Master of Food Security

Murdoch University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00125J

This course is one of a kind in Australia and draws on Murdoch's strong research strengths in crop and pasture and agricultural biotechnology where we have an Excellence in Research rating of well above world standard. Within this Masters, you will develop a sound understanding of food security including international frameworks in which food trade operates, and the drivers behind food security. Your core focus will be on understanding the long-term vision and strategies required to ensure that present and future generations will have on-going food security, achieved in ways that do not damage ecological systems. Through globalisation, there is increasing exposure of global food value chains to biosecurity threats. Currently there is an ever-increasing risk of inadvertent spread of pests and diseases and as a result, biosecurity has emerged as a key global issue. The food and feed industries worldwide are facing an increasing number of pest outbreaks that can significantly affect food production and availability, therefore making biosecurity an integral part of global food security. As a student within this course, you will focus on food security, including international frameworks in which food trade operates, and the drivers behind food security. Using case studies, you will explore biosecurity and food policies that underpin food security and trade in a global context. You will also be able to investigate the concept of producing, protecting and providing food to ensure sustainable food production for present and future generations. Within this course you will benefit from our strong ties to industry and will be eligible to conduct projects or placements that focus on in-depth analysis of an issue of relevance in the workplace. You will be able to pursue careers in fields such as agriculture and international development, acting in policy, technical, research and administrative roles with organisations such as the State or Federal Departments of Agriculture or development agencies, and private industry, or their international counterparts. Graduates will be eligible to apply for membership to societies such as the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and the Australian Society of Horticultural Sciences.

Subjects

  • Food security

Standard entry requirements

  • Graduate Certificate or Diploma in Plant Biosecurity or an equivalent including honours, in the plant, ecological, environmental or animal sciences
  • Students with a Bachelor's degree in the plant, ecological, environmental or animal sciences with at least 3 years of relevant work experience are also eligible for admission as determined by the Academic Chair
  • Students demonstrating English competence via IELTS need an overall score of 6.5 with no individual band less than 6.0, or equivalent proficiency test
  • Students who undertake English for Academic Purposes (EAP) will still be required to sit a proficiency test

Recognition

Graduates will be eligible to apply for membership to societies such as the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and the Australian Society of Horticultural Sciences.

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