Postgraduate

Master of Biological Science

Western Australia (WA) is a marine and terrestrial biodiversity hot spot. Up to 80 per cent of the region's plants, marine fish and invertebrates are unique to the area. This makes WA the ideal living laboratory for studies in biological science.
1.5-2
Years Full Time

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Address

Student Central, The University of Western Australia (M355), 35 Stirling Highway, Perth, Western Australia 6009

Telephone

(+61 8) 6488 3939

International

(+61 8) 6488 1000

Hours

8.30am - 5pm AWST, Monday - Friday

Frequently asked questions

Careers and further study

Take your studies to a new level and discover what career opportunities lie ahead.

Career Pathways

Biologist, Botanist, Conservation Biologist, Conservation Officer, Consultant, Ecologist, Enviornmental Manager, Environmental Scientist, Marine Biologist, Parks Officer, Quarantine Officer, Research Scientist, Research Technician, Rehabilitation Manager, Science Communicator, Wildlife Officer, Zoologist.
Biologist, Botanist, Conservation Biologist, Conservation Officer, Consultant, Ecologist, Enviornmental Manager, Environmental Scientist, Marine Biologist, Parks Officer, Quarantine Officer, Research Scientist, Research Technician, Rehabilitation Manager, Science Communicator, Wildlife Officer, Zoologist.
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Career Opportunities

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Further Study

Students completing this degree may have the option to pursue further studies in research.
Students completing this degree may have the option to pursue further studies in research.

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this course.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.
International Fees

Postgraduate – onshore students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
96
Total Course Fee - 2020
$80,200.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

If you’re interested in furthering your career by studying this postgraduate degree, find out the admission details below.

Admission Requirements

(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—
(a) a Bachelor of Science, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;
and
(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent;
and
(c) met the prerequisite for the chosen specialisation
(2) For the Conservation Biology specialisation an applicant must have successfully completed prior studies at a tertiary level in biology (excluding human biology); or in a related cognate discipline, as recognised by UWA
(3) For the Marine Biology specialisations an applicant must have successfully completed prior studies at a tertiary level in either marine science or biology (excluding human biology); or in a related cognate discipline, as recognised by UWA
(4) For the Zoology specialisation an applicant must have successfully completed prior studies at a tertiary level in animal science; or in a related cognate discipline, as recognised by UWA

Ranking and Selection Process

Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.
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How to apply

Ready to apply for this postgraduate course? Follow the steps and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.

Course details

The Master of Biological Science will give you an understanding of the molecular evolution, structure, physiology, reproduction, behaviour and ecology of organisms, and the skills to apply this knowledge to the management of natural systems and the species they support.

About the course

Western Australia (WA) is a marine and terrestrial biodiversity hot-spot. Up to 80 per cent of the region's plants, marine fish and invertebrates are unique to the area. This makes WA the ideal living laboratory for studies in biological science. You'll gain an understanding of the molecular evolution, structure, physiology, reproduction, behaviour and ecology of organisms, and the skills to apply this knowledge to the management of natural systems and the species they support.
Master of Biological Science

Quick details

Status
  • Available 2021
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • Please refer to the UWA Handbook
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 72520
CRICOS code
  • 074948B
Master of Biological Science
Status
  • Available 2021
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • Please refer to the UWA Handbook
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 72520
CRICOS code
  • 074948B
Full time/part time duration
  • 1.5-2 years
TISC Codes
Degrees course is available in
  • Master of Biological Science

Course structure

Postgraduate coursework degrees and combined (coursework and research) degrees comprise a number of units. Refer to the course structure for more information.

Core
Take all units (12 points):
Option
Students in course by coursework only, take all units in this group (12 points):
Option
Students in course by coursework and dissertation, take all units in this group (36 points):
Conservation Biology specialisation
Students may be required to take conversion units up to a value of 24 points based on an assessment of prior learning by the Faculty.
Take all units (24 points):
Students in course by coursework only, take units to the value of 24 points from Group A and/or Group B.
Students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) according to the rule for Group A:
Marine Biology specialisation
Students may be required to take conversion units up to a value of 24 points based on an assessment of prior learning by the Faculty.
Take all units (24 points):
Students in course by coursework only, take units to the value of 24 points from Group A and/or Group B, of which 6 points must be at Level 5:
Students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) according to the rule for Group A:
Zoology specialisation
Students may be required to take conversion units including GENE4002 Integrated Topics in Genetics I, up to a value of 24 points, based on an assessment of prior learning by the Faculty.
Take all units (24 points):
Students in course by coursework only, take units to the value of 24 points from Group A and/or Group B, of which 12 points must be at Level 5:
Students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) according to the rule for Group A:
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Flexibility

We understand that life is busy. That's why our postgraduate courses are designed so you can balance your work and studies. Our flexible postgraduate experience includes the opportunity to study part time, a range of units that are taught after hours, and the option to learn via intensive units. Ask our Student Central team for advice on choosing the right postgraduate route for you. Find out more here.

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