The University of Western Australia - Faculty of Science

Introduction

The University of Western Australia Faculty of Science

UWA is a science-focused university, and our faculty is internationally renowned for our excellence in teaching and research. As a Faculty of Science student, you will be part of a community of researchers and fellow students working on science that makes a difference. At UWA, you’ll gain a high quality education from a world top 100 university and gain the skills, knowledge and networks to transform your career.
Ranked 1st in Australia

UWA's Faculty of Science is ranked 1st in Australia for Life and Agricultural Sciences and 2nd for Chemistry by the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015.UWA is the only Western Australian university to belong to the Group of Eight – a coalition of the top research universities in Australia – and is one of only two Australian universities to belong to the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), a partnership of 18 research-led universities from Europe, Africa, the Americas and the Asia-Pacific.



Our students and staff

Our teaching and research attracts researchers of international standing,including world class research leaders and winners of numerous national and international science awards, who pass on their knowledge and excite their students. With such talented staff and one of the best staff-to-student ratios in Australia, classes are designed to ensure that all students receive an outstanding education.

Whether in the lecture theatre, laboratory or field, our academics challenge students to think critically and push boundaries.



Beautiful campus and sunny weather

Situated on the Swan River in Crawley, UWA is one of Australia’s most picturesque campuses. At UWA, you are surrounded by leafy green spaces with open courtyards and plenty of room to study, catch up with friends or relax outdoors in Perth’s moderate climate. A unique learning experience!


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While the standard time frame for completion of these degrees is two years (full time), if you have previously completed an undergraduate degree in a cognate area, it may be possible to complete the master's in 18 months.

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Master of Agricultural Science

Campus Full time Part time 2 years January 2017 Australia Perth + 1 more

World populations and economies are rapidly increasing their demands for food and fibre. At the same time, agricultural systems are being placed under pressure to meet environmental, social and economic goals. [+]

Master of Agricultural Science

With Specialisations in:

Agricultural Economics Agricultural Systems Genetics and Breeding Soil Science and Plant Nutrition

World populations and economies are rapidly increasing their demands for food and fibre. At the same time, agricultural systems are being placed under pressure to meet environmental, social and economic goals. To meet these goals and to maintain or increase production levels, an understanding of the complex factors that shape agricultural systems is required.The Master of Agricultural Science will prepare you with the knowledge and skills you need for a future in the rapidly evolving field of agricultural science in your chosen specialisation of either Agricultural Economics; Animal Production; Genetics and Breeding; Plant Production or Soil Science.... [-]


Master of Biological Arts - Coursework and Dissertation

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 9 years January 2017 Australia Perth + 1 more

This course is unique as it is offered by The Faculty of Science with access to laboratories and expertise with an in depth understanding of biological sciences. [+]

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. Introduction 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. Structure 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. Scholarships Find out what scholarships are available for new students. [-]

Master of Biological Science

Campus Full time 2 years January 2017 Australia Perth

Enhance your skills and knowledge of an area in biological science by completing the Masters with a specialisation in Marine Biology; Plant Conservation Biology or Zoology. [+]

Master of Biological Science  

With Specialisations in:

Marine Biology Conservation Biology Zoology

Enhance your skills and knowledge of an area in biological science by completing the Master of Biological Science with a specialisation in Marine Biology; Plant Conservation Biology or Zoology.  Western Australia is one of the world’s hotspots for terrestrial biodiversity, as well as a marine hotspot, with up to 80 per cent of the region’s fish and invertebrates found nowhere else in the world. This makes Western Australia the ideal living laboratory for studies in biological science. The Master of Biological Science will give students an understanding of the molecular evolution, structure, physiology, reproduction, behaviour and ecology of organisms, and the skills to apply this knowledge to the management of natural systems and the species they support.Domestic students may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place within this course. Course description, features and facilitiesThe Master of Biological Science allows students to specialise in zoology, plant conservation biology or marine biology.The zoology specialisation focuses on animal structure and function, and the evolutionary processes that have engendered animal diversity.The plant conservation biology stream focuses on the application of systematic, evolutionary and ecological science to the management of threatened plant species and the mitigation of threatening processes.The marine biology stream uses an experimental and research approach to develop understanding of the complex interactions that occur in marine ecosystems, and how this understanding can be used to guide the management of marine systems.In all specialisations there is an emphasis towards fieldwork, which reflects industry expectations for graduates (and particularly post-graduates) to be able to design, conduct, and report on, field research and monitoring. Career opportunitiesThis course gives students an understanding of the molecular evolution, structure, physiology, reproduction, behaviour and ecology of organisms, and the skills to apply this knowledge to the management of natural systems and the species they support. ... [-]


