The efficient and sustainable production of the world’s food and fiber supply is underpinned by the science behind our global agricultural systems. Huge leaps in productivity have been made over the past few decades through greater understanding and refining of these systems. Continued agricultural growth that is environmentally sustainable will come from future strategic scientific inputs.
The Master of Agricultural Science provides students with the opportunity to fully understand many of the issues faced by the various agricultural disciplines in Australia and overseas. Students will examine in depth the opportunities and constraints underpinning plant and animal derived food and fibre production. This will include issues of scientific, ethical and economic importance such as climate change, globalisation and market protection, access to water, changing consumer demands, spatial information technologies, land and water degradation and loss of biodiversity, biotechnology applications and genetically modified organisms. In particular, Gobal Warming is now a reality and the resultant changes in climate will dramatically affect the demographics of the world’s food production in the next half century. The course will examine the potential impacts of current and projected future changes to the climates of the world’s major agricultural food production areas
The programme also enables students to examine the practical applications and knowledge transfer of scientific, economic or societal information and the subsequent environmental interactions and challenges through a ‘real-world’ industry-focussed research component.