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 Australia*. 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.

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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 live*. 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.

  • QS World University Rankings 2015-16
  • OECD Regional Well-Being Report 2014
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Master of Astronomy and Astrophysics (MAA)

Campus Full time 2 years January 2017 Australia Canberra

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. [+]

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. 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. Graduates are well positioned to pursue further studies in astronomy and astrophysics in some of the best institutions in Australia and overseas. Learn more about this program [-]

Master of Biological Sciences (MBS)

Campus Full time 2 years January 2017 Australia Canberra

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

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment

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.

Are you interested in the range of organisms that make up our green planet? Do you want to unlock the secrets of nature?

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


Master of Biotechnology (MBio)

Campus Full time 2 years January 2017 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. [+]

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. 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. Examples of graduate positions include: Scientific Officer, Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research; Research Project Officer, CSIRO; Research Assistant, National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium (Taiwan); and Lecturer, Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa University (Indonesia). Learn more about this program [-]

Master of Earth Sciences (MES)

Campus Full time 2 years January 2017 Australia Canberra

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. [+]

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. 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. Not only will you embrace your passion for sciences related to the Earth but you’ll gain the skills and knowledge to embark on an exciting and varied career in areas such as industry, government, and education as well as further university study. * QS World University Rankings by subject 2016 Learn more about this program [-]

Master of Energy Change (MEC)

Campus Full time 2 years January 2017 Australia Canberra

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 href="http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees" ></a> [+]

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment 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. Learning Outcomes On completion of the program, students will have the skills and knowledge to: Demonstrate cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories relating to energy Apply multi-disciplinary approaches to address complex real-world energy-related problems Demonstrate a high level of technical knowledge in subjects relevant to energy and climate change. Communicate effectively with colleagues, other professionals and the broader community using a range of communication media and tools Demonstrate knowledge of research methods and carry out research in the area of energy, climate change and/or sustainability Research Strengths The ANU provides authoritative leadership in energy change research through a broad portfolio of major, internationally recognised fields of energy diversification, and by addressing key issues surrounding energy implementation. Research in Energy Change at ANU covers a complete spectrum from energy science, engineering, efficiency and technology, to implementation expertise in the economic, legal, sociological and policy issues surrounding Energy Change. This broad portfolio of research activity is unique in the country. For more details of our research activities, see http://energy.anu.edu.au/research Employment Opportunities 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. Depending on the area of study and specialisation, our graduates find work in government, policy, scientific research, development and aid organisations, multi-national companies, and many other exciting fields. This progressive program is also a pathway to more advanced study. Career Options ANU provides you with more choice for your entrance score by offering the new Flexible Double Degree program. The ANU Flexible Double Degree lets you build skills for your chosen career without forfeiting your passion. It's your choice to build a double degree partnership that suits your head and your heart.http://students.anu.edu.au/applications/ Further Information Students have the option of applying to transfer to the Master of Energy Change (Adv) and undertaking a 48 unit research project if they satisfy the following requirements: achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark in the initial 48 units of coursework have the approval of an identified supervisor, and have completed compulsory courses in the Master of Energy Change (Advanced) Students who have completed 48 units and wish to exit the program have the option of transferring to graduate from a Graduate Diploma of Science. Students who have completed 24 units and wish to exit the program have the option of transferring to graduate from a Graduate Certificate of Science. 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 (1 semester full-time) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units (1 year full-time) of credit. Cognate disciplines Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Law, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science, Sociology Indicative fees Domestic students: $29,280.00 ... [-]

Master of Environment (MoE)

Campus Full time 2 years January 2017 Australia Canberra

At ANU, our goal is to produce influential graduates who can help to shape sustainable futures. [+]

