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University of New England

Armidale , NSW ,Australia

Master of Scientific Studies

The Master of Scientific Studies is a course work plus research degree designed to provide specialized training in a specific field of study. The degree involves advanced level course work-study and students must complete one of the following majors: Biochemistry; Biodiversity Science; Biomedical Science; Chemistry; Genetics; Mathematics; Medicinal Chemistry; Quantitative Ecology or Zoology.

Students also complete either a thesis embodying the results of a research project or two mini-research projects. The research is completed under the supervision of a member of academic staff in an area relevant to the Major being completed.

Graduates who have included SCI599 in their program of study are eligible to apply for admission to candidature for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).

Campus Information


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Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Application Process

More Information required
10 Days
Possible Interview call from Institution
10 Days
Provisiona;/Unconditional offer
10 Days
Visa process
30 Days

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

Graduates are also qualified for employment in research organizations such as CSIRO and ANSTO, universities, environmental protection agencies, and scientific research laboratories.

PSW Opportunity

International students studying at regional universities will be eligible to access an additional  2 years in Australia on a post-study work visa  (Which means a Bachelors or Masters graduate can get up to 4 years of PSW visa)


Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

A candidate shall:

  • hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline*at the level of Credit (GPA 5) or above; or
  • hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma or Bachelor with Honours in a relevant discipline* at the level of Credit (GPA 5) or above.

*Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to: Biochemistry; Biology; Botany; Chemistry; Genetics; Geology; Mathematics; Microbiology; Physics; Physiology; Statistics; and Zoology. A degree will be considered relevant to a nominated major if it includes a study that covers the minimum assumed knowledge. Where it is not clear from their academic background, applicants may include a cover letter with their application describing how they have achieved the minimum assumed knowledge.

Minimum Assumed Knowledge for Each Major>

  • Biochemistry: two units of biology and two units of chemistry or equivalent
  • Biodiversity Science: two units of biology and two units in any biological or earth science at 200-level or above or equivalent
  • Biomedical Science: two units of biology and two units of chemistry or equivalent
  • Chemistry: four units of chemistry or equivalent
  • Genetics: two units of biology and two units of chemistry or equivalent
  • Mathematics: Two units of (calculus-based) mathematics and an additional two units in mathematics at 200-level or above or equivalent
  • Medicinal Chemistry: two units of chemistry and an additional two units of chemistry, biochemistry or pharmaceutical science
  • Quantitative Ecology: one unit of statistics or probability, one unit of (calculus-based) mathematics, and two units of ecology, physical geography or related sciences or equivalent
  • Zoology: two units of biology and two units in any biological science at 200-level or above or equivalent

Note: Students wishing to complete the course on a full-time basis are strongly encouraged to have greater than the minimum assumed knowledge and to begin their study in the first trimester.