Master of Science (BioSciences)

  • CRICOS Code: 094593C

Course overview

  • 2 years full time
  • On Campus (Parkville)
  • Available to domestic and international students.
  • Start Year Intake - March and Mid Year Intake - July


Breed zoology with plant science and cross-pollinate with genetics and you've produced the Master of Science (BioSciences).

This uniquely collaborative course is yours to personalise. Select your area of specialisation and pair it with a choice of professional skill-building subjects. The defining feature of the course is a major research project, allowing you to conduct lab or field-based experimental research in your area of interest.

You'll be supervised by one of our renowned researchers, who work on everything from sensory ecology to aquaculture technology and plant pathology.

Be research-ready

Your research experience might inspire you to continue to a PhD and a career in academia, or you can put your business, analytical and communication skills to use in the global workforce, alongside many of our alumni.

A course tailored for you

You can choose to focus on any of our bioscience disciplines: ecology, evolution, environmental science, genetics, genomics, development, plant science.

You can complement your discipline-specific subject choices and research project with professional skills subjects such as Ethics and Responsibility in Science, Business Tools, or Science in Schools.

Develop your skills with real-world problems

You’ll leave the course with a major research project to feature in your CV. In the research project, you’ll develop and apply scientific tools to real-world problems, in a lab, out in the field, or on a computer, working in the research team of one of our world-class academics.

If you’d like to gain even more real-world experience, you can choose to complete an internship in a science or technology-related workplace for course credit.

More than just technical skills

We know that soft skills are important too, which is why we include a subject on scientific communication, to ensure you can speak and write effectively about your research.