Courses within the university sector are designed to prepare students for higher levels of management and technical specialisations. Education within the university sector consists of the following levels:
Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Bachelor (Honours)
The number of universities offering horticulture as a field of study is limited and in some cases, horticulture can only be studied as a component of a broader agricultural or science degree. Universities horticulture as a field of study are listed below.
Students undertaking a Bachelor’s degree study a broad range of coherent subjects which prepares them for a professional career in the industry. Bachelor’s degrees generally take 3-4 years to complete full time, although in some cases credit can be awarded for recognition of previous studies. Credit lessens the time it takes to complete the qualification, with a related diploma generally providing a years’ worth of credit.
Graduate Certificates and Diplomas take 6 months to a year to complete and are targeted course of study in a specific area. A bachelor’s degree may not be required for entry to a Graduate Certificate program with industry experience instead being taken into account. Both Graduate Certificates and Diplomas may be stand alone or they may form part of an articulated course of study leading to a Master’s degree.
An Honours degree is completed after a bachelor’s degree in the same field and generally consists of an intensive research-based project. Honours degrees can be used as an entry to higher study such as a doctorate and are generally only open to students who have performed to a high standard in their bachelor’s degree
Masters degrees, either research or course based are higher degrees which prepare a student for the application of advanced knowledge in a range of contexts; professional practice, research or as a means to further study. Masters programs generally take 1-2 years to complete full time. In some cases credit may be awarded, based on prior study. Generally, a bachelor’s degree is required for entry into a master’s course and in some cases, this must be in the same discipline area.
A doctorate is the highest academic qualification in the AQF and is available as either a research doctorate (generally a Doctor of Philosophy or PhD) or as a professional doctorate. Research is a core element of both streams with research doctorates requiring a significant and original contribution to knowledge and professional doctorates requiring a significant and original contribution to knowledge in a professional practice context. Entry to a doctoral program requires a bachelor with honour's degree with high grades or a Master’s degree.
Nuffield Australia Scholarships
Scholarships for Australian Primary Producers
Nuffield Australia is known as the country’s leading agricultural scholarship organisation. It a unique program that awards primary producers with a life-changing scholarship to travel and study an agricultural topic of choice.
Winston Churchill Trust - Churchill Fellowship
A Churchill Fellowship offers a life-changing opportunity to travel overseas to investigate a topic or issue that you are passionate about. As an internationally recognised award, recipients gain access to expertise from around the world, not typically available to everyone.
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
More than $200,000 worth of scholarships are available to support Australian horticulture professionals in the vegetable industry take their careers to the next level with the Masterclass in Horticulture Business.
Women & Leadership Australia - Hort Innovation
Women and Leadership Scholarships
Funding for Women's leadership development in the Horticulture sector. Scholarship Grants Available in Leading Edge, Executive Ready and Advanced Leadership Program
Scholarships on offer for horticulture industry leaders
Hort Innovation is inviting senior executives and innovative leaders from Horticulture levy-paying businesses to apply for one of five funded opportunities to attend the KPMG Enhanced 2020 Agrifood and Internet of Farms Traction Program.
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