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The Master of Biological Science with a specialisation in Conservation Biology will allow you to help mitigate the increasing pressures of human activity and population growth on threatened species and communities, and prepares you for a wide range of jobs in conservation and restoration science. Read more
The Master of Biological Science with a specialisation in Conservation Biology will allow you to help mitigate the increasing pressures of human activity and population growth on threatened species and communities, and prepares you for a wide range of jobs in conservation and restoration science.

The Conservation Biology specialisation focuses on the ecology, conservation, evolution and management of plants and animals and the ecosystems in which they occur. A graduate will have advanced knowledge of the evolution of our flora and fauna and the ecosystems in which they occur and are well-prepared to engage in field as well as desktop studies to analyse and mitigate species and ecosystem threats.

UWA is well equipped for teaching and research in conservation biology. Our teaching is supported by the world class research of the Kings Park and Botanic Gardens Biodiversity Conservation Centre, the WA Biogeochemistry Centre, the Ecosystem Restoration Laboratory, the Centre for Evolutionary Biology, The Oceans Institute and the Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management.

Why study Biological Science in Western Australia?

Western Australia is widely renowned as one of the world's hotspots for terrestrial and marine biodiversity. There are about 13,000 species of plants in Western Australia, with more being discovered all the time. About 3,000 of these species are yet to be formally named. Nearly 70% of Australia's mammal species are found within the state, with 25 species being found nowhere else. Reptile species are even more diverse with higher endemism. Up to 80 per cent of the region's fish and invertebrates found nowhere else in the world. All of this biodiversity means that Western Australia is the ideal place to study biological sciences at all levels of organisation from ecosystems to molecules.

Career opportunities

Conservation Biology graduates are employed in private sector companies (consultancies, the resources sector), in government departments (for example, Parks and Wildlife, State Fisheries), in public agencies (such as botanic gardens, conservation groups), and in environment and conservation research agencies (CSIRO), while others join academic institutions.

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This newly redesigned course allows you to focus on molecular biotechnology or infectious diseases and microbiology, or on a blend of the two fields, through choice of optional units. Read more
This newly redesigned course allows you to focus on molecular biotechnology or infectious diseases and microbiology, or on a blend of the two fields, through choice of optional units.

The course includes laboratory classes that can develop your research capabilities and technical skills, such as DNA cloning and sequencing. An advanced laboratory unit and/or individual research projects can also hone your laboratory skills for a professional research environment. Your practical work may also include real-life situations involved experimental design, technique selection and solving practical problems in the laboratory.

Alternatively, project units can be used for biological and medical research at a theoretical level, fostering critical analysis of scientific literature and the formulation of novel hypotheses and research proposals.

You will graduate with the knowledge and practical skills required to work at an advanced level in the biomedical sector and other biotechnology related industries.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Australian Biotechnology Association and equivalent industry organisations internationally.

Career opportunities

Graduates can seek employment in the biotechnology and allied industries, government, hospital and university research and development laboratories and in other professions that require an advanced understanding of molecular biosciences.

This course also provides the formal requirements for entry into higher research degrees (PhD or Master of Philosophy) and progression to research leadership opportunities.

Credit for previous study

Applications for recognition of prior learning (RPL) are assessed on an individual basis.

Recognition of prior learning is granted for prior postgraduate study only.

2016 Curtin International Scholarships: Merit Scholarship

Curtin University is an inspiring, vibrant, international organisation, committed to making tomorrow better. It is a beacon for innovation, driving advances in technology through high-impact research and offering more than 100 practical, industry-aligned courses connecting to workplaces of tomorrow.

Ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015, the University is also ranked 25th in the world for universities under the age of 50 in the QS World University Rankings 2015 Curtin also received an overall five-star excellence rating in the QS stars rating.

Curtin University strives to give high achieving international students the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised education through offering the Merit Scholarship. The Merit Scholarship will give you up to 25 per cent of your first year tuition fees and if you enrol in an ELB program at Curtin English before studying at Curtin, you will also receive a 10 per cent discount on your Curtin English fees.

For full details and terms and conditions of this scholarship, please visit: curtin.edu/int-scholarships and click on Merit.