Master of Biotechnology

Campus Full time Part time 1.5 - 5 years January 2017 Australia Perth + 1 more

Biotechnology is rapidly becoming central to our lives. The use of plants, animals and bacteria, enhanced by areas such as genetics and genomics, gives rise to new food, fibre and chemical production routes. [+]

Master of Biotechnology Unique in Australia, this course offers a thorough grounding in state-of-the-art biotechnology in combination with training in enterprise, commercialisation and intellectual property (IP) protection. Introduction Biotechnology is rapidly becoming central to our lives. The use of plants, animals and bacteria, enhanced by areas such as genetics and genomics, gives rise to new food, fibre and chemical production routes, and new strategies for environmental protection and stewardship, all central requirements as the global population increases over the coming decades. Course description, features and facilities Using world-leading research staff in the Faculty of Science and business experts in the UWA Business School, along with mentors in biotechnology companies, you are provided with the fundamental academic and business skills needed to make a significant contribution to the biotechnology sector. You will train in the theory of genetics and molecular biology and receive comprehensive skills training in ‘next generation’ practical techniques such as proteomics, metabolomics, genomics and recombinant DNA methods. These core skills will be complemented by both basic and advanced bioinformatics practices. The Master of Biotechnology has specialisations in: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Environmental Biotechnology Genetics and Breeding Genetics and Genomics Structure The Master of Biotechnology is offered by coursework or coursework and dissertation. At the time of application students nominate a specialisation from one of the following; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Environmental Biotechnology Genetics and Breeding Genetics and Genomics 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 focussed, advanced learning experience that will enhance career choices. You must complete all core units and specialisation core units. 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 to 2 year structure (72 to 96 points) are now available via the Faculty of Science website. Career opportunities The Master of Biotechnology is a cross-disciplinary degree, providing graduates with a unique combination of state-of-the-art science and business skills, in a subject area rapidly expanding as society faces increasingly significant population pressures. Graduates will be ready to compete internationally in a range of roles – from large multi-nationals and spinout companies, to governmental organisations and international research laboratories – or start companies of their own. Related careers Academic Agricultural Consultant Agricultural Scientist Biochemist Biologist Biotechnologist Environmental Consultant Environmental Scientist Geneticist Microbiologist Zoologist Further study opportunities Students with a Master of Biotechnology may have the option to pursue further studies in research. Scholarships Find out what scholarships are available for new students. [-]

Master of Ecotourism - Coursework

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 4 years Australia

The Master of Ecotourism provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to participate in the growing ecotourism (or nature-based) industry. [+]

Master of Ecotourism - Coursework Develop knowledge and skills needed to participate in the growing ecotourism (or nature-based) industry Introduction The Master of Ecotourism provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to participate in the growing ecotourism (or nature-based) industry. A distinctive feature of the course is that it is delivered in Albany, in the south-west of Western Australia, an area that is known to be one of the most environmentally diverse, culturally rich regions with an impressive range of natural outdoor recreational opportunities and strong tourism industry partners. The environmental and social impacts of ecotourism are explored through selected case studies. Course description, features and facilities The Master of Ecotourism has a strong emphasis on field work, industry case studies and the development of partnerships with the tourism industry. Graduates will have the ability to manage existing ecotourism enterprises sustainably, as well as design and implement new ventures. Graduates will also be culturally aware and have knowledge of environmental law and policy pertinent to ecotourism. The Master of Ecotourism covers the areas of: The theory and practice of ecotourism Understanding biodiversity and landscapes Cultural heritage and indigenous knowledge Interpretation and science communication Environmental law, policy and planning Structure The Master of Ecotourism is offered by coursework. 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 focussed, advanced learning experience that will enhance career choices. You must complete all core units. 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 to 2 year structure (72 to 96 points) are now available via the Faculty of Science website. Career opportunities Graduates will find employment at a range of commercial ecotourism enterprises both locally and abroad, as well as government agencies (e.g. Department of Parks and Wildlife), and could also become consultants. Graduates will also be in a position to open their own businesses in ecotourism. Nature based tourism is the number one motivator for international and domestic travellers to travel in Australia according to Tourism Australia research. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of United Nations World Tourism Organization, recently highlighted the growing trend of consumers demanding more destinations and products that match their expectations as responsible and ethical. Australia is one of the leading nations in this type of tourism. Related careers Academic Anthropologist Biologist Botanist Conservation Officer Curator - Gallery or Museum Environmental Consultant Environmental Manager Environmental Scientist Recreation Officer Further study opportunities Students with a Master of Ecotourism may have the option to pursue further studies in research. Scholarships Find out what scholarships are available for new students. [-]

