Frequently Asked Questions
What are the entry requirements?
The entry requirements for both the Graduate Diploma and Masters require an existing university degree. Direct entry into the Graduate Certificate can also be gained based on professional standing. Whereupon reaching the Masters however, a twelve rather than six month research project may be required. Contact a university coordinator to enrol »
Recognition of Prior Learning
In the first instance, if a student has background that covers one of the Biosecurity Plant Pests units, then they must take the other two. If their prior learning covers two of the courses, then the student’s request for recognition of prior learning will be referred to the relevant unit coordinator through the course coordinator at the host institution. Students will be given credit for at most one of the Biosecurity Plant Pest courses. In general, those who have hands-on professional experience will not be given credit for a unit as unless they can provide independent evidence of a strong and broad theoretical knowledge of the subject material, such as having completed an equivalent course at another university.
How will the material be delivered?
All material will be fully flexibly delivered using the latest on-line technology. Most units can be studied at your own pace and assessment items will use relevant work-place examples.
What if I am an international student?
Because the degrees are flexibly delivered, international students can complete the degrees without leaving home. If you are currently or potentially based in Australia, you cannot enrol full-time in the degree as the full external delivery conflicts with Australian student visa requirements. For up-to-date details see the Australian Government Department of Immigration and border protection.
Will the qualification be recognised internationally?
The Masters of Plant Biosecurity qualifications will have the same standing as other Australian qualifications internationally. When you graduate from the program you can do so with the knowledge that your degree will be recognised by the relevant organisations in those countries.
Can I take a single unit?
Yes! If you are not enrolled in the Certificate, Diploma or Masters you should apply directly to the university teaching the unit that you wish to study.
What are the assessments?
The assessments vary between units. They are designed to test your knowledge (eg online quizzes) and skills (eg report writing). In general there are 3 to 4 assessable items in each unit; some are due during semester and others are due at the end of semester. Two units do have exams (worth 30%) and we will organise a location convenient to you where you can complete these.
What will it cost?
Costs have yet to be finalised and may vary slightly depending on the institution in which you enrol. However, for full-time Australian domestic students, costs will range from approximately AUD 2500–$3000 per unit (total of approximately $10,000 for Certificate, $20,000 for Diploma and $30,000 for Masters), depending on which University at which a student enrols.* Australian students may be eligible for funding assistance under the Commonwealth Government scheme FEE-HELP.
* these costs are a guide only and are subject to change