University of Technology Sydney

C04241v4 Master of Science

Award(s): Master of Science in (name of Science major) (MSc)
CRICOS code: 071909M
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 72
Course EFTSL: 1.5
Location: City campus

Notes

The Advanced Studies major is available for Autumn and Spring intakes. For information about the major structure, please refer to the 2023 handbook.


Overview
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Recognition of prior learning
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Other information

Overview

The world-class UTS Master of Science is an advanced science degree designed to propel students into senior roles in their chosen scientific discipline. Supported by teaching excellence, industry collaboration and access to cutting-edge facilities and technologies, students gain the theoretical, practical and professional expertise to deliver meaningful impact in the global science sector.

This leading qualification combines high-level scientific skills development with professional and research opportunities and a vast choice of elective options. Students can choose from six industry-aligned majors that reflect priority areas of scientific advancement in both Australia and overseas. They study under the guidance of acclaimed scientists and mathematicians in their chosen discipline and benefit from flexible learning options that help them balance study, work and life.

Explore the Master of Science (Extension)
Students with an interest in the Master of Science should also consider the UTS Master of Science (Extension), a two-year program of full-time study that includes an additional 24 credit points on top of the standard Master of Science curriculum. High-performing Master of Science Extension students with an interest in research can transfer into the Master of Philosophy in Science, which provides a pathway to a PhD.

Choice of major:

  • Advanced Studies: This major connects students with a diversity of advanced learning opportunities that span the breadth of scientific enquiry, including mathematics, chemistry and environmental science, among others. Whether they’re seeking broad knowledge across multiple science disciplines or they want to tailor their studies to meet a specific career goal, this major delivers an expanded science education that prepares students to progress their careers.
  • Analytical Chemical Technologies: Designed in response to industry demand, this major equips students with in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge of industry-standard analytical instrumentation, as well as an understanding of how to develop and validate their methods in line with international accreditation standards. They can upskill in analytical techniques and their application in diverse fields such as environmental, forensic and medical sciences, among others, and engage with research projects that solve industry-relevant problems.
  • Biomedical Engineering: This major arms students with a combination of scientific, research and business skills that will prepare them to innovate in a range of biomedical environments. Curriculum spans advanced scientific concepts, including biomedical instrumentation, nanotechnology, synthetic biology and medical device design and development. Beyond scientific skills development, students also engage with industry-integrated learning, pursue real-world research opportunities, and explore exciting opportunities in project management and entrepreneurship as they relate to the biomedical field.
  • Environmental Consultancy and Conservation: This major is focused on the development of high-level ecology, environmental science and management skills and an understanding of environmental practices as they relate to business, government and the community. Students combine advanced scientific theory with ‘muddy boots’ fieldwork and hands-on practice in contaminated site assessment and remediation, wildlife field techniques, water quality management, coastal restoration and more.
  • Mathematical and Statistical Data Science: Grounded in the mathematical and statistical underpinnings of data science, this industry-focused major prepares students to apply their expertise in a range of real-world contexts. Curriculum combines theoretical (algebra, analysis) and applied (optimisation, econometrics) mathematics with the study of contemporary data science topics (Bayesian methods, machine learning). Students learn from leading mathematicians and statisticians whose research shapes the profession and emerge ready to capitalise on industry demand for qualified data professionals.
  • Medical Laboratory Science: This specialist major is focused on diagnostic pathology and the theory that underpins diagnostic processes and tests. It’s designed for practitioners who are already working in hospital and commercial laboratory settings, as well as up-and-coming pathology professionals and graduates from other science disciplines with an interest in the rapidly expanding pathology sector. Students gain the high-level disciplinary and communication skills expected in senior positions, along with professional and research capabilities that they can apply to a diversity of career paths.

Career options

The Master of Science prepares graduates for a diverse range of careers in science and beyond, or to continue on into the Master of Philosophy in Science, which provides a pathway to a PhD.

