Postgraduate Study


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

More Information: Honours Programs

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...

More Information: Postgraduate Coursework

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...

More Information: Postgraduate Research Programs

View our PostGraduate Prospectus

Further Information and Advice

Course Coordinators

Assistance with course advice

For prospective students:

Visit our website to help you choose the right course and for agriculture students, visit our Agricultural Careers page.

Contact the Future Students Team.

For current students:

Practical work experience queries

Queries regarding your course

What units to study, variations to the normal program of study, course plans, or any other enrolment questions please use AskUNE. The Enrolments and Progression Team give excellent advice and will refer on to course coordinators where required.

In AskUNE please select the following in the ‘Topic’ dropdown menu so your request goes straight to the correct person and is answered in a timely manner:

  • Enrolment
    • Re-enrolling
    • Enrolment Advice
    • Sciences

If you have trouble using AskUNE, in the subject type “Seeking enrolment advice…”, or “Need assistance from E&P”, “enrolments and progressions”

The Enrolments and Progressions team are happy to chat with you on the phone too, but it is best to email first to give them background on your issue and nominate times at which it would be convenient for them to call you.

AskUNE is the preferred mode of communication over emails direct to staff, and offers the following advantages:

  • covers you in the event of staff absences
  • ensures queries go to the correct person
  • ensures there’s a publicly accessible record of your queries and the advice you were given


If you have questions regarding your results. In the first instance contact the unit coordinator. You will find their contact details in your Moodle site or in the unit CAUC entry.

Study Abroad

If you want to study overseas please contact the UNE Study Abroad Officer –

Course Coordinators

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

Dr Peta Taylor

  • Bachelor of Agriculture
  • Dr Nigel Warwick
  • Bachelor of Agricultural Production and Management - No new students admitted from T1 2020.
  • Bachelor of Agrifood Systems  - No new students admitted  to course from T1 2020.
  • Diploma in Agriculture
  • Dr Adrienne Burns
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science
  • Dr Nancy Vickery

  • Bachelor of GeoScience
  • Dr Fran Cowley 

    (Acting for T2 2020)

  • Bachelor of Animal Science
  • Bachelor of Livestock Science
  • Bachelor of Rural Science
  • Dr Janelle Wilkes
  • Bachelor of Agriculture/Bachelor of Business
  • Professor Caroline Gross

  • Bachelor of Ecology. No new students will be admitted to this course after 2015.
  • Dr Kip Werren

  • Bachelor of Agriculture/Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Laws
  • Professor Darren Ryder

  • Bachelor of Engineering Technology
  • Professor Jeremy Bruhl

  • Bachelor of Plant Science. No new students will be admitted to this course after 2017
  • Dr Karl Vernes

  • Bachelor of Zoology
  • A/Prof Susan Wilson
  • Bachelor of Science (SERS) Honours
  • A/Prof David Backhouse

  • 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.
  • Dr Romina Rader
  • Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science
  • Masters of Environmental Science and Management
  • HDR Students

    HDR Students

    The School of Environmental and Rural Science (ERS) at UNE is renowned for its research intensity involving more than 200 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 recognised 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.


    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 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

    The School of Environmental and Rural Science offers supervised research degrees across a range of disciplines. These are outlined in Postgraduate Research Opportunities Prospectus. We encourage prospective postgraduate research students to explore our Research Laboratories and Groups to learn more about our areas of interest. After exploring the opportunities for study in a particular area, you are encouraged to complete an Expression of Interest for Higher Degree Research Students form and emailing it to The submitted EOI form will be forwarded to suitable academic staff who will contact you discuss your interest in postgraduate research.

    Application for candidature and scholarships

    You can find out about the full application for all HDR courses at the Research website

    There are a number of Scholarships available to students who are studying a Higher Degree Research (HDR) or Honours Course at the University of New England. All Scholarship Applicants must currently be enrolled in a Higher Degree Research course, or have had submitted a Candidature Application for a HDR Course, unless otherwise stated.  Full details can be found at the UNE HDR Scholarships page.

    Existing HDR Students

    Current HDR students can access the most up to date information via the Faculty of Science, Agriculture, Business and Law HDR Portal.

    Contact Us

    For more information about undertaking a PhD or masters by research (Higher Degree Research) please email:

    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

    P: +61 2 6773 2347
    F: +61 2 6773 2769