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 / 2021
Administered by
Biological Sciences
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
Available to international students
Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Schedule 2: Fees'. (Enquiries: https://www.uwa.edu.au/askuwa)
Course Coordinator(s)
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-MRBIO Marine Biology
SP-PLCBI Conservation Biology
SP-ZOOLY Zoology

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2021; NS = non-standard teaching period

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

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2022 or 2023.

Take all units (12 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2BIOL5301Big Data, Modelling and Meta-analysis in Biology, Conservation and the Environment
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
SCIE4402 Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences (ID 2211)
Incompatibility:
Nil
(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
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
5 days (1 day per fortnight). The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.

Students in course by coursework only, take all units in this group (12 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2SCIE5004Professional Skills in Science
Prerequisites:
Completion of 24 Points And Course Enrolment in 72530 Master of Environmental Science (ID 166) Or 72510 Master of Agricultural Science (ID 164) Or 74540 Master of Marine Biology (ID 1902) Or 73530 Master of Agricultural Economics (ID 440) Or 51580 Master of Science Communication (ID 189) Or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics (ID 1490) Or 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389) Or 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) Or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science (ID 359)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2SCIE5005Science in Practice
Prerequisites:
SCIE5004 Professional Skills in Science
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
1x 2hr session per week contact by consultation as required

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

Students commencing research in semester 2 2021 must not take BIOL5551 Masters in Biological Science Research Development. BIOL5551 should be replaced with a level 4 or 5 option unit.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1BIOL5551Masters 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
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
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
Incompatibility:
Nil
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
Incompatibility:
Nil
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
Incompatibility:
nil
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
Incompatibility:
nil
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
Incompatibility:
nil
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
S1, S2ENVT4461Assessing Environmental Quality
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72510 Master of Agricultural Science (ID 164) Or 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) Or 72530 Master of Environmental Science (ID 166)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit ENVT3361 Environmental Assessment (ID 1309)
lectures: 1 hour per week; practical classes: 4 hours per week (one practical session involves field work)
S1, S2GENE4002Integrated Topics in Genetics I
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) Or 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389) Or 72510 Master of Agricultural Science (ID 164)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Units GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I (ID 551) And GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance (ID 616)
6 x 2 hr tutorials over the course of a semester.
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a postgraduate course or honours
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
STAT1400 Statistics for Science; STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics; STAT2210 Biometrics 1; SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
24 hours. The total workload for this unit is 150 hours.
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil
7 workshops running once a fortnight. This unit runs in both Semester 1 and Semester 2 and taken in either semester.

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)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil
One interactive lecture/tutorial per week followed by student-led interviews with conservation practitioners, formal presentations, or practicals. Fieldwork: Up to 15 hours in total, with flexibility in the timing of student-led fieldwork.
S2BIOL5542Conservation Genetics
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) Or 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389) Or 71570 Master of Geographic Information Science (ID 390) Or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) (ID 4) And 6 Points Unit GENE4002 Integrated Topics in Genetics I (ID 6275) Or GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance (ID 616)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
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)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
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
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or Master of Environmental Science (72530)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil.
2 interactive sessions of 2 hours per week

Students in course by coursework only, take units to the value of 24 points from Group A and/or Group B.

