Agricultural sciences

Why research Agricultural sciences?

Our research groups include animal nutrition, microbiology, parasitology, pasture nutrition, obesity, technology transfer, viticultural science and soil science.

We have laboratory facilities for biological, chemical and physical analyses, and specialised equipment including an atomic absorption spectrophotometer, flow injection analyser, blood gas analysers, ICP analyser, carbon-nitrogen-sulphur auto-analyser, ultracentrifuge and FPLC equipment.

There are on-site facilities for investigations of soil, plants and animals, including animal houses, outdoor animal facilities, glasshouses, controlled environment cabinets and a field research station with an orchard, vineyard, cropping and pasture trials. AgriBio, the Centre of AgriBioscience is one of Australia’s premier research facilities supporting the agricultural sector through improved productivity, better disease protection and reduced environmental impact.

Research specialisations

For more information on research in the Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering please visit the websites of our schools and departments.

Career opportunities

Graduates are prepared for work in government, business, academia and research organisations locally and abroad.

Courses

Local students

2014 - apply now

Doctor of Philosophy

Duration :
4 years full-time or up to 10 years part-time
Semester starts :
Anytime
Campus:
Albury-Wodonga
Bendigo
Melbourne
Year
2014
Course description
Areas of study available include: agricultural sciences, behavioural science and psychology, biochemistry, botany, chemistry, civil engineering, computer science and computer engineering, electronic engineering, environmental management and ecology, genetics, information, mathematics, microbiology, pharmacy, physics, psychology, statistical science and zoology.
Professional recognition
Depending on the specific studies chosen, accreditation with a relevant science professional association is possible.
Prerequisite
Completed Master's degree by research or, in some instances, a Master's degree including a shorter minor thesis. Applicants with a high Honours degree are eligible to apply. In addition, applicants must demonstrate by their academic achievements and references,
their ability to undertake work at doctoral level.
How to apply
Please see candidature and scholarship forms at: www.latrobe.edu.au/research/future/scholarships or download, complete and submit a Doctoral form (PDF 1.4MB)
See Student Handbook for more details
Science, Technology and Engineering (Doctor of Philosophy)Melbourne
Science, Technology and Engineering (Doctor of Philosophy)Bendigo
Science, Technology and Engineering (Doctor of Philosophy)Albury-Wodonga

Master of Agricultural Science

Duration :
2 years full-time, or up to 4 years part-time
Semester starts :
Anytime
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2014
Course description
This program enables you to conduct research in a wide range of areas including but not restricted to: animal nutrition, animal health, parasitology, endocrinology crop and pasture nutrition, soil science and domestic
animal endocrinology, developmental biology and neurobiology.

Professional recognition
This qualification is recognised by the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology.
Prerequisite
An Australian Honours degree in Science, or its equivalent, with a specialisation in an agricultural or biological discipline. Applicants with Honours at H2B level or equivalent may be considered in some instances.
How to apply
Apply now. You can also ask us a question or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
Agricultural Science (Master)Melbourne

Master of Science

Duration :
1-2 years full-time or 2-4 years part-time
Semester starts :
Anytime
Campus:
Albury-Wodonga
Bendigo
Melbourne
Year
2014
Course description
Areas of study include: biochemistry, botany, chemistry, computer science and computer engineering, electronics, environmental management and ecology (Albury-Wodonga only), environmental science, genetics, mathematics, microbiology, physics, psychology, statistical science and zoology.
Professional recognition
Depending on the specific studies chosen, accreditation with a relevant professional association is possible.
Prerequisite
Honours degree in a relevant discipline with a H2A result, or equivalent. Applicants with H2B results or equivalent may be considered in some instances.
Additional information
Environmental Management and Ecology is offered at the Albury-Wodonga Campus.
Pharmacy is offered at the Bendigo Campus.
All other major areas of study are offered at the Bundoora Campus.
How to apply
Apply now. You can also ask us a question or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
Science (Master)Melbourne
Science (Master)Bendigo
Science (Master)Albury-Wodonga

