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Master of Horticultural Science

Course code T66New in 2023

This course delivers cutting edge theoretical and practical knowledge for production, postharvest and supply chain of horticultural produce.

It also focuses on the management, supply chain and sustainability issues surrounding the way horticultural produce is gathered, stored, and utilised. Students will be instilled with principles of advanced production technologies, practices, and technology to address key national and global issues in the horticultural industry. Students will undertake a semester-long work placement or project with industry, academics, or external research partners.

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Course overview

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

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Course code

T66

Fees

Domestic fee paying - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $25,650

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Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT PT FT PT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

T66

CRICOS code

108845B

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $36,800

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

2 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT FT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

    Special entry may be considered for students with a cognate first degree (or with appropriate experience) who can apply for a reduced course duration:

    1.5 years full time (3 years part time) - 180 credit points

    Admission is based on:
    Bachelor degree in a related discipline*, or
    Bachelor degree in any discipline, plus five years relevant work experience^, or
    Graduate Certificate in a related discipline*, or
    Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.

    *Related discipline refers to any horticulture/agriculture/biology related discipline
    ^Relevant work experience constitutes Senior/Managerial positions to be approved by the Course Coordinator.

    Academic admission requirements (Band 6) may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Bachelor degree; or
    • Equivalent prior learning including at least five years relevant professional experience.
  • English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.5 (no individual band less than 6.0);
    • Bachelor degree from a country specified on the English Proficiency Bands page;
    • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at postgraduate level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
    • Where accepted, equivalent prior learning, including at least five years relevant professional experience; or
    • Other tests, courses or programs defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study part-time at Joondalup

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCI6160Horticultural Science20
MAT5212Biostatistics20
MAN6925Project Management20
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCI6161Propagation Technology20
SCI6162Principles of Production Horticulture20
SCI6120Science Communication and Ethics20
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCI6163Advanced Horticultural Production20
SCI6164Pathology and Pests 20
SCI6165Post-Harvest Science and Technology20
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCI6108Postgraduate Science Project60

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Course notes

Important course notes

  • SCI6108 unit will allow the completion of both WIL placements and research projects as well as Career Developed Learning modules. Students may elect to complete a professional practice or research project involving work integrated learning with a company, agency or university academic in their discipline area.
    Students must have completed at least 120 credit points of their current course of study before completing this unit.

    Attendance requirements

    This is a work experience unit in which the project is equivalent to at least 456 hours over 12 weeks and produce a report on activities. The unit coordinator ensures that an agreed plan of work is executed and supervision is carried out by a project supervisor.

    Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

    Each project will have an agreement for student placement. Each workplace will be inspected and the appropriate forms completed indicating it is a safe work environment for students. Every student will be required to complete a risk assessment and management plan as part of the SCI6108 unit.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Reflect critically on a complex body of knowledge and recent global developments in horticultural science, research principles, and methods related to professional practice.
  2. Analyse complex concepts to solve problems in authentic horticultural scenarios.
  3. Communicate innovative contributions to specialist and non-specialist audiences in the field of horticulture.
  4. Initiate, plan and execute a substantial horticulture science focused project.

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Fees and Scholarships

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Fees

  • AUD $25,650 - Domestic fee paying estimated 1st year indicative fee 1
Note

1 The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculatorlink opens in new tab to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Fees

  • AUD $36,800 - International students estimated 1st year indicative fee 1
Note

1 The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, and has been calculated based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for each individual unit you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculatorlink opens in new tab to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

MSc Horticulture graduates are employed across several organisations and industries including the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Universities, Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Agrochemical companies, Elders Agribusiness in Australia, Nurseries, Parks and Gardens, Packhouses, Wholesalers, Retailers and Exporters, Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service, Biosecurity - Department of Agriculture. Horticulture Innovation Australia, AUSVEG, VegetablesWA.

Possible future job titles

Horticulturalist, Horticultural Project Officer, Horticulture Research Officer, Horticulture Development Officer, Agricultural and Horticultural Plant Operator, Administration Officer, Waterways Plant Operator, Orchard manger, Vegetable farm manger, Bush Regenerator

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    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

      Note: International students who hold a student visa can only choose the full-time study option for our courses. This is to ensure the course is completed within the duration of the student visa.

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