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Master of Science in Biological Sciences


What would you do with a greater understanding of how plants, animals and other life on earth work? Or the intricacies of chemical changes in the human body?

The Master of Science in Biological Sciences is your opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in areas such as biomedical sciences, ecology and evolution, genetics, plant sciences and biochemistry. You will be prepared for working in research, policy and management roles.

At ANU you can study with some of Australia's leading scientists from range of disciplines to enhance your academic and practical skills. In addition to theoretical work, staff will help with the more technical aspects of research projects, including use of equipment, computers and labs.

Key facts

  • #1 for Natural Sciences (QS 2022) in Australia

  • 2 years full time

  • Semester 1 & 2 intake

  • Access to state-of-the-art facilities and labs

  • #1 in Australia for graduate employability (Times Higher Education)

World class facilities

Access state-of-the-art facilities including labs, and recreation and relaxation rooms. Or get computational research support for your project from the Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Unit.

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Advanced program

Take your learning much further by working with leading scholars in the field and developing theoretical and practical knowledge in contemporary research exploring biological and biomedical science.

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Program details

The Master of Science in Biological Sciences is a versatile program that allows you to explore different fields in Biology. You can also explore related topics such as biological anthropology, ethics, health and disease, innovation and public policy, environmental change, and contemporary perspectives in environmental science.

Through this program you will also develop a critical understanding of the role of science in society, a vital skill that will enable you to identify, communicate and respond to societal needs and global challenges.


The Advanced program incorporates a research project supervised by an academic, and is a gateway to further research, such as a PhD. A scholarship is offered to international students who receive the highest mark in the Advanced program.


As a graduate, you will be highly employable for work in research, policy and management roles in Australia and across the world, including project management, research and analysis, education and community awareness, and policy.

Biological Science is an area with many career opportunities in government, industry and the non-profit sector.

Federal government agencies

  • Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland Government
  • Office of the Gene Technology Regulator
  • IP Australia
  • Therapeutic Goods Administration
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of the Environment and Energy
  • Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • Department of Education and Training
  • Defence Science and Technology Organisation
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Peak bodies

  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
  • Australian Academy of Science
  • National Measurement Institute
  • Cancer Council Australia
  • Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
  • Ecological Society of Australia
  • Australian Science Media Centre
  • RiAus - Australia’s national science channel
  • Australian Institute of Marine Science
  • Questacon
  • Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
  • NPS MedicineWise
  • Food Standards Australia New Zealand

International NGOs

  • World Health Organisation
  • World Intellectual Property Organization
  • United Nations.

You could also work in universities, private consultancy firms, think tanks, state and local government agencies, and research centres.

The Australian National University has been ranked as the top university for graduate employability in Australia in the Global University Employability Ranking 2020. As a student at ANU, you gain access to the ANU CareerHub – an online career development and employability tool that includes a jobs board and careers resources. You also have access to drop-in chats with a career consultant and to attend our career fairs to meet potential employers.

Learning experience

Top-down view of small plants being time-lapse imaged in a SpectralPhenoClimatron chamber

Australian Plant Phenomics Facility

Use state-of-the-art phenotyping tools at the only place in the world providing high-calibre public sector access to infrastructure and expertise on crop performance.

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Minette Salmon

A close look at biology leads graduate to find herself

It was while looking down a microscope that Minette Salmon made a huge breakthrough—she started to see her own biology differently.

Read Minette's story

Fees & scholarships


Please visit the Programs and Courses website for information about fees.

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Whether you are looking for financial support to start your studies at ANU or help to move away from home for the first time, we have scholarship opportunities for you and your situation.


Dr Rachael

Dr Rachael Remington

Rachael's research has primarily focused on freshwater fishes: from investigating patterns of desert larval fish drift ecology to evolution of turbid-water traits in North American minnows.

How to apply

Understand the how to apply steps

Visit the domestic postgraduate applications page to prepare for your application to ANU.

Domestic postgraduate applications

Understand the how to apply steps

Visit the international postgraduate applications page to prepare for your application to ANU.

International postgraduate applications

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