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Master of Biological Sciences

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Health and Medicine

MBIOLSC
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.

Ensuring food security in Australia and the developing world, or solving malaria drug resistance are just some of the global issues you could work on with the ANU Master of Biological Sciences.

Ranked as the best university in Australia, and a leading centre for research in the biological sciences, ANU offers courses in biomedical sciences, ecology and evolution, genetics, plant and animal sciences, molecular biology and biochemistry.

You can choose to specialise in one of these areas or mix courses to give a broad overview of biological sciences today.

Find out more about biological science, the degree structure, the university experience, career opportunities and student stories on our website.

Get the inside story on what it’s like to be an ANU student by visiting our student blog.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

This program is available for applications until second semester, 2018

Employment Opportunities

The ANU Master of Biological Sciences will provide you with the skills to pursue a career in laboratory science, field ecology, industry, agriculture, health, public and environmental policy.

Our graduates go on to find interesting careers in a range of areas including agricultural biotechnology and plant breeding, clinical or medical research, pharmaceutical companies, biosecurity  environmental policy, and biological education.

Completing a Master of Biological Sciences (Advanced), with a research component, can also lead to a PhD.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

1.     demonstrate high level knowledge in the area of their study;

2.     apply their knowledge in biological sciences to new problems;

3.     interpret, synthesize and critically analyse published literature of relevance to biological sciences;

4.     demonstrate basic laboratory skills that are commonly used in biological sciences research;

5.     perform experimental work under guidance, interpret and analyse results, write reports;

6.     clearly communicate theory and results in both written and oral formats

Further Information

Students have the option of applying to transfer to the Master of Biological Sciences (Adv) and undertaking a 48 unit research project if they satisfy the following requirements:

• achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark in the initial 48 units of coursework

• have the approval of an identified supervisor, and 

• have completed compulsory courses in the Master Biological Science (Advanced) 

 

Students who have completed 48 units and wish to exit the program have the option of transferring to graduate from a Graduate Diploma of Science.

 

Students who have completed 24 units and wish to exit the program have the option of transferring to graduate from a Graduate Certificate of Science.

An indicative list of courses offered by Science can be found here 

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7 in a cognate area.  A cognate area consists of 8 courses. 

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units (one semester) of credit.

Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units (one year) of credit.

Cognate disciplines

Biochemistry, molecular biology and gene technology

 

Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$32,256.00

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$42,960.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Program Requirements

The Master of Biological Sciences requires the completion of 96 units which must consist of:

6 units from completion of BIOL8291 Research Presentation Skills

 

A minimum of 18 units from completion of courses from the following list:

BIOL8700 Research Proposal

BIOL8702 Advanced Research Techniques

BIOL8704 Biology Literature Research Project

 

A maximum of 72 units from completion of 6000-level courses from the subject area BIOL Biology

 

A maximum of 18 units from completion of 6000-level and 8000-level courses from the following subject areas:

BIAN Biological Anthropology

CHEM Chemistry

EMSC Earth and Marine Science

ENVS Environmental Science

MATH Mathematics

NEUR Neuroscience

POPH Population Health

PSYC Psychology

SCOM Science Communication

 

Study Options

Year 1 48 units BIOL8291 Research Presentation Skills 6 units 6000 level BIOL Course 6 units 6000 level BIOL Course 6 units 6000 level BIOL Course 6 units
6000 level BIOL Course 6 units 6000 level BIOL Course 6 units 6000 level BIOL Course 6 units 6000 or 8000 level BIAN/ CHEM/ EMSC/ ENVS/ MATH/ NEUR/ POPH/ PSYC/ SCOM 6 units
Year 2 48 units 6000 level BIOL Course 6 units 6000 level BIOL Course 6 units BIOL8704 Biology Literature Research Project 6 units 6000 or 8000 level BIAN/ CHEM/ EMSC/ ENVS/ MATH/ NEUR/ POPH/ PSYC/ SCOM 6 units
6000 level BIOL Course 6 units 6000 level BIOL Course 6 units 6000 level BIOL Course 6 units 6000 or 8000 level BIAN/ CHEM/ EMSC/ ENVS/ MATH/ NEUR/ POPH/ PSYC/ SCOM 6 units

Academic Advice

The first step to enrolling in your new program is to seek academic advice in order to discuss the courses you will be studying. This is done by making an appointment to meet with the program convener (details below).

Your academic advice session is a great opportunity to discuss with the convener the direction in which you want your studies to go. The convener will be able to advise you about course selection and content of courses that you will undertake as part of your program. Ideally you should bring along a copy of your academic record/academic transcripts as these will greatly assist your convener when giving you course advice.

To book an appointment you can:

Email: rsb.studentadmin@anu.edu.au

Phone: 02 6125 1070

Please also bring along your Planning Your Program document that is available from the enrolment website and your Postgraduate coursework checklist for new students.These documents will help you plan your degree and assist you with finalising your enrolment.

Further enrolment information can also be found here.

An indicative list of courses offered by Science can be found here.

Please follow each step and read through the additional information in the pdf guides, especially the ISIS enrolment guide in Step 2 and the How to enrol guide for new students in Step 3.

If you have any issues enrolling yourself through ISIS please contact us on 02 6125 2809 or email science.enquiries@anu.edu.au






Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?

Contact RSB Student Administration at rsb.studentadmin@anu.edu.au

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