Postgraduate course

Graduate Certificate in Plant Biosecurity

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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Murdoch code

C1088

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Part Time or Full Time

Duration (years)

1

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Visit agribusinesses to understand production systems, value and supply chains and farm business management. 

Australia’s only on-campus farm

Gain the advantage of hands-on experience in soil science, crop science and pasture science in our South Street campus farm.

Eight weeks of industry placements

Undertake industry placements in farms and agriculture research programs across WA.

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Overview

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.

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English Requirements

You must meet a minimum standard in English to study at Murdoch, which can be demonstrated through either English proficiency testsuniversity preparation coursesEnglish language coursesprevious tertiary study or vocational education.

 

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

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