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Graduate Diploma of Science Specialisation Agricultural Science

Graduate Diploma of Science Specialisation Agricultural Science (GDSI)
CRICOS: 031448M

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • External
Campus
  • Toowoomba
Duration
  • 1 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start date
  • February
  • July

Overview

  • Broaden your knowledge, skills and career prospects by studying the Graduate Diploma of Science (Agricultural Science). This flexible degree enables graduates to study the major challenges for Agricultural Sciences both globally and nationally in the 21st century. 
  • Coupled with knowledge and skills selected by you from a range of agricultural themes based on agricultural machinery, climate risk, crop science, precision agriculture, soil management and viticulture. 
  • Join an industry where there is strong demand for university educated professionals.

Further study

This qualification is also ideal for those wishing to move into further study. Upon successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Science, students have the potential to move into the Master of Science coursework degree or the Master of Science (Research) if they meet other requirements for entry.

Career outcomes

  • By studying the Graduate Diploma of Science (Agricultural Sciences) you can broaden your career prospects to include employment in agricultural consulting, agricultural science laboratories, climate risk analysis, crop production, farm technologies and precision agriculture, soils management and viticulture.

Entry requirements

  • 3-year Bachelor degree from an Australian university or equivalent. 
  • or
  • equivalent professional work experience, as determined through the Credit and Exemption procedure.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

Pathways

If you don’t meet the entry requirements, don’t worry, there are pathway options available to you.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 8 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
8 x specialisation courses 8
Total 8

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Residential schools

If you are enrolled in the External study mode in this degree, you will have the opportunity to come on-campus for residential schools, where you will attend face-to-face lectures and tutorials, use the facilities and meet staff and other students.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for international students' first year of study (8 units) in this degree:

Study Mode Cost
External/Online

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 32080
On-campus

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 35840

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Residential school costs

This degree includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Scholarships

At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to USQ.

CRICOS: 031448M

USQ accepts applications all year. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 1, 2020 - Monday 24 February 2020
  • Semester 2, 2020 - Monday 13 July 2020.

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