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Graduate Diploma in Biological Science

Develop your knowledge and skills further in the field of biological science by completing a Graduate Diploma in Biological Science.

Introduction

Western Australia is one of the world’s hotspots for terrestrial biodiversity, as well as a marine hotspot, with up to 80 per cent of the region’s fish and invertebrates found nowhere else in the world. This makes Western Australia the ideal living laboratory for studies in biological science.

The Graduate Diploma in Biological Science will give students 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.

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Course description, features and facilities

The Graduate Diploma in Biological Science allows students to select units from the areas of zoology, plant conservation biology and marine biology.

The zoology specialisation focuses on animal structure and function, and the evolutionary processes that have engendered animal diversity.

The plant conservation biology stream focuses on the application of systematic, evolutionary and ecological science to the management of threatened plant species and the mitigation of threatening processes.

The marine biology stream uses an experimental and research approach to develop understanding of the complex interactions that occur in marine ecosystems, and how this understanding can be used to guide the management of marine systems.

In all specialisations, there is an emphasis towards fieldwork, which reflects industry expectations for graduates (and particularly post-graduates) to be able to design, conduct, and report on, field research and monitoring.

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Structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; S3 = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2014;
NS = non-standard teaching period; OS = offshore teaching period; * = to be advised

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Graduate Diploma in Biological Science

Take all unit(s) (24 points):

NSBIOL4402Conservation Genetics
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in the Natural Sciences
S1, S2SCIE4402Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science

Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points from Group A:

Group A

NSBIOL4401Conservation Biology and Restoration Ecology
NSBIOL4403Plant Ecophysiology
S1BIOL4404Experimental Zoology
N/ABIOL4405Invertebrate Zoology
S2BIOL4406Vertebrate Zoology
S2BIOL4407Marine Conservation and Fisheries Management
NSBIOL4408Marine Ecology
NSBIOL4409Ecological Field Methods
NSENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications

Career opportunities

This course gives students 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.

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Further study opportunities

Students with a Graduate Diploma in Biological Science can pursue further studies by completing the Master of Biological Science with a specialisation in Marine Biology, Plant Conservation Biology or Zoology.


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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. Admission Requirements
  2. English competency

Admission Requirements

A bachelor's degree from this University with a relevant major or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; or

Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Biological Science of this University or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty.

English competency

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How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. Application Deadlines
  2. How to apply
  3. Fees
  4. Contact details - admission information

Application Deadlines

Semester 1: 23 January
Semester 2: 26 June

How to apply

Submit a completed application form

Fees

Annual fee: $20378.

For courses that are less than one year in duration, the annual fee listed is the total for the course. Unless otherwise indicated, for courses that are 18 months in duration, the annual fee is two-thirds of the total cost of the course.

As some units vary in cost, the actual student contribution will depend on the mix of units you choose. See the unit costs website for details of individual unit costs.

Contact details - admission information

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On this page

  1. Application Deadlines
  2. How to apply
  3. Fees
  4. Contact details - admission information

Application Deadlines

While there are no strict application deadlines for the submission of international postgraduate coursework applications, prospective students are strongly encouraged to apply with sufficient time to allow for the processing of their application and to secure a student visa.

Postgraduate coursework applications generally take four weeks from receipt of an application to offer.

How to apply

International postgraduate applicants must complete the postgraduate application form and submit it through an authorised UWA overseas representative or directly to the UWA International Centre.

Fees

Annual fee: $32370.

For courses that are less than one year in duration, the annual fee listed is the total for the course. Unless otherwise indicated, for courses that are 18 months in duration, the annual fee is two-thirds of the total cost of the course.

As some units vary in cost, the actual student contribution will depend on the mix of units you choose. See the unit costs website for details of individual unit costs.

Contact details - admission information

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Graduate Diploma in Biological Science: the details

Status
Available 2014
Locations offered
Crawley
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Internal
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
For information regarding course contact hours and requirements refer to relevant details in the UWA Handbook.   
Standard full-time completion
1 year
Maximum time to complete
4 years      
Contact details: course information
Science Student Office
Agricultural Central building
postgrad-science@uwa.edu.au
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6488 7333
Course code
72320
CRICOS Code
074949A
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