- Length 2 year full-time
- Minimum 96 Units
Are you interested in the range of organisms that make up our green planet? Do you want to unlock the secrets of nature?
The ANU Master of Biological Sciences is a flexible coursework program that can be tailored to suit your specific educational goals.
Our program allows you to specialise in a particular area of biology such as biomedical sciences, ecology and evolution, genetics, plant sciences and biochemistry. Alternatively, you can utilise the program to provide a broad overview of biological sciences today.
Our practical classes refresh your traditional techniques while developing your skills and knowledge in new cutting edge techniques.
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.
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
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.
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.
Biochemistry, molecular biology and gene technology
- Annual indicative fee for domestic students
For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees
- Annual indicative fee for international students
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.
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
EMSC Earth and Marine Science
ENVS Environmental Science
POPH Population Health
SCOM Science Communication