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Master of Science in Biological Sciences

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

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • 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 be a part of new discoveries about the natural world around us?  The Master of Science in 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, and plant sciences. Alternatively, you can utilise the program to provide a broad overview of biological sciences today. Our practical classes build on your traditional technical knowledge while developing your skills in new cutting-edge experimental techniques.

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 to commence from first semester, 2018

This program is available for applications to commence from First Semester, 2018

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 the discipline to new problems;

3.     interpret, synthesize and critically analyse published literature of relevance to the discipline;

4.     demonstrate theoretical and/or practical skills relevant to techniques and research methodology for  the discipline;

5.     critically analyse data within the discipline to reach independent conclusions;

6.     demonstrate a critical understanding of science in society;

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

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent

  • with a grade point  average of at least 5/7 in a cognate area.
  • with at least 8 courses in a cognate discipline.

Cognate Disciplines

Biology, biomedical sciences, molecular biology, genetics, evolution, ecology and plant sciences.

Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)

For more information see:

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.

Program Requirements

A minimum of 24 units must come from completion of 8000-level courses.

24 units from completion of 6000 or 8000 level courses in the subject area BIOL Biology.

6 units from completion of BIOL8291 Research Presentation Skills

A minimum of 6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

BIOL8704 Biology Literature Research Project
BIOL8700 Research Proposal

A minimum of 12 units from completion of Science in Society Courses from the following list: 

BIAN8005 Theory Seminar in Biological Anthropology
BIOL6191 Biology, Society and Ethics
BIOL6201 Big Questions in Biology
BIOL8021 Health and Disease in a Changing World
ENVS6013 Society and Environmental Change
ENVS8015 Contemporary Perspectives in Environmental Science
POGO8093 Science, Innovation and Public Policy
SCOM8014 Communicating Science with the Public 
SCOM6012 Science Communication and the Web
SCOM6015 Speaking of Science
SCOM6016 Science in the Media
SCOM6003 Science in Popular Fiction
SCOM6017 Science Events for Public Engagement
SCOM6027 Science and Public Policy
SCOM6029 Cross Cultural Perspectives in Science Communication
SCOM6030 Science Dialogue Theory and Practice
SCOM6031 Science, Risk and Ethics
SCOM6032 Making Modern Science
SCOM6501 Strategies in Science Communication
SCNC8000 Science Internship
VCPG6003 Leadership and Influence in a Complex World
VCPG6004 Creating Impact
VCPG6002 Mobilising Research
VCPG6001 Unravelling Complexity

A minimum of 12 units from completion of 6000 or 8000 level courses from the subject area BIOL Biology.

24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU.

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