Master of Biological Science
University of Western Australia, The (UWA)
Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Western Australia is a terrestrial biodiversity hot-spot, offering exceptional opportunities to study unique plants and animals. You'll gain an advanced understanding of their ecology, evolution, genetics, reproduction and behaviour, and will develop high-level skills in data analysis. You also have the opportunity to design, execute, analyse and report on field and/or laboratory-based projects, supported by world-class researchers.When you graduate from the Master of Biological Science you will have the ability to integrate your advanced knowledge of species biology and ecology to understand the threats species face, including their vulnerability to rapid environmental change.You’ll possess communication and technical 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 or new research questions. You’ll contribute to group-led research, as can plan and execute your own substantial research project focused on plants, animals, or ecosystems.
- The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points (maximum value) which includes conversion units to a value of 24 points, course core units and specialisation units. The course comprises the following specialisations: Students who have completed a bachelor's degree with a major or equivalent in a cognate area, that aligns with the chosen specialisation in the course: Marine Biology
- Zoology or Conservation Biology, or equivalent as recognised by the faculty are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 24 points.
- Conservation biology
- Marine biology
Standard entry requirements
- (1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—(a) a Bachelor of Science, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA
- And(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent
- And(c) met the prerequisite for the chosen specialisation(2) For the Conservation Biology specialisation an applicant must have successfully completed prior studies at a tertiary level in biology (excluding human biology)
- Or in a related cognate discipline, as recognised by UWA(3) For the Ecology specialisation an applicant must have successfully completed prior studies at a tertiary level inbiology (excluding human biology)
- Or in a related cognate discipline, as recognised by UWA(4) For the Zoology specialisation an applicant must have successfully completed prior studies at a tertiary level in animal science
- Or in a related cognate discipline, as recognised by UWA
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Students admitted with a relevant Honours (4th Year) or Graduate Diploma in Biological Science may be permitted to complete the Master of Biological Science in one year. Choose a specialisation upon application.