Master of Science in Agriculture

Study Discipline: Agriculture Studies
Study Programme Details
City: Pretoria
Country: South Africa
Admission Sessions: Summer Session
Study Format: Full Time
Mode of Study: Fully on Site

Programme Type

Master's degree


36 Months

Scholarship Available




About this Study Course

Embark on a journey of discovery and innovation with the Master of Science in Agriculture at the University of South Africa (UNISA). Our program is a gateway to a world of possibilities within the dynamic field of agriculture, offering a unique blend of environmental management, environmental science, nature conservation, horticulture, and landscaping.

In a world where sustainable agriculture is at the forefront of global discussions, our program stands as a beacon of excellence, addressing current trends, and preparing students for the future of agriculture and life sciences.


The School of Agriculture and Life Sciences at UNISA is a powerhouse, comprising two vital departments: the Department of Agriculture and Animal Health, and the Department of Life and Consumer Sciences. Our College offers an array of exciting qualifications in the science sphere, all delivered through state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment. The dedicated group of science education professionals ensures that open distance learning students receive the best support and practical exposure, unique to an open distance learning institution and on par with the very best residential universities offer.

As you pursue the Master of Science in Agriculture, you’ll find yourself at the intersection of innovation and sustainable practices. This program not only imparts knowledge but fosters a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of agriculture with environmental management, science, conservation, and horticulture. Discover the world of possibilities that await you with this master’s program at UNISA!

Admission Requirements

Appropriate Bachelor honours degree (or equivalent) in Agriculture or related field. A student who is admitted on the strength of an equivalent qualification and who has not completed a module in research methodology may be required to complete such a module at NQF level 8 for non-degree purposes (NDP) before he/she will be allowed to register for the dissertation.
All students with foreign qualifications, including those with qualifications from African countries, must have their qualifications evaluated at SAQA. (
In addition to the above requirements, all applicants must submit a transcript or an academic record, an updated CV as well as a 5-page research concept document within the scope of the research group.
Students will be accepted on the following criteria: Suitability and viability of the intended research, adequate supervisory capacity and research expertise in the discipline or department. An approved selection procedure which is in line with Unisa’s policies on equality and diversity in the discipline or department will be implemented. Students who are awaiting Honours examination results must still submit applications by the due date. Applications will be considered once results become available.

  • Exploring Molecular Interactions
  • Research Methodology
  • Research Project in Life Sciences
  • Current Concepts in Biochemistry
  • Health, Lifestyle and Diseases
  • Molecular Techniques
  • Current Concepts in Genetics

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Future Career Outcomes

Witness the real-world impact of your Master’s degree through stories of our successful alumni who have become leaders in the field of agriculture and life sciences. The industry demands professionals with a nuanced understanding of environmental management, conservation practices, and sustainable agriculture, and our program ensures that you not only meet but exceed these expectations.

At UNISA, our focus extends beyond academic knowledge. We emphasize skill development, ensuring that you possess the practical skills demanded by the evolving job market. Join us in shaping the future of agriculture and life sciences, where your education is not just a qualification but a catalyst for positive change.

Visa Requirements:

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