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.
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.
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.
Biological Sciences careers
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
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
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
Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
Food Standards Australia New Zealand
World Health Organisation
World Intellectual Property Organization
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.
If you graduated from an Australian university, UAC will be able to access your results in most cases. However, you may be asked to provide transcripts or other documentation, so it is a good idea to prepare your records just in case.
You can still apply before you complete your bachelor degree if you are in your final year, and you must advise UAC in your application. You may need to provide a copy of your academic transcript directly to UAC as soon as you complete your degree. UAC will provide instructions during the application process.
There are three assessment rounds in each semester. Applying in the first round will give you three opportunities to be assessed and accepted, giving you the best chance of being offered a place at ANU.