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Master of Biological Arts

Course Description


Those wishing to engage with the crossover of art and science and who already hold a degree in science, the humanities or the visual arts will find this course develops their theoretical and practical skills in the production of biological art and its use in communicating critical thought, ethical and cultural issues to a variety of audiences.

Key features:

Cross-disciplinary experimentation in art and science.
Engages in wet biology practice in a biological science department.
A new means of creative inquiry and artistic investigation.
Comprises Art and Science units and a major project and dissertation.
Run by SymbioticA - a leader in Biological Arts with world renowned academics.

Course description, features and facilities

This course is designed for art practitioners, scientists, or humanities scholars who wish to engage with creative bioresearch. The course focuses on recent advances in the life sciences, both in theory and practice.

Emphasis is placed on critical thought, ethical and cultural issues and cross-disciplinary experimentation in art and science. Students have access to scientific laboratories, techniques and expertise. Students will take both existing art and science units and a core of SymbioticA units that include a major project and dissertation.

The Faculty of Science offers Master's by Coursework bursaries for domestic students and Postgraduate Merit scholarships for international students. Please visit the Faculty of Science website for details.


The Master of Biological Arts is offered by coursework or coursework and dissertation.

While the standard timeframe for completion of this degree is two years' (full time), if you have previously completed an undergraduate degree in a cognate (related) area it may be possible to complete within 1.5 years'.

The course offers a focused, advanced learning experience that will enhance career choices. You must complete all core units and specialisation core units. This degree also provides the flexibility to choose from a range of units to complement your specific interests.

Course structures for the master's degrees with the new 1.5 to 2 years' structure (72 to 96 points) are now available via the UWA Handbook.

Career opportunities

Completion of this degree can lead to wide and diverse career opportunities in the fields of art, science or social science, especially in positions dealing with issues of policy, communication and commentary, or in education.

It offers opportunities for further academic pursuits including higher degree by research for the people who are interested in the holistic view of the effects of the sciences on our society and culture.

Visit the Master of Biological Arts page on the University of Western Australia website for more details!

Student Profiles

UWA Faculty of Science Scholarships and Awards - No. of awards TBC

Both the University and the Faculty offer a range of scholarships and awards to our students.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Scholarships for Domestic and International Students - see full details for each scholarship.

Application Procedure

See full details for each scholarship.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

To be considered for admission into this course an applicant must have a relevant bachelor's degree from this University in the sciences, arts or fine arts, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty. Minimum English Language Requirements: View Website

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