Career options include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Advanced Studies: Graduates are equipped for advanced practice in their chosen scientific discipline. They can work in laboratory and scientific practice, digital and data analytics, research and development or other science and technology pathways.
  • Analytical Chemical Technologies: Graduates emerge with advanced skills in analytical instrumentation, method development and validation for quantitative analysis, ready for senior roles in a vast range of sectors and roles in which analytical chemistry expertise is highly valued. These include environmental testing, food and agriculture, the resource sector, forensic drug analysis and clinical diagnostics.
  • Biomedical Engineering: Graduates are prepared for leadership roles in the biological industry, as well as research and entrepreneurship opportunities in a range of settings. They can launch their own start-ups or take on senior roles in established medical device or biotech companies, hospitals, research and development organisations, and government and regulatory agencies.
  • Environmental Consultancy and Conservation: Graduates can pursue thriving consultancy careers or explore opportunities in education and public outreach, research and development, policy or hands-on scientific practice. They work for government agencies, including local councils, environmental protection authorities, and parks, land and water services; CSIRO and other research institutes; tourism centres; and other organisations concerned with natural resource management.
  • Mathematical and Statistical Data Science: Statisticians, data scientists and data analysts are increasingly in demand in any organisation seeking expertise to collect, manage, interrogate and extract meaning from their data. Graduates of this major can pursue senior data roles in banks, insurance companies, tech companies, health care organisations and government agencies, including in the health, justice and community settings, among others.
  • Medical Laboratory Science: This major can open the door to new opportunities in diagnostic pathology, including the potential to progress to senior roles. It also prepares graduates to apply their skills in to research and development, science communication, health care policy or hospital administration.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Demonstrate critical engagement with the appraisal of advanced knowledge and demonstrate advanced application of knowledge and technical skills to conduct research and generate new knowledge relevant to professional practice in science.
2.1 Assess, argue for, and conduct appropriate approaches to independent research and solving complex problems and apply a research methodology to address a research need in a relevant professional context.
3.1 Develop, prepare, and engage, at times collaboratively, in work practices that demonstrate an understanding of health and safety requirements, ethical conduct, risk management, organisation, record keeping and collaborative skills in the context of science.
4.1 Discover, create, and self-reflect on the processes used to determine the value, integrity, and relevance of multiple sources of information to derive innovative solutions to complex science problems.
5.1 Present and communicate complex ideas and justifications using appropriate communication approaches from a variety of methods (oral, written, visual) to communicate with discipline experts, scientists, industry, and the general public.
6.1 Critically reflect on Indigenous Australian contexts to inform professional cultural capability to work effectively with and for, Indigenous Australians within Science.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Entry into any of the majors requires a minimum of a Bachelors degree in a related discipline.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Recognition of prior learning

Students enrolled in this course may be eligible for recognition of prior learning of up to 24 credit points if the subjects previously studied are deemed by UTS: Science to be equivalent to those specified for their course.

To be considered for recognition of prior learning, subjects must normally have been completed no more than five years prior to the commencement of this course.

Course duration and attendance

The standard course duration is 18 months of full-time study.

The course may also be completed in part-time mode, typically over 36 months. Part-time students must be prepared to attend some afternoon or morning classes during each teaching week.

Course structure

The course requires 72 credit points of study, comprising 24 credit points of professional stream subjects and a 48-credit-point major.

A non-specified major in which cross-disciplinary subject selection is possible is also offered.

Course completion requirements

STM91284 Professional stream (Science PG) 24cp
CBK90644 Major choice 48cp
Total 72cp

Course program

Typical full-time programs are provided below, showing a suggested study sequence for students undertaking the course with Autumn and Spring session commencements.

