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 / 2020
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; NS = non-standard teaching period

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

Take all units (12 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2BIOL5301Big Data, Modelling and Meta-analysis in Biology, Conservation and the Environment
Prerequisites:
SCIE4402 Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences
(possibly) 10 half days of contact
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 or ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science
5 days (1 day per fortnight). The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.

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

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
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
organised meetings with supervisors to plan, develop and review the research project and its scientific context; tutorials for literature search, research safety and animal ethics and scientific writing
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
independent research and study plus regular meetings with supervisors
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
independent research and project work plus regular meetings with supervisors
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
independent research and project work plus regular meetings with supervisors
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
independent research and project work plus regular meetings with supervisors
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
seminar and discussion group: weekly; workshops: oral science communication and communicating science to the public

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 requirementsContact hours
NSANIM2209Field Studies in Zoology
Prerequisites:
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
Co-requisites:
ENVT2250 Ecology
safety induction and lecture on animal welfare, ethics and science: 3 hours; fieldwork: 64 hours (5 x 1-day projects, 3-day small group project); other work: 16 hours (face-to face on campus, e.g. oral presentations, database entry, preparation of a major report based on a group project)
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
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials/workshops: 1 hour per week; labs: 3 hours per week; field work 1–2 evenings
S1BIOL2261Conservation Biology
Prerequisites:
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology) or BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
Lectures: 2 hours per week; Practical or tutorial sessions: 3 hours per week
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
6 x 2 hr tutorials over the course of a semester.
S1SCIE3304Field Techniques in Marine Science
Prerequisites:
SCIE2204 Marine Systems or ENSC3012 Data Collection and Analysis or equivalent; and completion of at least 84 points
lectures/tutorials: 1 hour per week; labs: 3 hours per week; Residential field trip: 5 days (charges—cost of food and accommodation is borne by the student)
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
6 days. The total workload for this unit is 150 hours.

Take all units (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2BIOL5502Managing Threatened Species and Ecological Communities
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Biological Science (72520) or Master of Science (70630) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Lectures: 1 or 2 lecture/tutorials per week followed by student-led interviews with conservation practitioners, or formal presentations. Fieldwork: Up to 30 hours over a five week period, including during nighttime hours.
S2BIOL5542Conservation 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.
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S1ENVT5310Biodiversity on Country
Prerequisites:
enrolled in Master of Environmental Science (72530) or enrolled in the Master of Biological Science (72520)
Incompatibility:
ENVT3310 Biodiversity on Country
approximately 60 hours—mix of online component (lectures, video footage, reading, quizzes) and field excursion
S1ENVT5513Decision Strategies for Biodiversity Conservation
Co-requisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Sciences
lectures_tutorial: typically 2 sessions of 2 hours per week

Students in course by coursework only, take units to the value of 36 points from Group A and/or Group B, of which 1 unit must be at Level 5:

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2BIOL4407Marine 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)
150 hours in total
S1BIOL4410Environmental DNA sequencing
Prerequisites:
Second year UWA genetics or equivalent
Block teaching of lectures and fieldwork over two weeks. Block teaching of bioinformatic analysis, biological data analysis and group presentation over 1 week, 8 weeks after initial block. lectures x 15hrs, fieldwork x 8hrs, lab work x 24hrs, analysis x 40hrs, prep delivery & group presentation x 15hrs, essay prep x 48hrs
S1, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S1ENVT5004Decoding and Recoding for Environmental Biotechnology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Biological Science (72520)
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)
lectures/presentation/discussions: 2 hours per week (13 sessions over 7 weeks) The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
NSENVT5517Ecological Rehabilitation
Prerequisites:
ENVT4421 Fundamentals of Environmental Management
S2PLNG5511Climate Change Policy and Planning
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
One day a week over six weeks.
S2SCOM5309Citizen Science
Lectures: 4 x 15 minute online lectures per week for 6 weeks Workshops: 6 x 4 hour workshops Self-directed learning (reading/online): 2 hours per week for 10 weeks
Group B
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
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)
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 2 hours per week for 9 weeks of semester
S1ANIM5502Evolutionary Biology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or Honours in Zoology, an expression of interest and ANIM3362 Evolutionary Processes or ANIM3365 Behavioural Ecology or equivalent and approval of the unit coordinator.
150 hours
S1BIOL4405Invertebrate Zoology
Prerequisites:
a major in Zoology or equivalent, or approval of unit coordinator
6 days (1 day weekly or fortnightly). The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S1ENVT4409Remote Sensing of the Environment
Co-requisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications
42
S2ENVT5518The Sustainable Development Goals
Prerequisites:
For students in the Master of Environmental Science: ENVT4421 Fundamentals of Environmental Management
Lectures: 2 hours per week for nine weeks; workshop/practical classes: 2 hours a week for nine weeks
S2ENVT5576Aquatic Ecology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520)
1x2hr lecture 1x3hr laboratory/practical plus a field trip
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
Contact hours in Practicum placement (the majority of student time in the unit) as arranged with the unit coordinator and host/supervisor. Additional, minor, contact hours for initial and post-placement discussions with coordinator, and final presentation and review.
S1SCIE5505Global 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)
7 hours per week for 6 weeks
NSSOCS5010NGOs, Governance and Development
seminars: 18 hours