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The Master of Health Science encompasses a range of biomedical and health disciplines that underpin advances crucial to human health and wellbeing. Read more
The Master of Health Science encompasses a range of biomedical and health disciplines that underpin advances crucial to human health and wellbeing. It provides you with a unique combination of the three key platforms: public health; advanced study in a related science discipline; and an industry internship. It is taught by the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

It provides a pathway for you to further develop your science knowledge, and integrate this knowledge with a solid grounding in Public Health (theory and skills) as well as providing a work practicum in the health industry (for example health promotion, research, policy and administration). This integration enables you to be ‘job-ready’ at the end of your course.

Key features:

Unique combination of advanced study in both a Science discipline and Public Health, and an industry practicum as a core component.
Integrates Public Health and Science knowledge and skills.
Students are ‘job ready’ at the end of their industry practicum.

Course description, features and facilities

As a graduate you will have advanced knowledge of Health Sciences that can be applied to both research and professional settings; as well as the capacity to solve problems by applying research methodologies combined with the ability to successfully communicate outcomes to a wide range of audiences.

Knowledge of your discipline and how it is researched will enable you to become its advocate in both specialist and non-specialist settings.

Students must nominate a specialisation on application, the Master of Health Science has specialisations in;

Exercise and Health
Human Biology
Neuroscience

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.

Structure

Students may choose to include either a Public Health Practicum or Research Practicum as part of the Master of Health Science.

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 focussed, 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.

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Unique in Australia, this course offers a thorough grounding in state-of-the-art biotechnology in combination with training in enterprise, commercialisation and intellectual property (IP) protection. Read more
Unique in Australia, this course offers a thorough grounding in state-of-the-art biotechnology in combination with training in enterprise, commercialisation and intellectual property (IP) protection.

Biotechnology is rapidly becoming central to our lives. The use of plants, animals and bacteria, enhanced by areas such as genetics and genomics, gives rise to new food, fibre and chemical production routes, and new strategies for environmental protection and stewardship, all central requirements as the global population increases over the coming decades.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology specialisation

Gain advanced training with new generation biochemistry and molecular biology techniques to understand cellular content, structure, organisation and interactions assessed with the current state of the art technologies.

Career opportunities

The Master of Biotechnology is a cross-disciplinary degree, providing graduates with a unique combination of state-of-the-art science and business skills, in a subject area rapidly expanding as society faces increasingly significant population pressures.

Graduates will be ready to compete internationally in a range of roles – from large multi-nationals and spinout companies, to governmental organisations and international research laboratories – or start companies of their own.

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This practical, industry-focused course can help you develop the skills and knowledge you will need to improve water quality and supply in Australian and international communities. Read more
This practical, industry-focused course can help you develop the skills and knowledge you will need to improve water quality and supply in Australian and international communities.

Access to safe water is critical for economic growth, agriculture and food production, sustainable development and poverty reduction. However, many communities and governments now struggle to supply safe water and effectively manage their water resources.

If you are a recent graduate looking to launch your water quality career, or you are a practising water scientist or engineer, this course can position you as an expert in water chemistry. It is especially relevant to those who have studied chemistry, hydrology, water-related engineering courses, agriculture, environmental science or other related fields.

There is a growing need for water scientists who understand the chemistry of water. In this course, you can build advanced chemistry skills and specialised knowledge in water biology, microbiology, ecotoxicology, engineering, hydrogeology and environmental geoscience. Your studies will focus on water treatment, sanitation, water recycling and the sustainable supply of safe drinking water.

Career opportunities

If you are a recent graduate looking to enter a career in water quality, or a practising water scientist or engineer, this course can help you to develop your career as a specialist in water chemistry. It is especially relevant if you have studied chemistry, hydrology, water-related engineering courses, agriculture, environmental science or other related fields.

Graduates of this course may be employed in a wide range of industrial, commercial and government organisations involved in sourcing, treating and distributing water.

List of potential careers:

Chemist
Chemical engineer
Environmental scientist
Hydrologist
Water chemist
Water engineer
Water scientist.
Credit for previous study
Students entering with an honours degree or postgraduate diploma may receive credits for recognised learning.

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL).
How this course will make you industry ready
This practical, industry-focused course can help you develop the skills and knowledge you will need to improve water quality and supply in Australian and international communities.

You will have access to high-tech science labs, modern equipment and collaborative learning spaces across the campus and within the purpose-built Resources and Chemistry Precinct.

You will also benefit from Curtin’s high reputation in water quality research, which has led to led to millions of dollars in funding, local and global research alliances and the recruitment of high calibre industry experts.