Mathematical and Statistical Data Science major, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
68109 Advanced Communication Skills in Science   6cp
60117 Understanding Data and Statistical Design   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
60102 Ethics in Animal Research 2cp  
60105 Ethics in Human Research 2cp  
60116 Risk Assessment and Management for Science 2cp  
15315 Project Management Principles 6cp  
60119 Science Business Models and Intellectual Property 4cp  
Spring session
Select 24 credit points from the following:   24cp
37400 Postgraduate Optimisation 8cp  
37457 Advanced Bayesian Methods 8cp  
37007 Probability Theory and Stochastic Analysis 8cp  
35002 Mathematics Seminar 8cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
35003 Modern Algebra 8cp  
37010 Statistics and Financial Econometrics 8cp  
35004 Mathematical Analysis and Applications 8cp  
37401 Machine Learning: Mathematical Theory and Applications 8cp  
37500 Capstone Professional Project   16cp
Mathematical and Statistical Data Science major, Spring commencing, full time
Year 1
Spring session
68109 Advanced Communication Skills in Science   6cp
60117 Understanding Data and Statistical Design   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
60116 Risk Assessment and Management for Science 2cp  
60106 Research Proposal Writing 2cp  
60109 Professional Science Document Writing 2cp  
60119 Science Business Models and Intellectual Property 4cp  
15315 Project Management Principles 6cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
Select 24 credit points from the following:   24cp
37401 Machine Learning: Mathematical Theory and Applications 8cp  
35003 Modern Algebra 8cp  
37010 Statistics and Financial Econometrics 8cp  
35004 Mathematical Analysis and Applications 8cp  
Spring session
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
37400 Postgraduate Optimisation 8cp  
37457 Advanced Bayesian Methods 8cp  
35002 Mathematics Seminar 8cp  
37007 Probability Theory and Stochastic Analysis 8cp  
37500 Capstone Professional Project   16cp
Biomedical Engineering major, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
68109 Advanced Communication Skills in Science   6cp
60904 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation   6cp
60117 Understanding Data and Statistical Design   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
15315 Project Management Principles 6cp  
60119 Science Business Models and Intellectual Property 4cp  
60102 Ethics in Animal Research 2cp  
60105 Ethics in Human Research 2cp  
60116 Risk Assessment and Management for Science 2cp  
Spring session
49261 Biomedical Instrumentation   6cp
42721 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering   6cp
69502 Medical Devices and Diagnostics   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
60116 Risk Assessment and Management for Science 2cp  
60106 Research Proposal Writing 2cp  
60109 Professional Science Document Writing 2cp  
60119 Science Business Models and Intellectual Property 4cp  
15315 Project Management Principles 6cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
91191 Bionanotechnology   6cp
49275 Neural Networks and Fuzzy Logic   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
91171 Biomedical Engineering Project C 12cp  
CBK92134 Biomedical Engineering electives 12cp  
Biomedical Engineering major, Spring commencing, full time
Year 1
Spring session
68109 Advanced Communication Skills in Science   6cp
60117 Understanding Data and Statistical Design   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
60106 Research Proposal Writing 2cp  
60109 Professional Science Document Writing 2cp  
60119 Science Business Models and Intellectual Property 4cp  
15315 Project Management Principles 6cp  
60116 Risk Assessment and Management for Science 2cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
60904 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation   6cp
49275 Neural Networks and Fuzzy Logic   6cp
91191 Bionanotechnology   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92134 Biomedical Engineering electives 12cp  
Spring session
42721 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering   6cp
49261 Biomedical Instrumentation   6cp
69502 Medical Devices and Diagnostics   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92134 Biomedical Engineering electives 12cp  
Medical Laboratory Science major, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
68109 Advanced Communication Skills in Science   6cp
60117 Understanding Data and Statistical Design   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
60102 Ethics in Animal Research 2cp  
60105 Ethics in Human Research 2cp  
60119 Science Business Models and Intellectual Property 4cp  
15315 Project Management Principles 6cp  
60116 Risk Assessment and Management for Science 2cp  
69504 Diagnostic Pathology   6cp
Spring session
91572 Proteomics   8cp
69501 Infection and Immune Diagnostics   8cp
66066 Chemical Pathology   6cp
60004 Diagnostic Cytogenetics   2cp