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2BIOL4407Marine Conservation and Fisheries Management
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) Or 70630 Master of Science (ID 202) Or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science (ID 359) Or 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389) Or 71570 Master of Geographic Information Science (ID 390) Or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) (ID 4) Or 62540 Master of Ocean Leadership (ID 1432)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
150 hours in total
S1BIOL4410Environmental Genomics
Prerequisites:
Any Level 2 Units in genetics or Equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
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
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems (ID 1384)
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours. This includes podcasts for viewing and reading to be undertaken prior to attending one compulsory 3-hour workshop per week where students will be contributing to interactive discussions together with practical lab work using GIS software. Completion of the practical workshop labs is necessary to enable skills for completing written unit assessment. Independent learning is required throughout the unit.
S1ENVT5004Decoding and Recoding for Environmental Biotechnology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Biological Science (72520)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
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)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures/presentation/discussions: 2 hours per week (13 sessions over 7 weeks) The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S2ENVT5517Ecological Rehabilitation
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Lectures: 2 hours per week Workshops: up to 2 hours per week
N/APLNG5511Climate Change Policy and Planning
Prerequisites:
nil
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil
One day a week over six weeks.
S2SCOM5309Citizen Science
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Lectures: 3 x 15 minute online lectures per week for 11 weeks Workshops: 12 x 2 hour workshops Self-directed learning (reading/online): 2 hours per week for 10 weeks
Group B
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
N/AANIM5502Evolutionary Biology
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) Or HON-ZOOLY Zoology (ID 1393) And 6 Points Unit ANIM3362 Evolutionary Processes (ID 1296) Or ANIM3365 Behavioural Ecology (ID 4176)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
150 hours
S1BIOL4405Invertebrate Zoology
Prerequisites:
a major in Zoology or equivalent, or approval of unit coordinator
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
6 days (1 day weekly or fortnightly). The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S1ENVT4409Remote Sensing of the Environment
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Unit ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications (ID 2041) Or GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems (ID 1384)
Incompatibility:
Nil
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S2ENVT5518The Sustainable Development Goals
Prerequisites:
For students in the Master of Environmental Science: ENVT4421 Fundamentals of Environmental Management
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Lectures: 2 hours per week for nine weeks; workshop/practical classes: 2 hours a week for nine weeks
S2ENVT5576Aquatic Ecology
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72530 Master of Environmental Science (ID 166) Or 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
1x2hr lecture 1x3hr laboratory/practical plus a field trip
NSPOLS5010NGOs, Governance and Development
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
seminars: 18 hours
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
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
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)
Co-requisites:
nil
Incompatibility:
nil
7 hours per week for 6 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
S1, S2ENVT4461Assessing Environmental Quality
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72510 Master of Agricultural Science (ID 164) Or 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) Or 72530 Master of Environmental Science (ID 166)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit ENVT3361 Environmental Assessment (ID 1309)
lectures: 1 hour per week; practical classes: 4 hours per week (one practical session involves field work)
S1, S2GENE4002Integrated Topics in Genetics I
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) Or 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389) Or 72510 Master of Agricultural Science (ID 164)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Units GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I (ID 551) And GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance (ID 616)
6 x 2 hr tutorials over the course of a semester.
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a postgraduate course or honours
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
STAT1400 Statistics for Science; STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics; STAT2210 Biometrics 1; SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
24 hours. The total workload for this unit is 150 hours.
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil
7 workshops running once a fortnight. This unit runs in both Semester 1 and Semester 2 and taken in either semester.

Take all units (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2BIOL4407Marine Conservation and Fisheries Management
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) Or 70630 Master of Science (ID 202) Or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science (ID 359) Or 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389) Or 71570 Master of Geographic Information Science (ID 390) Or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) (ID 4) Or 62540 Master of Ocean Leadership (ID 1432)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
150 hours in total
NSBIOL4408Marine Ecology
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) 74540 Master of Marine Biology (ID 1902) Or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) (ID 4) And 6 Points Unit ANIM3361 Animal Ecology (ID 1294) Or ENVT3363 Ecological Processes (ID 1290) Or SCIE3304 Field Techniques in Marine Science (ID 1284)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
This unit is block-taught during the summer semester and involves a field trip of five days plus travel time at a cost of up to 0 to the student, plus up to four 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, up to 100 of which are contact hours.
S2BIOL5504Sex in the Sea
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) Or 70630 Master of Science (ID 202) Or 62540 Master of Ocean Leadership (ID 1432) And 6 Points SCIE4402 Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences (ID 2211) or Equivalent
Co-requisites:
Unit SCIE4402 Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences (ID 2211) Approval of Unit coordinator
Incompatibility:
Nil
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)
Co-requisites:
nil
Incompatibility:
nil
7 hours per week for 6 weeks

Students in course by coursework only, take units to the value of 24 points from Group A and/or Group B, of which 6 points must be at Level 5:

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2BIOL5542Conservation Genetics
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) Or 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389) Or 71570 Master of Geographic Information Science (ID 390) Or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) (ID 4) And 6 Points Unit GENE4002 Integrated Topics in Genetics I (ID 6275) Or GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance (ID 616)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S1, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems (ID 1384)
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours. This includes podcasts for viewing and reading to be undertaken prior to attending one compulsory 3-hour workshop per week where students will be contributing to interactive discussions together with practical lab work using GIS software. Completion of the practical workshop labs is necessary to enable skills for completing written unit assessment. Independent learning is required throughout the unit.
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)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
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)
N/AENVT5575Aquaculture and the Blue Economy
Prerequisites:
ENVT5576 Aquatic Ecology
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
TBC
S2ENVT5576Aquatic Ecology
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72530 Master of Environmental Science (ID 166) Or 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
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
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
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
N/AANIM5502Evolutionary Biology
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) Or HON-ZOOLY Zoology (ID 1393) And 6 Points Unit ANIM3362 Evolutionary Processes (ID 1296) Or ANIM3365 Behavioural Ecology (ID 4176)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
150 hours
S1BIOL4405Invertebrate Zoology
Prerequisites:
a major in Zoology or equivalent, or approval of unit coordinator
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
6 days (1 day weekly or fortnightly). The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S2BIOL4406Vertebrate Zoology
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) Or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) (ID 4)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
6 days (1 day per fortnight). The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S1BIOL4410Environmental Genomics
Prerequisites:
Any Level 2 Units in genetics or Equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
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)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2SCOM5309Citizen Science
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Lectures: 3 x 15 minute online lectures per week for 11 weeks Workshops: 12 x 2 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
S1, S2ENVT4461Assessing Environmental Quality
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72510 Master of Agricultural Science (ID 164) Or 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) Or 72530 Master of Environmental Science (ID 166)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit ENVT3361 Environmental Assessment (ID 1309)
lectures: 1 hour per week; practical classes: 4 hours per week (one practical session involves field work)
S1, S2GENE4002Integrated Topics in Genetics I
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) Or 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389) Or 72510 Master of Agricultural Science (ID 164)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Units GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I (ID 551) And GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance (ID 616)
6 x 2 hr tutorials over the course of a semester.
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a postgraduate course or honours
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
STAT1400 Statistics for Science; STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics; STAT2210 Biometrics 1; SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
24 hours. The total workload for this unit is 150 hours.
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil
7 workshops running once a fortnight. This unit runs in both Semester 1 and Semester 2 and taken in either semester.