2016 Curtin International Scholarships: Merit Scholarship

Curtin University is an inspiring, vibrant, international organisation, committed to making tomorrow better. It is a beacon for innovation, driving advances in technology through high-impact research and offering more than 100 practical, industry-aligned courses connecting to workplaces of tomorrow.

Ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015, the University is also ranked 25th in the world for universities under the age of 50 in the QS World University Rankings 2015 Curtin also received an overall five-star excellence rating in the QS stars rating.

Curtin University strives to give high achieving international students the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised education through offering the Merit Scholarship. The Merit Scholarship will give you up to 25 per cent of your first year tuition fees and if you enrol in an ELB program at Curtin English before studying at Curtin, you will also receive a 10 per cent discount on your Curtin English fees.

For full details and terms and conditions of this scholarship, please visit: curtin.edu/int-scholarships and click on Merit.

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Plant and animal genetics play an important role in enhancing the world's future supply of food and fibre, especially in this era of climate change. Read more
Plant and animal genetics play an important role in enhancing the world's future supply of food and fibre, especially in this era of climate change.

The Master of Agricultural Science, with a specialisation in Genetics and Breeding, is designed for students who have a broad interest in genetics and its application to either plant and animal breeding or natural resource conservation. This course will provide a solid grounding in the disciplines of genetics and molecular genetics and how these techniques are applied to the theory and practice of modern breeding and conservation of genetic resources.

Key features

Strong industry connections and links with with international centres (AVRDC, ICARDA, ICRISAT and IRRI) including possibility of jointly-supervised thesis research at centres.

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The Master of Biological Science with a specialisation in Zoology will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the structure, function, diversity and evolution of animals, as well as the interaction of animals with each other and the environment. Read more
The Master of Biological Science with a specialisation in Zoology will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the structure, function, diversity and evolution of animals, as well as the interaction of animals with each other and the environment.

You will have the opportunity to study animals and their habitats, including Western Australia's exciting fauna. These habitats are diverse, and range from deserts through to temporary wetlands and rainforests and ultimately the sea. Zoologists discover the solutions to the problems presented by these habitats.

This specialisation integrates theory with practical (both field and laboratory) studies utilising many of the animals and ecosystems from the diverse state of Western Australia as examples.

The Faculty is well equipped for teaching through the School of Animal Biology and is supported by the world class research of the Centre for Evolutionary Biology, the Oceans Institute, and the Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management.

Zoologists are concerned with theoretical topics as diverse as molecular evolution, anatomy, physiology, reproduction, behaviour and community ecology, and with applied aspects that range from fauna conservation and pest management to stream ecology and water quality studies.

Why study Zoology at UWA?

1. Discover the vast diversity of animals in south-west Western Australia and beyond
2. Understand how these animals interact with each other and their surrounding environment.
3. Gain first-hand experience with these animals in both the laboratory and the field
4. Appreciate how climate change will affect this fauna along with the impact of other threats such as habitat destruction and fragmentation.
5. Learn how scientific knowledge can be used to develop and implement management strategies to combat these threats.

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Biomedical Science encompasses a range of biological, medical and health-related disciplines addressing global biomedical challenges such as obesity, cancer, neurological diseases and cardiovascular disease. Read more
Biomedical Science encompasses a range of biological, medical and health-related disciplines addressing global biomedical challenges such as obesity, cancer, neurological diseases and cardiovascular disease.

Biomedical Science draws on the disciplines of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and neuroscience and the para-clinical disciplines of microbiology, pathology and pharmacology to understand and treat human disease. Biomedical Science has increasingly embraced the overarching disciplines of human genetics, epigenetics and genomics to understand how gene-environment interactions define the human phenotype in its normal and diseased states.

The Master of Biomedical Science with a specialisation in Human Biology integrates the understanding of human behaviour and biology across a range of systems, processes and contexts.Units explore human biology from the molecular to the population level of analysis. Topics include reproduction, physiology, embryology and growth, the nervous system, ecology, sleep, public health, behaviour and biosocial interactions.

The Human Biology specialisation

The Human Biology specialisation integrates understanding of behaviour and biology in humans across a range of systems, processes and contexts. The units offered within this specialisation cover molecular to population levels of analyses. The range of diverse topics include reproduction, physiology, embryology and growth; the nervous system; ecology, sleep, public health, behaviour and biosocial interactions.

