Postgraduate

Master of Biological Science

Western Australia (WA) is a terrestrial biodiversity hot spot. Up to 80 per cent of the region's plants and invertebrates are unique to the area, and the state is a stronghold for threatened mammals. This makes WA the ideal living laboratory for studies in biological science.
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Careers and further study

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Career Pathways

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

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 Ecology 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
(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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Course details

The Master of Biological Science will developed advanced understanding of the evolution, diversity, physiology, reproduction, behaviour and ecology of plants and animals, and the skills to apply this knowledge to the management of natural systems and the species they support.

About the course

Western Australia is a terrestrial biodiversity hot-spot, offering exceptional opportunities to study unique plants and animals that have evolved in our wetlands, forests and deserts. You'll gain an advanced understanding and practical skills in ecology, evolution, genetics, species identification, reproduction and behaviour, and can apply your knowledge to conserving species and their habitats. You also have the opportunity to design, execute, analyse and report on field and/or laboratory-based projects, supported by world-class researchers.
Master of Biological Science

Quick details

Status
  • Available
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
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 dissertation) degrees comprise 12-16 units, depending on your background, and you can specialise in Conservation Biology, Ecology or Zoology. Refer to the course structure for more information.

Study your way

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 degree includes the opportunity to study part time, and to learn via intensive units. You can also choose a coursework only degree, or one that includes coursework and a dissertation. You can also convert an honours degree into a Masters of Biological Science by undertaking an additional semester of postgraduate coursework.
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Dissertation options

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We offer field-based, lab-based and data-based dissertation projects, each supervised by active researchers. This booklet shows you some current options, but you can also contact course coordinators to discuss project ideas and potential supervisors.

Ranked 1st in Australia and 34th in the world for Biological Sciences (ARWU 2021)

Fieldwork in Science

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Research

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Centre

Evolutionary Biology

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The Centre for Evolutionary Biology is a UWA Centre of Excellence, delivering high quality research and research training. We adopt a multidisciplinary approach to exploring selective processes acting on the morphological and life-history traits of whole organisms and their gametes.

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