Master of Biological Science (coursework or coursework and dissertation)

Western Australia (WA) is a marine and terrestrial biodiversity hotspot. Up to 80 per cent of the region's plants, marine fish and invertebrates are unique to the area. This makes WA the ideal living laboratory for studies in biological science. This course gives students an understanding of the molecular evolution, structure, physiology, reproduction, behaviour and ecology of organisms, and the skills to apply this knowledge to the management of natural systems and the species they support.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Biological Science (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviation
MBiolSc
Course code
72520
Course type
master's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
Status
current / 2019
Administered by
Faculty of Science
CRICOS code
074948B

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Articulation
The Master of Biological Science has the following exit awards: 72220 Graduate Certificate in Biological Science (24 points) (24 points), 72320 Graduate Diploma in Biological Science (48 points) (48 points)
Credit points required
96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
1.5 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 72 points of taught units and 24 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the Faculty
Maximum course duration
2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 96 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Time limit
4 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Assoc/Prof Patrick Finnegan
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Specialisations

SP-ECLGY Ecology
SP-MRBIO Marine Biology
SP-PLCBI Conservation Biology
SP-ZOOLY Zoology

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Take all units (12 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1, S2BIOL4409Ecological Field Methods
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Ecotourism (73510) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S1, S2SCIE4402Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a postgraduate course or honours; STAT1400 Statistics for Science or STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics or STAT2210 Biometrics 1 or SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis or SCIE4401 Data Use in the Natural Sciences

Students in course by coursework and dissertation, take all units in this group (36 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1, S2BIOL5551Masters in Biological Sciences Research Project Development
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) and (a) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in a relevant undergraduate major; or (b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course
S1, S2BIOL5552Masters in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 1
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) and (a) have a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of level 3 units in their UWA undergraduate major (these units must be relevant to the master's specialisation); or (b) have a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of levels 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course; or (c) equivalent as recognised by the Faculty
Co-requisites:
BIOL5551 Masters Research Project Development
S1, S2BIOL5553Masters in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 2
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) and (a) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of level 3 units in a relevant undergraduate major; or (b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of levels 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course.
Co-requisites:
BIOL5551 Masters in Biological Sciences Masters Research Project Development, BIOL5552 Masters in Biological Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 1
S1, S2BIOL5554Masters in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 3
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520)
Co-requisites:
BIOL5551 Masters in Biological Sciences Masters Research Project Development, BIOL5552 Masters in Biological Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 1, BIOL5553 Masters in Biological Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 2
S1, S2BIOL5555Masters in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 4
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520)
Co-requisites:
BIOL5551 Masters in Biological Sciences Masters Research Project Development, BIOL5552 Masters in Biological Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 1, BIOL5553 Masters in Biological Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 2, BIOL5554 Masters in Biological Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 3, BIOL5556 Masters in Biological Sciences Research Presentation Skills
S1, S2BIOL5556Masters in Biological Sciences Research Presentation Skills
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) and (a) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of level 3 units in a relevant undergraduate major; or (b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of levels 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course
Co-requisites:
BIOL5555 Masters in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 4

Conservation Biology specialisation

Students may be required to take conversion units up to a value of 24 points based on an assessment of prior learning by the Faculty.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S2ANIM3353Wildlife Conservation and Management
Prerequisites:
ENVT2250 Ecology or ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity
Incompatibility:
BIOL2261 Conservation Biology for students enrolled in the Master of Biological Science
S2BIOL2261Conservation Biology
Prerequisites:
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology) or BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
S1, S2GENE4002Integrated Topics in Genetics I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520), Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510)
Incompatibility:
GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I and GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a postgraduate course or honours
Incompatibility:
STAT1400 Statistics for Science; STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics; STAT2210 Biometrics 1; SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours

Take all units (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S2BIOL5501Origins, Evolution and Conservation of Biodiversity
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520 ) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Ecotourism (73510) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S1BIOL5502Managing Threatened Species and Communities
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Biological Science (72520) or Master of Science (70630) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSBIOL5542Conservation Genetics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) and GENE4002 Integrated Topics in Genetics I or GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance or equivalent.
S1ENVT5513Decision Strategies for Biodiversity Conservation
Co-requisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Sciences

Students in course by coursework only, take units to the value of 36 points from Group A and/or Group B, of which 2 units must be at Level 5:

