Master of Tropical Animal Science

Master of Tropical Animal Science

Course  code


Course type

Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)


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 recognised 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

36 credit points

Course learning outcomes

Tropical animal science has become an area of global importance as world trade continues to expand and the challenge of future research is to develop better methods for improving production in all livestock species within tropical regions.

Tropical animal science covers the field of animal nutrition, welfare, and production with the aim of improving productivity of livestock, and better utilisation of animal resources in tropical, subtropical and similar agro-ecological environments.

Graduates of the Master of Tropical Animal Science will be able to:

  • Demonstrate 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

  • Demonstrate 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

  • Evaluate and apply established and evolving evidence and concepts to reflect critically on theory and professional practice

  • Design, plan and ethically execute a research project related to tropical animal science

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

  • Prepare a dissertation on a topic related to tropical animal science and compare and contrast the results obtained with those reported in the literature

  • 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 specialist and 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

TV5311:12 Research and Dissertation

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

18 months full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

6 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


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 Credit and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

24 credit points for the JCU Graduate Diploma of Tropical Animal Science; or

18 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 16 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable – this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Candidates who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 12 credit points of relevant subjects, may be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate of Tropical Animal Science. Candidates who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 24 credit points of relevant subjects, may be eligible for the award of Graduate Diploma of Tropical Animal Science.

Course articulation

Not applicable