The University of Melbourne's vision is to lead and build passion and excellence to solve society’s major challenges of sustainable land, food and environment. The university is currently ranked 12th in the world for its environmental science programs according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014 - Environmental Sciences.
Environmental sciences programs at the University of Melbourne can be found across two Faculties: The Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences and the Faculty of Science. Within the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, students can study agricultural sciences and food sciences. At the Faculty of Science, students can learn more about forest and ecosystem science, resource management, and geography.
Agriculture and Food Systems
By improving the use of scarce resources for production and distribution of food and fibre, Agriculture and Food Systems researchers are working toward a sustainable farming future. Global food security is the greatest challenge of the next century, and it is essential that the agricultural industry is supported with innovative research, advanced technology and societal adjustments to make this possible.
Melbourne environmental science academics are experts in plant molecular biology and biotechnology, animal science and production, soil and plant nutrition, food science and biotechnology, efficient use of water for irrigation and in dairies, innovative and environmentally sustainable agricultural, horticultural and viticultural production systems and agribusiness processes.
Forest and Ecosystem Science
Australia’s largest teaching, research and development department dedicated to forests, forest products and forested landscapes, the study of forest and ecosystem science comprises more than 50 scientists working from the molecular to the ecosystem level.
Staff and students of Forest and Ecosystem Science are tackling some of the planet’s most pressing issues: climate change mitigation; carbon accounting: bushfire science; water quality; ecosystem services; biodiversity; biosecurity; tree genomics; renewable resources; biomass energy; sustainable forest management and forest operations; environmentally friendly wood products and much more.
Resource Management and Geography
This environmental science study area is tackling some of the planet’s most pressing issues, including green infrastructure in cities; impacts of green spaces on human health; risks to human security, hunger, conflict and water stress; effects of climate change on trees and landscapes; interactions between society, policy and climate science; political ecology of natural resource management; the magnitude and loss of global biodiversity; and the experience of public and private spaces in the inner city.
University of Melbourne Environmental Science DegreesMaster of Agribusiness
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