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University of Melbourne Masters Degrees in Biological Sciences

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BioSciences comprises the biological sciences, including the overarching fields of plant science, genetics and zoology. As a student in the Master of Science (BioSciences), you will have the flexibility to build a degree to suit you, with world-renowned academics and researchers teaching across three discipline areas. Read more

BioSciences comprises the biological sciences, including the overarching fields of plant science, genetics and zoology.

As a student in the Master of Science (BioSciences), you will have the flexibility to build a degree to suit you, with world-renowned academics and researchers teaching across three discipline areas: ecology, evolution and environmental science; genetics, genomics and development; and plant science. You will complete a major research project in one of these areas, and pair this with complementary professional skills in communications, business and science application.

Students in the Master of Science (BioSciences) who have a weighted average mark of 80% or higher in the prerequisite undergraduate major, are eligible for consideration for the Graduate Research Program in Science. This is a five-year course of study comprising the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).



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The Master of Biomedical Science offers graduates a pathway into a research or other science based career, or PhD studies. This program is an alternative to the Honours to PhD pathway. Read more

The Master of Biomedical Science offers graduates a pathway into a research or other science based career, or PhD studies.

This program is an alternative to the Honours to PhD pathway. Students undertake a major research project and discipline-specific coursework subjects. In addition, a suite of professional business and communication subjects are offered to complement and enhance the research undertaken and to progress students’ career opportunities.

The objectives of this course are to provide students with skills in:

• conducting research in biomedical and health sciences;

• designing experiments;

• taking responsibility for managing a research project;

• preparing and giving an oral and written presentation of the results;

• expressing intellectual, scientific arguments; and

• assimilating and critically evaluating existing knowledge within a scientific paradigm.



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Biochemical Engineering creates solutions to the most pressing problems the world is facing in relation to energy, food, water and the environment. Read more

Biochemical Engineering creates solutions to the most pressing problems the world is facing in relation to energy, food, water and the environment.

Biochemical engineers explore the development of large-scale processes using microbial, plant or animal cells.

You will design novel bioproducts and bioprocesses that will have applications in food and beverage engineering, production of pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, and environmental remediation.

You will benefit from interaction with industry representatives and work on a design or research project, which may take the form of an industrial placement.

The Master of Engineering (Biochemical) will lead to a formal qualification in biochemical engineering.

CAREER OUTCOMES

Biochemical Engineering Career Pathways [PDF]

Biochemical engineers explore the development of large-scale processes using microbial, plant or animal cells and design novel bioprocesses that have applications in the production of bioproducts, such as cosmetics, cheese, beer, wine, biofuels and pharmaceuticals.

You may enter a variety of industries including: food and beverage processing; pharmaceutical manufacture; cosmetics; biological waste treatment and bioremediation.

Employment opportunities exist with companies, such as CSL Limited, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), National Foods, Nestlé, Mondelez International and Melbourne Water and with organisations such as the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION

The Master of Engineering is professionally recognised under two major accreditation frameworks — EUR-ACE® and the Washington Accord (through Engineers Australia). Graduates can work as chartered professional engineers throughout Europe, and as professional engineers in the 17 countries of the Washington Accord.

Master of Engineering (Biochemical) is also accredited by IChemE (Institution of Chemical Engineers). This accreditation has worldwide recognition.



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Bioinformatics is often described as the future of biological research, combining all areas of biology, including genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry and physiology, with computer science, statistics and applied mathematics. Read more

Bioinformatics is often described as the future of biological research, combining all areas of biology, including genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry and physiology, with computer science, statistics and applied mathematics.

As a student in the Master of Science (Bioinformatics), you’ll learn from and work with high-profile researchers and practitioners in the heart of the renowned Parkville Biomedical Precinct, one of the most highly concentrated biological research and health services precincts in the world. You’ll undertake a customised first year of study, dependent on your entry pathway, followed by a common second year that will foster a broad knowledge of bioinformatics, with strong foundations in computer science, while also working independently on a significant research project. 



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Biotechnology is the use of living organisms or their systems, to make products of value. It is a fundamental area of applied science that covers a diverse range of specialist fields necessary to take biological and medical knowledge from a discovery to a marketable product. Read more

Biotechnology is the use of living organisms or their systems, to make products of value. It is a fundamental area of applied science that covers a diverse range of specialist fields necessary to take biological and medical knowledge from a discovery to a marketable product.

The Master of Biotechnology is designed to provide a higher level of specialised scientific learning together with executive skills training and options in business, communications and management. This degree provides the flexibility to choose from a range of electives to complement your specific interests and focus.

The University of Melbourne is a hub for biotechnology research, and draws on high profile, active researchers to teach into the course. Not only will you be taught by world leaders in biotechnology, you will also benefit from:

  • Industry colloquia, where you can network with guest speakers from industry
  • Opportunities to undertake a significant project with an industry partner in your final year 
  • Executive skills training in the areas of business, communications and management

The Master of Biotechnology is affiliated as a Professional Science Masters (PSM) program with the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS).

