The Australian National University | Science

Introduction

ANU is Australia’s national university with a global reputation in Medicine, Biology and Environment as well as Physical and Mathematical Sciences.

You’ll find our researchers at the forefront of scientific practice and discovery, wherever it may be. Whether it’s on the front line of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, on a tree branch in the Tasmanian wilderness peering into a parrot’s nest, among the life-support machines of the neonatal intensive care unit or at a lab bench, and in front of the classroom.

ANU is ranked among the top 20 universities on the planet, and number 1 in Australia1. Our academics produce research which changes lives, and life as we know it. We are committed to solving problems through big picture and applied scientific research, to better health, and to the sustainable, secure and equitable use of resources around the world. Our students learn from these world-class researchers, as do Australia’s policy-makers - with our expertise and influence extending to leaders in government, industry and beyond.

We are proud of our standing, our history and our achievements. In the past 60 years we have produced four Nobel Laureates, some of Australia’s most pre-eminent scientists and thousands of graduates with a world-class education in science and medicine.

But nothing excites us quite as much as our future. We hope you can be part of it.

ANU Vice Chancellor and Winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, Professor Schmidt

Why study in Canberra

ANU is also located in Canberra, a centre for science and innovation. With CSIRO, the Australian Science Academy, Questacon and Australia’s political decision makers at the doorstep of ANU, Canberra is a melting pot for scientific exploration and innovation. It is a modern and connected city, which was recently ranked by the OECD as the world’s best city to live2. Our students enjoy a high quality of life in a city with one of the best educated workforces, highest average full-time income and lowest unemployment rate in Australia. And because it’s Australia’s capital city, big things happen here.

Strategic priorities

ANU has an international reputation for excellence in research, education and policy expertise. Learn more about our areas of excellence and the strategic priority we place on them.

Research » Research is central to everything we do at ANU. It shapes the educational experience we provide to students and enables us to be a leading voice on issues of national and international importance.

Education » Education at ANU is shaped by our culture of intensive research. Our students are taught by, and work with, active researchers at all levels of achievement. This ensures a contemporary education based in learning and discovery, not just knowledge transfer.

Policy » ANU is a leading voice in national and international policy development and debate. Our researchers work with government, industry and non-government organisations to apply research expertise to key policy challenges facing Australia and our region.

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How to apply - instructions on how to submit an application

International students - important information for international students studying in Australia

»1 QS World University Rankings 2017

»2 OECD Regional Well-Being Report 2014

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Master of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Advanced) (MAA)

Campus Full time January 2018 Australia Canberra

The degree can be tailored to suit your interests and can include astrophysical techniques, astrophysical, computing, planetary science, stellar astrophysics, galaxies, and cosmology. When you graduate, you may find yourself working as a hydrology modeller, instrument scientist, web analyst, scientist at Geoscience Australia, software engineer, or government and defence scientist. [+]

A two year postgraduate degree offered by  The   ANU College of Science.

Postgraduate students in astronomy and astrophysics at ANU receive an innovative education. You will have access to Australia’s largest optical observatory and to the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre, which designs, builds and tests world-leading instrumentation for astronomy and space science. As a postgraduate student, you’ll be based at our Mount Stromlo Observatory, where our staff and students have made major contributions to astronomy, mapping the structure and formation of the Milky Way, discovering planets orbiting other stars, and discovering the accelerating expansion of the Universe. Our staff include winners of the Australian Prime Minister’s Prize for Science and the Nobel Prize. Make an enquiry directly with ANU The Master of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Advanced) incorporates both coursework and research components. The coursework component can be tailored to your interests, and can include astrophysical techniques, astrophysical computing, planetary science, stellar astrophysics, galaxies, and cosmology. The research project provides the opportunity to enhance and develop your detailed knowledge and skills in a specific area of astronomy or astrophysics. It may include the acquisition and analysis of telescope data, the development of theoretical models, or the development and testing of new astronomical instrumentation.... [-]


Master of Biological Sciences (MBS)

Campus Full time January 2018 Australia Canberra

The Master of Biological Sciences allows you to specialise in areas such as biomedical sciences, ecology and evolution, genetics, plant sciences and biochemistry. This degree provides you with the skills to pursue a career in plant laboratory science, agriculture, environmental policy or further study. [+]

