UWA's admission requirements for some postgraduate courses have changed for Semester 2, 2020 to facilitate student access to study during the COVID-19 situation. In many cases, these changes may not be extended beyond 2020. Contact Future Students for more information.
Master of Biological Arts (coursework and dissertation)
This course is designed for experienced art practitioners, scientists or humanities scholars who wish to engage with creative bioresearch. The course focuses on recent advances in the life sciences, both in theory and practice. Emphasis is placed on critical thought, ethical and cultural issues and cross-disciplinary experimentation in art and science. Students have access to scientific laboratories, techniques and expertise. Students take both existing art and science units and a core of SymbioticA unit that include a major project and dissertation.
Students who already hold a degree in science, the humanities or the visual arts and who wish to undertake interdisciplinary studies to engage with the crossover of art and science will find the degree develops their theoretical and practical skills in the production of biological art and its use in communicating critical thought, ethical and cultural issues to a variety of audiences.
Completion of this degree can lead to wide and diverse career opportunities in the fields of art, science or social science, especially in positions dealing with issues of policy, communication and commentary, or in education. It offers opportunities for further academic pursuits including higher degree by research for the people who are interested in the holistic view of the effects of the sciences on our society and culture.
- Course title
- Master of Biological Arts (coursework and dissertation)
- Award abbreviation
- Course code
- Course type
- master's degree by coursework and dissertation
- current / 2020
- Administered by
- Faculty of Science
- CRICOS code
- 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.)
- The Master of Biological Arts has the following exit award: 74330 Graduate Diploma in Biological Arts (48 points) (48 points)
- Credit points required
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
- 9 years
- Delivery mode
- Locations offered
- UWA (Perth)
- Domestic fee type
- Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-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)
- Dr Ionat Zurr
- 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.
|Key to availability of units:|
|S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2|
All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.
If required, students must complete relevant conversion units up to the value of 24 points in the complementary field to their previous studies, chosen in consultation with the course coordinator (e.g. students with arts/fine-arts background take science-based units and vice-versa).
Take all units (60 points):
|Availability||Unitcode||Unitname||Unit requirements||Contact hours|
|S1, S2||APHB5510||Advanced Aesthetic Crossovers of Art and Science||lectures: 1 hour per week; labs/tutorials: 2 hours per week|
|S2||APHB5511||Advanced Art and Life Manipulation||lectures: 1 hour per week; labs/tutorials: 2 hours per week|
|S1, S2||APHB5512||SymbioticA Project Preparation||2 hours per week with supervisor/unit coordinator|
|S1||APHB5513||SymbioticA Project Research||2 hours per week with supervisor/unit coordinator|
|S1, S2||APHB5518||Biological Art Integration Studies II||seminars: 1.5 hours per week; labs/tutorials: 1.5 hours per week|
|S1, S2||APHB5519||Biological Art Integration Studies I||seminars: 1.5 hours per week, labs/tutorials: 1.5 hours per week|
|S1, S2||APHB5524||Major Project and Dissertation Part 1||students meet at least fortnightly with project supervisors and the unit coordinator on a timetable discussed together|
|S1, S2||APHB5525||Major Project and Dissertation Part 2||Students meet at least fortnightly with project supervisors and the unit coordinator on a timetable discussed together|
|S1, S2||APHB5526||Major Project and Dissertation Part 3||Students meet at least fortnightly with project supervisors and the unit coordinator on a timetable discussed together|
|S1, S2||APHB5527||Major Project and Dissertation Part 4||Students meet at least fortnightly with project supervisors and the unit coordinator on a timetable discussed together|
Group A: Take Level 4 or 5 elective units to the value of 12 points, chosen from Group A and in consultation with the course coordinator.
|Availability||Unitcode||Unitname||Unit requirements||Contact hours|
|S1, S2||SCIE5304||Science Practicum||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.|
Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures
1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in 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).
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 ranking and selection
Articulations and exit awards
- 74330 Graduate Diploma in Biological Arts (48 points)
(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Biological Arts course before completing it, but after completing—
(i) 24 points of conversion in the complementary area to the previous degree (science units for a student with an arts/fine arts background, and arts/fine arts units for a student with a science background); and
(ii) APHB5510 Advanced Aesthetic Crossovers of Art and Science or APHB5511 Advanced Art and Life Manipulation; and
(iii) APHB5518 Biological Art Integration Studies II or APHB5519 Biological Art Integration Studies I; and
(iv) 12 points of level 4 or 5 electives chosen in consultation with the course coordinator, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Biological Arts.
(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.
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.
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