The PSM degree is a distinctive advanced degree for those intending to pursue a career in the practice of science. PSM programs prepare graduates for high-level careers in science that have a strong emphasis on such skill areas as management, policy, entrepreneurship.

Upon completion of this course, students should have:

  • A detailed technical understanding of the key advanced methods used in the contemporary biotechnology sector;
  • An appreciation of how these techniques are applied both in biotechnology and in advanced research;
  • Acquired the knowledge to enable them to critically appraise new data arising from the use of these techniques and to interpret the implications of such data;
  • Developed an understanding of the commercial, financial and regulatory context in which the biotechnology sector operates.

CAREER OUTCOMES

Biotechnology is applied in many industries and fields of research, such as in modern medicine and pharmaceuticals (producing antibiotics, creating vaccines), animal breeding (DNA profiling and cloning), and food science (producing more nutritious food, and/or genetically modified food).

As a graduate, you may find a rewarding career in:

  •      Product development
  •          Project management
  •          Pharmaceutical industry
  •          Investment analysis
  •          Health sector
  •          Quality control
  •          Food and beverage companies
  •          Scientific legislation/patent consulting
  •          Hospitals
  •          Education/universities
  •          Primary industries
  •          Biochemical industries


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Computational Biology is a rapidly growing field at the intersection of biology, mathematics and computer science. The Master of Computational Biology is a 300 point degree that aims to meet the educational needs of students seeking to work as computational biologists in industry, academia or government. Read more

Computational Biology is a rapidly growing field at the intersection of biology, mathematics and computer science. The Master of Computational Biology is a 300 point degree that aims to meet the educational needs of students seeking to work as computational biologists in industry, academia or government.

The course consists of:

  • Core subjects that provide theoretical and practical training in the analysis, interpretation, and management of large biological data sets;
  • Electives that provide specialist training in core areas of computational biology including bioinformatics, systems biology, biological and ecological modelling and biophysics.
  • Additional electives chosen from an array of disciplines including computer science, mathematics, statistics, biology, chemistry, physics, genetics and biochemistry;
  • A project (industry, applied or professional) and/or a research project (the option to undertake a research project is dependent on a student’s results and availability of suitable project and supervisor);

Professional skills modules which provide training in business, communications and science application.



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Forested landscapes play a critical role in sustaining human and other biological communities. They provide wildlife habitat, biodiversity, timber, clean water and other ecosystem services - and play a central role in mitigating rapid climate change. Read more

Forested landscapes play a critical role in sustaining human and other biological communities. They provide wildlife habitat, biodiversity, timber, clean water and other ecosystem services - and play a central role in mitigating rapid climate change.

The Master of Forest Ecosystem Science offers the knowledge, skills and analytical capabilities to shape the development of forest and natural resource management enterprises world-wide. Students will learn about climate change science, water resource management and biodiversity conservation and develop the ability to conduct crucial experimental work in the field.

Students will benefit from connections and experiences with forest, land and fire agencies and non-governement organisations (NGOs), and share the broad range of local and international working experiences and contacts of our academics and students. The Master of Forest Ecosystem Science will prepare students for management positions within the forest and natural resource management sectors.

Since 2008, the University of Melbourne has organised a field study subject for students in the Master of Forest Ecosystem Science to Laos and Vietnam. The subject explores the relationships between people and forests in the Asia Pacific region. The subject has also been taken by students in the Master of Environment and other programs. In November 2015, with the support of Vice Chancellor's Fellow Professor Kate Auty, filmmakers Belinda Ensor and Joel Checkley joined part of the program and made a short film. It explores the experiences of past and current students and staff and highlights the importance of field-based learning in academic study.

Upon completion of this course, students should have:

  • Advanced skills and knowledge in the design and implementation of forest ecosystem management;
  • A thorough knowledge of forest systems as a basis for recommending sustainable forest management practices, and the ability to effectively communicate the future effects of climate change and its relevance to forest science disciplines;
  • Understanding of the biological, economic, social and environmental factors that shape the development of forest and natural resource management enterprises both in Australia and internationally, including recent developments in biodiversity conversation, climate change science and water resource management;
  • Advanced knowledge and analytical capabilities that enable novel solutions in forest ecosystem management including planted and natural forest settings;
  • Ability to independently critically analyse, integrate and interpret forest science data generated through novel research as a basis for recommending sustainable forest management actions;
  • Ability to effectively communicate, to a range of audiences, the environmental and functional values of forest ecosystems in the maintenance of healthy and vibrant human communities.

CAREER OUTCOMES

As a graduate, you may find a rewarding career in:

  • Forest and environmental management
  • Research and development
  • Ecological consulting
  • Timber management and processing
  • Land-care and wildlife conservation
  • Climate change science and policy
  • Forest carbon investment and accounting
  • Banking and other primary industry investment
  • Aid and development agencies in Australia and overseas


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The Master of Urban Horticulture has been designed for a diversity of graduate students including those who wish to upgrade their urban horticulture and landscape management skills and those embarking on a new career. Read more

The Master of Urban Horticulture has been designed for a diversity of graduate students including those who wish to upgrade their urban horticulture and landscape management skills and those embarking on a new career.