2015

Doctor of Philosophy

Duration :
4 years full-time or up to 10 years part-time
Semester starts :
Anytime
Campus:
Albury-Wodonga
Bendigo
Melbourne
Year
2015
Course description
Areas of study available include: agricultural sciences, behavioural science and psychology, biochemistry, botany, chemistry, civil engineering, computer science and computer engineering, electronic engineering, environmental management and ecology, genetics, information, mathematics, microbiology, pharmacy, physics, psychology, statistical science and zoology.
Professional recognition
Depending on the specific studies chosen, accreditation with a relevant science professional association is possible.
Prerequisite
Completed Master's degree by research or, in some instances, a Master's degree including a shorter minor thesis. Applicants with a high Honours degree are eligible to apply. In addition, applicants must demonstrate by their academic achievements and references,
their ability to undertake work at doctoral level.
How to apply
Apply now. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
0Melbourne
0Bendigo
0Albury-Wodonga

Master of Agricultural Science

Duration :
2 years full-time, or up to 4 years part-time
Semester starts :
Anytime
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2015
Course description
This program enables you to conduct research in a wide range of areas including but not restricted to: animal nutrition, animal health, parasitology, endocrinology crop and pasture nutrition, soil science and domestic
animal endocrinology, developmental biology and neurobiology.

Professional recognition
This qualification is recognised by the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology.
Prerequisite
An Australian Honours degree in Science, or its equivalent, with a specialisation in an agricultural or biological discipline. Applicants with Honours at H2B level or equivalent may be considered in some instances.
How to apply
Apply now. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
1Melbourne

Master of Science

Duration :
1-2 years full-time or 2-4 years part-time
Semester starts :
Anytime
Campus:
Albury-Wodonga
Bendigo
Melbourne
Year
2015
Course description
Areas of study include: biochemistry, botany, chemistry, computer science and computer engineering, electronics, environmental management and ecology (Albury-Wodonga only), environmental science, genetics, mathematics, microbiology, physics, psychology, statistical science and zoology.
Professional recognition
Depending on the specific studies chosen, accreditation with a relevant professional association is possible.
Prerequisite
Honours degree in a relevant discipline with a H2A result, or equivalent. Applicants with H2B results or equivalent may be considered in some instances.
Additional information
Environmental Management and Ecology is offered at the Albury-Wodonga Campus.
Pharmacy is offered at the Bendigo Campus.
All other major areas of study are offered at the Bundoora Campus.
How to apply
Apply now. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
2Melbourne
2Bendigo
2Albury-Wodonga

How to apply

You can apply for research candidature at any time. However, applications for research scholarships close on 31 October. In addition, a limited number of Bridging Scholarships are available for applicants at other times of the year. Please make enquiries with your prospective supervisor.

To apply for Masters candidature, you need an Honours degree or equivalent with at least upper H2A. For PhD candidature, you need a masters degree (including thesis component) or a Bachelor's degree with at least first class Honours in psychology or related discipline.

Before applying, it's best to contact a potential academic supervisor and receive in-principle approval for your topic.

Once you've done this, you can download an application form [PDF 1.02Mb] and submit it to La Trobe's Research Services office. If you require this PDF in an alternative format, please contact rgs@latrobe.edu.au.

Fees and scholarships

Research degrees are funded by the Commonwealth Government via the Research Training Scheme (RTS) (fees may apply to some components of some Professional Doctorates).

There are a range of scholarships available for local students.

International students

2014 - apply now

Doctor of Philosophy (006294K, 008712C, 014579G, 072940D, 008710E, 001724M)

Duration :
4 years
Semester starts :
Anytime
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
26 750
Campus
Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Melbourne
Year
2014
Course description
Areas of study available include: agricultural sciences, behavioural science and psychology, biochemistry, botany, chemistry, civil engineering, computer science and computer engineering, electronic engineering, environmental management and ecology, genetics, information, mathematics, microbiology, pharmacy, physics, psychology, statistical science and zoology.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B Certificate at postgraduate (EFS5 (70 per cent) PG1) level. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
Australian Master's degree or Bachelor's degree with Honours at H1 or H2A level, or approved international equivalent. You must also provide evidence of substantial private research expertise.
Additional information
Botany, computer science and statistical science are offered at the Melbourne Campus.

Pharmacy is offered at the Bendigo Campus.
Professional recognition
Depending on the specific studies you chose, accreditation with a relevant science professional association is possible.
See Student Handbook for more details
Science, Technology and Engineering (Doctor of Philosophy)Melbourne
Science, Technology and Engineering (Doctor of Philosophy)Bendigo
Science, Technology and Engineering (Doctor of Philosophy)Albury-Wodonga

Master of Agricultural Science (055077B)

Duration :
2 years
Semester starts :
Anytime
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
26 750
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2014
Course description
This program enables you to conduct research in a wide range of areas including but not restricted to: animal nutrition, animal health, parasitology, endocrinology crop and pasture nutrition, soil science and domestic
animal endocrinology, developmental biology and neurobiology.

