Graduate Certificate in Science (Agricultural Science specialisation)

(Not available in 2021)

The fully online Graduate Certificate in Science (Agricultural Science specialisation) will provide you with knowledge and understanding of current agricultural systems and the skills required to identify problems and constraints and develop solutions.

You will be taught by leading academics in the field and will develop strong industry and professional links to increase your career opportunities upon completion.

This certificate can also be used as credit into our Master of Agricultural Science, which will provide the opportunity to further develop your skills and become a leader in the field. The master’s degree also provides an opportunity for you to undertake a research project.

To apply for the Agricultural Science specialisation, select 74260 Graduate Certificate in Science in our application portal.

Start date
24 July 2020
Study mode
$5,000 Discounted to $1,250 until 24 July

Course code


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What you'll learn

The role of research and development in increasing productivity of crop/agricultural systems in an international context.

Concepts and principles in economics and business management and the analytical tools to make strategic decisions.

Advanced communication and technical research skills.

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Why study this course?

  • Get a semester head start towards the Master of Agricultural Science.
  • Take a step towards a job in a field you’re passionate about.
  • Utilise UWA's strong links with industry and professional networks to increase your career opportunities upon completion.

What's next after this course?

Future study
This graduate certificate can serve as an entry pathway to a Master of Agricultural Science.
Career outcomes
  • Research scientist
  • Agricultural officer
  • Agricultural consultant
  • Agronomist
  • Research associate

Course Structure

Agricultural Economics Specialisation

The application of economics, risk management and marketing within Agricultural enterprises and the wider international industry and social contexts. This specialisation explores optimisation of resource management using applied economics within the physical, biological and social constraints in selected agricultural sectors. Sustainable agricultural industries must be underpinned by sound economic principles.


Crop and Livestock Farming Systems Specialisation

Sustainable and profitable agricultural production requires knowledge of how best to integrate various components using a systems approach. There is a focus on the application of science to the management of animals and plants in production systems, as well as environmental stewardship.


Genetics and Breeding Specialisation

Plant and animal genetics underpins approaches to breeding of improved crops, pastures and animals for various agricultural industries around the world. This specialisation provides a solid grounding in the disciplines of genetics and molecular genetics and how these techniques are applied to the theory and practice of modern breeding and conservation of genetic resources. The role of breeding in enhancing the supply of food and fibre, especially in this era of climate change, is emphasised.


Soil Science and Plant Nutrition Specialisation

Soil management is of great importance to agricultural production in all environments and depends on an in-depth understanding of the nature of soil and how it responds to various forms of management interventions and disturbance factors with a view to its sustainable utilisation.