A single two-year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Science.

Understanding biological science is integral to solving some of the greatest challenges facing humanity; from the threat of climate change, pests and disease to increasing pressures on global food supplies. Whether your interests are broad or unique, ANU offers a range of postgraduate programs to extend your skills in biosciences and help you find creative and innovative solutions to these challenges.

The ANU Master of Biological Sciences is a flexible coursework program that can be tailored to suit your specific educational goals.

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Our program allows you to specialise in a particular area of biology such as biomedical sciences, ecology and evolution, genetics, plant sciences and biochemistry. Alternatively, you can utilise the program to provide a broad overview of biological sciences today. Our practical classes refresh your traditional techniques while developing your skills and knowledge in new cutting-edge techniques.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. demonstrate high-level knowledge in the area of their study;
  2. apply their knowledge in biological sciences to new problems;
  3. interpret, synthesize and critically analyse published literature of relevance to biological sciences;
  4. demonstrate basic laboratory skills that are commonly used in biological sciences research;
  5. perform experimental work under guidance, interpret and analyse results, write reports;
  6. clearly communicate theory and results, in both written and oral formats to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Career Options

A biological sciences degree provides you with the skills to pursue career goals in fields including plant laboratory science, industry, agriculture, public and environmental policy or further study. Our graduates are highly sought-after and go on to find interesting careers in a range of areas including agricultural biotechnology and plant breeding, clinical research, pharmaceutical companies, biosecurity, medical research and environmental policy. A Master of Biological Sciences (Advanced) can lead to a PhD.

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with an average mark of at least 70% and at least eight courses in cognate disciplines. All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units (one semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units (one year) of credit.

Cognate disciplines: Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry, Genetics, Evolution, Ecology, and Plant Sciences.


Annual indicative fee for domestic students is $29,280.00 and for international students is $39,000.00.

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ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies. Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are. Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

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Program taught in:
  • English
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This course is Campus based
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Jan 2020
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- Annual indicative fee for domestic students: $27,840.00 / Annual indicative fee for international students: $37,104.00
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