Take all units (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1BIOL4405Invertebrate Zoology
Prerequisites:
a major in Zoology or equivalent, or approval of unit coordinator
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
6 days (1 day weekly or fortnightly). The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S2BIOL4406Vertebrate Zoology
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) Or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) (ID 4)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
6 days (1 day per fortnight). The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S1BIOL4410Environmental Genomics
Prerequisites:
Any Level 2 Units in genetics or Equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
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
S2BIOL5504Sex in the Sea
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) Or 70630 Master of Science (ID 202) Or 62540 Master of Ocean Leadership (ID 1432) And 6 Points SCIE4402 Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences (ID 2211) or Equivalent
Co-requisites:
Unit SCIE4402 Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences (ID 2211) Approval of Unit coordinator
Incompatibility:
Nil
one day per week for six weeks

Students in course by coursework only, take units to the value of 24 points from Group A and/or Group B, of which 12 points must be at Level 5:

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
N/AANIM5502Evolutionary Biology
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) Or HON-ZOOLY Zoology (ID 1393) And 6 Points Unit ANIM3362 Evolutionary Processes (ID 1296) Or ANIM3365 Behavioural Ecology (ID 4176)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
150 hours
NSBIOL4408Marine Ecology
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) 74540 Master of Marine Biology (ID 1902) Or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) (ID 4) And 6 Points Unit ANIM3361 Animal Ecology (ID 1294) Or ENVT3363 Ecological Processes (ID 1290) Or SCIE3304 Field Techniques in Marine Science (ID 1284)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
This unit is block-taught during the summer semester and involves a field trip of five days plus travel time at a cost of up to 0 to the student, plus up to four 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, up to 100 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)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil
One interactive lecture/tutorial per week followed by student-led interviews with conservation practitioners, formal presentations, or practicals. Fieldwork: Up to 15 hours in total, with flexibility in the timing of student-led fieldwork.
S2BIOL5542Conservation Genetics
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) Or 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389) Or 71570 Master of Geographic Information Science (ID 390) Or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) (ID 4) And 6 Points Unit GENE4002 Integrated Topics in Genetics I (ID 6275) Or GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance (ID 616)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
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)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
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
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
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
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Lectures: 3 x 15 minute online lectures per week for 11 weeks Workshops: 12 x 2 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:
Course Enrolment 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) Or 70630 Master of Science (ID 202) Or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science (ID 359) Or 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389) Or 71570 Master of Geographic Information Science (ID 390) Or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) (ID 4) Or 62540 Master of Ocean Leadership (ID 1432)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
150 hours in total
S1, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems (ID 1384)
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours. This includes podcasts for viewing and reading to be undertaken prior to attending one compulsory 3-hour workshop per week where students will be contributing to interactive discussions together with practical lab work using GIS software. Completion of the practical workshop labs is necessary to enable skills for completing written unit assessment. Independent learning is required throughout the unit.
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)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
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:
Course Enrolment 72530 Master of Environmental Science (ID 166) Or 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
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)
Co-requisites:
nil
Incompatibility:
nil
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 Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials and Communication and Research Skills modules

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) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).

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

(3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.

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 specialisation 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 excluding conversion units, with at least 12 points of core units, of which a minimum of 6 points must be degree core, may apply to the School 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 School 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-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 Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS 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 6 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.

Deferrals

13. Applicants awarded admission to the course are entitled to a deferral of up to 12 months, as per the University Policy on: Admissions (Coursework).


Additional rules
Research project

14. 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.