At ANU, our goal is to produce influential graduates who can help to shape sustainable futures. Our award-winning courses and teachers deliver innovative, high-quality education that combines excellence in fundamental knowledge with cutting-edge advances in thinking, and exciting opportunities for engaging in hands-on science and policy research. This may include fieldwork at our coastal campus in Kiola, or the chance to travel to Vietnam or Fiji to undertake group and individual research. Students can also conduct a special topic of study in environment and society, allowing them to gain particular or additional knowledge in a topic that was not covered already. We cultivate research-informed students who are able to draw on diverse disciplinary perspectives underpinned by our three foundations: environmental science, policy, and management. You will have the opportunity to develop a strong suite of career-relevant skills by working with stakeholders and applying what you have learnt in the field. You can choose from a range of careers as diverse as the environment itself. Many of our graduates are employed in policy-making within local, state and federal government, water resource management, environmental management, urban planning and sustainability, climate change adaptation consulting, and applied research science. Learn more about this program [-]

Master of Mathematical Sciences (MMS)

Campus Full time 2 years January 2017 Australia Canberra

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. [+]

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences 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. 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. Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to: Explain the fundamental concepts of a chosen research topic and its role in modern mathematics and applied contexts. Systematically identify relevant theory and concepts, relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence, and draw appropriate conclusions. Demonstrate capacity for mathematical reasoning through analyzing, proving and explaining concepts from the chosen research area. Engage in systematic discovery and critical review of appropriate and relevant information sources. Communicate research concepts and contexts clearly and effectively both in writing and orally. Career Options ANU provides you with more choice for your entrance score by offering the new Flexible Double Degree program. The ANU Flexible Double Degree lets you build skills for your chosen career without forfeiting your passion. It's your choice to build a double degree partnership that suits your head and your heart.http://students.anu.edu.au/applications/ Further Information New students in this program are eligible to apply for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Visit the following website for further information: http://science.anu.edu.au/study/postgraduate/commonwealth-supported-places Admission Requirements A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with an average mark of at least 70% and at least 8 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 24 units (one semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit. Students must achieve a minimum 70% average mark in the first 48 units of coursework and have the approval of the supervisor for the research project. Cognate discipline Mathematics, Statistics, Mathematical Economics, Mathematical Finance, Actuarial Studies, Computer Science, Bioinformatics Indicative fees Domestic students: $29,280.00 ... [-]

Master of Neuroscience (ΜοΝ)

Campus Full time 2 years January 2017 Australia Canberra

The ANU Master of Neuroscience is an intensive program of graduate coursework providing a pathway for science graduates to acquire new skills, or to extend and renew their understanding of neuroscience principles. [+]

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment Study neuroscience and unravel some of the mysteries of the brain and the nervous system. 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. Do you want to better understand how the nervous system works? The ANU Master of Neuroscience is an intensive program of graduate coursework providing a pathway for science graduates to acquire new skills, or to extend and renew their understanding of neuroscience principles. 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. Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to: demonstrate high level knowledge in neuroscience; apply their knowledge in neuroscience to new problems; interpret, synthesize and critically analyse published literature of relevance to neuroscience; demonstrate a theoretical understanding of current neuroscience techniques demonstrate the ability to interpret and analyse results and write scientific reports; clearly communicate theory and results in both written and oral formats. Career Options ANU provides you with more choice for your entrance score by offering the new Flexible Double Degree program. The ANU Flexible Double Degree lets you build skills for your chosen career without forfeiting your passion. It's your choice to build a double degree partnership that suits your head and your heart. http://students.anu.edu.au/applications/ Further Information Students have the option of applying to transfer to the Master of Neuroscience (Adv) and undertaking a 48 unit research project if they satisfy the following requirements: achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark in the initial 48 units of coursework have the approval of an identified supervisor, and have completed compulsory courses in the Master Neuroscience (Advanced) Students who have completed 48 units and wish to exit the program have the option of transferring to graduate from a Graduate Diploma of Science. Students who have completed 24 units and wish to exit the program have the option of transferring to graduate from a Graduate Certificate of Science. Alternative courses can be substituted for elective courses with the approval of the program convener Admission Requirements A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with an average mark of at least 70% and at least 8 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 24 units (one semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit. Cognate discipline Cellular and molecular biology, genetics, biotechnology, medicine, anatomy and physiology, biological psychology Indicative fees Domestic students: $29,280.00 ... [-]

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