Master of Biological Arts - Coursework and Dissertation

The University of Western Australia - Faculty of Science

Program Description

Master of Biological Arts - Coursework and Dissertation

The University of Western Australia - Faculty of Science

Master of Biological Arts - Coursework and Dissertation

This course is unique as it is offered by a science faculty with access to laboratories and expertise with an in depth understanding of biological sciences.


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.

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 Master of Biological Arts is offered by 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 a major project and dissertation. This degree also provides the flexibility to choose from a range of units to complement your specific interests.

Course outlines for the master's degrees with the new 1.5-2 year structure (72-96 points) are now available via the Faculty of Science website.

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.

Related careers

  • Academic
  • Artistic Director
  • Arts Professional
  • Author
  • Curator - Gallery or Museum
  • University Lecturer
  • Visual Arts Professional

Further study opportunities

Students with a Master of Biological Arts may have the option to pursue further studies in research.


Find out what scholarships are available for new students.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 5, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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Jan. 2017
2 - 9 years
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Start date Jan. 2017
Australia Perth, Western Australia
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