Master of Science

Program code

5667

Available at

Nathan

Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt

Logan

South Bank

Online

Offshore

Other

Duration

2 years full-time

Credit points

160

Indicative fee

$32,500.00* per year (more)
* 2020 indicative annual fee

Offered in

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2

Next start date

Trimester 1 2020

Applications close

Monday, 30 December 2019

How to apply

You can apply directly to Griffith University for entry into this program. To begin your application, add this program to your shortlist.

Apply online

Next intake (Nathan Campus) Applications close
Trimester 1, 2020
Orientation commences Monday, 17 February 2020
Monday, 30 December 2019.

Check the eligibility requirements in the sections on this webpage.


Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission to this program, a student must fulfil the following criteria:

Biotechnology major

  • A Bachelor of Science within a relevant science discipline (cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, plant biology, genetics, molecular microbiology) with a GPA of 5.0 or better

Clinical and Molecular Microbiology major

  • A Bachelor of Science with major studies in microbiology in a biological science discipline (biochemistry; biomedical science; biotechnology; molecular biology; genetics; plant science) with an equivalent GPA of 5.0 or better
  • OR the Graduate Diploma of Clinical Microbiology (4167) with a GPA of 5.0 or better (these students will be eligible for 30 credit points of credit towards the Clinical and Molecular Microbiology major in lieu of first year listed electives).

Food Security major

  • A Bachelor of Science in a relevant science discipline (chemistry, microbiology, food science, plant science) with an equivalent GPA of 5.0 or better.

Medicinal Chemistry major

  • A Bachelor of Science with major studies in chemistry or biological chemistry (biochemistry; organic, analytical, or physical chemistry) with an equivalent GPA of 5.0 or better.

Materials Science major

  • A Bachelor of Science in a relevant science discipline (chemistry, solid state, physics, materials engineering, chemical engineering) with an equivalent GPA of 5.0 or better.

In addition to the academic qualifications required for candidature as described above, the following criteria need to be satisfied:

  • the proposed topic is appropriate for higher degree research and consonant with the academic aims and objectives of the School of Natural Sciences
  • there are two qualified members of staff holding confirmed, continuing or fixed term appointments of sufficient length for the purposes of supervision
  • the School of Natural Sciences is able to provide the necessary research place, supervision, resources and facilities; and there is an appropriate fit between the applicant, research environment, available resources and supervision
  • the provision of educational services consequent upon approval of the application for candidature will not expose the University to a risk of contravening any applicable law, including any international embargoes, sanctions or controls which regulate the University's operations from time to time, and
  • the proposed program of work can be completed within the maximum period of candidature for the degree.

Applicants are required to find a suitable supervisor and have their research project approved. Students requiring assistance in finding a suitable supervisor and developing a research proposal should contact the Program Convenor.

Applicants to this program are not eligible to apply for a Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship (GUPRS) or Griffith University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship.

The following University policy will apply to Higher Degree Research (HDR) programs:

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to these programs are described below.

Credit and recognition of prior learning

Griffith University awards credit for prior learning which may relate to prior formal learning or prior informal and non-formal learning. For more information see below.

How to apply

To prepare for completing your application online, you will need to:

  • check the Admission and English Language Proficiency requirements to find out if you are academically qualified to apply for this program;
  • check any program fees applicable to you if you were to undertake this program;
  • develop a proposed Research Topic and Research Proposal in your area of interest;
  • identify at least one potential Griffith supervisor who has reviewed your Research Proposal and has agreed to supervise you;
  • identify two Academic Referees who are willing to act as a Referee on your behalf;
  • develop a Curriculum Vitae (CV).

More detail on each of the above preparation steps, including what to feature in your Research Proposal or CV and how to find a supervisor, are outlined on the Higher Degrees Research - How to apply webpage.

Applying

Once you are ready to apply, you can add this program to your shortlist at the top of this page or apply for this program now (a maximum of three preferences is allowed).

Griffith will assess your first preference and will only assess subsequent preferences if you are not successful.

Once you have submitted your application, you will be sent an email about how to track your application.

For a full list of your incomplete or submitted applications, please view your application list.

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English.

All Higher Degree Research (HDR) applicants are expected to have reached an appropriate level of proficiency in English. International applicants must provide documentary evidence of their English Language Proficiency (ELP). Further, there may be occasions when a Head of Element or Dean feels it is appropriate to seek confirmation of ELP from applicants for whom there is no formal requirement to provide evidence of ELP (for example, Australian citizens or applicants with permanent resident status whose tertiary studies were not conducted in English or International applicants who have undertaken some studies in English). Full documentary evidence in support of English proficiency must be submitted with applications for candidature.

The minimum English Language proficiency requirements for applicants to Higher Degree Research (HDR) programs are as follows:

  • A minimum overall band score of 6.5 on the IELTS (Academic) with no band score less than 6.0
  • OR a minimum score of 575 on the paper-based TOEFL including a score of no less than 5.0 on the TWE
  • OR a score of 79 on the internet-based (iBT) TOEFL with no sub-score less than 19
  • OR a score of no less than 3+ in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by ISLPR Language Services only)
  • OR a minimum overall score of 176 (no score less than 169) on C1 Advanced (formerly Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English) or C2 Proficiency (formerly Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • OR an overall score of 58 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic) with no score less than 50.

English test results must be no more than two years old at the time of application.

Applicants should be aware that these test scores are the minimum scores required by Griffith University for most disciplinary areas and that some elements may require higher levels of proficiency.

An applicant may be exempted from the requirement to provide an ELP test score if the applicant's tertiary level studies were completed within the specified timeframe and in one of the countries listed in Schedule A: English Language Qualifications accepted by Griffith University for Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Higher Degree Research Admission.

An applicant may also be exempted from the requirement to provide an ELP test score if the applicant has completed at least two years full-time work experience in an English speaking professional work environment or has successfully completed the Griffith English Language Institute (GELI) Direct Entry Program (DEP) in accordance with the requirements as specified in Schedule A: English Language Qualifications accepted by Griffith University for Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Higher Degree Research Admission.

Credit and recognition of prior learning