 for Agriculture*—this highly interdisciplinary degree explores both the agricultural and social science of agricultural development.

Delivered through an engaging, student-centred blend of face-to-face and online coursework, it will equip you with:

  • a deep understanding of the science underlying agricultural systems and the natural world
  • broad awareness of how to apply this science in the context of different cultural, social and political landscapes, with varying trade, policy and economic conditions
  • advanced capabilities working across scientific disciplines
  • high-level skills in collecting, analysing, critically evaluating and synthesising qualitative and quantitative data
  • the ability to communicate effectively in a variety of modes, to diverse audiences, for a range of purposes
  • strong research design, execution and reporting skills through a significant second-year independent research project.

You’ll also have the option of:

  • gaining valuable real-world experience through an industry internship
  • undertaking life-changing overseas study tours at esteemed international universities.

Where could it take you?

You could oversee adoption of more water-efficient cotton farming in China; mastermind a reduction in food staple spoilage in India; or guide export expansion for European energy-crop producers. If you have strong entrepreneurial instincts, you may even choose to launch your own consultancy. Or you could take your studies further still with a PhD.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2019.

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