Master of Applied Science (Biological Sciences) (K7J2)

Overview  2019

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Duration

Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2

Commonwealth Supported places available

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Duration

Minimum 2 Years
Entry requirements

Location

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2
This course provides you with the opportunity to acquire advanced current knowledge in Biological Science. In addition, you will develop a capacity for independent research and problem-solving that can lead to workplace research and/or a degree by higher research (Masters or PhD).

At the completion of the course you will have:

  • acquired advanced current knowledge in Biological Science topics covered in the course;
  • acquired advanced research skills that can lead to workplace research and/or a HDR course;
  • engaged in research and development projects in Biological Science;
  • developed the ability to apply advanced current knowledge, skills and principles learned in the course to your respective workplace contexts;
  • developed an understanding how the field of Biological Science can be applied to solve global problems from a scientific perspective.

Course structure

A four-semester program will comprise:

  1. 50% of undergraduate units with no introductory-level (100) units permitted and a maximum of 25% of intermediate-level (200) units [as listed in Schedule A].
  2. 100% comprising postgraduate-level (400, 500, 600 or 700) units [as listed in Schedule B].
  3. A thesis (50%) which shall embody the results of research carried out under the direction of a supervisor or supervisors appointed by the appropriate School [as listed in Schedule C].

A three-semester program will comprise 2. and 3. above.

Note: a credit average for all postgraduate-level units must be obtained before progression to the research thesis component. Students failing to reach this standard will exit with the Graduate Diploma of Applied Science.

Biological Sciences

This unit provides a comprehensive introduction to the diversity of plants found in Tasmania. In lectures, we examine the major natural vegetation communities in Tasmania, the key processes shaping them in the present and in the past, and their conservation…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Plants in Action is a core unit for BSc students interested in specializing in plant science. The unit explores the interaction of plants with the environment at the organism, organ, tissue and cellular levels. We examine the processes of photosynthesis,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Genetics & Evolution is a core second year unit for BBiotechMedRes, BMarAntSc, and BSc students majoring in Plant Science or Genetics, and important for any student studying Biological Sciences. The unit offers an introduction to genetics and evolution, and integrates…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This core unit provides a broad training in fundamental aspects of population and community ecology and (with other core units in the School of Biological Sciences) forms an essential basis for specialist studies at third year level. This unit focuses…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This core unit provides a broad training in fundamental aspects of zoology, and with KPZ211 (the other core unit), forms an essential basis for specialist studies in Zoology at level 3. This unit focuses on developing students' understanding of functional…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Tasmania has a distinctive fauna in both Australian and world terms. This unit aims to provide an overview of Tasmanian habitats and the faunas they support, and to use them to illustrate a range of ecological and evolutionary principles. The…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Field Botany (KPA375) - Courses & Units - University of Tasmania, AustraliaField Botany is an iconic part of the University of Tasmania's undergraduate offerings, remembered fondly by students for the past 30 years. In this unit, you will experience the…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Hobart5 Week Session Feb B

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit aims to provide students with an understanding of animal behaviour within an evolutionary and ecological framework. There will be an emphasis on fundamental principles (e.g., the ways in which animals interact with their own and other species and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit examines contemporary theories and concepts in ecology and evolutionary biology in terms of the ways that these ideas are used to inform both scientific progress and public debate. Modern biological theories are profoundly affecting the ways that we…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is all about the study of how ecosystems function, which gives it great relevance from scientific and management perspectives. We will examine the processes that operate in terrestrial and aquatic communities and ecosystems from both a theoretical and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will provide you with a strong grounding in the application of biological principles and ecological science to the problems of conserving the diversity of animals and plants in ecosystems undergoing rapid change. You will gain an understanding of:…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit focuses on practical applications of genetics and biotechnology. It emphasises the uses of modern genetic tools including genomics and biotechnology to plants and animals. The lecture series will show that genetics is central to biodiversity conservation and restoration.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is about how genetics is used to study development and evolution, and gives an overview of the genetic approaches and techniques that are now an essential part of almost every area of biology. The lecture component examines ways…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is designed to provide students with a state-of-the-art knowledge of plant function, focusing on central concepts of plant responses and adaption to drought stress,nutrient availability and light environment. These plant behavioural characteristics are essential for understanding the way…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Biologists collect and reason with a wide range of data and information. This unit introduces the key processes needed to design, collect and analyse biological data, and develops the different ways in which 'data' is converted to 'information' and how…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Provides instruction in the biodiversity and phylogeny of algal groups and allied protists, physico-chemical limnology and oceanography, phytoplankton ecology, micropaleontology, seaweeds, harmful algal blooms and aquatic food webs. Particular reference is made to studies in Australian, Antarctic and Southern Ocean…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Quantitative skills are among the fundamental tools of professional ecologists and other biologists. They are necessary to design their studies, analyse and interpret their data, and to assess and interpret published studies. This unit provides a solid grounding in appropriate…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Core Units

