24 months
47940 AUD/year
33520 AUD/year
Tuition fee
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The Biological Sciences (Advanced) program at the Australian National University is a flexible program that can be tailored to suit your specific educational goals. Our program allows you to specialise in a particular area of biology such as biomedical sciences, ecology and evolution, genetics, and plant sciences. 


The Biological Sciences (Advanced) program at the Australian National University offers a research component which provides the student an opportunity to conduct hands-on research in a laboratory of a research scientist/supervisor. 

    Learning Outcomes 

  • demonstrate high level knowledge in the area of their study;
  •  apply their knowledge in the discipline to new problems;
  • interpret, synthesize and critically analyse published literature of relevance to the discipline;
  • demonstrate theoretical and/or practical skills relevant to techniques and research methodology in the discipline;
  •  critically analyse data within the discipline to reach independent conclusions;
  • independently perform experimental or theoretical work, interpret and analyse results, write reports and collate data into a thesis;
  • demonstrate a critical understanding of science in society;
  • clearly communicate theory and results in both written and oral formats

Employment Opportunities

A postgraduate degree in biological science will provide you with a solid background to pursue career goals in a range of fields including plant and animal laboratory science, field ecology, industry, agriculture, public and environmental policy.

Our graduates find interesting careers in a range of areas including agricultural biotechnology and plant breeding, clinical or medical research, pharmaceutical companies, biosecurity, environmental policy and biological education

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Science, Innovation and Public Policy
  • Science in Popular Fiction
  • Science Communication and the Web
  • Speaking of Science
  • Science in the Media 
  • Science Events for Public Engagement 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


96 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS: 096440D 

Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent

  • with a minimum GPA of at least 5.5/7.0
  • with at least 8 courses in a cognate discipline, which must also have a minimum GPA of 5.5/7.0.

The GPA requirement for this program must be met by both the program as a whole, as well as by the 8 courses in a cognate discipline. Where more than 8 cognate courses have been completed by the applicant, ANU will take the best 8 courses when assessing the cognate GPA.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    47940 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 47940 AUD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    33520 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33520 AUD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Canberra

1425 - 2504 AUD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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