- Length 2 year full-time
- Minimum 96 Units
Do you want to make a career of the fascinating living world around us?
The ANU Master of Biological Sciences (Advanced) is a flexible program that can be tailored to your needs. Our program allows you to specialise in a particular area of biology such as biomedical sciences, ecology and evolution, genetics, and plant sciences. Courses in some areas require a background in chemistry. Alternatively you may utilise the program to provide a broad overview of biological sciences today.
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Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:
- demonstrate high level knowledge in the area of their study;
- apply their knowledge in biological sciences to new problems;
- interpret, synthesize and critically analyse published literature of relevance to biological sciences;
- demonstrate basic and complex laboratory skills that are commonly used in biological sciences research;
- perform experimental work, interpret and analyse results, write reports and collate data into a thesis;
- present own research work to peers and research scientists;
- clearly communicate theory and results in both written and oral formats.
New students in this program are eligible to apply for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Visit the following website for further information: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/scholarships/graduate-commonwealth-supported-places .
Advice to students: Courses in some areas of biology may require prior learning equivalent to first year undergraduate Chemistry. Requirements for particular courses included in this discipline area must be discussed with the degree program convener prior to enrolment
A Bachelor degree or international equivalent in a cognate discipline with a minimum GPA of 5.5/7 and the approval of an identified supervisor for the research project/thesis.
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. Note, however, that it is unusual to receive more than one semester of credit in the Master of Biological Sciences (Advanced).
Students must achieve a minimum 70% average mark in the first 48 units of coursework and have the approval of the supervisor for the research project.
Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry, Genetics, Evolution, Ecology, and Plant Sciences.
- 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 (Advanced) requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:
48 units from completion of the following coursework component:
12 units from the completion of BIOL8700 Research Proposal
A minimum of 24 units from completion of 6000-level and 8000-level courses from the subject area BIOL Biology
A maximum of 12 units may be chosen from 6000-level or 8000-level from the following subject areas:
BIAN Biological Anthropology
EMSC Earth and Marine Science
ENVS Environmental Science
POPH Population Health
SCOM Science Communication
48 units from completion of the following research component:
BIOL8701 Research Project
BIOL8701 Research Project must be undertaken twice to a total of 48 units, in consecutive teaching periods.
Students must achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark in the initial 48 units of coursework and have the approval of an identified supervisor for the research project to continue to the research component.
Students who do not achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark or do not have the approval of an identified supervisor will be transferred to 96 unit Master of Biological Sciences and complete an additional 48 units of coursework or may transfer to graduate from a 48 unit Graduate Diploma of Science.