Veterinary and Animal Science
Master of Animal Sciences
What to expect
How to apply
JCU Animal Science graduates benefit from an immersive learning experience with a specific focus on livestock production.
Graduates go on to work in animal agriculture in a range of positions.
Employers include: Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Queensland Government Department of Environment and Science, Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, CSIRO, Natural Resource Management Boards, Natural Resource Assessment Consultants, Agricultural Consultants
Tropical animal science has become an area of global importance as world trade continues to expand. The challenge of future research is to develop better methods for improving production in all livestock species within tropical regions.
Learn the best methods for improving livestock production with the Master of Animal Science at JCU. Integrate established evidence and recent developments to graduate with a comprehensive understanding of the industry.
Benefit from a focus on theory and professional practice. Gain hands-on experience with JCU’s onsite farm animals and at their own extensive beef property.
Choose from a range of study areas including nutrition, pathology, epidemiology, microbiology, and parasitology. Execute a research project, prepare a dissertation, and conduct a literature review for a broad understanding of scholarship in animal science.
Consult the handbook for further information.
Gain professional experience in using technology in beef production and gain insights in ways of assessing and optimising animal welfare in agricultural enterprises.
Acquire in depth knowledge of how the environment and management strategies can influence the fertility and productivity of animals and study topics as diverse as molecular analysis of tropical microbes and accounting and finance for managers.
Gain an in-depth understanding of how to build a sustainable and profitable enterprise.
Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.
Fees and scholarships
Pathways to JCU
Master of Animal Sciences
Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)
Tropical Health and Medicine
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 2 – 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
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.
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:
Graduates with a Master of Animal Sciences - Beef Production Major will also be able to:
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 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.
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
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
TABLE A (MAJORS)
Type of major
Credit points in major
Not available mid-year
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
18 months full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course progression requisites
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Special assessment requirements
Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade
Supplementary exam for final subject
Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.
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.
MASTER OF ANIMAL SCIENCES
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.
Annual Tuition Fee: $34,360 (Estimate only)
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.