Undergraduate major

Crop and Pasture Science

Gain a regional, national and global perspective on how to address the problem of meeting the food production needs for the world’s ever-growing population.

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Murdoch code

MJ-CROP

Study mode

Full Time or Part Time

Selection rank

70

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See inside business

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

To meet the needs of the world’s growing population, it’s estimated that global food production will need to double by 2050 – and you can learn how science and technology are being used to supply increasing demand.

Find out how the latest research and industry practices are addressing increasing global concern around food security and how to feed a growing population.

With training from scientists, professionals and industry-leading farmers learn how science is applied to food production in cropping and pasture systems regionally, national and globally. You’ll gain extensive knowledge into the factors that affect the growth of plants used for food and forage production, and how plant growth can be manipulated through various interventions. Learn how the role of new technologies in improving the yield, profitability and sustainability of food production systems are driving growth in the agricultural industry.

In the process you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding about how agricultural businesses operate under the influence of government policies, markets and the value chain.

3 reasons to study Crop and Pasture Science at Murdoch

  • Five-star rating for student-teacher ratio, overall experience, student support and teaching quality.*
    *Source: Good Universities Guide 2021
  • Study at Australia’s only campus-based farm to gain hands-on experience in soil science, crop science and pasture science.
  • Get hands-on experience across a total of eight weeks of industry placements in farms and agriculture research programs across WA.

What you’ll learn

Build the knowledge and skills you need to meet your career or study goals. Here are some of the things you’ll learn:

  • agricultural science and food production
  • crop protection and plant biosecurity
  • agricultural markets, economics and policy
  • crop and pasture science
  • agricultural and environmental technologies.

Your future career

This major will make you an adaptable and innovative agricultural scientist ready for a variety of careers in the agricultural industries.

Careers could include:

  • Agricultural Scientist
  • Agronomist
  • Biosecurity and Quarantine Officer
  • Farm Manager
  • Research Scientist.

You could work in the private sector as a consultant for farming businesses or agricultural supply businesses, in government organisations, or in a research facility.

For further admission information about this course, please download our Information Pack.

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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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Adjustment for Murdoch RISE

Murdoch RISE is a selection rank adjustment, as part of our commitment to helping students from regional, Indigenous and low socio-economic backgrounds gain university entry.

If you achieve an ATAR of 60.00 - 89.95, a Murdoch RISE adjustment factor of up to 10.00 points may help you get into your preferred course. Murdoch RISE can increase your selection rank up to a maximum of 90.00.

There’s no application or need to register. If you are eligible, the adjustment factor is automatically added to your raw ATAR score when you apply.

 

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.

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.

Find out more

 

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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