This unit provides practical experience in communication in biological science research. You will be introduced to the preparation of documents for a variety of research purposes, including: an introductory seminar, a grant application, research poster, a database of scientific observations,…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides opportunities for students enrolled the Master of Applied Science program to undertake a series of activities related to (but not replicating) their dissertation topic, with such activities being negotiated and documented with the Master of Applied Science…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Choose four units from the following list:

This unit is an introduction to quantitative data analysis techniques. Covering topics from basic inference through to generalised linear models, time series analysis and clustering and discrimination, this subject gives students the opportunity to become familiar with a variety of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartIntensive Session Jun

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit, you will experience the major natural vegetation communities in Tasmania and explore the key processes shaping them. You will be introduced to the diversity of plants found in environments from near sea level moorlands to exposed alpine…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Hobart5 Week Session Feb B

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit aims to provide students with an advanced level of understandingof behavioural ecology within an evolutionary framework. There will be an emphasis on gaininga comprehensive understanding of the fundamental principles (e.g., the ways in which animals interact with their…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

his unit examines contemporary theories and concepts in ecology and evolutionary biology in terms of the ways that these ideas are used to inform both scientific progress and public debate. Modern biological theories are profoundly affecting such things as the…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will provide you with an advanced level of knowledge of the physiology of reproduction, stress and disease ecology in higher vertebrates. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of how knowledge of a species' physiology and behaviour, particularly in…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit focuses on practical applications of genetics and biotechnology, emphasising the use of modern genetic tools in industry and research, of plants and animals. The lectures describe genetic and biotechnology applications that can help increase food production (genetic improvement,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The unit will provide students with a state-of-the-art knowledge of plant function, focusing on central concepts of plant responses to drought stress, nutrient availability and light environment. These plant behavioural characteristics are essential for understanding the way plants adapt to…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is all about the study of how ecosystems function, which gives it great relevance from scientific and management perspectives. We will examine the processes that operate in terrestrial and aquatic communities and ecosystems from both a theoretical and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Biologists collect and reason with a wide range of data and information. This unit will develop your existing skills to an advanced level so that you can design, collect and analyse biological data. You will then apply these skills to…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is about how genetics is used to study development and evolution, and gives an overview of the genetic approaches and techniques that are now an essential part of almost every area of biology. The lecture component examines ways…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will provide you with an advanced level of knowledge in the application of biological principles and ecological science to the problems of conserving the diversity of animals and plants in ecosystems undergoing rapid change. You will gain an…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Involves a semester-long (or equivalent period) research project, supervised by a member of the Biological Sciences discipline. It will involve approximately 80 contact hours planning, conducting, analysing and reporting on an individual research topic negotiated between the student and the…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
HobartSummer school
HobartWinter school
HobartSpring school

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Provides instruction in the biodiversity and phylogeny of algal groups and allied protists, physico-chemical limnology and oceanography, phytoplankton ecology, micropaleontology, seaweeds, harmful algal blooms and aquatic food webs. Particular reference is made to studies in Australian, Antarctic and Southern Ocean…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides practical and theoretical experience in research in biological science. You will be introduced to a range of concepts and techniques needed to address a specific research question. With your supervisory team, you will develop a set of…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides practical and theoretical experience in research in biological science. You will be introduced to a range of concepts and techniques needed to address a specific research question. With your supervisory team, you will develop a set of…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Entry requirements

The Master of Applied Science may be completed in 3 or 4 semesters depending on level of qualifications on entry, and discipline preparedness of the specific candidate. Applicants must demonstrate their qualification(s) were conferred no longer than 10 years previously.

3 Semester Prerequisites

Bachelor degree in a science field with a major in Biological Science.

4 Semester Prerequisites

Bachelor degree in a science related area, and some background (e.g. minor sequence) in Biological Science.

Common

International students must provide an IELTS (Academic) test score of at least Band 6 with a minimum of 6.0 on all bands.  Please refer to the Entry Requirements page for further information:  http://www.utas.edu.au/international/how-to-apply/entry-requirements

Students completing the Master of Applied Science (Biological Science) will be eligible to apply for a HDR program, either MSc or PhD, contingent on performance.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Domestic students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place will be charged a fee based on the number of units a student enrols in. In 2019, this fee is $44.70 per unit. In 2019, the maximum charge for full time students is $298.

International students

2019 Total Course Fee (international students): $58,913 AUD*.

Course cost based on a rate of $28,950 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

International students

"This Masters course is not approved by DEEWR for student income support payments (i.e. Youth Allowance and Austudy)"

International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

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