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Master of Science Thesis and Coursework

Enhance your research skills and experience in a scientific area by completing a Master of Science (Thesis and Coursework) in one of the specialisations offered.


This course provides in-depth study in the chosen specialisation. The course adds significantly to a relevant undergraduate degree through coursework and major research in the approved area of interest within the program. By enhancing the student's knowledge of their chosen field of study through advanced coursework units and extensive, independent research, the Master of Science (Thesis and Coursework) opens up a range of possible career opportunities, depending on the student's area of specialisation.
This is a Research Training Scheme course for domestic students.

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Course description, features and facilities

A Master of Science by thesis and coursework degree is suitable for qualified students who wish to undertake further research in any of the following subject areas:

  • Agricultural Economics;
  • Agricultural Science;
  • Animal Science;
  • Botany;
  • Climate Studies;
  • Conservation Biology;
  • Ecology and Evolution;
  • Environmental Economics;
  • Environmental Management;
  • Environmental Science;
  • Genetics and Breeding;
  • Geography;
  • Geoscience;
  • Hydrogeology;
  • Marine Science;
  • Mineral Geoscience;
  • Natural Resource Management;
  • Plant Production Science;
  • Soil Science and Land Rehabilitation;
  • Urban and Regional Planning;
  • Water Management and Hydrology; and
  • Zoology.

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Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2016; NS = non-standard teaching period

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

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2017 or 2018.

Take unit(s) to the value of 42 points:

NSSCIE5590Literature Review and Research Proposal
S1, S2SCIE5721Master of Science Thesis (full-time) (36 points)
S1, S2SCIE5722Master of Science Thesis (part-time) (36 points)

Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:

Group A

N/AAGRI5501Advanced Breeding and Biotechnology in Action 1
NSAGRI5502Case Studies in Breeding and Biotechnology
NSAGRI5503Animal Production Systems
NSAGRI5504Organic Agriculture
NSBIOL5501Plant Diversity in WA: Evolution and Conservation
NSBIOL5502Animal Resource Management
S1BIOL5503Sampling Techniques in Wildlife Research
NSBIOL5505Marine Neuroecology and Behaviour
NSECON5510Consumer Behaviour and Demand Analysis
NSECON5511Climate, Energy and Water Economics
NSENVT5502Marine and Coastal Planning and Management
NSENVT5503Remediation of Soils and Groundwater
NSENVT5510Soil Dynamics
NSENVT5511Advanced Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Management
S2ENVT5512Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
NSGEOS5501Advanced Hydrogeology
NS, S1, S2GEOS5502Hydrogeology Industry Placement
NSGEOS5504Mining Hydrogeology
NSGEOS5505Multiscale Tectonic Systems
NSMING5501Applied Structural Geology
NSMING5502Exploration Targeting
NSMING5503Ore Deposit Field Excursion
NSMING5504Advanced Ore Deposits
NSMING5505Mineral Exploration Data Analysis
NSPLNG5510Advanced Studies in Geography and Planning
NSPLNG5511Climate Change Policy and Planning
NSPLNG5512Regional Planning
NSSCIE5500Scientific Modelling
NSSCIE5505Global Change and the Marine Environment

Career opportunities

This degree is designed for professionals interested in further study who are seeking to familiarise themselves with recent developments in the field or to enhance their intellectual and research skills.

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Further study opportunities

The Faculty of Science also offers a wide range of other postgraduate coursework and research courses.

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These pages are under review and are being updated.

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 relevant bachelor's degree with honours of this University, with a weighted average of at least 70 per cent in those units for which the results contribute to the calculation of the honours classification, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; or a relevant bachelor's degree of this University and a relevant graduate diploma of this University with a research component of at least 50 per cent of the course and an average mark of at least 70 per cent in both the research and coursework components of the graduate diploma, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty

English competency

See the full list of English language requirements.
These pages are under review and are being updated.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. How to apply
  2. How to apply
  3. Fees

How to apply

Applications can be submitted at any time, apart from during December.

How to apply

Submit both application forms to the Science Student Office


Refer to the Fee Calculator for up to date course and unit costs.

Note: We can help with application-related enquiries. If you need further course-specific information, you may wish to contact the relevant Faculty or School.

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  1. How to apply
  2. Contact us

While there are no strict application deadlines for the submission of international postgraduate 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 research applications generally take six to eight weeks from receipt of an application to offer.

Because the Master of Science is a research intensive course, the Faculty of Science requires written approval from a UWA supervisor within your application. The Faculty of Science can help you find a supervisor. We encourage you to take a moment to complete our online form

How to apply

Apply online

UWA representatives offer application advice and support to future students in various countries. Visit the link below to find an authorised UWA agent near you.

Apply through an agent

Contact us

Future Students

(+61 8) 6488 3939
Enquire on-line
First Floor, Ken and Julie Michael Building
7 Fairway (corner Cooper Street)
Crawley, Perth
Western Australia 6009
Normal opening hours
Monday - Friday, 8.30am - 5pm (Western Standard Time)

Note: We can help with application-related enquiries. If you need further course-specific information, you may wish to contact the relevant Faculty or School.

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Master of Science Thesis and Coursework: the details

Available 2014
Locations offered
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
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
Faculty of Science
Science Student Office Agricultural Central building, Crawley Campus
6488 7333
Course code
058948B, 058946D, 056585G, 056587E, 058947C, 064880M, 056586F, 058945E
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