Master of Science in Biological Sciences

Australian National University (ANU)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00120C

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. The Master of Biological Sciences allows students to specialise in areas such as biomedical sciences, ecology and evolution, genetics, plant sciences, and biochemistry. Alternatively, students can choose a broad overview of biological sciences today. Practical classes refresh skills while developing expertise in new, cutting-edge techniques. ANU offer students state-of-the-art laboratories, research infrastructure, and flexible learning facilities. Students will gain the skills to pursue a career in various field including plant laboratory science, industry, agriculture, public and environmental policy or further study.


A minimum of 24 units must come from completion of 8000-level courses. 24 units from completion of 6000 or 8000 level courses in the subject area BIOL Biology. 24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU.


  • Biological sciences

Standard entry requirements

  • Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a GPA of 5.0/7.0 and at least 8 courses in cognate disciplines (Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry, Genetics, Evolution, Ecology, and Plant Sciences)
  • English language requirements apply

Study pathways

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 may chose to exit after completion of 24 units with a Graduate Certificate, or after 48 units with a Graduate Diploma.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Canberra Domestic: $65,680
International: $93,820

Further information

Studies in areas complementary to biology may be required for admission. For example students wishing to focus on molecular biology courses need knowledge of chemistry as well as cell and molecular biology. Admission will consider completion of later year undergraduate courses in a theme to support the proposed focus of studies in the Master's program. For more information please visit:

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