Year 2
Autumn session
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
15315 Project Management Principles 6cp  
60102 Ethics in Animal Research 2cp  
60116 Risk Assessment and Management for Science 2cp  
60105 Ethics in Human Research 2cp  
60119 Science Business Models and Intellectual Property 4cp  
69506 Biomolecular Science   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK92189 Medical Laboratory Science Electives 12cp  
Medical Laboratory Science major, Spring commencing, full time
Year 1
Spring session
68109 Advanced Communication Skills in Science   6cp
69501 Infection and Immune Diagnostics   8cp
66066 Chemical Pathology   6cp
60004 Diagnostic Cytogenetics   2cp
Select 2 credit points from the following:   2cp
60116 Risk Assessment and Management for Science 2cp  
60106 Research Proposal Writing 2cp  
60109 Professional Science Document Writing 2cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
60117 Understanding Data and Statistical Design   6cp
69504 Diagnostic Pathology   6cp
69506 Biomolecular Science   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
15315 Project Management Principles 6cp  
60102 Ethics in Animal Research 2cp  
60116 Risk Assessment and Management for Science 2cp  
60105 Ethics in Human Research 2cp  
60119 Science Business Models and Intellectual Property 4cp  
Spring session
91572 Proteomics   8cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK92189 Medical Laboratory Science Electives 12cp  
Select 4 credit points from the following:   4cp
60116 Risk Assessment and Management for Science 2cp  
60106 Research Proposal Writing 2cp  
60109 Professional Science Document Writing 2cp  
60119 Science Business Models and Intellectual Property 4cp  
Environmental Consultancy and Conservation major, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
68109 Advanced Communication Skills in Science   6cp
99029 Ground Rules for Contaminated Sites   6cp
91189 Urban Sustainability and Resilience   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
15315 Project Management Principles 6cp  
60102 Ethics in Animal Research 2cp  
60116 Risk Assessment and Management for Science 2cp  
60105 Ethics in Human Research 2cp  
60119 Science Business Models and Intellectual Property 4cp  
Spring session
99028 Water Quality: Issues, Indicators and Safety Guidelines   4cp
99027 Plant Identification and Vegetation Surveys   4cp
99031 Risk-based Site Assessment   6cp
60005 Wildlife Field Techniques: Animal Handling and Survey Methods   4cp
60117 Understanding Data and Statistical Design   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
99026 Coastal Protection and Restoration   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK92135 Environment and Management electives 12cp  
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
60116 Risk Assessment and Management for Science 2cp  
60106 Research Proposal Writing 2cp  
60109 Professional Science Document Writing 2cp  
60119 Science Business Models and Intellectual Property 4cp  
15315 Project Management Principles 6cp  
Environmental Consultancy and Conservation major, Spring commencing, full time
Year 1
Spring session
60117 Understanding Data and Statistical Design   6cp
99031 Risk-based Site Assessment   6cp
99028 Water Quality: Issues, Indicators and Safety Guidelines   4cp
99027 Plant Identification and Vegetation Surveys   4cp
60005 Wildlife Field Techniques: Animal Handling and Survey Methods   4cp
Year 2
Autumn session
99029 Ground Rules for Contaminated Sites   6cp
99026 Coastal Protection and Restoration   6cp
68109 Advanced Communication Skills in Science   6cp
91189 Urban Sustainability and Resilience   6cp
Spring session
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
60106 Research Proposal Writing 2cp  
60109 Professional Science Document Writing 2cp  
60119 Science Business Models and Intellectual Property 4cp  
15315 Project Management Principles 6cp  
60116 Risk Assessment and Management for Science 2cp  
CBK92135 Environment and Management electives   12cp
Analytical Chemical Technologies major, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
68109 Advanced Communication Skills in Science   6cp
60117 Understanding Data and Statistical Design   6cp
66063 Analytical Separation Science   8cp
Select 4 credit points from the following:   4cp
60102 Ethics in Animal Research 2cp  
60116 Risk Assessment and Management for Science 2cp  
60105 Ethics in Human Research 2cp  
Spring session
66064 Analytical Spectroscopy   8cp
66066 Chemical Pathology   6cp
99028 Water Quality: Issues, Indicators and Safety Guidelines   4cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
60106 Research Proposal Writing 2cp  
60109 Professional Science Document Writing 2cp  
60116 Risk Assessment and Management for Science 2cp  
60119 Science Business Models and Intellectual Property 4cp  
15315 Project Management Principles 6cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
66067 Environments and Analytical Chemistry   6cp
