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Master of Engineering Science (Agricultural Engineering)

Summary
Master of Engineering Science Specialisation Agricultural Engineering (MENS)

Study Mode
  • On-campus
  • External

Start
  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)

Number of Units
  • 16 units

Duration
  • 2 years or part-time equivalent

Campus
  • Toowoomba

View USQ Handbook
Program Information Set

Create sustainable solutions

USQ is the only providers of Agricultural Engineering degrees in both Australia and New Zealand, and has links to the world class research centre – National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture. Therefore, if you want to become a Professional Engineer, and have a 3 year engineering degree but no work experience, USQ’s Master of Engineering Science (Agricultural Engineering) will get you there.

Throughout the degree there is an emphasis on practical experience and preparing you thoroughly for the engineering profession. In addition to the hands-on laboratory sessions and 60 days industry experience, you will complete a research project and dissertation applying all your formal knowledge to a real world problem. Whether this is sustainable agricultural production, the environmental impact of intensive agriculture or water allocation, your project will provide insight to the profession of an Agricultural Engineer.

The research project and dissertation can also be a stepping stone to further research degrees, such as PhD.

Professional accreditation

The Master of Engineering Science (Agricultural Engineering) has been accorded full accreditation at the level of Professional Engineer by Engineers Australia and graduates are eligible for Graduate membership at the Professional Level. 

As an agricultural engineer your career pathway could lead you to work in a laboratory, research station, forest or farm. You will be well-placed to research and develop solutions to conserve the world’s natural resources.

Other specialisations for the Master of Engineering Science: Civil, Electrical and Electronic, Environmental, Mechanical, Power and Structural.

Residential schools

In addition to the courses listed below, external students will also 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.

Courses to be studied Units
7 x core courses 8
plus 6 x specialisation courses 6
plus 2 x approved courses 2
plus 5 x practice courses (0 unit value) 0
Total 16
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported AUD 9048
Domestic full fee paying AUD 22310

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

Residential schools

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

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2017 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

Entry Requirements

  • Australian university three or four-year Bachelor degree in engineering in the relevant specialisation, or equivalent.
    Or
  • Australian university four-year Bachelor degree in engineering in a non-related specialisation, or equivalent.
 

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program 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.


How to apply

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 1, 2018 - applications close Monday 19 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 26 February 2018.
  • Semester 2, 2018 - applications close Monday 2 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 16 July 2018. 

Credit for previous study or work experience

You may be eligible for credit if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.