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The Master of Biological Science from The University of Western Australia 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.

Western Australia (WA) is a marine and terrestrial biodiversity hotspot. 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.

When you graduate from the Master of Biological Science you will have the ability to integrate advanced knowledge of species biology and ecology to assess their vulnerability to environmental change, as well as have the ability to design, execute, analyse and report on field and/or laboratory projects. 

You’ll possess communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences. You’ll become a broad thinker who can critically assess advanced research in your discipline and integrate this into practical solutions for preserving biodiversity. You’ll contribute to group and/or individual research projects, as well as work independently to plan and execute a substantial research project and/or piece of scholarship. 

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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Ecological Field Methods 
  • Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences 
  • Masters in Biological Sciences Research Project Development 
  • Masters in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation
  • Wildlife Conservation and Management 
  • Conservation Biology 
  • Integrated Topics in Genetics 
  • Data Use in the Natural Sciences 
  • The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science 

                Detailed Programme Facts

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                  • Full-time duration 24 months
                  • Intensity Flexible
                • Credits
                  96 alternative credits
                • Languages
                  • English
                • Delivery mode
                  On Campus
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                Academic Requirements

                To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—a relevant bachelor's degree, that aligns with one of the specialisations of this course, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA.

                CRICOS: 074948B

                Tuition Fee

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                  39300 AUD/year
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 78600 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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                National: AUD 8786 per year

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                • 1328 - 2370 AUD/month
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