Engineering Science (Agricultural Engineering), MEngSci
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On completion of this University of Southern Queensland Master of Engineering Science (Agricultural Engineering) program, graduates will be able to:
demonstrate and interpret an advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of knowledge in one or more disciplines or areas of practice.
apply specialised cognitive and technical skills in a complex body of knowledge or practice in one or more disciplines or areas of practice.
critically analyse, reflect and synthesize information to interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
The specialisations of Agricultural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Power Engineering and Structural Engineering have been accorded full accreditation at the level of Professional Engineer by Engineers Australia and graduates are eligible for Graduate membership at the Professional Engineer Level.
- Professional Skills in Engineering
- Advanced Engineering Mathematics
- Advanced Engineering Project Management
- Engineering Simulations and Computations
- Engineering Research Methods
- Masters Engineering Research Project A
- Masters Engineering Research Project B
- Emerging Technologies in Agriculture
- Irrigation Science
- Water Resources Engineering
- Hydraulics II
- Agricultural Materials and Post-Harvest Technologies
- Agricultural Soil Mechanics
Detailed Programme Facts
You can apply until:
General 2019-07-16 00:00:00
You can apply until:
General Semester intake:
- Semester 1 (February)
- Semester 2 (July)
- Semester 1 (February)
- Semester 2 (July)
applications all year round. USQ receives thousands of applications each year
so it is important to apply early.
- Programme intensity
You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.
- Full-time duration 24 months
- Average part-time duration 48 months
- Duration description
2 years full-time or 4 years part-time
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Minimum required score:90
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Minimum required score:570
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Minimum required score:6.5
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Minimum required score (Grade B2):176
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To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:
- Completion of an Australian university three or four year Bachelor degree in the area of engineering in the relevant cognate specialisation (major), or equivalent.
- Completion of an appropriate four year Bachelor degree in the area of engineering in a non-cognate specialisation (major field), or equivalent.
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- Domestic full fee paying place
- International full fee paying place
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CompareSummaryBachelor of Engineering Science
Major Agricultural Engineering (BENS)
- Semester 1 (February)
- Semester 2 (July)
- Semester 3 (November)
Number of Units
- 24 units
- 3 years or part-time equivalent
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Program Information Set
Gain an edge through genuine industry knowledge
Make an impact in the future of agriculture with the help of USQ’s Bachelor of Engineering Science (Agricultural Engineering). As a part of Australia and New Zealand’s only Agricultural Engineering degree, USQ offers a unique practical, skill and knowledge based course to begin your future career. Study while you work, either via distance or on campus, and have the flexibility to adapt your study to your life.
Toowoomba is at the epicentre of the Darling Downs’ agriculture and farming industries; giving USQ the edge through genuine industry knowledge and understanding. With a highly practical, relevant and rigorous course, linked to the world-class research centre in Agricultural Engineering; you will study sustainable agricultural production, precision agriculture, agricultural machinery, hydraulics, hydrology and post-harvest technology that will prepare you for the real world.
As a graduate of the Bachelor of Engineering Science, you will eligible to apply for membership with Engineers Australia as an Engineering Technologist. After gaining experience from working in the field, you can apply for chartered status as an Engineering Technologist.
Career outcomesWith a huge shortage in skilled Agricultural professionals, you have the potential to secure a position as an Engineering Technologist, Agricultural Scientist , Technical Officer, Agricultural Engineer or Sales and Support Consultant and work in a challenging, but influential area of the engineering world.
Other majors for the Bachelor of Engineering Science: Civil , Computer Systems , Electrical and Electronic , Environmental , Infrastructure Management , Mechanical and Power Engineering .
In addition to the courses listed below, you will also need to complete practical experience, where interactive hands-on activities, such as experiments and use of specialist equipment, are undertaken.
All students must be able to meet the physical and other professional requirements of practical experience within this program.
In addition to the courses listed below, external students will also have the opportunity to come on-campus for residential schools where you will attend face-to-face lectures and tutorials, use the facilities and meet staff and other students.
Courses to be studied Units 1 x major 24 plus 6 x practice courses 0 Total 24Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.
How much will it cost?
Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:
Study Mode Cost Commonwealth supported AUD 9352 Domestic full fee paying AUD 24080
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You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.
- Find out if you are eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP
You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink .
Scholarships and financial assistance
You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.
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This program includes a compulsory professional experience component that may involve travel, accommodation and meal expenses.
This program includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.
1 These are indicative annual fees for 2018 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.13/71OP/RankThis is the 2018 adjusted OP / Rank for this program.
The lowest OP/unadjusted Rank* to which an offer was made is 14/68. OP/Ranks based upon all offers made in Semester 1, 2018.
- Subject pre-requisites: English (4, SA), Mathematics B (4, SA) or equivalent
English Language Requirements
You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements . This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.
If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program .
A number of other pathways are also available if you haven’t been able to study previously or don’t meet the requirements for entry into your program of interest.
*Further admission information
An adjusted Selection Rank is the result of combining additional ranks through special entry schemes for admission.
Special entry schemes for admissions may help you get into the program of your choice by increasing your Selection Rank, through the allocation of additional ranks in certain circumstances.
An adjusted Selection Rank is the result of combining additional ranks with a student’s OP/Selection Rank. An unadjusted Selection Rank is the student’s Selection Rank without any rank adjustments.
