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What will I learn?

The Master of Scientific Studies is a course work plus research degree designed to provide specialised training in a specific field of study. The degree involves advanced level course work study and students must complete one of the following majors: Biochemistry; Biodiversity Science; Biomedical Science; Chemistry; Genetics; Mathematics; Medicinal Chemistry; Quantitative Ecology; Regulatory Science or Zoology.

Students also complete either a thesis embodying the results of a research project or two mini-research projects. The research is completed under the supervision of a member of academic staff in an area relevant to the Major being completed. Graduates who have included SCI599 in their program of study are eligible to apply for admission to candidature for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate through their own practice and research a mastery of scientific knowledge that includes knowledge of recent developments in science, established knowledge and practices and specialised skills in a chosen discipline;
  • demonstrate through their own practice and research mastery of technical competencies in the field, laboratory and professional workplace related to their discipline area; and knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to their science discipline;
  • demonstrate mastery of a body of scientific knowledge by planning and executing a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of research that integrates their own research findings with the current body of disciplinary knowledge/paradigms; demonstrating a capacity to make original contributions to scientific knowledge;
  • conduct a research investigation under academic supervision in a research environment by critically analyse a complex problem, identify research questions and apply established theories to their research question; justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences; and analysing, interpreting and critically evaluating research findings;
  • be effective communicators of science by communicating scientific ideas and research findings to specialist and non-specialist audiences using a variety of written and oral communication modes; and
  • be accountable for their own learning and scientific work by applying creativity and initiative to new situations; operating with a high level of personal autonomy within a research environment; planning and executing a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of research while complying with regulatory frameworks and practising professional ethics relevant to their disciplinary area.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are also qualified for employment in research organisations such as CSIRO and ANSTO, universities, environmental protection agencies and scientific research laboratories.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science, Agriculture, Business and Law

CRICOS

000441G

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$33,856.00 (US$ 23,997) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

1 March 2021

Venue

University of New England (UNE)

Armidale Campus,

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND,

New South Wales,

2351, COUNTRY NSW, Australia

Online/Distance (2 Years Full-time; Up to 6 years Part-time)

Tuition fees
A$33,856.00 (US$ 23,997) per year
The given fee for full time and it's a guide for online students

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected June 2021

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To qualify for admission into UNE postgraduate programs you must have completed an educational qualification considered to be at least comparable to an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) bachelor degree. English language requirements: An International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic overall score of at least 6.0, with no sub-band less than 5.5. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 213 in the computer-based test OR at least 79 in the internet-based test. You must receive a rating of no less than 22 in the written component. A Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) minimum overall score of 57 with no skill less than 50.

For international students

A candidate shall:

(a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline at the level of Credit (GPA 5) or above; or

(b) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma or Bachelor with Honours in a relevant discipline at the level of Credit (GPA 5) or above.

Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to: Biochemistry; Biology; Botany; Chemistry; Genetics; Geology; Mathematics; Microbiology; Physics; Physiology; Statistics; and Zoology. A degree will be considered relevant to a nominated major if it includes study that covers the minimum assumed knowledge. Where it is not clear from their academic background, applicants may include a cover letter with their application describing how they have achieved the minimum assumed knowledge.

An IELTS (Academic) overall score of at least 6.0 with no sub-band less than 5.5; or equivalent TOEFL score of at least 213 in the computer-based test; or at least 79 in the internet-based test with no less than 22 in the written component; or a PTE Academic minimum overall score of 57 with no skill less than 50.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About this uni

The average starting salary for students after graduation from the University of New England is AUD 75,000 (The Good Universities Guide 2020).

  • Based in Armidale and Sydney, New South Wales in Australia
  • International students from 70 different nationalities
  • The Armidale campus is spread over an area of 74 hectares
  • On campus student accommodation options in Armidale