• Code BIOL8701
  • Unit Value 6 to 24 units
  • Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Medical Science, Bioinformatics, Cell and Molecular Biology, Immunology and Microbiology, Physiology More...
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Simon Williams
    • Prof Marcel Cardillo
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
    Second Semester 2023
    See Future Offerings

The principal component of second year of the Biology Master by Coursework programs is a research project conducted under supervision. In addition, students present seminars on their research work and prepare a thesis for examination. The research project runs from early February to early November or mid-July to mid-May. In addition to meeting the entry requirements for admission to the Research year of their Master by Coursework program, students must have the agreement of a member of the School's academic staff to supervise their project, and the agreement of the Head of Biology Teaching & Learning. Academic staff from the Research School of Biology, John Curtin School of Medical Research, CSIRO and Canberra Hospital may be supervisors or co-supervisors. Students should discuss their intention to undertake a research project with potential supervisors and the Master by Coursework coordinator, several months before the proposed starting date.

Learning Outcomes

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

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Plan and engage in an independent and sustained investigation of a chosen research topic supervised by an academic staff.
2. Systematically identify relevant theory and concepts in the chosen field, relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence, and draw appropriate conclusions.
3. Carry out a specific set of experiments in biology to address a particular research question, at a standard consistent with current published research in the field.
4. Accurately document and analyse laboratory work or fieldwork and research findings
5. Present research findings, both orally and written to a high standard

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:
  • A written thesis on the research project and results (100%; LO 1-5)
  • Workshops  CRS
  • Initial Seminar CRS
  • Grant Proposal CRS
  • Mid-term report CRS
  • Final Seminar CRS

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Full time or as determined by individual research project.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

To be decided by student and supervisor based on topic chosen.

Assumed Knowledge

Bachelor of Science or equivalent with a major in the field of biological sciences with relevant experience or academic achievement.

Areas of Interest

  • Medical Science
  • Bioinformatics
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Immunology and Microbiology
  • Physiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Genetics
  • Plant Science
  • Zoology
  • Marine Biology
  • Evolution and Ecology
  • Biology


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 to 24 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
7.00 0.14583
8.00 0.16667
9.00 0.18750
10.00 0.20833
11.00 0.22917
12.00 0.25000
13.00 0.27083
14.00 0.29167
15.00 0.31250
16.00 0.33333
17.00 0.35417
18.00 0.37500
19.00 0.39583
20.00 0.41667
21.00 0.43750
22.00 0.45833
23.00 0.47917
24.00 0.50000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $720 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $1030 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3047 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person N/A
3772 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6042 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person N/A
6759 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person N/A

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