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 requirementsContact hours
NSANIM2209Field Studies in Zoology
Prerequisites:
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
Co-requisites:
ENVT2250 Ecology
safety induction and lecture on animal welfare, ethics and science: 3 hours; fieldwork: 64 hours (5 x 1-day projects, 3-day small group project); other work: 16 hours (face-to face on campus, e.g. oral presentations, database entry, preparation of a major report based on a group project)
S1ENVT2250Ecology
Prerequisites:
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology) or BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology or ENVT1104 Environmental Science and Technology
lectures: 2 hours per week;Practicals: 11 x 3 hours, including experimental labs, discussions, presentations, field work.
S2ENVT3363Ecological Processes
Prerequisites:
one of ENVT2250 Ecology or ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity or SCIE2204 Marine Systems
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs/discussion groups: equivalent to 2 hours per week
NSPLNT3306Australian Vegetation
Prerequisites:
PLNT2204 Plant Diversity and Evolution or ENVT2250 Ecology
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 3 hours per week; Group A: a week-long field trip (charges: cost of food and accommodation is borne by the student); Group B: several extra labs/tutorials
S1SCIE3304Field Techniques in Marine Science
Prerequisites:
SCIE2204 Marine Systems or ENSC3012 Data Collection and Analysis or equivalent; and completion of at least 84 points
lectures/tutorials: 1 hour per week; labs: 3 hours per week; Residential field trip: 5 days (charges—cost of food and accommodation is borne by the student)
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
6 days. The total workload for this unit is 150 hours.
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
7 workshops running once a fortnight. This unit runs in both Semester 1 and Semester 2 and taken in either semester.

Take all units (18 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1BIOL4410Environmental DNA sequencing
Prerequisites:
Second year UWA genetics or equivalent
Block teaching of lectures and fieldwork over two weeks. Block teaching of bioinformatic analysis, biological data analysis and group presentation over 1 week, 8 weeks after initial block. lectures x 15hrs, fieldwork x 8hrs, lab work x 24hrs, analysis x 40hrs, prep delivery & group presentation x 15hrs, essay prep x 48hrs
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)
lectures/presentation/discussions: 2 hours per week (13 sessions over 7 weeks) The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
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
one full day per week for six consecutive weeks (the total workload for the unit is 150 hours)

Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSBIOL4408Marine Ecology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004); ANIM3361 Animal Populations or ENVT3363 Ecological Processes or equivalent
This unit is block-taught during the summer semester and involves a field trip of five days plus travel time at a a cost of up to 0 to the student, plus up to three days of lectures and planning (including occupational health and safety) and up to four days of analysis and presentation of results. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours, 80 of which are contact hours.
S2ENVT5576Aquatic Ecology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520)
1x2hr lecture 1x3hr laboratory/practical plus a field trip

Students in course by coursework only, take units to the value of 36 points from Group B and/or Group C, of which 2 units must be at Level 5 for students who select ENVT5576 and 3 units must be at level 5 for students who select BIOL4408.