Master of Environmental Science

Campus Full time 2 years January 2017 Australia Perth

Enhance your skills and knowledge of an area in environmental science by completing a Masters with a specialisation in Environmental Management; [+]

Master of Environmental Science

With Specialisations in:

Environmental Management GIS & Environmental Management Land & Water Management Marine & Coastal Management

Enhance your skills and knowledge of an area in environmental science by completing a Master of Environmental Sceince with a specialisation in Environmental Management; Geographic Information Science and Environmental Management; Land and Water Management or Marine and Coastal Management.Environmental scientists assess the impact of human activity and develop scientific, risk-based solutions to help secure a sustainable global environment.An interdisciplinary approach to problem solving is essential in this field, meaning that both the biological and earth sciences are encompassed within the course, as well as studies in environmental planning and management.Domestic students may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place within this course.Course description, features and facilitiesEnvironmental issues are many and varied, and an interdisciplinary approach is followed in the teaching of this course.The Master of Environmental Science will prepare you to deal with issues such as climate change, carbon trading, greenhouse gas emissions, water resource management, competition for land use, salinity, land degradation and rehabilitation, flora and fauna, habitat destruction, deforestation, energy and mineral depletion, air and water pollution, soil erosion, and groundwater contamination.UWA is well equipped for teaching and research in environmental science and is supported by the Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management, the Terrestrial Ecosystems Research Initiative, the Kings Park and Botanic Gardens Biodiversity Conservation Centre and the Ecosystem Restoration Laboratory.Career opportunitiesEnvironmental Science graduates may find employment in a range of areas including commonwealth and state departments and agencies responsible for the environment, water, conservation, climate change policy, agriculture and food, and primary industries.Other employers are private sector firms working in the resources sector and non-government organisations such as Landcare.... [-]


Master of Geographic Information Science

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 4 years January 2017 Australia Perth + 1 more

Develop technical and research skills that are applicable to a range of disciplines using spatial analytic techniques. [+]

Master of Geographic Information Science Develop technical and research skills that are applicable to a range of disciplines using spatial analytic techniques. Introduction The Master of Geographic Information Science provides a grounding in both theory and practice. You will be competent in advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS) techniques, spatial problem solving, and implementation and management of GIS projects. Course description, features and facilities The Master of Geographic Information Science covers the following: Applications of GIS and remote sensing Spatial thinking and problem solving Cartography and Geovisualisation Spatial modelling and programming The Master of Geographic Information Science is a distinctive course as it provides: A multidisciplinary approach to spatial analysis, with emphasis on applications in both the physical and social sciences, allowing you a wider range of employment opportunities; A strong focus on problem solving with perspectives from a variety of disciplines which enables a richer learning experience; Skill sets which can be tailored to your interests. Structure The Master of Geographic Information Science is offered by coursework or 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 focussed, advanced learning experience that will enhance career choices. You must complete all core units. 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 to 2 year structure (72 to 96 points) are now available via the Faculty of Science website. Career opportunities GIS and Remote Sensing skills have become core business in a number of industries, thus providing a wide variety of employment opportunities in areas such as Aid and Development; Business; Defence and Intelligence; Education; Government; Health and Human Services; Mapping and Charting; Natural Resources; Public Safety; Transportation; Utilities and Communications. Related careers Academic Agricultural Consultant Agricultural Scientist Analyst Anthropologist Archaeologist Business and Systems Analyst Chief Information Officer Conservation Officer Developer Programmer Environmental Consultant Environmental Engineer Environmental Scientist Geographer Landscape Architect Marine Biologist Meteorologist Policy and Planning Manager Urban Designer Urban and Regional Planners Zoologist Further study opportunities Students with a Master of Geographic Information Science may have the option to pursue further studies in research. Scholarships Find out what scholarships are available for new students. [-]

Master of Geoscience

Campus Full time 2 years January 2017 Australia Perth

Geoscience is the study of our dynamic planet and helps us to understand the origin and evolution of Earth, its ancient environments and climates, natural hazards and the formation of... [+]