USQ is committed to greater admissions transparency. Learn more about the education and work experience, as well as average OP/Ranks for this programs’ student cohort for Semester 1, 2018 .
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How to apply
NOTE: The semester 3 offering is only available for part-time study.
Mode Codes Distance 907905 Toowoomba 907902
Applying directly to USQ:
- Semester 3, 2018 – applications close Friday 23 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 19 November 2018.
- Semester 1, 2019 – applications close Monday 18 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 25 February 2019.
- Semester 2, 2019 – applications close Monday 1 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 15 July 2019.
If you are applying via QTAC, you will need to check the QTAC closing dates.
Credit for previous study or work experience
You may be eligible for credit if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.
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Study Agricultural Engineering
Agricultural engineers apply their knowledge of biological and physical sciences and engineering principles to the production and delivery of foods and fibers, under safe working conditions, and while protecting the environment.
Due to advancements in biotechnology and growing concerns over environmental quality, there has been an increase in the number of opportunities for agricultural engineers in areas such as the design of fermentation and cell culture processes. The rapidly expanding global economy will result in a significant increase in national and multinational companies and government agencies hiring university and college graduates for employment in a global market.
Approximately fifty universities in the USA have departments of Agricultural Engineering. Each department maintains its autonomy with an individualized program; yet the field of agricultural engineering in the USA (especially Agricultural Engineering Education Programs) are composed of a close-knit group of engineers and scientists with common goals. This allows each Agricultural Department to benefit from the strengths of every other department. Many professional organizations contribute to the enhancement of the educational programs, of which the two most prominent are the American Society of Agricultural Engineers and the American Society for Engineering Education. This permits and cultivates a climate for unifying a direction for higher quality.
Educational programs in Agricultural Engineering in the USA are primarily limited to State Universities. It is significant to the quality of the programs that most, but not all, of these universities are those that have been designated as ‘Land Grant’ universities, that administer the primary agricultural research and extension programs for their particular state. The research programs relate primarily to the needs of each specific state, and secondarily to the larger need of the country and the world. The extension programs are charged with relating the latest scientific findings to practical application that can be used to enhance and optimize agricultural production.
All undergraduate educational programs provide a very standard engineering foundation that begins to specialize in the third year with a more direct emphasis on specialization in the fourth year. Graduate programs continue this specialization and, at the same time, permit an interaction across specializations that results in a diversified graduate.
Many agricultural engineering departments have dual programs: (1) a fully-accredited engineering program that requires a fundamental engineering science foundation and produces a qualified engineer; (2) a technology-based program directed to the student whose interest is in applied technology to the agricultural sciences or business. There is an industry need for graduates from both programs.
Often, teaching faculty are jointly associated with one or both of these two programs, which greatly enhances the undergraduate and graduate courses. Students are led by faculty that remain current in the latest scientific and engineering advances, which additionally permits graduate students to be involved in research programs at the cutting edge of science. Also, students have the opportunity to see practical application of the scientific advancements of the real world of industrial development and agricultural production.
Prior to the 1930s, most of the technology programs were simply called agricultural engineering technology, agricultural mechanization, or mechanized agriculture. Many of the 29 universities currently offering technology programs recently changed the scope of their programs to focus on emerging technologies, as they apply to food and agricultural systems. The names of the respective programs reflect the philosophy of the school in responding to these issues. So although they may have different names, the programs are really quite similar. Program names currently in use are:
– Agriculture and Environmental Technology
– Agriculture Engineering Technology
– Agricultural Operations Management
– Agricultural Systems Management
– Agricultural Systems Technology
– Agricultural Technology Management
– Agricultural Technology and Systems Management
– Bioresources Engineering Technology
– Mechanized Systems Management
– Technical Systems Management
Today, agricultural engineers and systems management graduates both work with the same types of buildings and equipment, the same crops and animals, and the global society – yet there is a distinct difference in what they do. The engineer is trained to analyze and design a process, system or mechanism, while the agricultural systems specialist is able to identify the system problems, formulate possible solutions, analyze the impact of alternatives (including social and economic dimensions) and then implement the best solution. When comparing systems management to engineering, the systems programs are less theoretical and more practical. Emphasis is on application experiences, and most courses have laboratory or recitation sessions.
An agricultural systems management degree combines an understanding of the agricultural, biological and physical sciences with managerial and technical skills. This understanding of science, systems management and applications engineering can be used in a career in the production and processing of food, fiber, feed, and fuel. Students focus on the application of engineering principles, the study of agricultural technology and the integration of business management concepts in the food and agricultural industry. This degree is ideal for students interested in technical sales or being a technical manager for an agricultural-related business involved in production, processing, service or manufacturing. Systems management graduates are in great demand. The average starting salaries are highly competitive, and among the highest of agricultural graduates, averaging in the mid-to-high $30,000 range.
A graduate for an agricultural engineering undergraduate education program (and similarly named engineering programs) in one country may be employed in another country by either a governmental agency or multinational company. Employers of graduates need assurance of quality, based on minimum qualifications. Likewise, educational institutions selecting international students for graduate study need assurance of the quality of the degree. Accreditation of programs in the US by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) since 1936 provides a model for agricultural engineering educators worldwide. This high level of quality would suggest that the USA is, arguably, the place to come and study if you are planning a career in agricultural engineering.
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