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Master of Viticulture and Oenology

Graduation requirements

To graduate from the Master of Viticulture and Oenology, students must successfully complete a total of 96 points by choosing to study either 64 points by coursework plus a 32-point dissertation, or 80 points by coursework plus a 16-point dissertation.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

CSU's Master of Viticulture and Oenology provides graduates with the opportunity to obtain advanced knowledge in viticulture and wine science.

The flexibility of the Master of Viticulture and Oenology allows you to study the course as a
1.5 year full-time on campus program on Wagga Wagga Campus, or as a three-year part-time program by distance education.

Students learn to develop their research skills through the preparation of a research dissertation in a specialised area of interest which may include: vine health, vine physiology, wine production and wine sensory science.

The Master of Viticulture and Oenology aims to:

  • promote advanced knowledge in viticulture and wine science
  • promote capacity to identify and solve issues faced by the grape and wine industries
  • promote critical reflection through independent research and analysis
  • encourage scholarship and research within the candidates discipline area.

The latest facilities

To ensure you are experienced using the equipment and techniques found in the workplace, our facilities include:

  • a state-of-the-art laboratory
  • the University's 12ha commercial vineyard
  • a fully-operational, modern commercial winery that produces a range of award-winning wines.

Residential school

Students studying by distance education may have to attend residential schools that involve attendance on Wagga Wagga Campus each session for between two and four days' duration.

Career opportunities

Where it will take you

A diverse range of career opportunities are available to you as a graduate of this Master degree, including:

  • managing a vineyard or winery
  • producing wines
  • working in technical positions
  • working in consulting positions
  • working in grower liaison positions.

Course structure

Course structure

The course is a 96 points masters and students must complete 96 points at a pass level or better to be eligible for graduation. Students have the option of a 32 point or a 16 point dissertation subject.

Core

For students choosing the 32 point dissertation.

WSC502 Advanced Viticulture/Oenology Dissertation (32)
WSC501 Research Proposal (8)
VIT501 Advanced Viticultural Science (8)
VIT502 Advanced Grape and Wine Studies (8)
WSC504 Advanced Oenology (8)
STA508 Post Graduate Experimental Design and Analysis (8)

Restricted Electives

For students choosing the 32 point dissertation (choose 3, 8 point subjects or equivalent to 24 points).

PSC415 Soil management (8)
IRR401 Management of Irrigation Systems
AGR595 Managing Agroecosystems (8)
AHT404 Climate Change (8)
PSC547 Sustainable Soil Management (8)
PSC420 Water Policy and Management (8)
AGR402 Reading in Science and Agriculture (8)
AGB533 Agribusiness Management Post Graduate (8)
STA401 Postgraduate Scientific Statistics
AGS402 Weed and Pesticide Sciences (PG)
WSC401 Wine Science (PG)
WSC402 Wine Production (PG)
WSC403 Wine Production 2 (PG)
WSC404 Wine Sensory Assessment (PG)
VIT402 Vine Physiology (PG)
VIT403 Vineyard Establishment (PG)
VIT404 Vine Health (PG)

Core

For students choosing the 16 point dissertation.

WSC503 Viticulture/Oenology Dissertation (16)
WSC501 Research Proposal (8)
VIT501 Advanced Viticultural Science (8)
VIT502 Advanced Grape and Wine Studies (8)
WSC504 Advanced Oenology (8)
STA508 Post Graduate Experimental Design and Analysis (8)

Restricted Electives

For students choosing the 16 point dissertation (choose 5, 8 point subjects or equivalent to 40 points).

PSC415 Soil management (8)
IRR401 Management of Irrigation Systems (8)
AGR595 Managing Agroecosystems (8)
AHT404 Climate Change (8)
AGR402 Reading in Science and Agriculture (8)
PSC547 Sustainable Soil Management (8)
PSC420 Water Policy and Management (8)
PSC690 Integrated Pest Management (8)
AGR583 Alternative Agriculture (8)
AGB533 Agribusiness Management Post Graduate (8)
STA401 Postgraduate Scientific Statistics
AGS402 Weed and Pesticide Sciences (PG)
WSC401 Wine Science (PG)
WSC402 Wine Production (PG)
WSC403 Wine Production 2 (PG)
WSC404 Wine Sensory Assessment (PG)
VIT402 Vine Physiology (PG)
VIT403 Vineyard Establishment (PG)
VIT404 Vine Health (PG)

Enrolment pattern

The enrolment pattern is quite flexible and the list below is only a guide, after consultation with the course coordinator this pattern may be changed to suit.

Students who choose the 32 point dissertation

Session 1

VIT501 Advanced Viticultural Science
STA508 Postgraduate Experimental Design and Analysis
Restricted Elective
Restricted Elective

Session 2

VIT502 Advanced Grape and Wine Studies
WSC504 Advanced Oenology
WSC501 Research Proposal
Restricted Elective

Session 3

WSC502 Advanced Viticulture/Oenology Dissertation (32)

Students who choose the 16 point dissertation

Session 1

VIT501 Advanced Viticultural Science
STA508 Postgraduate Experimental Design and Analysis
Restricted Elective
Restricted Elective

Session 2

WSC501 Research Proposal
WSC504 Advanced Oenology
VIT502 Advanced Grape and Wine Studies
Restricted Elective

Session 3

WSC503 Viticulture/Oenology Dissertation (16)
Restricted Elective
Restricted Elective

At a glance

Study Mode

On campus; Distance education

Where

Wagga Wagga

When

Session 1; Session 2

Level

Postgraduate

Duration

1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time

International?

YES

Indicative ATAR

N/A

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