Master of GeoscienceEnhance your skills and knowledge in geoscience by completing the Master of Geoscience. Geoscience is the study of our dynamic planet and helps us to understand the origin and evolution of Earth, its ancient environments and climates, natural hazards and the formation of natural resources including groundwater, petroleum and minerals.Knowledge of past and present earth processes is fundamental to predicting future changes, particularly in the area of climate and environmental change. As the majority of Australia’s mineral and petroleum resources are found in Western Australia, UWA is in a prime location for students to gain geological skills. The Master of Geoscience will prepare you to gather and interpret geological information for a wide range of purposes.... [-]


Master of Hydrogeology

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 5 years January 2017 Australia Perth + 1 more

Hydrogeology deals with the distribution, flow and interaction of groundwater with the Earth including the hydrosphere, biosphere and lithosphere [+]

Master of Hydrogeology

Enhance your skills and knowledge in geoscience by completing the Master of Hydrogeology.

Groundwater is a vital resource, as well as a key factor in the sustainability of both our society and the environment. Hydrogeological systems are complex and their dynamics are controlled by a variety of physical, chemical and biological processes. Hydrogeologists aim to understand these processes and how best to utilise groundwater resources both now and for future generations. Knowledge of past and present hydrogeological processes is fundamental to predicting future changes, particularly in the area of climate and environmental change. Hydrogeologists are also critical in the mining, construction and other industries to ensure anthropogenic impacts are minimised and safe working conditions are provided.... [-]


Master of International Development

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 4 years January 2017 Australia Perth + 1 more

Engage with the contemporary challenges of addressing poverty and inequality globally, and engage with the complex challenges of international development. [+]

Master of International Development Engage with the contemporary challenges of addressing poverty and inequality globally, and engage with the complex challenges of international development. Introduction The Master of International Development, taught by the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Arts, engages students with the contemporary challenges of addressing poverty and inequality globally through an emphasis on empirical evidence, real-world case studies, and debates You will develop the knowledge and skills to approach practical and policy challenges in a wide range of contexts by drawing on expertise from development geographers, political scientists, resource economists and development practitioners. Course description, features and facilities You are provided with a grounding in international development concepts, theories and approaches as well as the analytical and practical skills needed to engage with the complex challenges of contemporary international development. You have the flexibility to either specialise in a particular area of interest, or to develop core skills and knowledge across three areas of specialisation. The Master of International Development has specialisations in: Development Policy and Practice Economics of Development Politics and Development Structure The Master of International Development is offered by coursework or coursework and dissertation. At the time of application students nominate a specialisation from one of the following; Development Policy and Practice Economics and Development Politics and Development 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 focussed, advanced learning experience that will enhance career choices. You must complete all core units and specialisation core units. 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 to 2 year structure (72 to 96 points) are now available via the Faculty of Science website. Career opportunities The Master of International Development enables you to build a diverse and rewarding career path in local and international development, from field based roles to research and policy within education and government. Prospective employers include aid and development agencies, government departments, non-government organisations, and international institutions such as the United Nations. Each of the specialisations are also pathways to Higher Degree by Research and an academic career in international development. Related careers Academic Further study opportunities Students with a Master of International Development may have the option to pursue further studies in research. Scholarships Find out what scholarships are available for new students. [-]

Master of Physics

Campus Full time 2 years Australia

Enhance your skills and knowledge of an area in physical science by completing a Master of Physical Science with a specialisation in astronomy and astrophysics, medical physics or physics. [+]

Master of Physical Science

With Specialisations in:

    Astronomy and Astrophysics     Computational Physics     Experimental Physics     Medical Physics     Theoretical Physics

Enhance your skills and knowledge of an area in physical science by completing a Master of Physical Science with a specialisation in astronomy and astrophysics, medical physics or physics.   The knowledge generated through the study of Physics is also the driving force behind most new technologies – from radars to lasers, from transistors to quantum computers, and from electron microscopes to advanced medical imaging scanners.Course description, features and facilitiesThe Master of Physical Science consists of a combination of  coursework units and a research dissertation. The research dissertation is undertaken as part of an internationally recognised research group. Students develop a combination of high-level research, analytical and problem-solving skills which are highly valued by industry and government employers.For students wishing to continue to a PhD, the Master of Physical Science provides an outstanding preparation. Admission to this course requires the completion of a relevant bachelor degree (that aligns with your preferred specialisation)  with a WAM greater than 65 per cent.... [-]


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