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Master of Biological Science - Coursework

Enhance your skills and knowledge of an area in biological science by completing the Masters with a specialisation in Marine Biology; Plant Conservation Biology or Zoology.  

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 Master of 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.

Domestic students may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place within this course.

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Course description, features and facilities

The Master of Biological Science allows students to specialise in zoology, plant conservation biology or 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

The Master of Biological Science consists of coursework units to a total value of 72 points and a 24 point research project (96 points). Students complete both core units and optional units chosen from within one of the following specialisations:

·         Plant Conservation Biology

·         Zoology

Professional recognition

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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 Master of Biological Science can pursue further studies in research including the Master of Science by Thesis and Coursework in, for example, Conservation Biology, Marine Science, 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 UWA bachelor's degree with a relevant major or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty.

English competency

See the full list of English Language Requirements.

Please note: Requirements may be higher for some individual courses, where this is the case the additional requirements will be specified. 

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How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. How to apply
  2. Contact details - admission information

How to apply

Apply online. Refer below for application dates and access to the Online Application System (OASys):

Contact details - admission information

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  1. Application Deadlines
  2. How to apply
  3. 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

Apply online

Contact details - admission information

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Master of Biological Science - Coursework: 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
2 years
Maximum time to complete
5 years   
Contact details: course information
Science Student Office
Agricultural Central building
postgrad-science@uwa.edu.au
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6488 7333
Course code
72520
CRICOS Code
074948B
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