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Master of Animal Sciences James Cook University




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Tropical animal science has become an area of global importance as world trade continues to expand. The challenge of future research is to develop better methods for improving production in all livestock species within tropical regions.

Course overview

Learn the best methods for improving livestock production with the Master of Animal Science at JCU. Integrate established evidence and recent developments to graduate with a comprehensive understanding of the industry.

Benefit from a focus on theory and professional practice. Gain hands-on experience with JCU’s onsite farm animals and at their own extensive beef property.

Choose from a range of study areas including nutrition, pathology, epidemiology, microbiology, and parasitology. Execute a research project, prepare a dissertation, and conduct a literature review for a broad understanding of scholarship in animal science.

Career opportunities

JCU Animal Science graduates benefit from an immersive learning experience with a specific focus on livestock production.

Graduates go on to work in animal agriculture in a range of positions.

Employers include: Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Queensland Government Department of Environment and Science, Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, CSIRO, Natural Resource Management Boards, Natural Resource Assessment Consultants, Agricultural Consultants

Course highlights

James Cook University has:

  • Purpose-built emergency veterinary clinic including operating theatres and radiology facilities
  • Anatomy and biomedical science teaching and research laboratories, including housing for small, large and aquatic animals
  • Veterinary teaching facilities in Atherton, Malanda, Townsville and Charters Towers.

Beef Production

Gain professional experience in using technology in beef production and gain insights in ways of assessing and optimising animal welfare in agricultural enterprises.

Acquire in depth knowledge of how the environment and management strategies can influence the fertility and productivity of animals and study topics as diverse as molecular analysis of tropical microbes and accounting and finance for managers.

Gain an in-depth understanding of how to build a sustainable and profitable enterprise.



Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Master of Animal Sciences.

Full Time (1.5 years)

Tuition fees

A$40,280.00 (19,12,124) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution


24 Feb


James Cook University

Douglas campus,

1 James Cook Drive,



4814, TOWNSVILLE, Australia

Full Time (1.5 years)

Tuition fees

A$40,280.00 (19,12,124) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution


24 Feb


Townsville City Campus

City Arcade, 383 Flinders Street,



4810, TOWNSVILLE, Australia

Entry requirement for international students

Completion of an AQF level 7 Bachelor Degree in Animal Science; or Completion of qualifications recognised as equivalent to the above.

IELTS - 7.0 (no component lower than 6.5); TOEFL (internet based) - 94 (no component less than 23); Pearson (PTE Academic) - 65 (no component less than 58).

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