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Master of Animal Science

Animal and Veterinary Science

Master of Animal Science

Graduate Diploma of Animal Science - exit point only
Graduate Certificate in Animal Science - exit point only

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CSU's Master of Animal Science aims to promote advanced critical reflection on professional practice in the animal industries, preparing graduates for leadership positions.

  • Why study this course?

    The Master of Animal Science aims to: 

    • provide opportunity to continue lifelong learning in keeping with the University's mission statement
    • meet the educational needs of professionals working in the ever-evolving animal industries
    • promote the acquisition of advanced analytical, problem solving skills and conceptual insights that will enable students to assume positions of leadership within the animal industries
    • encourage excellence in scholarship and/or focused research within the candidate's discipline area.

    The course is designed to:

    • extend students' knowledge of the disciplines which form the basis of their profession
    • provide the requirements for planning and implementing a small research project
    • facilitate knowledge of methods for the analysis of data sets and their interpretation
    • develop concepts in animal production to an advanced level of understanding of areas specific to the students' coursework
    • develop skills in the presentation of material to practitioners within the animal industries ranging from those involved in research through to those working with farming communities.
    Whole Farm Consultancy option

    CSU's School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences is offering postgraduate training in Whole Farm Consultancy, particularly aimed at veterinarians and agricultural graduates who would like to offer consultancy services to their clients. The farm consultancy studies will be offered as a specific program within the postgraduate Animal Science courses. Successful participants will receive a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Master of Animal Science depending upon the level of study undertaken.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN ANIMAL SCIENCE - exit point only

    The course consists of 32 cp selected from the following restricted elective subjects.

    • AGB533 Agribusiness Management
    • ASC405 Parasitology
    • ASC406 Applied Animal Pharmacology
    • ASC407 Critical Reviews in Animal Science
    • ASC421 Animal Genetics
    • ASC422 Animal Biotechnology
    • ASC423 Animal Growth and Development
    • ASC450 Animal Health
    • ASC461 Animal Reproduction
    • ASC470 Ruminant Production
    • ASC473 Animal Nutrition
    • ASC512 Equine Nutrition
    • ASC513 Equine Health
    • ASC521 Equine Exercise Physiology
    • ASC525 Domestic Animal Behaviour
    • ASC548 Horse Behaviour and Training Management
    • ASC575 Meat and Fibre Science
    • IKC400 Wiradjuri Culture and Heritage
    • STA401 Postgraduate Scientific Statistics
    • STA508 Postgraduate Experimental Design and Analysis
    • VSC501 Herd and Flock Consultancy
    • VSC502 Whole Farm Major Consultancy (16 cp)
    • VSC503 Whole Farm Minor Consultancy 1
    • VSC504 Whole Farm Minor Consultancy 2

     

    GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF ANIMAL SCIENCE - exit point only

    The course consists of 64 cp selected from the following restricted elective subjects.

    • AGB533 Agribusiness Management
    • ASC405 Parasitology
    • ASC406 Applied Animal Pharmacology
    • ASC407 Critical Reviews in Animal Science
    • ASC421 Animal Genetics
    • ASC422 Animal Biotechnology
    • ASC423 Animal Growth and Development
    • ASC450 Animal Health
    • ASC461 Animal Reproduction
    • ASC470 Ruminant Production
    • ASC473 Animal Nutrition
    • ASC512 Equine Nutrition
    • ASC513 Equine Health
    • ASC521 Equine Exercise Physiology
    • ASC525 Domestic Animal Behaviour
    • ASC548 Horse Behaviour and Training Management
    • ASC575 Meat and Fibre Science
    • ASC580 Professional Industry Practicum 1
    • ASC 581 Professional Industry Practicum 2
    • IKC400 Wiradjuri Culture and Heritage
    • STA401 Postgraduate Scientific Statistics
    • STA508 Postgraduate Experimental Design and Analysis
    • VSC501 Herd and Flock Consultancy
    • VSC502 Whole Farm Major Consultancy (16 cp)
    • VSC503 Whole Farm Minor Consultancy 1
    • VSC504 Whole Farm Minor Consultancy 2

    MASTER OF ANIMAL SCIENCE

    The course of 96 cp duration consists of:

    CAPSTONE SUBJECT(S) - minimum total of  32 cp

    • Animal Health and Production, and Equine Science streams: 32 cp research project (ASC532 or ASC533)
    • Farm Consultancy stream: VSC501 Herd and Flock Consultancy + VSC502 Whole Farm Major Consultancy (16 cp) + either 16 cp (ASC516 or ASC517) or 32 cp (ASC532 or ASC533) research project

