Plant Biosecurity

Graduate Certificate in Plant Biosecurity (GradCertPlantBiosec)

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Learn how to reduce the risk of plant pests and diseases and their impact on agriculture and the environment in a world of increasing trade and human movement.

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  • Selection Rank

  • Course Code

    • C1088
  • Study Mode

    • Part or full-time
      (Student visa holders must study full-time)
  • Course Duration

    • 1 semester full-time (if commencing in Semester 1) or part-time equivalent, depending on unit selection
  • CRICOS Code

  • Course Code

    • C1088
  • Study Mode

    • Part or full-time
      (Student visa holders must study full-time)
  • Course Duration

    • 1 semester full-time (if commencing in Semester 1) or part-time equivalent, depending on unit selection

Course Description

More people are moving around the world than ever, and trade between nations and regions always increasing. With this comes increased risk of spreading plant pests and diseases that are damaging to food crops and the natural environment. Plant biosecurity is fundamental to managing the threat posed by plant-affecting organisms, and is of vital importance to world trade, environmental protection, and agriculture.

Learn how plant biosecurity measures such as risk analysis, quarantine and surveillance are used to stop the entry and spread of exotic organisms locally and internationally. You’ll gain an in-depth knowledge of rapid emergency response to an incursion, and how to manage pest organisms if they become permanently established in a new region and start impacting trade.

Biosecurity is a growing field of activity for many professionals involved in agriculture, the environment and international and domestic trade to maintain agricultural and environmental integrity. This course will also appeal to those wishing to pursue careers in food production and postharvest management, in both the private and public sectors.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to apply for the Master of Biosecurity.

3 reasons to study a Graduate Certificate in Plant Biosecurity at Murdoch

  • This course has been developed in consultation with government representatives from Canada, the United States, New Zealand and Australia, meaning you will graduate with knowledge that meets the highest level of industry requirement.
  • Study on your own terms – with the option to study full-time or part-time, you can upskill whilst you’re still earning.
  • Upskill to progress your current career in agriculture, trade or biosecurity.

Develop your skills

Build essential skills and knowledge to meet your career or study goals. Topics you’ll cover include:

  • key plant biosecurity pests and diseases.
  • new and emerging diagnostics and surveillance technologies.
  • practical community engagement strategies.
  • international biosecurity agreements and obligations.

Your career

After completing this degree, you will be able to pursue careers in biosecurity, quarantine and pest management, acting in technical, research and administrative roles with organisations such as the State Departments of Agriculture, State and Federal Biosecurity Agencies, Plant Health Australia, Animal Health Australia and private industry, or their international counterparts.

Careers could include:

  • Biosecurity Inspector
  • Compliance Officer
  • Greenhouse Technician.

Professional recognition

Graduates will be eligible to apply for membership to societies such as the Australian Entomological Society, the Australian Plant Pathology Society, the Australian Ecological Society, the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science, the Australian Society of Horticultural Sciences and the Australian Society for Risk Analysis.

  • Location

    • External
  • Mid-year Intake

    • Mid-year start available (Domestic students)
  • Study Area(s)

Course Structure

Each course has a number of credit points that must be completed for you to graduate. Find out what’s required to meet the credit points for this course.

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Special Requirements

Internet access is required for all students. All material will be flexibly delivered using the latest online technology.

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At Murdoch, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee. The total cost of your course will therefore vary depending on what units you choose. Use our online Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you will need to pay.

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We understand you may need help financially whilst studying for your qualification. We therefore offer eligible students a wide range of scholarships, prizes and awards across a variety of categories. Find out what scholarships Murdoch has on offer, and whether you’re eligible to apply.

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At Murdoch, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee. The total cost of your course will therefore vary depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your offer, however you can use our online Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you will need to pay.

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We understand you may need help financially whilst studying for your qualification. Our International Welcome Scholarship therefore offers eligible students between $8,000 and $11,000, depending on the course you study. Find out what other scholarships Murdoch has on offer, and whether you’re eligible to apply.

The Australian Government also offers scholarships to students from developing countries through the Australia Awards Scholarship program.

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Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 1, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system.

Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 2, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system.

Sorry, this course is only available to Australian or New Zealand citizens or Permanent Residents, or people who have arrived in Australia under a Humanitarian or Refugee program.

 

Sorry, this course is only available to Australian or New Zealand citizens or Permanent Residents, or people who have arrived in Australia under a Humanitarian or Refugee program.

 

 

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