Master of Applied Science (Microbiology) (K7J6)

Overview  2022

Entry Requirements

See entry requirements

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

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the International Online Course Guide (PDF 1.4 MB) for courses that are offered to international students

Due to the ongoing response to COVID-19, online study may replace some or all of your on-campus classes. We'll be sure to keep you informed of any changes.
This course provides you with the opportunity to acquire advanced current knowledge in Microbiology. 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:

  • established a strong understanding of a range of microbiological disciplines including food microbiology and safety, medical microbiology and microbial ecology;
  • developed analytical laboratory skills appropriate to various disciplines of microbiology research;
  • developed advanced skills in accessing, critically evaluating and communicating the outputs of current, peer-reviewed, microbiology literature;
  • developed skills and tools required to structure a funding application;
  • received research training in experimental design, critical thinking and research methods that facilitate the pursuit a potential career in microbiological research;
  • demonstrated the ability to produce an original written research thesis.

Course structure

This program has either a 1.5 - or 2-year structure, depending on your background (see academic requirements).

1.5 Year Program (3 Semesters):

A three-semester program will comprise:

1. 100% postgraduate-level units as listed in Schedule B.

2. a Research Thesis (50%, as per Schedule C) which shall embody the results of research carried out under the direction of a supervisor or supervisors appointed by the appropriate School.

2 Year Program (4 Semesters):

A four-semester program will comprise:

1. 50% consolidation units as listed in Schedule A with a maximum 25% intermediate units permitted.

2. 100% postgraduate-level units as listed in Schedule B.

3. a Research Thesis (50%, as per  Schedule C) which shall embody the results of research carried out under the direction of a supervisor or supervisors appointed by the appropriate School.

If you would like further advice about what your Study Plan would look like at the University of Tasmania, please email Course.Info@utas.edu.au and we will put you in contact with an appropriate staff member.

Note: progression to the research thesis component requires a minimum performance standard of 65% average calculated on all units taken, including both pass and fail attempts.

Microbiology

This unit will provide students with the foundation knowledge of pathology by gaining an understanding of the fundamental processes that occur when the human organism undergoes disturbance of its homeostasis. They will gain an appreciation of the ‘one health’ concept…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

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

Microbiology is the study of microorganisms- how they work and their role in our world. Microorganisms encompass huge diversity and include bacteria, viruses, fungi and single-celled animals and algae. Although not visible to the naked eye, microorganisms have a profound…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

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

Microorganisms, though invisibly small, collectively make up the majority of the living matter on Earth and have profound influences on many aspects of our lives. This unit will draw on contemporary, real-world examples to explore the influence and impact of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

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

This unit will commence with an exploration of the basic concepts of Medical Microbiology. It will then examine the epidemiology of transmissible diseases that are common in healthcare and community settings. The unit will analyse information on the mechanisms through…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

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

This unit is designed to cover more advanced concepts of immunology. At the completion of the unit, you should have an understanding of the components of the immune system and their interactions as well as the major defence mechanisms of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

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

This unit enables students to plan and complete scientific investigations essential to agricultural research. The unit follows a logical progression from understanding the importance of the principles of the scientific method and crafting a well-defined research hypothesis that can be…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

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

The focus of this unit is on advanced topics of plant disease biology and management. Concepts will be illustrated with diseases caused by viral and virus-like agents, phytopathogenic bacteria and fungi in agricultural and horticultural systems. Topics include infection biology,…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Traditional approaches to food safety assurance are failing to keep up with the modern food industry. In response, and to harmonise international trade in food, food safety management is moving to a "risk-based approach that relies strongly on synthesis of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

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

This unit considers the role of microorganisms in the production, deterioration and safety of foods, from both ecological and physiological perspectives, including the effect of temperature, pH, water activity and other factors on the growth and decline of microbial populations…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

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

The unit covers the basic principles of environmental microbiology, microbial diversity and evolution. Lectures are provided on the latest techniques used in microbial ecology including coverage of advanced methods in functional analysis and genomics. A focus is placed on the…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

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

Microorganisms, though invisibly small, collectively make up the majority of the livingmatter on Earth and have profound influences on many aspects of our lives. This unitwill draw on contemporary, real-world examples to explore the influence and impactof microorganisms - both…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

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

Microbiology is the study of microorganisms- how they work and their role in our world. Microorganisms encompass huge diversity and include bacteria, viruses, fungi and single-celled animals and algae. Although not visible to the naked eye, microorganisms have a profound…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

