single degree

Master of Science in Agricultural Innovation

A single two year graduate award offered by the ANU College of Science

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Agriculture
  • Academic contact
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Agriculture
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Masters of Science in Agricultural Innovation requires completion of 96 units which must consist of:

A minimum of 24 units must come from completion of 8000-level courses

The 96 units must include:

6 units from completion of the following Agricultural Systems course:

ENVS6224 - Agricultural Systems

12 units from completion of Systems courses from the following lists:

6 units from completion of a course from the following list:

COMP6390 - HCI and Usability Engineering

ENGN6410 - Engineering Sustainable Systems

MGMT7165 - Innovation

6 units from completion of a course from the following list:

BIOL6006 - Genetics

BIOL6035 - Biology 1: Evolution, Ecology and Genetics

BIOL6036 - Biology 2: Molecular Biology

BIOL6106 - Biosecurity

BIOL6115 - Comparative Physiology

COMP6353 - Systems Engineering for Software Engineers

COMP6442 - Software Construction

ENGN8100 - Introduction to System Engineering

ENVS6020 - Human Ecology

ENVS6304 - Land and Catchment Management

MATH6100 - Bioinformatics and Biological Modelling

MATH6102 - Environmental Modelling and Integrated Assessment

MATH6109 - Probability Modelling with Applications

MGMT7161 - Entrepreneurship and New Venture Planning

MGMT8015 - Entrepreneurship and Innovation

STAT7004 - Introduction to Stochastic Processes

STAT8002 - Applied Time Series Analysis


6 units from completion of Research Methods courses from the following list:

BIOL6202 - Experimental Design and Analysis in Biology

BIOL6243 - Bioinformatics and its Applications

COMP6670 - Introduction to Machine Learning

COMP6710 - Structured Programming

COMP6730 - Programming for Scientists

COMP8410 - Data Mining

COMP8420 - Neutral Networks, Deep Learning and Bio-inspired Computing

ENGN8120 - Systems Modelling

ENVS6015 - GIS and Spatial Analysis

ENVS6103 - Introduction to Environmental and Social Research

ENVS6218 - Environmental Science Field School

ENVS6319 - Advanced Remote Sensing and GIS

MATH6005 - Discrete Mathematical Models

MATH6111 - Scientific Computing

MKTG7001 - Marketing

MKTG7050 - Consumer Behaviour and Analysis

STAT6038 - Regression Modelling

STAT6039 - Principle of Mathematical Statistics

STAT7055 - Introductory Statistics for Business and Finance

12 units from completion of the following Agricultural Systems courses:

ENVS6223 - Sustainable Agricultural Systems

ENVS6342 - Agricultural Innovation

12 units from completion of Science and Society courses from the following list:

BIOL6201 - Big Questions in Biology

BIOL6191 - Biology, Society and Ethics

ENVS6025 - Complex Environmental Problems in Action 

ENVS6021 - Participatory Resource Management: Working with Communities

ENVS6528 - Environmental Policy

ENVS8016 - Contemporary Perspectives in Environment-Society Interaction

MGMT7060 - Thought Leadership in Organisations

MGMT7062 - Leadership and Delivering societal impact

MKTG7260 - Marketing and Stakeholder Communications

SCOM6030 - Science Dialogue Theory and Practice

SCOM8014 - Communicating Science with the Public

VCPG6001 - Unravelling Complexity

VCPG6002 - Mobilising Research

VCPG8138 - Science, Technology and Public Policy

12 units from completion of Applied Research and Professional Practise courses from the following list:

BIOL8704 - Biology Literature Research Project

BIOL8706 - Biology Research Project

ENVS8048 - Topics in Environment & Society

SCNC8000 - Science Internship

VCPG6100 - Group Research and Innovation Project

VCPG6200 - Innovation and Professional Practice Internship

12 units from completion of further courses from the lists below not previously taken:

Applied Research and Professional Practise

Science and Society


Research Methods

24 units from elective courses offered by ANU

Capstone Courses

[VCPG6100, VCPG6200, BIOL8704, BIOL8706, ENVS8048, SCNC8000, ENVS6342]

Hurdle Requirements

Students must achieve a minimum GPA of 5.0 in the first 96 units attempted to commence the 24 units of Masters courses in their Bachelor degree. Students who do not achieve this GPA will be able to complete and graduate from their Bachelor degree but will not be able to undertake Masters courses.

If the total number of units attempted exceeds 96 in the same teaching period in which the 96th unit is attempted, all courses attempted will be used in the calculation of the GPA.

Admission Requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry.

Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent

  •   with a grade point average of at least 5.0/7.0
  •   with at least 8 courses a cognate discipline with a grade point average of at least 5.0/7.0 in these courses.


In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors. 


Academic achievement & English language proficiency

The minimum academic requirement for full entry and enrolment is a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0. 

However, applicants will first be ranked on a GPA ('GPA1') that is calculated using all but the last semester (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes. 

If required, ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of: 

• a GPA ('GPA2') calculated on the penultimate and antepenultimate semesters (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes; and/or

• demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency. 

Prior to enrolment in this ANU program, all students who gain entry will have their Bachelor degree reassessed, to confirm minimum requirements were met.

Further information: English Language Requirements for Admission 


Diversity factors

As Australia’s national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.


Assessment of qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met.

 Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework:

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities:

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.

Credit Granted

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit.

Cognate Disciplines

Agriculture, Biology, Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, Engineering (general), Applied Computer Science, Commerce and Business.

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students

For further information on International Tuition Fees see:

Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

For further information on Fees and Payment please see:


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

With a Master of Science in Agricultural Innovation you will have the skills required to solve the complex challenges facing the world.


Globally agriculture will need to feed over nine billion people by 2050. With a changing climate and increasing competition for land, water and energy resources, the agricultural sector will need to find innovative ways to do more with less. To achieve this, an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving will be required. By completing courses in environmental management, business, computer science, biology, engineering or systems modelling, you will have the skills to integrate and adapt knowledge from different disciplines to design novel solutions to complex problems.


You will learn from world-leading experts from across ANU, and its industry partners, through initiatives including the Centre for Entrepreneurial Agri-Technology (CEAT), a joint ANU-CSIRO initiative. In partnership with government and industry, CEAT brings together research and technology to address industry challenges, cutting across traditional discipline boundaries.


Working in multidisciplinary teams on industry projects, graduates will translate research and theory into real-world outcomes, gaining industry relevant skills and a deep understanding of the challenges faced by industry.

Career Options

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

This program is available for applications to commence from First Semester, 2021

Employment Opportunities

Stakeholder engagement with research and industry during the program development phase continually identified the skill shortage of system thinking, team ready and broad knowledge graduates. An aging community within the agricultural research and industries is considered a limitation to advancing the agri system. Graduates would be expected to build careers in state and federal government, as researchers in industry bodies, corporations and research institutions, as innovation technologist across the agricultural sector and in supporting non government organisations globally. Graduates would have the capacity to enter at managerial and strategic thinking level positions and also educate the next generation of leaders in agricultural fields.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the complexity of agricultural systems and value chains.

  2. Interpret, synthesize and critically analyse published literature of relevance to agricultural systems in the context of innovation, productivity and resilience to climatic environmental, economic and social drivers of change.

  3. Apply knowledge of innovation systems in identifying emerging opportunities and solving challenges in the agricultural sector.

  4. Integrate and adapt appropriate knowledge and problem-solving methods from different disciplines and industries, to co-design novel solutions with stakeholders and clients effectively in multi-disciplinary teams.

  5. Demonstrate a critical understanding of science in society

  6. Clearly communicate theory and results in both written and oral formats

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