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

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 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 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 Nuclear Science (MNuc)

Campus Full time 2 years January 2017 Australia Canberra

ANU is home to Australia's largest university-based physics research activity, incorporating major national facilities, national networks, a significant technical manufacturing and prototyping capability, as well as a highly innovative teaching program. [+]

ANU is home to Australia's largest university-based physics research activity, incorporating major national facilities, national networks, a significant technical manufacturing and prototyping capability, as well as a highly innovative teaching program. We are home to a vibrant and highly collegial community of postgraduate students, professional and academic staff, all of whom form our greatest asset. The School’s innovative research culture, strong industry focus, supportive intellectual environment, world-class facilities and enthusiastic, experienced staff ensure that we offer you a unique postgraduate experience. We are also the only university in Australia where you can study a Master program in nuclear science. The Master of Nuclear Science gives you the opportunity to study the fundamentals and applications of nuclear science, including materials analysis, dating techniques, nuclear medicine, and nuclear energy. You’ll gain sound knowledge of the underlying nuclear science; knowledge of the contemporary issues associated with nuclear science; practical knowledge of the measurement techniques employed in nuclear science; skills to assess the place of nuclear science in a broader context; and an appreciation of the issues associated with nuclear power as a source of energy. Our students go on to careers in policy development, defence, security or related fields, and to careers in the nuclear industry. Learn more about this program [-]

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The Australian National University

Address 0200 Canberra, Australia
Website http://science.anu.edu.au/
Phone +61 2 6125 5111