Graduate Diploma in Regenerative Agriculture

2022 course information for Domestic Students
2022 course information for International Students

updated 4:20 PM on Thu, 20 January

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International snapshot

ATAR
N/A
Duration
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
52 weeks
Location
Lismore, Online
Start date
March, July
Course code
1108440
Course abbreviation
GradDipRA
Credit points
96
Equivalent units
8
CRICOS
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Fees
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Course overview
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The Graduate Diploma in Regenerative Agriculture provides students with insight into the processes of transition required to build more resilient farming systems and rural societies.

Drawing on multi-disciplinary knowledges, this course will provide graduate students a sound understanding of how to apply the principles and practices of regenerative agriculture in different farming contexts. They will also learn how to effectively work with landholders and support transitions towards regenerative systems. A broad selection of elective units are available. Students with a science background can select soils-focused elective units, or students can select  Indigenous-Knowledge focused elective units.

This course draws on the University’s specialist expertise in plant science, agronomy, ecology and socio-ecological systems to develop a higher-level understanding of the philosophies underpinning regenerative agriculture and enables students to integrate cross-disciplinary knowledge to develop innovative solutions to agribusiness and land management challenges. 

It is designed for students who want to be a part of a new way of farming that better supports, and is supported by natural processes, building more resilient farms and farmers in a future of increased seasonal and weather variability.

This course responds to industry need not only for regenerative farmers but also for regenerative agronomists and consultants who can advise and guide the supply of food and fibre from regenerative farms and support improved land management. This postgraduate qualification is suited both to people already working in the farming and agribusiness sector and also to those who wish to transition into this dynamic and important industry.

The Graduate Diploma in Regenerative Agriculture provides students with insight into the processes of transition required to build more resilient farming systems and rural societies.

Drawing on multi-disciplinary knowledges, this course will provide graduate students a sound understanding of how to apply the principles and practices of regenerative agriculture in different farming contexts. They will also learn how to effectively work with landholders and support transitions towards regenerative systems. A broad selection of elective units are available. Students with a science background can select soils-focused elective units, or students can select  Indigenous-Knowledge focused elective units.

This course draws on the University’s specialist expertise in plant science, agronomy, ecology and socio-ecological systems to develop a higher-level understanding of the philosophies underpinning regenerative agriculture and enables students to integrate cross-disciplinary knowledge to develop innovative solutions to agribusiness and land management challenges. 

It is designed for students who want to be a part of a new way of farming that better supports, and is supported by natural processes, building more resilient farms and farmers in a future of increased seasonal and weather variability.

This course responds to industry need not only for regenerative farmers but also for regenerative agronomists and consultants who can advise and guide the supply of food and fibre from regenerative farms and support improved land management. This postgraduate qualification is suited both to people already working in the farming and agribusiness sector and also to those who wish to transition into this dynamic and important industry.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

About the course

Students complete six core units:

  • Building Resilience in a Changing Climate: Through Drought, Fire and Flood
  • Ecological Perspectives for Transformational Change
  • Regenerative Agricultural Principles and Practices
  • Regenerative Agricultural Strategies
  • Planning Rural Landscapes
  • Supporting Change in Regenerative Systems 

and two electives from one of the following specialisations:

  • Soils Specialisation
  • Indigenous Knowledge Specialisation

or from a broad range of elective units.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
LismoreTerm  1, Term  3
OnlineTerm  1, Term  3

International students

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

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Course requirements


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleLevel of learningNotes



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Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.


Assessment methods

Assessments vary for each unit and may comprise a mix of assessment types, including laboratory and readings-based assignments, seminar presentations, field and investigation reports, and critical reflection.

Teaching methods

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. All Regenerative Agriculture units will require that students attend compulsory field-trips to experience regenerative agricultural practices in different farming systems and regions.

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit-to-unit, but there is a compulsory, 4-day farm tour for the unit Regenerative Agricultural Principles and Practices.

Career opportunities

Graduates will have enhanced employment opportunities within organisations seeking graduates with a good understanding of regenerative agriculture principles and practice, with advanced skills in problem solving in the context of complex socio-ecological systems, for farm and landscape management.

The course prepares students seeking senior management, leadership and consultancy roles within a diverse range of industries including agriculture, land management, food and fibre production and supply chain management, within private and public sectors including on farms, with agronomic consulting companies, in landcare programs, research, education, interpretation programs and government departments such as Local Land Services, DPI and PIRSA.

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