Postgraduate Study

Honours

Honours provides a pathway for technical and research career options in industry, government, universities and research organisations..

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Postgraduate Coursework

Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and coursework Masters options for candidates seeking to broaden their professional knowledge and skills in the environmental and rural sciences...

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Postgraduate Research

The research Masters options and Doctor of Philosophy are suited to candidates wishing to pursue a particular research topic with the objective of entering a research based rather than a management based career...

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Further Information and Advice

Course Coordinators
Co-ordinator's Name Course/s Co-ordinated

Dr Janelle Wilkes
(Agriculture, Agribusiness, Agrifoods)

  • Associate Degree in Agrifood Systems
  • Bachelor of Agrifood Systems
  • Bachelor of Agriculture
  • Bachelor of Agriculture/Bachelor of Business
  • Agriculture component of Bachelor of Agriculture/Bachelor of Laws
  • Diploma in Agriculture
  • Dr Lisa Lobry de Bruyn
    (Environmental Science and Management)

  • Bachelor of Environmental Science
  • Environmental Science component of Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Laws
  • SERS Bachelor of Science Honours
  • A/Prof Amanda Kennedy
    (School of Law)

  • Master of Natural Resource Governance. Previously known as Master of Sustainability, or Environmental Systems, Markets and Climate Change
  • A/Prof Robyn Bartel
    (School of BCSS)

  • Bachelor of Sustainability
  • Mr Paul McFarlane
    (School of BCSS)

  • Graduate Certificate in Planning and Management of Natural Hazards, Sustainability or  Environmental Systems, Markets
  • Graduate Diploma in Planning and Management of Natural Hazards
  • Master of Planning and Management of Natural Hazards
  • Dr Luke Milan
    (Earth Sciences)

  • Bachelor of GeoScience
  • Dr Sam Clark
    (Animal and Rural Science)

  • Bachelor of Animal Science
  • Bachelor of Livestock Science
  • Bachelor of Rural Science
  • Professor Caroline Gross
    (Ecosystem Management)

  • Bachelor of Ecology. No new students will be admitted to this course after 2015.
  • Ms Aileen Kennedy
    (School of Law)

  • Bachelor of Agriculture/Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Laws
  • Mr Rex Glencross Grant
    (Engineering Technology)

  • Bachelor of Engineering Technology
  • Professor Jeremy Bruhl
    (Botany)

  • Bachelor of Plant Science
  • A/Professor Nigel Andrew
    (Zoology)

  • Bachelor of Zoology
  • A/Prof David Backhouse
    (Postgraduate Coursework Programs)

  • Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science
  • Graduate Certificate in Agriculture
  • Masters of Environmental Science and Management,
  • Masters of Science in Agriculture
  • Master of Agriculture. No new students will be admitted to this course after 2014.
  • Make an appointment with a Course Co-ordinator

    Email ersteach@une.edu.au (please put your area of interest in the subject line, and your contact details and student number in the body of the email); or Phone: +61 2 6773 2347

    Course Co-ordinator Assistance

    Our course co-ordinators will advise you on what course would suit you, and once you have been admitted to UNE they are able to:

    • advise you on a program of study, within your course, with the proviso that students need to first examine the UNE Course and Unit Catalogue which has degree rules, schedules and links to unit information
    • direct you to more expert course and unit advice from academic staff, especially in the case of postgraduate coursework
    • advise you on unit enrolment, specifically elective options, and how to re-structure a degree program if progression has faltered
    • advise you on course and unit selection, when rule changes occur, which are also documented in the UNE Course and Unit Catalogue
    • assess advance standing applications
    • approve examiner's reports for Masters Course Work Programs
    HDR Students

    The School of Environmental and Rural Science (ERS) at UNE is renowned for its research intensity involving more than 140 Doctoral and Masters students, who are strongly supported by industry and the University. Research post-graduate students are active in all disciplinary areas of the School which include Agronomy and Soil Science, Animal Science, Botany, Ecosystem Management, Environmental Engineering, Geoscience, and Zoology. Our postgraduate research students work with recognized experts, while building networks with their mentors and peers that will stay with them for life.