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

This unit equips students to undertake scientific investigations essential to agricultural and food research. The unit follows a logical progression from understanding the importance of the principles of the scientific method and crafting a well-defined research hypothesis that can be…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

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

This unit is an assignment-based unit in which you will explore a particular aspect of agriculture, food science or microbiology in detail through the production of a review of the scientific literature in that area. The topic is chosen through…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
HobartSummer school

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

This unit explores the principles, theories and practice of epidemiology. Students are provided with a comprehensive introduction to the collection and interpretation of epidemiological data within the framework of health, health care delivery and human services. The unit content covers…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

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

This unit will commence with an exploration of the basic concepts of Medical Microbiology. It will then examine the epidemiology of transmissible diseases that are common in healthcare and community settings. The unit will analyse information on the mechanisms through…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

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

This unit is designed to cover more advanced concepts of immunology. At the completion of the unit, you should have an understanding of the components of the immune system and their interactions as well as the major defence mechanisms of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

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

Traditional approaches to food safety assurance are failing to keep up with the modern food industry. In response, and to harmonise international trade in food, food safety management is moving to a "risk-based approach that relies strongly on synthesis of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

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

Maintenance of food security and public health requires vigilance in the food supply chain based on knowledge of the physiology, ecology and epidemiology of food-borne pathogens including bacteria, viruses and parasites. This unit focuses on enhancing depth of knowledge of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

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

The unit covers the basic principles of environmental microbiology, microbial diversity and evolution. Lectures are provided on the latest techniques used in microbial ecology including coverage of advanced methods in functional analysis and genomics. A focus is placed on the…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

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

Provides Master of Applied Science students with knowledge of the role of microorganisms in the production, deterioration and safety of foods, from both ecological and physiological perspectives, including the effect of temperature, pH, water activity and other factors affecting the…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

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

The focus of this unit is on advanced topics of plant disease biology and management. Concepts will be illustrated with diseases caused by viral and virus-like agents, phytopathogenic bacteria and fungi in agricultural and horticultural systems. Topics include infection biology,…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

The safety of the food supply is affected by biological, chemical and physical hazards. Ensuring food safety involves a broad range of scientific endeavours, including understanding the ecology of food-borne pathogens, food handling, traceability, surveillance, and supply chain logistics. Also,…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

In this unit students will, with assistance and supervision, develop skills associated with obtaining research funding. Students will develop a research proposal for a small project, such as would be submitted to a research agency. Skills will be developed in…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

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

This unit involves a practical "hands-on" experience of scientific techniques relevant to your nominated field of study. The objective of this course is for candidates to receive background and basic training in a range of laboratory techniques. Students will work…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

The Master of Applied Science, Thesis (50% loading) is the final semester in theMaster of Applied Science course in the following specialisations, with eachspecialisation requiring enrolment in two unit codes of 25% loading:SPECIALISATION UNIT CODESMicrobiologyKLA 717 (25%)KLA 718 (25%)Agricultural ScienceKLA…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

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

The Master of Applied Science, Thesis (50% loading) is the final semester in theMaster of Applied Science course in the following specialisations, with eachspecialisation requiring enrolment in two unit codes of 25% loading:SPECIALISATION UNIT CODESMicrobiologyKLA 717 (25%)KLA 718 (25%)Agricultural ScienceKLA…

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.

3 Semester Prerequisites

A Bachelor degree in a science field with a major in Microbiology completed to a standard of achievement that is deemed acceptable by the College.

4 Semester Prerequisites

A Bachelor degree in a science related area, and some background (e.g. minor sequence) in Microbiology completed to a standard of achievement that is deemed acceptable by the College.

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.

All applicants must:

(1) demonstrate their qualification was conferred no longer that 10 years previously;

(2) provide evidence in their application of laboratory skills to a standard set by the discipline area; and.

(3) provide a written statement of purpose outlining the reasons for their chosen specialisation. Please note that the statement must be no more than 500 words in length and be written in your own words.

Students completing the Master of Applied Science (Microbiology) 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.

Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at the Domestic Student Fees website, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Domestic students enrolled in certain postgraduate coursework programs may not be eligible for student payments through Youth Allowance and Austudy. Visit the Department of Social Services website to find out more about eligibility for Centrelink support and the list of eligible courses

International students

2022 Total Course Fee (international students): $ 62,983 AUD *.

Course cost based on a rate of $30,950 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

International students

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.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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