The School of Agriculture, Food and Wine has a large and vibrant population of higher degree by research (HDR) and honours students from all over the world.
Our students undertake research on a wide diversity of topics in basic and applied science, including soil science, agronomy, plant breeding and genetics, plant protection, biochemistry and physiology, viticulture and oenology, food and nutrition science and biometry.
Many of these students are jointly supervised by University of Adelaide staff and researchers in other organisations at the Waite, and all of our students benefit from access to excellent facilities as well as to the world-class researchers co-located on the campus.
The Postgraduate Association for Waite Students (PAWS) organises social and professional development activities, including the annual Postgraduate Symposium, a highlight on the campus calendar of events.
Our school also offers masters by coursework, graduate diplomas and graduate certificate options in viticulture and oenology.
Currently available opportunities
Aboriginal practices in food/beverage fermentations
An opportunity exists for one or more students to undertake work towards the degree of Hons, MPhil or PhD through a study of traditional practices by Australian Aboriginal people in producing fermented beverages. A top-up scholarship of $5,000 per annum is currently available for a student who enrols in an MPhil or PhD degree to work on this project.
Please contact Prof Vladimir Jiranek for further information about the project.
Defining and exploiting the indigenous microflora of grapes
An opportunity exists for a PhD student to undertake work as part of the ARC Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production. The project seeks to identify novel yeast and lactic acid bacteria (for use as pure cultures) and an understanding of vine and grape attributes that favour particular species. Knowledge gained about the grape population that inoculates the fermentation will help winemakers better steer the microbes and fermentation to a desired outcome.
Please contact Prof Vladimir Jiranek for further information about this project.
Alternatives to sulfur dioxide for controlling Brettanomyces spoilage in wine
An opportunity exists for a PhD student to undertake work as part of the ARC Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production. This project seeks to identify novel approaches to avoid SO2 in managing the wine spoilage organism Brettanomyces including biological agents such as peptides (yeast killer factors) and/or enzymes (β-glucanase) and physical method of control (low voltage, high pressure, UV treatment) will be investigated.
Please contact Assoc Prof Paul Grbin for further information about this project.
Current research student support
HDR administrative procedures
Handbook for AFW postgraduate (HDR) students and supervisors Describes the procedures used in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine to manage higher degree by research (HDR) candidature and resources available to help students and supervisors. 2018 Candidate Management presentation slides These files will give you an indication of the things covered for new HDR students in the School. Core Component of the Structured Program (CCSP) The CCSP is the first major progress milestone you will complete following candidature commencement; it is due at six months or half-time equivalent from your start date in candidature Actions required for the Major Review of Postgraduate Progress PhD and Master by Research candidates are provisionally enrolled for the first 12 months of candidature. In order to progress to full candidature, the Major Review of Postgraduate Progress must be completed. Candidature milestones Details the specific milestones during PhD and Master by Research programs that have to be met by HDR students Research Student handbook Produced by the Adelaide Graduate Centre which is responsible for the management and administration of research education at the University of Adelaide. AFW checklist Induction checklist for new students commencing in the School of Ag, Food and Wine. Should be completed and submitted as an attachment to the CCSP Seminar feedback form Feedback form for CCSP Introductory Seminar Invitation letter to Independent Advisor Word document template to invite an Independent Advisor AFW Budget template To be used for School of Ag, Food and Wine student support funding
HDR useful links