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The University of Queensland

Brisbane , Queensland ,Australia

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Master of Quantitative Biology

Capitalise on the urgent demand for graduates with programming and analytical skills within biological fields and in emerging job markets, such as personalised medicine, biotechnology and agribusiness.

The 32-unit Master of Quantitative Biology is designed for graduates who have completed first and second-year university level (or equivalent) biology or mathematics.

During your first semester you'll develop your knowledge of conservation, mathematics, and statistics. You'll then further develop your programming skills, navigate High-Performance Computing (HPC) platforms and spatial tools, such as remote sensing. You'll learn how to visualise complex data in creative ways, produce interactive Shiny apps for exploring data, and bundle your code into well-documented and readily deployable R packages.

In your final semester, you’ll complete a research proposal and plan, and then complete a project under the supervision of a partner from industry or government, or an academic from UQ. This allows you to gain practical experience working with large data sets while enhancing your report writing and project management skills.

Our graduates can expect diverse career options including data-based roles in the corporate, government, conservation, environmental and medical sectors, and in research organisations globally.

Program highlights

  • Get ahead of the competition with a unique qualification in Quantitative Biology, the first of its kind in Australia.
  • Learn from active researchers who bring quantitative approaches to addressing global challenges in fields as diverse as conservation and human health.
  • Take advantage of intensive mode teaching to complete the equivalent of two years of study in just 18 months (32 units).

Campus Information

St Lucia

Situated on 114 hectares of Brisbane River-bound land, UQ’s main campus is a vibrant mix of majestic sandstone buildings and contemporary architecture, landscaped gardens and lakes. Fanning out from the heritage-listed Great Court, you’ll find modern teaching and research facilities, including laboratories, lecture theatres, and Queensland’s largest research library. The expansive grounds are also home to a variety of sporting facilities, museums, cafes, and those famous Jacaranda trees. The St Lucia campus is only seven kilometres from Brisbane’s city centre, making it an appealing place to study, work or visit.


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Application Process


Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Career possibilities
Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Conservation researcher
  • Environmental data analyst
  • Pharmaceutical developer
  • Plant biotechnology researcher
  • Animal biotechnology consultant
  • Medical statistician
  • Personalised medicine researcher
  • Epidemiologist

PSW Opportunity

2 years of Post-Study Work (PSW) rights to international students post completion of their respective Postgraduate.


Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

1.5-year degree (32 units of study)

To be eligible to complete the degree in 1.5 years full-time (only available as full-time study), you'll need:

  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in any discipline with first and second-year university-level biology or mathematics, or
  • a graduate diploma (or equivalent) in quantitative biology.

You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 5.0 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.

Start semester: The 1.5-year degree (32 units) is only available to start in Semester 2.

This program is taught on an intensive basis. Students completing 32 units will complete the program in 1.5 years.