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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View our PostGraduate Prospectus


Further Information and Advice

Course Coordinators

Assistance with course advice

For prospective students;

Visit our website on choosing the right course and for agriculture students, visit our Agricultural Careers page.

Contact the Future Students Team.

For current students:

Practical work experience queries – see more on ERS Practical Experience, and address queries to ASKUNE.

Queries regarding your course, what units to study, if you want to substitute a unit, course plans, or any other enrolment questions please use ASKUNE. The enrolments and progression team are excellent at giving 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 make sure in the subject you say “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 and ask they call you and when it’s convenient.

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 publically 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 them in your moodle site or in the CAUC.

If you want to study overseas please contact the UNE Study Abroad Officer – studyabroad@une.edu.au

Co-ordinator's Name Course/s Co-ordinated
Dr Peta Taylor
  • Bachelor of Agriculture
  • Dr Nigel Warwick
  • Bachelor of Agricultural Production and Management
  • Bachelor of Agrifood Systems
  • Diploma in Agriculture
  • Dr Lisa Lobry de Bruyn
    (Environmental Science and Management)

  • Bachelor of Environmental Science
  • Dr Luke Milan
    (Earth Sciences)

  • Bachelor of GeoScience
  • Dr Wendy Brown
    (Animal and Rural Science)

  • Bachelor of Animal Science
  • Bachelor of Livestock Science
  • Dr Richard Flavel
  • Bachelor of Rural Science
  • Bachelor of Agriculture/Bachelor of Business
  • 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
  • Professor Darren Ryder
    (Engineering Technology)

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

  • Bachelor of Plant Science
  • Dr Paul McDonald
    (Zoology)

  • Bachelor of Zoology
  • Dr Susan Wilson
  • Bachelor of Science (SERS) Honours
  • 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.
  • 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 (ers-hdr@une.edu.au) if you have any problems with finding someone suitable, or if you have problems with administration.

    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