    We recognise the significant contribution that Higher Degree Research students and their supervisors make in ensuring and maintaining a vibrant academic, research-led community, and we aim to achieve a high standard of excellence in learning, research and supervision. The highly diverse agricultural and environmental systems in the New England region provide a unique research environment for many of our students.

    Support

    All research students are strongly supported with a team of supervisors lead by a principal supervisor, and are resourced by internal research grants of up to $3,500 per year, domestic conference travel up to $1500 and international conference travel up to $3000, and a new computer on commencement. We also provide the resources needed for students for technical support, OHS training including first aid, and motor vehicle use through student induction. In addition, workshops in statistics. scientific writing and presentation skills are organised throughout the year, and post-graduate conferences are held annually.

    Finding a Research Project and Supervisor

    We encourage prospective postgraduate research students to explore our study area and research pages to learn more about our areas of interest, and to contact an academic staff member directly to explore opportunities for study in a particular area. Many staff can offer targeted research scholarships, usually related to specific research grants, and staff can often work with prospective students to create projects targeted to their specific needs. UNE Research Scholarships are also available through a competitive application process. 

    You are encouraged to contact our academic staff directly and discuss your research interests with them. By providing them with a full CV and details of your academic record, together you can find topics and degrees that best suit your needs. Contact the School's postgraduate co-ordinator A/Prof. Brian Wilson (ershdr@une.edu.au) if you have any problems with finding someone suitable, or if you have problems with administration contact Sharon Brown (ershdr@une.edu.au).

    Application process for candidature and scholarships - Local Students

    1. Together with an academic supervisor, develop a suitable research proposal of 1 - 2 pages. Update your CV, and find two academic referees as they will be needed for the scholarship application.
    2. Once the academic supervisor has agreed, apply for postgraduate degree candidature at How to apply for Postgraduate Research Courses, and check out the scholarships available at Postgraduate Research Scholarships. The University's Research Services administers this process.

      Applications are processed continuously, but the main scholarship application round closes in September each year. Note that you must apply separately for a scholarship, and acceptance for candidature does not mean you have a scholarship.
    3. If successful, you will receive an offer of admission for the PhD and notification of the scholarship separately.

    Application process candidature and scholarships - International Students

    1. Together with an academic supervisor, develop a suitable research project. Update your CV, and find two academic referees as they will needed for the scholarship application. Check your eligibility status regarding language requirements and qualifications.
    2. Once the academic supervisor has agreed, apply online for postgraduate degree candidature. For application guidelines and a list of currently available scholarships, please visit the Research Scholarships page, administered by UNE's Research Services. Research Services also administers the application process.
      Applications are processed continuously, but the main scholarship application round closes in September each year. Note that you must apply separately for a scholarship, and acceptance for candidature does not mean you have a scholarship.
    3. If successful, you will receive an offer of admission for the PhD and notification of the scholarship separately.

    Existing HDR Students

    Contact Us

    For more information about undertaking a PhD or masters by research (Higher Degree Research) please email: ershdr@une.edu.au

    New and prospective HDR students should also visit the UNE HDR pages.

    You can find instant answers to many of your questions or contact UNE directly via AskUNE.

    Future Students may also call 1800 818 865.

    Help for Students

    You can find instant answers to many of your questions or contact UNE directly via AskUNE

    More information is available on the UNE Course and Unit Catalogue

    Future Students may also call 1800 818 865.

    Student Centre Assistance

    The Student Centre can assist you with general and administrative enquiries, but your academic life will involve you, largely through MyUNE:

    • selecting the units (i.e. subjects) you want to study
    • accessing your online units
    • enrolling in those units
    • managing your enrolment
    • organising your class timetable
    • obtaining your ID card
    • paying your fees
    • passing your assignments and exams, and meeting your course requirements
    • checking your results online
    • graduating and becoming a member of UNE's global Alumni

    Scholarship advice and availability

    Apply to UNE

    ERS Course & Unit Enquiries

    Natural Resources Building
    University of New England
    Armidale, NSW, 2351
    Australia

    P: +61 2 6773 2347
    F: +61 2 6773 2769
    E: ersteach@une.edu.au