Core studies are completed in the areas of plant production and establishment, horticultural science, urban flora, landscape management, a research project and either project management, social research or experimental design and statistics. Elective subjects include social and therapeutic horticulture, garden history and design, urban tree management, managing invasive species and many others across the university.

The Master of Urban Horticulture is a unique qualification. It is the only graduate course in the southern hemisphere, and one of a few in the world, specifically designed for students seeking employment or career advancement in the expanding urban horticulture and landscape management industries. In an increasingly urbanised world high quality, multi-functional urban green spaces and urban forests are seen by citizens, governments and the private sector as increasingly important for the environmental, economic, social and health benefits they provide. Graduates of the Master of Urban Horticulture are uniquely placed to advocate for, design, create and manage urban vegetation, contributing to cleaner, sustainable and more liveable cities.

Upon completion of this course, student should have:

  • Skills and knowledge in the design, implementation and current management practices of urban landscapes;
  • Ability to interpret, critically analyse and evaluate data generated through research activities in order to effectively implement horticultural programs and operations;
  • Innovative approaches to the contemporary, interdisciplinary management of urban landscapes and ecosystems by applying the principles and practices of biological, socio-cultural and environmental factors;
  • Ability to evaluate urban vegetation, compare and explain green infrastructure systems and communicate the future effects of climate change and its relevance to the discipline of urban horticulture;
  • An understanding of problem solving methodologies and demonstrate personal accountability by applying solutions to the diversity of challenges facing urban horticultural managers;
  • Ability to effectively communicate, to a range of audiences, the environmental and functional value of urban horticultural philosophy to the development of creative and vibrant cities.

CAREER OUTCOMES

As a graduate, you may find a rewarding career in:

  • Arboricultural services and tree management
  • Urban parks and public open space
  • Revegetation and restoration
  • Residential landscape design
  • Landscape and asset management
  • Landscape construction and services
  • Nursery and greenhouse management


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The Master of Science (Ecosystem Science) offers students the flexibility to develop their own interests by selecting from a wide range of coursework subjects, including discipline core subjects and a professional skills module that provides high-level training in the areas of science communication, data analysis and modelling, ethics and/or leadership in science. Read more

The Master of Science (Ecosystem Science) offers students the flexibility to develop their own interests by selecting from a wide range of coursework subjects, including discipline core subjects and a professional skills module that provides high-level training in the areas of science communication, data analysis and modelling, ethics and/or leadership in science.

This degree provides students with essential skills, knowledge and research training through a Research Project in one of the discipline areas represented in the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences. These include: conservation biology, ecology, ecophysiology, environmental psychology, environmental and landscape management, forest science, genetics, horticulture, hydrology and soil science.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Conduct independent research in one or more fields of ecosystem science;
  • Review and critically assess the scientific literature;
  • Formulate and evaluate hypotheses;
  • Design and conduct laboratory, field and/or social studies as appropriate to the field(s) of the research project;
  • Analyse and interpret data;
  • Clearly communicate scientific results in written and oral presentations to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.


CAREER OUTCOMES

As a graduate, you may find a rewarding career in:

  • Environmental consultancy
  • Research
  • Government & non-profit organisations
  • Conservation


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It is an exciting time to be studying physics in the 21st century. it is an enabling science that expands our knowledge of the universe and underpins new technologies that benefit our society. Read more

It is an exciting time to be studying physics in the 21st century: it is an enabling science that expands our knowledge of the universe and underpins new technologies that benefit our society. The School of Physics is well established and is internationally respected for its research excellence, broad-based undergraduate courses, and a challenging and rewarding postgraduate experience.

Our programs in astrophysics, theoretical particle and experimental particle physics explore questions relating to the origin, evolution and fate of our universe, addressing some of the most important and fundamental problems of our age. Research collaborations include the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva, the LIGO gravitational wave detector, and the MWA low frequency radio telescope.

The School has strengths in the exploration of matter and light interactions, particularly in advanced materials utilising diamond and silicon, quantum information science, photonics, advanced electron microscopy, nanoscale imaging, nanoelectronics, all the way down to the single atom and photon. Working closely with the Australian Synchrotron, the School hosts the Centre for Coherent X-Ray Science, and the Victorian node of the Centre for Quantum Computer Technology.

Students in the Master of Science (Physics) who have a weighted average mark of 80% or higher in the prerequisite undergraduate major, are eligible for consideration for the Graduate Research Program in Science. This is a five-year course of study comprising the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)Find out more.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Analyse how to solve a problem by applying simple fundamental laws to more complicated situations;
  • Apply abstract concepts to real-world situations;
  • Manage time effectively in order to be prepared for group discussions and undertake the assignments and examinations.

CAREER OUTCOMES

As a graduate, you may find a rewarding career in:

  • Research and development – as a scientist, software engineer, technical manager and informatics statistician; or in public health, meteorology and climate change
  • Government – in policy advising, budget forecasting, research, or defence
  • Business – in IT, sales, financial modelling and services, as a management consultant, or business analyst
  • Manufacturing – in engineering, forecasting, logistics, or demand management
  • Science communications – in publishing, editing, writing, or marketing
  • Education – as a teacher or trainer


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