Master of Animal Sciences

Master of Animal Sciences

Handbook year


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 2Schedule 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

The growing global population and affluence in emerging economies result in increased demand for protein foods, niche primary products and agricultural scientific expertise that can provide expanded and new markets.

JCU graduates are committed to engaging with these challenges with lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards.

They have a sense of purpose and place in the tropics and the world, charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility for animal health, agriculture, biosecurity and sustainability.

They are able to see beyond their own discipline specialisation and gain a range of insights needed for effective animal health and production systems, biotechnology, production economics, research, policies and programs.

As global citizens they exhibit a willingness to contribute to commercialisation of animal production with commitment to sustainability and animal welfare.

Upon successful completion of the Master of Animal Sciences graduates will be able to:

  • Apply principles of veterinary public health, biosecurity, epidemiology, nutrition and sustainable terrestrial production to analyse and assess contemporary issues in animal health using a one health approach.
  • Apply knowledge of research principles and methods to plan and ethically execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship.
  • Independently communicate theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions using advanced literacy and numeracy skills to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Apply the principles of epidemiology in the control and prevention of terrestrial animal diseases.
  • Demonstrate autonomy and accountability when applying advanced knowledge and analytical skills to optimise systems and practices in the workplace.

Graduates with a Master of Animal Sciences - Beef Production Major will also be able to:

  • Integrate and apply an advanced body of theoretical and technical knowledge in the discipline of animal science with depth in beef production systems that improve nutritional value and economic and environmental sustainability.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements

Inherent requirements are the fundamental abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to complete the learning outcomes of a course while preserving the academic integrity of the university’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes. Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired or have the ability to acquire the inherent requirements for their degree. For more information refer to Inherent Requirements page.

Reasonable adjustments

Reasonable adjustments may be made to assist students manage additional circumstances impacting on their studies provided these do not change the academic integrity of a degree. Reasonable adjustments do not alter the need to be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements of the course.

Course Structure


TV5010:03 Veterinary Public Health

TV5020:03 Animal Production

TV5040:03 Introductory Epidemiology

TV5210:03 Animal Nutrition


Select a major from Table A


Select 24 credit points of specified subjects from List 1

List 1

LB5203:03 Sustainable Enterprise

LB5212:03 Accounting and Finance for Managers

MI5000:03 Clinical Epidemiology

MI5012:03 Professional Experience

MI5071:03 Molecular Analysis of Tropical Microbes

RM8301:06 Research Planning in Tropical Health and Medicine

RM8302:06 Research Project in Tropical Health and Medicine

TM5516:03 Biostatistics for Public Health

TM5600:03 Introduction to One Health

TV5120:03 Advanced Microbiology and Immunology

TV5121:03 Infectious Diseases of Livestock

TV5130:03 Veterinary Parasitology

TV5131:03 Host-Parasite Relationships

TV5220:03 Animal Reproduction and Management

TV5230:03 Advanced Epidemiology

TV5311:12 Research and Dissertation

TV5320:03 Applied Protocol Writing

TV5400:03 Technology in Beef Production

TV5420:03 Animal Welfare


Type of major

Optional, single

Credit points in major

24credit points


Not available mid-year




Beef Production








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



Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

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

18 credit points for other studies.


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


Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 16 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit 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

Majors will appear on the testamur

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 Animal Sciences.

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 Animal Sciences.

Course articulation

Not applicable