Master of Biosecurity

Murdoch University

Biosecurity is a growing field of activity for many professionals involved in agriculture, the environment and international and domestic trade. This growth is driven by the need to maintain agricultural and environmental integrity in a world where global trade and human movement mean that exotic organisms pose a major ongoing threat. Biosecurity is central to the management of these threats, with a continuum of activities involving risk analysis, quarantine and surveillance to stop the entry of exotic organisms, rapid emergency response in the event of an exotic incursion, and then the management of pest organisms if they become permanently establish and start impacting trade. After completing this degree, you will be able to pursue careers in biosecurity, quarantine and pest management, acting in technical, research and administrative roles with organisations such as the State Departments of Agriculture, State and Federal Biosecurity Agencies, Plant Health Australia, Animal Health Australia and private industry, or their international counterparts. You will also be eligible to apply for membership to societies such as the Australian Entomological Society, the Australasian Plant Pathology Society, the Ecological Society of Australia, the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology, the Australian Society of Horticultural Sciences and the Society for Risk Analysis.

Entry Requirements:

Bachelor degree; or Graduate Certificate; or Graduate Diploma in Plant Biosecurity or a related discipline (for example entomology, plant pathology, quarantine); plus English competence.


This course has been developed in consultation with government representatives from Canada, United States, New Zealand and Australia. Students graduating from the course can do so with the knowledge that their degree will meet the highest level of industry requirement.

Subjects you can Study:

Plant biosecurity

Study Pathways:

Students can opt out of the Masters of Plant Biosecurity and exit with the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma subject to satisfying the course requirements.

Further information:

Internet access is required for all students.


Australian Entomological Society; Australian Plant Pathology Society; Australian Ecological Society; Australian Institute of Agricultural Science; Australian Society of Horticultural Sciences; Australian Society for Risk Analysis

Who for:

Graduates wanting to pursue careers in biosecurity, quarantine and pest management, acting in technical, research and administrative roles

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00125J

Related Careers:

Agricultural Scientist,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Murdoch No info Yes Full time 1.5 years
Murdoch No info Yes Part time 3 years
Named after the prominent Australian academic and essayist Sir Walter Murdoch, Murdoch was the second university established in Western Australia. Since the first intake of students in 1975, Murdoch has become a dynamic, modern university with a national reputation for excellence in teaching, research and student satisfaction.

Murdoch university has three campuses. The main campus is on South Street in Murdoch and is an easy commute from the Perth CBD and Fremantle, whilst the Rockingham and Peel campuses are located further south of Perth. All three campuses are well serviced by public transport, parking and bike racks.

Provider CRICOS: 00125J

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