English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B Certificate at postgraduate (EFS5 (70 per cent) PG1) level. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
An Australian degree with Honours in science, or its equivalent, with a specialisation in an agricultural or biological discipline. If you have Honours at H2B level or equivalent, you may still be considered in some instances.
Professional recognition
The program is recognised by the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
Agricultural Science (Master)Melbourne

Master of Science (071897K)

Duration :
2 years
Semester starts :
Anytime
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
26 750
Campus
Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Melbourne
Year
2014
Course description
Areas of study include: biochemistry, botany, chemistry, computer science and computer engineering, electronics, environmental management and ecology (Albury-Wodonga only), environmental science, genetics, mathematics, microbiology, physics, psychology, statistical science and zoology.
English Language Requirements

IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B Certificate at postgraduate (EFS5 (70 per cent) PG1) level. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
You must have an Australian Bachelors degree with Honours at H1 or H2A level, or an approved equivalent. If you have Honours at H2B level, or equivalent, you may still be considered in some instances.
Additional information
Environmental management and ecology is offered at the Albury-Wodonga Campus, pharmacy is offered at the Bendigo Campus.
All other major areas of study are offered at the Melbourne Campus.
Professional recognition
Depending on the specific studies you chose, accreditation with a relevant professional association is possible.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
Science (Master)Melbourne
Science (Master)Bendigo
Science (Master)Albury-Wodonga

2015

Doctor of Philosophy (006294K, 008712C, 014579G, 072940D, 008710E, 001724M)

Duration :
4 years
Semester starts :
Anytime
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
28 350
Campus
Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Melbourne
Year
2015
Course description
Areas of study available include: agricultural sciences, behavioural science and psychology, biochemistry, botany, chemistry, civil engineering, computer science and computer engineering, electronic engineering, environmental management and ecology, genetics, information, mathematics, microbiology, pharmacy, physics, psychology, statistical science and zoology.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B Certificate at postgraduate (EFS5 (70 per cent) PG1) level. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
Australian Master's degree or Bachelor's degree with Honours at H1 or H2A level, or approved international equivalent. You must also provide evidence of substantial private research expertise.
Additional information
Botany, computer science and statistical science are offered at the Melbourne Campus.

Pharmacy is offered at the Bendigo Campus.
Professional recognition
Depending on the specific studies you chose, accreditation with a relevant science professional association is possible.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
Science, Technology and Engineering (Doctor of Philosophy)Melbourne
Science, Technology and Engineering (Doctor of Philosophy)Bendigo
Science, Technology and Engineering (Doctor of Philosophy)Albury-Wodonga

Master of Agricultural Science (055077B)

Duration :
2 years
Semester starts :
Anytime
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
28 350
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2015
Course description
This program enables you to conduct research in a wide range of areas including but not restricted to: animal nutrition, animal health, parasitology, endocrinology crop and pasture nutrition, soil science and domestic
animal endocrinology, developmental biology and neurobiology.

English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B Certificate at postgraduate (EFS5 (70 per cent) PG1) level. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
An Australian degree with Honours in science, or its equivalent, with a specialisation in an agricultural or biological discipline. If you have Honours at H2B level or equivalent, you may still be considered in some instances.
Professional recognition
The program is recognised by the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
Agricultural Science (Master)Melbourne

Master of Science (071897K)

Duration :
2 years
Semester starts :
Anytime
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
28 350
Campus
Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Melbourne
Year
2015
Course description
Areas of study include: biochemistry, botany, chemistry, computer science and computer engineering, electronics, environmental management and ecology (Albury-Wodonga only), environmental science, genetics, mathematics, microbiology, physics, psychology, statistical science and zoology.
English Language Requirements

IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B Certificate at postgraduate (EFS5 (70 per cent) PG1) level. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
You must have an Australian Bachelors degree with Honours at H1 or H2A level, or an approved equivalent. If you have Honours at H2B level, or equivalent, you may still be considered in some instances.
Additional information
Environmental management and ecology is offered at the Albury-Wodonga Campus, pharmacy is offered at the Bendigo Campus.
All other major areas of study are offered at the Melbourne Campus.
Professional recognition
Depending on the specific studies you chose, accreditation with a relevant professional association is possible.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
Science (Master)Melbourne
Science (Master)Bendigo
Science (Master)Albury-Wodonga

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fee costs for international students is indicated for each course above. There are also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Your study experience

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