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. Make an enquiry directly with ANU 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.... [-]


Master of Biotechnology (MBio)

Campus Full time January 2018 Australia Canberra

Researchers in the biological sciences at ANU work on issues of global importance, including food security in both Australia and the developing world, new treatments for cancer and type 2 diabetes, and fighting malaria drug resistance. [+]

A single two year graduate degree offered by  the  ANU College of Science. Researchers in the biological sciences at ANU work on issues of global importance, including food security in both Australia and the developing world, new treatments for cancer and type 2 diabetes, and fighting malaria drug resistance. Our Masters program is research-led and features teaching contributions from more than 60 academics, leading scientists in these fields, who bring their experience and current breakthroughs to the classroom. 

We offer our Masters students state-of-the-art laboratories, research infrastructure, and flexible learning facilities. We pride ourselves on the support we give students, so we’ll help you design your degree to complement your prior study and to suit your interests. The Master of Biotechnology is a coursework program that provides a pathway for science graduates with background knowledge in biochemistry, molecular biology and chemistry to acquire new knowledge, or extend and update their theoretical and practical understanding of modern biotechnology. Make an enquiry directly with ANU Throughout the program, students have many opportunities to interface with scientists who are advancing research in areas of biochemistry and molecular biology in the biomedical, animal and plant sciences. The Master of Biotechnology (Advanced) incorporates a research project and thesis, and is a gateway to further research, such as a PhD.... [-]


Master of Earth Sciences (Advanced) (MES)

Campus Full time January 2018 Australia Canberra

Earth science deals with complex systems and processes that shape our planet. Pressing issues such as the safe supply of water, resources and energy, climate change, sea level rise as well as natural hazards are all intimately related to Earth sciences. The Master of Earth Sciences provides the opportunity to gain a wide range of knowledge and skills that are relevant for employment in industry, government agencies, education as well as further university studies. [+]

ANU is ranked number one in Australia for Earth sciences and number 12 globally.* Our high standing is built upon an emphasis on application of the enabling sciences—mathematics, physics, and chemistry—to address the big challenges in Earth sciences. We are innovators: always seeking to develop new methods, whether experimental, analytical or computational. Our cutting-edge research led by over 70 academic staff, along with state-of-the-art facilities, provide a conducive environment for high-quality research training for our postgraduate students. Whether it be chemistry, physics or biology, all of our academics are experts in their field, giving students diverse disciplinary perspectives on research projects. Make an enquiry directly with ANU Our Master of Earth Sciences (Advanced) lets you study pressing issues such as the safe supply of water, resources and energy, climate change, sea level rise as well as natural hazards. *QS World University Rankings by subject 2017 Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to: Understand advanced concepts in Earth Sciences and relate them to a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary contexts; Apply knowledge acquired in the coursework to their research project; Acquire independently data and evaluate and interpret obtained datasets; Formulate working hypotheses and design methods to test these; Compile a major body of research in a written report and present results to an expert audience; Communicate effectively with university staff, peer students and the wider community on Earth Science topics Career Options Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among... [-]

Master of Energy Change (MEC)

Campus Full time January 2018 Australia Canberra

The Master of Energy Change offers a breadth of courses that allows you to develop a program of advanced learning suited to your individual interests, skills and aspirations in the area of energy change. A major key to addressing climate change is the need for a world-wide change to carbon-free forms of energy production and this degree will help you contribute to these complex issues. Depending on the area of study and specialisation, our graduates find work in government, policy, scientific research, development and aid organizations, multi-national companies, and many other exciting fields. [+]

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

The Master of Energy Change is an interdisciplinary coursework program that will allow you to develop a program of advanced learning suited to your individual interests, skills and aspirations in the area of energy change. A major key to addressing climate change is the need for a world-wide change to carbon-free forms of energy production. The need for energy change is well-established yet there are relatively few people with an effective overview or the multi-disciplinary skills needed to effectively contribute to this complex issue. Our graduates find work in government, policy, scientific research, development and aid organisations, multi-national companies, and many other exciting fields. Make an enquiry directly with ANU The ANU Energy Change Institute is Australia’s leading authority in energy research, education and public policy, comprising more than 200 staff and PhD students from across the spectrum of expertise at the University, and with over $100 million in infrastructure and facilities. Six of our researchers are ANU Public Policy Fellows, playing an important role in the development of policy alongside government and non-government agencies in the national capital.... [-]