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSANIM5502Evolutionary Biology
Prerequisites:
ANIM3362 Evolutionary Processes and ANIM3365 Behavioural Ecology, and Unit Coordinator approval required.
NSBIOL4407Marine Conservation and Fisheries Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or the Master of Ocean Leadership (62540)
SSBIOL5503Assessing fauna biodiversity in managed landscapes
S1, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
SSENVT5003Sustainable Nature-based Tourism
Prerequisites:
Enrollment in 72520 Master of Biological Science, or 72530 Master of Environmental Science, or 70630 Master of Science or approval of the unit coordinator.
Incompatibility:
ENVT5506 Core Principles of Ecotourism
S1, S2SCIE5304Science Practicum
Prerequisites:
enrollment in Master of Science Communication (51580) or the Master of Exercise Science (52510), or the Master of Environmental Science (72530), or the Master of Biological Science (72520), or the Master of Biological Arts (71530), or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510), or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) and approval of the unit coordinator
S2SCIE5500Modelling Natural Systems
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Professional Engineering (62550) or Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or Master of Biological Science (72520) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Geoscience (72550), Master of Hydrogeology (72540), Master of Science (70630) or Master of Biotechnology or honours in the Faculty of Science
Group B
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S2ANIM5501Animal Evolution and Development
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S2BIOL4406Vertebrate Zoology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSBIOL4408Marine Ecology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Master of Ecotourism (73510) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004); ANIM3361 Animal Populations or ENVT3363 Ecological Processes or equivalent
NSBIOL5505Marine Neuroecology and Behaviour
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S1, S2BIOL5551Masters in Biological Sciences Research Project Development
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) and (a) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in a relevant undergraduate major; or (b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course
NSENVT4406Catchment and River Processes
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Biological Science (72520) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S1, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
NSENVT5508Advanced Spatial Analytics
Co-requisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications
NSENVT5510Soil Dynamics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Geoscience (72550) or the Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S2ENVT5511Advanced Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Management
Prerequisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications and ENVT5508 Advanced Spatial Analytics
NSPLNG5511Climate Change Policy and Planning
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours

Ecology specialisation

Students may be required to take conversion units up to a value of 24 points based on an assessment of prior learning by the Faculty.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1ENVT2250Ecology
Prerequisites:
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology) or BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology or ENVT1104 Environmental Science and Technology
S2ENVT3363Ecological Processes
Prerequisites:
one of ENVT2250 Ecology or ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity or SCIE2204 Marine Systems
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a postgraduate course or honours
Incompatibility:
STAT1400 Statistics for Science; STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics; STAT2210 Biometrics 1; SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours

Take all units (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S2BIOL5501Origins, Evolution and Conservation of Biodiversity
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520 ) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Ecotourism (73510) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S1ENVT5509Global Ecological Challenges
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Ecotourism (73510) or the Master of Environmental Science (72530)
S1ENVT5512Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or Master of Environmental Science (72530)
Incompatibility:
ENVT3305 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry, ENVT8305 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
S2SCIE5500Modelling Natural Systems
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Professional Engineering (62550) or Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or Master of Biological Science (72520) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Geoscience (72550), Master of Hydrogeology (72540), Master of Science (70630) or Master of Biotechnology or honours in the Faculty of Science

Students in course by coursework only, take units to the value of 36 points from Group A and/or Group B, of which 2 units must be at Level 5:

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSBIOL4408Marine Ecology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Master of Ecotourism (73510) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004); ANIM3361 Animal Populations or ENVT3363 Ecological Processes or equivalent
SSBIOL5503Assessing fauna biodiversity in managed landscapes
S1, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
SSENVT5003Sustainable Nature-based Tourism
Prerequisites:
Enrollment in 72520 Master of Biological Science, or 72530 Master of Environmental Science, or 70630 Master of Science or approval of the unit coordinator.
Incompatibility:
ENVT5506 Core Principles of Ecotourism
S1, S2SCIE5304Science Practicum
Prerequisites:
enrollment in Master of Science Communication (51580) or the Master of Exercise Science (52510), or the Master of Environmental Science (72530), or the Master of Biological Science (72520), or the Master of Biological Arts (71530), or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510), or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) and approval of the unit coordinator
NSSCIE5505Global Change and the Marine Environment
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Biological Science (72520) or Master of Biotechnology (71580) or Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Group B
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSBIOL4407Marine Conservation and Fisheries Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or the Master of Ocean Leadership (62540)
NSENVT4406Catchment and River Processes
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Biological Science (72520) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSENVT5502Marine and Coastal Planning and Management
Prerequisites:
SCIE4402 Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences or completion of 12 points at Level 4 or equivalent or higher, or approval of unit coordinator
Incompatibility:
EART3331 Marine and Coastal Planning and Management; EART8331 Marine and Coastal Planning and Management
NSENVT5508Advanced Spatial Analytics
Co-requisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications
S2ENVT5511Advanced Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Management
Prerequisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications and ENVT5508 Advanced Spatial Analytics
NSPLNG5511Climate Change Policy and Planning
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours

Marine Biology specialisation

Students may be required to take conversion units up to a value of 24 points based on an assessment of prior learning by the Faculty.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S2BIOL2204Marine Biology
Prerequisites:
SCIE2204 Marine Systems
S1SCIE2204Marine Systems
Prerequisites:
EART1105 The Dynamic Planet or BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
S1SCIE3304Field Techniques in Marine Science
Prerequisites:
SCIE2204 Marine Systems or ENSC3012 Data Collection and Analysis or equivalent; and completion of at least 84 points
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a postgraduate course or honours
Incompatibility:
STAT1400 Statistics for Science; STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics; STAT2210 Biometrics 1; SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis

Take all units (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSBIOL4407Marine Conservation and Fisheries Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or the Master of Ocean Leadership (62540)
NSBIOL4408Marine Ecology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Master of Ecotourism (73510) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004); ANIM3361 Animal Populations or ENVT3363 Ecological Processes or equivalent
S2BIOL5504Sex in the Sea
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630), SCIE4402 Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences or equivalent
NSSCIE5505Global Change and the Marine Environment
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Biological Science (72520) or Master of Biotechnology (71580) or Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)

Students in course by coursework only, take units to the value of 36 points from Group A and/or Group B, of which 4 units must be at Level 5:

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSBIOL5505Marine Neuroecology and Behaviour
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSBIOL5542Conservation Genetics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) and GENE4002 Integrated Topics in Genetics I or GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance or equivalent.
S1, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
SSENVT5003Sustainable Nature-based Tourism
Prerequisites:
Enrollment in 72520 Master of Biological Science, or 72530 Master of Environmental Science, or 70630 Master of Science or approval of the unit coordinator.
Incompatibility:
ENVT5506 Core Principles of Ecotourism
S1ENVT5512Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or Master of Environmental Science (72530)
Incompatibility:
ENVT3305 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry, ENVT8305 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
S1, S2SCIE5304Science Practicum
Prerequisites:
enrollment in Master of Science Communication (51580) or the Master of Exercise Science (52510), or the Master of Environmental Science (72530), or the Master of Biological Science (72520), or the Master of Biological Arts (71530), or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510), or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) and approval of the unit coordinator
Group B
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSANIM5502Evolutionary Biology
Prerequisites:
ANIM3362 Evolutionary Processes and ANIM3365 Behavioural Ecology, and Unit Coordinator approval required.
S1BIOL4405Invertebrate Zoology
Prerequisites:
a major in Zoology or equivalent, or approval of unit coordinator
S2BIOL4406Vertebrate Zoology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S1, S2BIOL5551Masters in Biological Sciences Research Project Development
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) and (a) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in a relevant undergraduate major; or (b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course
NSENVT5508Advanced Spatial Analytics
Co-requisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications
S2ENVT5511Advanced Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Management
Prerequisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications and ENVT5508 Advanced Spatial Analytics
S2SCIE5500Modelling Natural Systems
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Professional Engineering (62550) or Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or Master of Biological Science (72520) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Geoscience (72550), Master of Hydrogeology (72540), Master of Science (70630) or Master of Biotechnology or honours in the Faculty of Science

Zoology specialisation

Students may be required to take conversion units including GENE4002 Integrated Topics in Genetics I, up to a value of 24 points, based on an assessment of prior learning by the Faculty.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S2ANIM2207Animal Function and Structure
Prerequisites:
EART1105 The Dynamic Planet or BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology or BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology)
Incompatibility:
ANIM2210 Animal Science, ANIM2204 Vertebrate Zoology, ANIM2203 Invertebrate Zoology
S1, S2GENE4002Integrated Topics in Genetics I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520), Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510)
Incompatibility:
GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I and GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a postgraduate course or honours
Incompatibility:
STAT1400 Statistics for Science; STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics; STAT2210 Biometrics 1; SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours

Take all units (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S2ANIM5501Animal Evolution and Development
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S1BIOL4405Invertebrate Zoology
Prerequisites:
a major in Zoology or equivalent, or approval of unit coordinator
S2BIOL4406Vertebrate Zoology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSBIOL5542Conservation Genetics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) and GENE4002 Integrated Topics in Genetics I or GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance or equivalent.

