Graduate Diploma of Tropical Animal Science

Graduate Diploma of Tropical Animal Science

Course code


Course type

Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)


Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree in Animal Science; or

Completion of qualifications recognized as equivalent to the above.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Post admission requirements

Q Fever immunisation:

Students must provide evidence of being immune to Q Fever within the first teaching period of their studies. Students who are not immune to Q fever will not be permitted on-site at some facilities and consequently this may result in their inability to complete the requirements of the course as accredited by the relevant professional accrediting body. If a student has not complied with the above requirement by the last day of the first teaching period of their studies, their enrolment will be terminated immediately.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Tropical Animal Science will be able to:

  • Apply advanced and integrated knowledge, including an understanding of recent developments, in the area of Tropical Animal Science and related professional competencies, behaviours and ethical frameworks

  • Apply an integrated understanding of tropical animal science and its application to improve human quality of life by means of increased and cost effective food production in tropical regions

  • Analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in new situations or contexts with creativity and independence

  • Demonstrate a high level of personal autonomy and accountability for their own future professional development through selection and integration of available subjects in tropical animal science

  • Interpret and justify theoretical propositions, methodologies and conclusions to non-specialist audiences through high level written and oral communication and numeracy skills.

Course Structure


TV5010:03 Veterinary Public Health

TV5020:03 Animal Production

TV5040:03 Epidemiology 1

TV5320:03 Applied Protocol Writing

TV5210:03 Animal Nutrition or SC5901:03 Special Topic 1


Select 9 credit points of specified subjects from List 1

List 1

TV5120:03 Advanced Microbiology and Immunology

TV5130:03 Advances in Veterinary Parasitology

TV5220:03 Animal Reproduction and Management

TV5230:03 Advanced Epidemiology

TV5240:03 Aquatic Pathobiology

MI5000:03 Biomedical Epidemiology

MI5071:03 Tropical Microbial Molecular Analysis and Epidemiology







Expected time to complete

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Professional accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

12 credit points for the JCU Graduate Certificate of Tropical Animal Science; or

9 credit points for other studies.


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 13 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions


Award Details

Award title

Graduate Diploma of Tropical Animal Science

Approved Abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable – this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 12 credit points of study of relevant subjects, may be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate of Tropical Animal Science.

Course articulation

Students who complete this course are eligible for entry to the Master of Tropical Animal Science, and may be granted advanced standing for all subjects completed under this course.