Master of Environment (MoE)

Campus Full time January 2018 Australia Canberra

The Master of Environment allows you to develop a program of advanced learning suited to your individual interests and skills in environment and sustainability. As part of this degree you will study topics like environmental science and management as well as climate change policy and economics. [+]

A single two year graduate degree offered by the  ANU College of Science ANU is ranked the best university in Australia, and is in the top 20 universities in the world for environmental sciences (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017). There are very few places in the world where economists and hydrologists, historians and ecologists, foresters, geographers and climatologists work together on the big environmental problems facing contemporary society: the Fenner School of Environment and Society at ANU is one of them. Our Master of Environment degrees allow you to develop a program of advanced learning suited to your individual interests and skills in environment and sustainability. A broad-ranging suite of courses from across the University provides exposure to current perspectives on environmental issues and approaches. Areas of interest include environmental science and management, social and ecological linkages, environmental economics and governance, environmental policy, and integrative approaches to research and analysis. Make an enquiry directly with ANU You will also develop depth of knowledge in a selected disciplinary area. Available specialisation options include: biodiversity conservation, climate science and policy, environmental policy, environmental studies and human ecology, geography, natural resource management, sustainability science, and water science and management.... [-]


Master of Mathematical Sciences (Advanced) (MMS)

Campus Full time January 2018 Australia Canberra

This degree enables students to upgrade their expertise in the mathematical sciences, either as a route to further study, or to upgrade their quantitative skills in areas that are rapidly becoming more reliant on advanced techniques from the mathematical sciences, such as the biological and computational sciences. Graduates find careers in academia, government and consulting. [+]

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

ANU is ranked number one in Australia for maths teaching and research*. We offer our students small class sizes and access to some of the best mathematicians in Australia, currently including 15 fellows of the Australian Academy of Sciences, two fellows of the Royal Society, ten recipients of the Australian Mathematical Society Medal and three ARC Laureate Fellows. Our researchers have access to up-to-date computing facilities including the National Computational Infrastructure supercomputer. We fulfil both a national and international role as a “research institute” in the mathematical sciences, working cooperatively with the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) and a number of international centres. Make an enquiry directly with ANU This degree is intended to enable students to upgrade their expertise in the mathematical sciences either as a route to further study of mathematical sciences or to upgrade their quantitative skills in areas such as the biological sciences and computational science that are rapidly becoming more reliant on advanced techniques from the mathematical sciences.... [-]


Master of Neuroscience (ΜοΝ)

Campus Full time January 2018 Australia Canberra

This program is designed to give you both theoretical and practical knowledge of the modern concepts in neuroscience and the methodologies employed. You will be taught by leading Australian neuroscientists and have opportunities to gain first-hand experience of neuroscience research at The John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR). This degree will pave the way for further studies in neuroscience and related fields such as for a PhD. You can also use your skills to forge a career in policy-making, the pharmaceutical industry, consulting, as well as scientific research organisations. [+]

A single two year graduate degree offered by the  ANU College of Health and Medicine  Students of the Master of Neuroscience programs join our world-class scientists, and have the opportunity to gain firsthand experience from their research. These programs provide science graduates with new skills, and extend and renew your understanding of neuroscience principles. You will acquire both theoretical and practical knowledge of the modern concepts in neuroscience and the methodologies employed. Make an enquiry directly with ANU We have over a dozen independent research groups working at our Eccles Institute of Neuroscience in state of-the-art facilities. This includes well-equipped laboratories, a suite of electron microscopes, a confocal scanning microscope and a protein and DNA analytical service and advanced super and parallel computing facilities. We provide staff and students with an exceptional environment for research on brain function, with a cellular focus and an emphasis on signal processing in sensory systems.... [-]


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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Website http://science.anu.edu.au/
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