Doctor of Sustainable Agriculture

Charles Sturt University
Indicative Price: $28,800
Duration: Full-time: 3 years minimum / 4 years maximum, Part-time: 6 years minimum / 8 years maximum
Qualification: Postgraduate

This professional doctorate involves one-third coursework comprising the Master of Sustainable Agriculture and two-thirds research dissertations. Students’ research will be supervised by leading researchers from the University and be applied in nature.

The Doctor of Sustainable Agriculture is a research degree that develops advanced inquiry skills and critical understanding in sustainable agriculture, particularly through a major piece of supervised research in an area of professional practice of the candidate’s choice. It provides for the academic and professional development of applicants working in the broad area of the agriculture while allowing significant flexibility to accommodate individual student, industry and/or professional requirements. The course provides a structured learning environment enabling candidates to contribute in a significant way to the knowledge and practice in their profession. Candidates complete course-work and an applied research program that addresses an identified aspect of sustainable agriculture. The Doctor of Sustainable Agriculture is assessed by a range of assignments during the coursework phase and an externally examined thesis for the research component.

Students will learn to collaborate with others in learning, undertake cooperative project work with farmers and others in the rural sector, and integrate their studies in ecologically sustainable agricultural production systems, business management, self-management and social behaviour. Students graduate with enhanced analytical and creative thinking skills through the application of their learning to real world issues and become autonomous or self-directed learners who are competent in research areas relating to their choice of study.

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Units Of Study:

Course structure

Coursework component:

  • Readings in Agriculture
  • Sustainable Agriculture Issues and Viewpoints
  • Managing Agro-Ecosystems
  • Research Methods

Broad investigation/proposal component:

  • Proposal for Applied Research/Investigation

Research Component:

  • Sustainable Agriculture Thesis (Full-Time)
  • Sustainable Agriculture Thesis (Part-Time)

Full-time enrolement pattern

Session 1

  • Readings in Agriculture
  • Research Methods
  • Proposal for Applied Research/Investigation

Session 2

  • Sustainable Agriculture Issues and Viewpoints
  • Managing Agro-Ecosystems
  • Proposal for Applied Research/Investigation

Session 3, 4, 5, 6

  • Sustainable Agriculture Thesis (Full-Time)

Part-time enrolement pattern

Session 1

  • Research Methods
  • Readings in Agriculture

Session 2

  • Sustainable Agriculture Issues and Viewpoints
  • Managing Agro-Ecosystems

Session 3

  • Proposal for Applied Research/Investigation

Session 4

  • Proposal for Applied Research/Investigation

Session 5-12

  • Sustainable Agriculture Thesis (Part-Time)

 

Online Course: Yes
Funding Available: Yes

Eligibility Criteria :

Basis of Approval for Admission to the Doctor of Sustainable Agriculture
The RAC shall base its decision on admission to a proposed Doctor of Sustainable Agriculture candidature upon the following evidence, that:
• the proposed supervisors are sufficiently expert in the field of sustainable agriculture research, and have the time and commitment to be able to provide appropriate supervision, and that adequate physical resources are available;
• the applicant has the background and ability to undertake the proposed course (refer also to Entry Qualifications, below);
• the applicant has given the necessary commitment to work regularly on the approved program of study and research and maintain regular contact with the supervisor(s).
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