Group B
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSBIOL4408Marine Ecology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004); ANIM3361 Animal Populations or ENVT3363 Ecological Processes or equivalent
This unit is block-taught during the summer semester and involves a field trip of five days plus travel time at a a cost of up to 0 to the student, plus up to three days of lectures and planning (including occupational health and safety) and up to four days of analysis and presentation of results. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours, 80 of which are contact hours.
S1, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S1ENVT5004Decoding and Recoding for Environmental Biotechnology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Biological Science (72520)
S2ENVT5576Aquatic Ecology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520)
1x2hr lecture 1x3hr laboratory/practical plus a field trip
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
Contact hours in Practicum placement (the majority of student time in the unit) as arranged with the unit coordinator and host/supervisor. Additional, minor, contact hours for initial and post-placement discussions with coordinator, and final presentation and review.
S1SCIE5505Global 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)
7 hours per week for 6 weeks
Group C
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2BIOL4407Marine 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)
150 hours in total
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)
lectures: 3 hours per week; field trip: one week in week 6
S2ENVT5502Marine 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
3 hours per week (the total workload for the unit is 150 hours)
NSENVT5517Ecological Rehabilitation
Prerequisites:
ENVT4421 Fundamentals of Environmental Management
S2PLNG5511Climate Change Policy and Planning
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
One day a week over six weeks.
S2SCOM5309Citizen Science
Lectures: 4 x 15 minute online lectures per week for 6 weeks Workshops: 6 x 4 hour workshops Self-directed learning (reading/online): 2 hours per week for 10 weeks

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 requirementsContact hours
S2BIOL2204Marine Biology
Prerequisites:
SCIE2204 Marine Systems
workshops: up to 4 hours per week for 12 weeks
S1SCIE2204Marine Systems
Prerequisites:
EART1105 The Dynamic Planet or BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
lectures/tutorials: 3 hours per week; labs/field trips: equivalent of 2 hours per week
S1SCIE3304Field Techniques in Marine Science
Prerequisites:
SCIE2204 Marine Systems or ENSC3012 Data Collection and Analysis or equivalent; and completion of at least 84 points
lectures/tutorials: 1 hour per week; labs: 3 hours per week; Residential field trip: 5 days (charges—cost of food and accommodation is borne by the student)
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
6 days. The total workload for this unit is 150 hours.

Take all units (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2BIOL4407Marine 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)
150 hours in total
NSBIOL4408Marine Ecology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004); ANIM3361 Animal Populations or ENVT3363 Ecological Processes or equivalent
This unit is block-taught during the summer semester and involves a field trip of five days plus travel time at a a cost of up to 0 to the student, plus up to three days of lectures and planning (including occupational health and safety) and up to four days of analysis and presentation of results. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours, 80 of which are contact hours.
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
one day per week for six weeks
S1SCIE5505Global 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)
7 hours per week for 6 weeks

Students in course by coursework only, take units to the value of 36 points from Group A and/or Group B, of which 3 units must be at Level 5:

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2BIOL5542Conservation 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.
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S1, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
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
one full day per week for six consecutive weeks (the total workload for the unit is 150 hours)
S2ENVT5575Aquaculture and the Blue Economy
Prerequisites:
ENVT5576 Aquatic Ecology
TBC
S2ENVT5576Aquatic Ecology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520)
1x2hr lecture 1x3hr laboratory/practical plus a field trip
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
Contact hours in Practicum placement (the majority of student time in the unit) as arranged with the unit coordinator and host/supervisor. Additional, minor, contact hours for initial and post-placement discussions with coordinator, and final presentation and review.
Group B
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1ANIM5502Evolutionary Biology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or Honours in Zoology, an expression of interest and ANIM3362 Evolutionary Processes or ANIM3365 Behavioural Ecology or equivalent and approval of the unit coordinator.
150 hours
S1BIOL4405Invertebrate Zoology
Prerequisites:
a major in Zoology or equivalent, or approval of unit coordinator
6 days (1 day weekly or fortnightly). The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S2BIOL4406Vertebrate Zoology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
6 days (1 day per fortnight). The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S1BIOL4410Environmental DNA sequencing
Prerequisites:
Second year UWA genetics or equivalent
Block teaching of lectures and fieldwork over two weeks. Block teaching of bioinformatic analysis, biological data analysis and group presentation over 1 week, 8 weeks after initial block. lectures x 15hrs, fieldwork x 8hrs, lab work x 24hrs, analysis x 40hrs, prep delivery & group presentation x 15hrs, essay prep x 48hrs
S1ENVT5004Decoding and Recoding for Environmental Biotechnology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Biological Science (72520)
S2SCOM5309Citizen Science
Lectures: 4 x 15 minute online lectures per week for 6 weeks Workshops: 6 x 4 hour workshops Self-directed learning (reading/online): 2 hours per week for 10 weeks

