Faculty of Science

Research and coursework

Further information

The Faculty of Science offers a selection of postgraduate qualifications that combine advanced coursework units with a substantial research component that give students the opportunity to advance their knowledge and undertake independent research within their chosen field.

These degrees are considered to be Research Training Schemes for domestic students, which means that students are exempt from paying student contributions and tuition fees. 

Students of these degrees are also eligible to apply for research scholarships such as the Australian Postgraduate Awards and University Postgraduate Awards.

Master's  degrees (thesis and coursework)

A Masters by Thesis and Coursework is a research-intensive degree in which the research component comprises two-thirds of the degree's total requirements.

To be eligible for one of these degrees you must have already completed a Bachelor degree in an appropriate discipline with at least upper second class Honours from an approved university.

Master of Exercise Science (thesis and coursework) 

Master of Science (thesis and coursework)

In the Master of Science (thesis and coursework) you can choose to specialise in any one of the following areas:

  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Science
  • Animal Science
  • Botany
  • Climate Studies
  • Conservation Biology
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Environmental Economics
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Genetics and Breeding
  • Geography
  • Geoscience
  • Hydrogeology
  • Marine Science
  • Mineral Geoscience
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Plant Production Science
  • Soil Science and Land Rehabilitation
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Water Management and Hydrology
  • Zoology

Combined coursework and PhD

The Faculty of Science offers a selection of degrees that combine the advanced coursework component of a Master's degree with a Doctor of Philosophy or PhD. This encourages an incredibly high level of specialization within a particular field, and indeed, many of these combined degrees are designed to meet professional accreditation standards.


Higher degree by research preliminary

The Higher degree by research preliminary program is designed for students who wish to undertake a Master's by Research or PhD, but do not yet have the necessary research experience to be eligible. It is similar to an Honours year, and is intended to lead directly into further postgraduate research.