Master of Biological Sciences (MBS)

The Australian National University | Science

Program Description

Master of Biological Sciences (MBS)

The Australian National University | Science

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.

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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. demonstrate high level knowledge in the area of their study;
  2. apply their knowledge in biological sciences to new problems;
  3. interpret, synthesize and critically analyse published literature of relevance to biological sciences;
  4. demonstrate basic laboratory skills that are commonly used in biological sciences research;
  5. perform experimental work under guidance, interpret and analyse results, write reports;
  6. 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.

Further Information

Students have the option of applying to transfer to the Master of Biological Sciences (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 Biological Science (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 (one semester) of credit.

Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units (one year) of credit.

Cognate disciplines

Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry, Genetics, Evolution, Ecology, and Plant Sciences.

Indicative fees

  • Domestic students: $27,840.00
  • International students: $37,104.00

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ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are. Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 26, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Jan., 2017
2 years
Full time
Start date Jan., 2017
Australia Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price - Annual indicative fee for domestic students: $27,840.00 / Annual indicative fee for international students: $37,104.00