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Master of Science

Course Description

The Master of Science is a two-year full-time program providing graduates with the opportunity to undertake advanced study and research. This program is designed to provide students with a thorough training in applied scientific research and methodology and will also prepare students for higher degree studies and professional employment. The program consists of both theoretical and practical coursework, as well as a research dissertation. Students complete advanced coursework and specialist laboratory classes prior to completing their research project.

The coursework will provide a critical evaluation of research and presentation, develop the student's knowledge and understanding of statistical analyses techniques as applied to scientific research, and develop an awareness of research proposal design and background. Students will have the opportunity to develop a research proposal including aims, methodology and a literature review.
The dissertation, involves applied research on a specific project, a seminar and thesis describing the research in detail.
The Clinical and Molecular Microbiology major will provide pathways in public health microbiology or applied and environmental microbiology and comprises of advanced microbiology and molecular microbiology coursework.

The Food Security major will equip students with the necessary training in analytical chemistry, microbiology and soil science to undertake research into enhanced and sustainable agriculture and food production.
The Medicinal Chemistry major is designed for students interested in natural product discovery and drug design. Students will undertake coursework in advanced chemistry and have access to broadening courses in biology.
The Nanoscience and Photonics major will address the interdisciplinary overlaps between physics, chemistry and biology, by providing students with advanced coursework in the areas encompassed by nanoscience and photonics.

[[Admission requirements]]
The following University policy will apply to higher degree research programs:
* Higher Degree Research Policy

To be eligible for admission to this program, a student must fulfil the following criteria:
Clinical and Molecular Microbiology major:
* A Bachelor of Science with major studies in microbiology in a biological science discipline (biochemistry; biomedical science; biotechnology; molecular biology; genetics; plant science) with an equivalent GPA of 5.0 or better
* OR the Graduate Diploma of Clinical Microbiology (4167) with a GPA of 5.0 or better (these students will be eligible for 30 credit points of credit towards the Clinical and Molecular Microbiology major in lieu of first year listed electives).

Food Security major:
* A Bachelor of Science in a relevant science discipline (chemistry, microbiology, food science, plant science) with an equivalent GPA of 5.0 or better.

Medicinal Chemistry major:
* A Bachelor of Science with major studies in chemistry or biological chemistry (biochemistry; organic, analytical, or physical chemistry) with an equivalent GPA of 5.0 or better.

Nanoscience and Photonics major:
* A Bachelor of Science in a relevant science discipline (chemistry, physics, materials engineering, chemical engineering) with an equivalent GPA of 5.0 or better.

In addition to the academic qualifications required for candidature as described above, the following criteria need to be satisfied:
*the proposed topic is appropriate for higher degree research and consonant with the academic aims and objectives of the School of Natural Sciences
*there are two qualified members of staff holding confirmed, continuing or fixed term appointments of sufficient length for the purposes of supervision
*the School of Natural Sciences is able to provide the necessary research place, supervision, resources and facilities; and there is an appropriate fit between the applicant, research environment, available resources and supervision
*the provision of educational services consequent upon approval of the application for candidature will not expose the University to a risk of contravening any applicable law, including any international embargoes, sanctions or controls which regulate the University's operations from time to time, and
*the proposed program of work can be completed within the maximum period of candidature for the degree.

Applicants are required to find a suitable supervisor and have their research project approved. Students requiring assistance in finding a suitable supervisor and developing a research proposal should contact the Program Convenor.
Applicants to this program are not eligible to apply for a Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship (GUPRS) or Griffith University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship.

[[Language requirements]]
English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English.
All Higher Degree Research (HDR) applicants are expected to have reached an appropriate level of proficiency in English. International applicants must provide documentary evidence of their English Language Proficiency (ELP). Further, there may be occasions when a Head of Element or Dean feels it is appropriate to seek confirmation of ELP from applicants for whom there is no formal requirement to provide evidence of ELP (for example, Australian citizens or applicants with permanent resident status whose tertiary studies were not conducted in English or International applicants who have undertaken some studies in English). Full documentary evidence in support of English proficiency must be submitted with applications for candidature.
The minimum English Language proficiency requirements for applicants to Higher Degree Research (HDR) programs are as follows:
*An overall band score of 6.5 on the IELTS (Academic) with no band score less than 6.0
*OR a minimum score of 575 on the paper-based TOEFL including a score of no less than 5.0 on the TWE
*OR a score of 79 on the internet-based (iBT) TOEFL with no sub-score less than 19
*OR a score of no less than 3+ in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by ISLPR Language Services only)
*OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
*OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
*OR an overall score of 61 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic) with a minimum of 54 in all Communicative Skills.

English test results must be no more than two years old at the time of application.

[[My career opportunities]]
This program will provide students with advanced cutting-edge theoretical knowledge in their chosen area of specialisation together with the practical and research skills necessary for employment in the industry and/or research laboratories.

Entry Requirements

See ''Admission Requirements'' for details.

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