    Balance of RESTRICTED ELECTIVE SUBJECTS

    Selected from the following lists:

    Animal Health and Production stream

    • AGB533 Agribusiness Management
    • ASC405 Parasitology
    • ASC406 Applied Animal Pharmacology
    • ASC421 Animal Genetics
    • ASC422 Animal Biotechnology
    • ASC423 Animal Growth and Development
    • ASC450 Animal Health
    • ASC461 Animal Reproduction
    • ASC470 Ruminant Production
    • ASC473 Animal Nutrition
    • ASC525 Domestic Animal Behaviour
    • ASC575 Meat and Fibre Science
    • ASC580 Professional Industry Practicum 1
    • ASC581 Professional Industry Practicum 2
    • IKC400 Wiradjuri Culture and Heritage
    • STA401 Postgraduate Scientific Statistics
    • STA508 Postgraduate Experimental Design and Analysis

    Equine Science stream

    • ABG533 Agribusiness Management
    • ASC406 Applied Animal Pharmacology
    • ASC421 Animal Genetics
    • ASC450 Animal Health
    • ASC461 Animal Reproduction
    • ASC512 Equine Nutrition
    • ASC513 Equine Health
    • ASC521 Equine Exercise Physiology
    • ASC548 Horse Behaviour and Training Management
    • STA401 Postgraduate Scientific Statistics
    • STA508 PG Experimental Design and Analysis

    Farm Consultancy stream

    • AGB533 Agribusiness Management
    • ASC405 Parasitology
    • ASC421 Animal Genetics
    • ASC450 Animal Health
    • ASC461 Animal Reproduction
    • ASC470 Ruminant Production
    • ASC473 Animal Nutrition
    • ASC575 Meat and Fibre Science
    • ASC580 Professional Industry Practicum 1
    • ASC581 Professional Industry Practicum 2
    • IKC400 Wiradjuri Culture and Heritage
    • STA401 Postgraduate Scientific Statistics
    • STA508 Postgraduate Experimental Design and Analysis
    • VSC503 Whole Farm Minor Consultancy 1
    • VSC504 Whole Farm Minor Consultancy 2 
    Enrolment pattern

    The enrolment pattern is flexible, although ideally the capstone subject(s) should be completed in the final year of study.  The enrolment pattern will be developed in consultation with the Course Co-ordinator.  The research component may require enrolment in ASC516 (16 cp) or ASC532 (32 cp) in two consecutive sessions. It can; however, be completed within a single session by enrolling in ASC517 (16 cp) or ASC533 (32 cp).

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    ASC406 Applied Animal Pharmacology
    ASC512 Equine Nutrition
    ASC461 Animal Reproduction
    ASC521 Equine Exercise Physiology
    ASC513 Equine Health
    ASC450 Animal Health
    ASC405 Parasitology
    ASC470 Ruminant Production
    IKC400 Wiradjuri Culture and Heritage

  • Admission information

    For admission a candidate shall:

    1. hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification with a major in a relevant discipline*; or
    2. hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Diploma qualification in a relevant discipline*.

    *Relevant disciplines include, but are not restricted to General Science; Animal or Veterinary Sciences, Agricultural Science or  Biomedical Science.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

     
    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPOSYYNJTMA
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPPGYYNOTMA
    DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaFPOSYYNITMA
    DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaFPPGYYNKTMA

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    Candidates must complete 96 points at Pass level or better, including the satisfactory completion of  capstone subject(s) which include either a 32 cp research dissertation (Animal Health and Production, and Equine Science streams) or minimum16 cp (maximum 32 cp) research dissertation  (Farm Consultancy stream).

     

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    CRICOS Code(s)

    068969C (Wagga Wagga)

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  • About the School
    School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

    The School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences is a hands-on provider of education in the areas of animal, equine and veterinary sciences. The School delivers teaching in state-of-the-art laboratories and clinics at CSU’s Wagga Wagga Campus, as well as through the small animal clinic in the city of Wagga Wagga. The School works in close collaboration with local farmers and clinicians in the delivery of training, with a strong focus on practical skills to prepare work-ready graduates. Since introducing the veterinary science course in 2005, the School has achieved its vision of providing high quality and passionate veterinarians for rural Australia. Staff are very active in research and in supervising postgraduate research students, with both national and international aspects.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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