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Master of Biological Sciences

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment

  • 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.

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.

Career Options

ANU provides you with more choice for your entrance score by offering the new Flexible Double Degree program.

The ANU Flexible Double Degree lets you build skills for your chosen career without forfeiting your passion.  It's your choice to build a double degree partnership that suits your head and your heart.

NEW program - available for applications commencing from Summer Session, 2015

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

Please note that BIOL8704 Biology Literature Research Project is unavailable for enrolment in 2015.

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.

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with an average mark of at least 70% and at least eight courses in cognate disciplines.

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

Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry, Genetics, Evolution, Ecology, and Plant Sciences.

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

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

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

6 units from completion of BIOL8291 Research Presentation Skills

6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

BIOL8700 Research Proposal

BIOL8702 Advanced Research Techniques

BIOL8704 Biology Literature Research Project

A minimum of 12 units from completion of further 8000-level courses from the subject area BIOL Biology

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

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:


Phone: 02 6125 1267

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

Further enrolment information can also 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

Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?

Contact RSB Student Administration at

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