Degree programs

The Research School of Biology prides itself on the high quality of its teachers and the support that staff members give to students. The majority of lecturers manage research groups working at the leading edge of their disciplines, and they bring that experience into their courses. Our programs provide a variety of study options, allowing students to design a program to suit their individual interests.


How to apply

For information on how to apply for Undergraduate programs please visit the College website.


Biology includes a wide range of related disciplines that encompass the study of life from the molecular level, through cells, tissues and organisms, to populations and ecosystems. Biology is not only of intrinsic interest but it has applications in fields ranging from health and medicine to the management of agriculture and biodiversity. The Research School of Biology has an excellent reputation for both research and teaching. Our courses use a range of teaching modes including lectures, practical classes, field trips, tutorials and seminars, through which we provide thorough coverage, from fundamental concepts up to the latest research breakthroughs. New biology teaching laboratories reflect state of the art educational design.

Biology course planner

2019 planner (PDF, 690KB)


How to apply

For information on how to apply for the Honours program, please visit the College Website .

Honours is a one-year program that you can take after a three-year Bachelor Degree in Science. In Biology, Honours is entirely research-based and will introduce you to all aspects of scientific research: experimental design, data collection, statistical analysis, scientific writing and publishing.

The Honours year is very different from your earlier years at University. As an Honours student you work mostly on your own (with assistance and encouragement from your supervisor and examiners' committee), at your own speed, and you make your own decisions on how your work and research should proceed. Honours is also a socially rewarding experience that involves interacting with a wide range of fellow students and research staff.

While Honours is essential if you wish to continue on to a PhD and pursue a career as a research scientist, it also opens the door to a wider range of career options.  Employers are increasingly looking for Honours graduates, even when the advertised job does not involve scientific research, because Honours equips students with the analytical, technical, problem-solving and communication skills required to successfully tackle the challenges of any job.

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How to apply

For information on how to apply for Masters programs please visit the College website.


The Masters programs are designed for domestic and international students who wish to update their skills in the biosciences or gain a post-graduate qualification at an Australian University. Study programs are individually designed to complement prior undergraduate study and develop advanced knowledge and skills.

Higher Degree by Research


Higher Degree Research (HDR) refers to study in the PhD (3-4 year program) and the MPhil (2 year degree program). HDR students in the Research School of Biology (RSB) are enrolled in one of three Graduate Research Fields:

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