Course objectives:

To provide students with:

  • High-level experience in, and ability to conduct independent research in the biosciences;
  • Ability in reviewing and assessing scientific literature;
  • Ability in hypothesis testing, design of laboratory and/or field experiments;
  • Ability in advanced scientific techniques, data analysis and interpretation;
  • Written and oral presentations;
  • Potential to proceed to the PhD degree.

Course Description

The Master of Science (BioSciences) combines the following three existing courses: Master of Science (Botany), Master of Science (Genetics), and Master of Science (Zoology). These courses have now been discontinued. As such, students applying for this course must choose one of the following specialisations at the point of application: Genetics, Plant Science, or Zoology. 

The Master of Science (BioSciences) gives students the opportunity to undertake a substantive Research Project in one of the discipline areas available within the School of BioSciences: Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Science; Genetics, Genomics and Development; and Plant Science. The program offers students the flexibility to develop their own interests by selecting from a broad range of coursework subjects, including core discipline study and a professional skills component that provides high-level training in the areas of communication, business and science application. The Master of Science(BioSciences) is a pathway to PhD study or to the workforce.

Students in the Master of Science (BioSciences) who have a weighted average mark of 80% or higher in the prerequisite undergraduate major, are eligible for consideration for the Graduate Research Program in Science. This is a five-year course of study comprising the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)Find out more.

Information on potential supervisors and research projects in the School of Biosciences

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Careers outcomes

As a graduate of this program, you may enjoy a rewarding career in:

  • Environmental & agricultural sciences
  • Science outreach & communications
  • Research & development
  • Endangered species monitoring
  • Resource management
  • Regulatory agencies

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