Postgraduate study

Postgraduate study may be undertaken to further your career, change careers, consolidate knowledge acquired in the workplace, for accreditation or for interest. The postgraduate study available in our School is available either by coursework or research.

Research degrees

Research degrees are a rewarding and challenging choice of study as they involve the contribution of substantially original knowledge to your chosen field. You will have seen from the profiles in this publication how exciting research can be. However, the decision to enter research is often not made until the later years of an undergraduate degree when your aptitude, interests and intended career are clearer. The completion of an Honours year assists with this decision and is a requirement for entry. The completion of a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) generally takes between three and four years, full-time, while a Master of Science (MSc) takes between one and two years, full-time.

Research degrees - Expression of Interest

If you are interested in pursuing a research degree in the School of Molecular Bioscience you will first need to find a researcher in the school that is willing to act as your supervisor.

Click here to register your interest if you are interested in finding a supervisor in the School of Molecular Bioscience.

Coursework degrees

These degrees comprise lectures, tutorials and laboratory work, similar in style to an undergraduate degree, but recognising that tertiary study has already been completed.

The Master of Nutrition and Dietetics provides an alternative pathway to the Bachelor of Science (Nutrition) for those seeking accreditation as a dietitian and contains many practical elements, such as clinical placements. Recognising that students must already have completed study in biochemistry and physiology to gain entry, the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics is two years in length, whereas the BSc (Nutrition) is four.

NOTE: The Molecular Biotechnology Program will not be accepting new applications for semester one, 2013 and beyond. Applications are still being accepted for semester two, 2012.

The Master of Applied Science (Molecular Biotechnology) is intended for recent science graduates and other science graduates working in industry in related fields who wish to obtain more specialized knowledge in molecular biotechnology. The Masters degree is one year in duration and requires that incoming students have previously completed sufficient study in areas of relevance to molecular biotechnology such as chemistry, biology, genetics, and molecular biology and have achieved a credit minimum grade in these areas. The degree involves formal lectures, tutorials, practical laboratory classes and is assessed during and at the end of each semester. Students also have first-hand contact with the biotechnology industry and Masters students may participate in research placements, subject to quota and based on academic merit. These students work on an approved biotechonlogy-relevant project within a biotechnology company, or in a research laboratory of the University or an affiliated institute or research centre. Students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate in Applied Science (Molecular Biotechnology) take some common course content to Masters students but are are not eligible to take a research placement or project.