Master of Science in Biological Sciences

ANU biologists work on issues of global importance, including international food security, international habitat conservation, new treatments for cancer, and fighting malaria drug resistance. Breakthroughs in this research are brought straight to the classroom in the Master of Science in Biological Sciences program.

You will have access to state-of-the-art laboratories, research infrastructure, and flexible learning facilities. You will undertake practical classes that will build your traditional technical knowledge and will equip you with the skills to utilise cutting-edge experimental and fieldwork techniques.

At ANU, we pride ourselves on the support we give students, so we’ll help you design your degree to complement your prior study and to suit your interests. Specialisations include biomedical sciences, ecology and evolution, genetics, and plant sciences. Alternatively, you can choose a broad overview of biological sciences.

ANU is ranked the best university in Australia1, and is a leading centre for research in the biological sciences. We are home to the ARC Centre of Excellence for Plant Energy Biology, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis, the ANU/CSIRO Centre for Biodiversity Analysis, and the John Curtin School of Medical Research. Our world-class facilities include a Mass Spectrometry Facility for metabolomics and proteomics, and the High-Resolution Plant Phenomics Centre of the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility.

Our teaching staff includes Professor Graham Farquhar, winner of the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science, and the first Australian to win the Kyoto Prize for Basic Sciences.

Advanced program

The Advanced program includes a research project and a thesis.

Career opportunities

A postgraduate biological sciences degree provides you with the skills to pursue career goals in fields including plant science, medical research, agricultural sciences, public and environmental policy or further study. Our graduates are highly sought-after and go on to find interesting careers in a range of areas including agricultural biotechnology and plant breeding, clinical research, pharmaceutical companies, biosecurity, medical research and environmental policy. A Master of Science in Biological Sciences (Advanced) can lead to a PhD.

1 - QS World University Rankings 2018


A scholarship is offered to international students who receive the highest mark in the Advanced program.

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