65010 Forensic Toxicology and Drug Analysis   8cp
66065 Analytical Technologies Research Project   8cp
Select 2 credit points from the following:   2cp
60102 Ethics in Animal Research 2cp  
60116 Risk Assessment and Management for Science 2cp  
60105 Ethics in Human Research 2cp  
Analytical Chemical Technologies major, Spring commencing, full time
Year 1
Spring session
66064 Analytical Spectroscopy   8cp
66066 Chemical Pathology   6cp
99028 Water Quality: Issues, Indicators and Safety Guidelines   4cp
68109 Advanced Communication Skills in Science   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
66063 Analytical Separation Science   8cp
66067 Environments and Analytical Chemistry   6cp
65010 Forensic Toxicology and Drug Analysis   8cp
Select 2 credit points from the following:   2cp
60102 Ethics in Animal Research 2cp  
60116 Risk Assessment and Management for Science 2cp  
60105 Ethics in Human Research 2cp  
Spring session
60117 Understanding Data and Statistical Design   6cp
66065 Analytical Technologies Research Project   8cp
Select 10 credit points from the following:   10cp
60106 Research Proposal Writing 2cp  
60109 Professional Science Document Writing 2cp  
60116 Risk Assessment and Management for Science 2cp  
60119 Science Business Models and Intellectual Property 4cp  
15315 Project Management Principles 6cp  
Advanced Studies major, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
68109 Advanced Communication Skills in Science   6cp
60117 Understanding Data and Statistical Design   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
60119 Science Business Models and Intellectual Property 4cp  
60102 Ethics in Animal Research 2cp  
60105 Ethics in Human Research 2cp  
60116 Risk Assessment and Management for Science 2cp  
15315 Project Management Principles 6cp  
Spring session
Select 18 credit points from the following:   18cp
65019 Foundations of Forensic Science 8cp  
91572 Proteomics 8cp  
65009 Forensic Inference and Interpretation 8cp  
60004 Diagnostic Cytogenetics 2cp  
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
60108 Laboratory Management 4cp  
60109 Professional Science Document Writing 2cp  
60116 Risk Assessment and Management for Science 2cp  
68106 Calculus 1 6cp  
69505 Medical Microbiology 6cp  
60003 Genomics and Precision Medicine 2cp  
69506 Biomolecular Science 6cp  
60119 Science Business Models and Intellectual Property 4cp  
60002 Clinical Trials: Evidence and Design 2cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
Select 20 credit points from the following:   20cp
57214 Stakeholder Engagement 8cp  
65019 Foundations of Forensic Science 8cp  
91567 Advanced Microscopy and Imaging 8cp  
91189 Urban Sustainability and Resilience 6cp  
60904 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation 6cp  
91191 Bionanotechnology 6cp  
Select 4 credit points from the following:   4cp
60102 Ethics in Animal Research 2cp  
60116 Risk Assessment and Management for Science 2cp  
60003 Genomics and Precision Medicine 2cp  
60119 Science Business Models and Intellectual Property 4cp  
60105 Ethics in Human Research 2cp  
60002 Clinical Trials: Evidence and Design 2cp  
Advanced Studies major, Spring commencing, full time
Year 1
Spring session
68109 Advanced Communication Skills in Science   6cp
60117 Understanding Data and Statistical Design   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
60116 Risk Assessment and Management for Science 2cp  
60106 Research Proposal Writing 2cp  
60109 Professional Science Document Writing 2cp  
60119 Science Business Models and Intellectual Property 4cp  
15315 Project Management Principles 6cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
Select 20 credit points from the following:   20cp
57214 Stakeholder Engagement 8cp  
65019 Foundations of Forensic Science 8cp  
91567 Advanced Microscopy and Imaging 8cp  
91189 Urban Sustainability and Resilience 6cp  
60904 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation 6cp  
91191 Bionanotechnology 6cp  
Select 4 credit points from the following:   4cp
60102 Ethics in Animal Research 2cp  
60116 Risk Assessment and Management for Science 2cp  
60003 Genomics and Precision Medicine 2cp  
60119 Science Business Models and Intellectual Property 4cp  
60105 Ethics in Human Research 2cp  
60002 Clinical Trials: Evidence and Design 2cp  
Spring session
Select 18 credit points from the following:   18cp
65019 Foundations of Forensic Science 8cp  
91572 Proteomics 8cp  
65009 Forensic Inference and Interpretation 8cp  
60004 Diagnostic Cytogenetics 2cp  
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
60108 Laboratory Management 4cp  
60109 Professional Science Document Writing 2cp  
60116 Risk Assessment and Management for Science 2cp  
68106 Calculus 1 6cp  
69505 Medical Microbiology 6cp  
60003 Genomics and Precision Medicine 2cp  
69506 Biomolecular Science 6cp  
60119 Science Business Models and Intellectual Property 4cp  
60002 Clinical Trials: Evidence and Design 2cp  

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