Master of Science

PLEASE NOTE: This program is currently under review and is not accepting new admissions in 2022.

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:


  • Ranked 104 in world and No. 1 in South Australia for Science*
  • Five star rating for student support in science**
  • Learn from research-active experts

*QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021
**Good Universities Guide, 2021

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, 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.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code www.satac.edu.au
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
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

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $37,000

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

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

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

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*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

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*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

Testimonial

The University has numerous support networks to assist students with adjusting to their new lifestyle, and the difficulties this may bring.

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Last updated: Thursday, 14 Oct 2021