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 requirementsContact hours
S2ANIM2207Animal Form and Function
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
lectures: 2–3 hours per week; labs/practical classes: 3–4 hours per week
NSANIM2209Field Studies in Zoology
Prerequisites:
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
Co-requisites:
ENVT2250 Ecology
safety induction and lecture on animal welfare, ethics and science: 3 hours; fieldwork: 64 hours (5 x 1-day projects, 3-day small group project); other work: 16 hours (face-to face on campus, e.g. oral presentations, database entry, preparation of a major report based on a group project)
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
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials/workshops: 1 hour per week; labs: 3 hours per week; field work 1–2 evenings
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
6 x 2 hr tutorials over the course of a semester.
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
6 days. The total workload for this unit is 150 hours.

Take all units (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
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)
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 2 hours per week for 9 weeks of semester
S1BIOL4405Invertebrate Zoology
Prerequisites:
a major in Zoology or equivalent, or approval of unit coordinator
6 days (1 day weekly or fortnightly). The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S2BIOL4406Vertebrate Zoology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
6 days (1 day per fortnight). The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S1BIOL4410Environmental DNA sequencing
Prerequisites:
Second year UWA genetics or equivalent
Block teaching of lectures and fieldwork over two weeks. Block teaching of bioinformatic analysis, biological data analysis and group presentation over 1 week, 8 weeks after initial block. lectures x 15hrs, fieldwork x 8hrs, lab work x 24hrs, analysis x 40hrs, prep delivery & group presentation x 15hrs, essay prep x 48hrs

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 requirementsContact hours
S1ANIM5502Evolutionary Biology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or Honours in Zoology, an expression of interest and ANIM3362 Evolutionary Processes or ANIM3365 Behavioural Ecology or equivalent and approval of the unit coordinator.
150 hours
NSBIOL4408Marine Ecology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004); ANIM3361 Animal Populations or ENVT3363 Ecological Processes or equivalent
This unit is block-taught during the summer semester and involves a field trip of five days plus travel time at a a cost of up to 0 to the student, plus up to three days of lectures and planning (including occupational health and safety) and up to four days of analysis and presentation of results. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours, 80 of which are contact hours.
S2BIOL5502Managing Threatened Species and Ecological Communities
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Biological Science (72520) or Master of Science (70630) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Lectures: 1 or 2 lecture/tutorials per week followed by student-led interviews with conservation practitioners, or formal presentations. Fieldwork: Up to 30 hours over a five week period, including during nighttime hours.
S2BIOL5542Conservation 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.
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S1ENVT5004Decoding and Recoding for Environmental Biotechnology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Biological Science (72520)
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
Contact hours in Practicum placement (the majority of student time in the unit) as arranged with the unit coordinator and host/supervisor. Additional, minor, contact hours for initial and post-placement discussions with coordinator, and final presentation and review.
S2SCOM5309Citizen Science
Lectures: 4 x 15 minute online lectures per week for 6 weeks Workshops: 6 x 4 hour workshops Self-directed learning (reading/online): 2 hours per week for 10 weeks
Group B
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2BIOL4407Marine 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)
150 hours in total
S1, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
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
one full day per week for six consecutive weeks (the total workload for the unit is 150 hours)
S2ENVT5576Aquatic Ecology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520)
1x2hr lecture 1x3hr laboratory/practical plus a field trip
S1SCIE5505Global 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)
7 hours per week for 6 weeks

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

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The http://handbooks.uwa.edu.au/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.