Career opportunities

The course provides you with a wide range of career choices in industry (e.g. pharmaceutical companies); in hospital, university and government research laboratories; and in the health industry and government departments that deal with health promotion and related services.

Potential career destinations will also be influenced by your specialisation; for example, graduates who specialise in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology are well prepared for a career related to pharmaceutical research and development, whereas those taking a Human Biology specialisation are well prepared for a career in the provision of health services (e.g. an embryologist in a fertility clinic).

The Master of Biomedical Science also provides a pathway to PhD studies for those graduates who complete a research dissertation as part of their course.

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The course offers a thorough grounding in state-of-the-art biotechnology in combination with training in enterprise, commercialisation and intellectual property (IP) protection. Read more
The course offers a thorough grounding in state-of-the-art biotechnology in combination with training in enterprise, commercialisation and intellectual property (IP) protection.

Biotechnology is rapidly becoming central to our lives. The use of plants, animals and bacteria, enhanced by areas such as genetics and genomics, gives rise to new food, fibre and chemical production routes, and new strategies for environmental protection and stewardship, all central requirements as the global population increases over the coming decades.

Environmental Biotechnology

The application of biotechnology to the environmental arena. Biotechnological applications for environmental monitoring, protection and food security in a changing world.

Key features

Offers a thorough grounding in state-of-the-art biotechnology in combination with training in enterprise and commercialisation.
Utilises the expertise of world-leading research staff in the Faculty of Science and in the UWA Business School - along with Business mentors in biotechnology spin-outs.

Unique set of specialisations in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Environmental Biotechnology, Genetics and Breeding; and Genetics and Genomics

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This course offers a thorough grounding in state-of-the-art biotechnology in combination with training in enterprise, commercialisation and intellectual property (IP) protection. Read more
This course offers a thorough grounding in state-of-the-art biotechnology in combination with training in enterprise, commercialisation and intellectual property (IP) protection.

Biotechnology is rapidly becoming central to our lives. The use of plants, animals and bacteria, enhanced by areas such as genetics and genomics, gives rise to new food, fibre and chemical production routes, and new strategies for environmental protection and stewardship, all central requirements as the global population increases over the coming decades.
Genetics and Breeding

The application of biotechnology at core and advanced level to the breeding of animals and plants. Using genes as a basis, the units explore evolutionary genetics and the use of genetics to generate and monitor new traits.

Key features

Offers a thorough grounding in state-of-the-art biotechnology in combination with training in enterprise and commercialisation.
Unique set of specialisations in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Environmental Biotechnology, Genetics and Breeding; and Genetics and Genomics.

Utilises the expertise of world-leading research staff in the Faculty of Science and in the UWA Business School - along with Business mentors in biotechnology spin-outs.

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This course offers a thorough grounding in state-of-the-art biotechnology in combination with training in enterprise, commercialisation and intellectual property (IP) protection. Read more
This course offers a thorough grounding in state-of-the-art biotechnology in combination with training in enterprise, commercialisation and intellectual property (IP) protection.

Biotechnology is rapidly becoming central to our lives. The use of plants, animals and bacteria, enhanced by areas such as genetics and genomics, gives rise to new food, fibre and chemical production routes, and new strategies for environmental protection and stewardship, all central requirements as the global population increases over the coming decades.

Genetics and Genomics

Advanced studies in current state of the art genomics and genetics techniques, from high throughput systems for analysing 'omic components to advanced bioinformatic components for large data set analyses and database searching.

Key features

Unique set of specialisations in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Environmental Biotechnology, Genetics and Breeding; and Genetics and Genomics. Offers a thorough grounding in state-of-the-art biotechnology in combination with training in enterprise and commercialisation. Utilises the expertise of world-leading research staff in the Faculty of Science and in the UWA Business School - along with Business ‘Angels’ and mentors in biotechnology spin-outs.

Course description, features and facilities

The Master of Biotechnology with a specialisation in Genetics and Genomics provides advanced studies in current state-of-the-art genomics and genetics techniques, from high throughput systems for analysing genomic components, to advanced bioinformatics components, for large data set analyses and database searching.

Career opportunities

The Master of Biotechnology is a cross-disciplinary degree, providing graduates with a unique combination of state-of-the-art science and business skills, in a subject area rapidly expanding as society faces increasingly significant population pressures.

Graduates will be ready to compete internationally in a range of roles – from large multi-nationals and spinout companies, to governmental organisations and international research laboratories – or start companies of their own.

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