Students in course by coursework only, take units to the value of 36 points from Group A and/or Group B, of which 4 units must be at Level 5:

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSANIM5502Evolutionary Biology
Prerequisites:
ANIM3362 Evolutionary Processes and ANIM3365 Behavioural Ecology, and Unit Coordinator approval required.
NSBIOL4408Marine Ecology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Master of Ecotourism (73510) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004); ANIM3361 Animal Populations or ENVT3363 Ecological Processes or equivalent
S1BIOL5502Managing Threatened Species and Communities
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Biological Science (72520) or Master of Science (70630) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
SSBIOL5503Assessing fauna biodiversity in managed landscapes
SSENVT5003Sustainable Nature-based Tourism
Prerequisites:
Enrollment in 72520 Master of Biological Science, or 72530 Master of Environmental Science, or 70630 Master of Science or approval of the unit coordinator.
Incompatibility:
ENVT5506 Core Principles of Ecotourism
S1, S2SCIE5304Science Practicum
Prerequisites:
enrollment in Master of Science Communication (51580) or the Master of Exercise Science (52510), or the Master of Environmental Science (72530), or the Master of Biological Science (72520), or the Master of Biological Arts (71530), or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510), or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) and approval of the unit coordinator
S2SCIE5500Modelling Natural Systems
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Professional Engineering (62550) or Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or Master of Biological Science (72520) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Geoscience (72550), Master of Hydrogeology (72540), Master of Science (70630) or Master of Biotechnology or honours in the Faculty of Science
Group B
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSBIOL4407Marine Conservation and Fisheries Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or the Master of Ocean Leadership (62540)
NSBIOL5505Marine Neuroecology and Behaviour
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S1, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
NSENVT5508Advanced Spatial Analytics
Co-requisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications
S2ENVT5511Advanced Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Management
Prerequisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications and ENVT5508 Advanced Spatial Analytics
S1ENVT5512Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or Master of Environmental Science (72530)
Incompatibility:
ENVT3305 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry, ENVT8305 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
NSSCIE5505Global Change and the Marine Environment
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Biological Science (72520) or Master of Biotechnology (71580) or Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The http://matrix-prod.its.uwa.edu.au/handbooks2019/postgraduate/student-procedures'>student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a Bachelor of Science, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

and

(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent;

and

(c) met the prerequisite for the chosen specialisation

(2) For the Conservation Biology and Ecology specialisations an applicant must have successfully completed prior studies at a tertiary level in biology (excluding human biology); or in a related cognate discipline, as recognised by UWA

(3) For the Marine Biology specialisations an applicant must have successfully completed prior studies at a tertiary level in either marine science or biology (excluding human biology); or in a related cognate discipline, as recognised by UWA

(4) For the Zoology specialisation an applicant must have successfully completed prior studies at a tertiary level in animal science; or in a related cognate discipline, as recognised by UWA

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) This course has the following exit awards:

  • 72220 Graduate Certificate in Biological Science (24 points)
  • 72320 Graduate Diploma in Biological Science (48 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Biological Science course before completing it, but after completing 24 points at Level 4 or Level 5, which includes the course core units, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Biological Science.

(3) A student who withdraws from the Master of Biological Science course before completing it, but after completing 48 points at Level 4 or Level 5, which includes the course core units, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Biological Science.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points (maximum value) which includes conversion units to a value of 24 points, course core units and specialisation units. The course comprises the following specialisations:

  • SP-ECLGY Ecology
  • SP-MRBIO Marine Biology
  • SP-PLCBI Conservation Biology
  • SP-ZOOLY Zoology

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

(3) Students who have completed tertiary units that are deemed equivalent to the conversion units for the chosen specialisation are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 24 points.

Satisfactory progress

8. A student who does not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled, or who fails the same unit twice, will not have made satisfactory progress.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. A student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty decides otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent, which is calculated based on —

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules
Research project

13. Students who request approval to undertake a research project as options in this course must—

(a) have a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in their UWA undergraduate major. These units must be relevant to the master's specialisation;

or

(b) have a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course; or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty.