Master of Science

Degree Type Masters by Coursework
Duration 2 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3CM224
3CM225
3CM226
3CM227
3CM228
CRICOS 0100938

Carry the world forward

In the face of numerous grand challenges, the world is turning to scientists—the great problem-solvers—for solutions. To be effective, their efforts must be well conceived, collaborative and inspire action. In short, they must show outstanding leadership.

Our new Master of Science—from a leading Australian university ranked among the world’s top 1%*—prepares you to play this critical role in one of four specialist areas (see below). 

What will you do?

This highly interdisciplinary degree is completed over two years full-time. It includes an engaging, student-centred blend of face-to-face and online coursework, and a significant independent research project.

Supported by an inspiring team of world-class researchers and academics, and working with state-of-the-art scientific research technology and facilities, you’ll gain:

  • a deep understanding of your chosen specialisation’s key theoretical and practical aspects, and its place within science’s broader scope
  • advanced capabilities working across scientific disciplines
  • high-level skills in collecting, analysing, critically evaluating and synthesising qualitative and quantitative data
  • the ability to communicate effectively in a variety of modes, to diverse audiences, for a range of purposes
  • strong research design, execution and reporting skills.

You’ll also have the option of gaining valuable real-world experience through an industry internship, and undertaking life-changing overseas study tours.

 

Where could it take you?

You’ll graduate ready to drive innovative scientific research and/or development worldwide. If you have strong entrepreneurial instincts, you may even choose to launch your own research consultancy. Or you could extend your research further still with a PhD.

Choose from unique specialisations in:

  • Entry Requirements

    For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.

    For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2021 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
    I am a:

    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    SATAC Code www.satac.edu.au
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February
    Enquiries Future Students team

    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

    Higher Education Study A completed Bachelor degree or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0.
    How to Apply
    Apply through SATAC: www.satac.edu.au

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS 0100938
    Intake February
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearson Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    C1 Advanced Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    More Information
    Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor degree or equivalent in an appropriate field of study with a minimum GPA of 5.0:

    Specialisation area Appropriate background field of study
    Earth Science Science related field including (but not restricted to) Chemistry, Geology, Physics, General Science and Engineering.
    Grape and Wine Science Science related field including (but not restricted to) Agriculture, Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Chemistry,Plant and General Science and Engineering.
    International Agricultural Developmen Science related field including (but not restricted to) and Business, Food, Agriculture or Science related degree.
    Plant Breeding Innovation Science related field including (but not restricted to) Agriculture, Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Plant Science and General Science.
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
    I am a:

    Domestic applicants

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    Indicative annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $35,000

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $44,500

    Scholarships

    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Potential careers

    Hedge Fund Manager, Biosecurity Officer, Broker, Palaeontologist, Plant Scientist, Research and Development Manager, Environmental Manager, Farmer, Social Worker, Geobiologist, Geoscientist, University Lecturer

  • Degree Structure

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Semester 1
    • SCIENCE 7020#
      Communicating Science OR 
    • Approved Specialisation Elective*
    • Approved Specialisation Elective*
    • Approved Specialisation Elective* OR
    • Approved Elective^
    Semester 2
    • Approved Specialisation Elective*
    • Approved Specialisation Elective*
    • Approved Specialisation Elective* OR
    • Approved Elective^ OR
    • SCIENCE 7555
      Sciences Internship
    Semester 3
    • Research Concepts in Specialisation**
    • Approved Elective^
    • Research Project in Specialisation A**
    Semester 4
    • Research Project in Specialisation B**

    #Course available in Winter Semester


    Electives
    Earth Science

    View specialisation description

    *Approved specialisation electives
    **Specialisation research courses
    ^Suggested approved electives
    Grape and Wine Science

    View specialisation description

    *Approved specialisation electives
    **Specialisation research courses
    ^Suggested approved electives
    International Agricultural Development

    View specialisation description

    *Approved specialisation electives
    **Specialisation research courses
    • AGRIC 7155WT Research Concepts in International Agricultural Development (3 units) 
    • AGRIC 7200AWT Research Project in International Agricultural Development A (6 units) 
    • AGRIC 7200BWT Research Project in International Agricultural Development B (12 units)
    ^Suggested approved electives
    Plant Breeding Innovation

    View specialisation description

    *Approved specialisation electives
    **Specialisation research courses
    • PLANT SC 7265WT Research Concepts in Plant Breeding and Biotechnology (3 units)
    • PLANT SC 7320AWT Research Project in Plant Breeding and Biotechnology A (6 units)
    • PLANT SC 7320BWT Research Project in Pant Breeding and Biotechnology B (12 units)
    ^Suggested approved electives

  • Further Information

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Last updated: Friday, 19 Mar 2021