The Australian National University | Science

Introduction

ANU is Australia’s national university with a global reputation in Medicine, Biology and Environment as well as Physical and Mathematical Sciences.

You’ll find our researchers at the forefront of scientific practice and discovery, wherever it may be. Whether it’s on the front line of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, on a tree branch in the Tasmanian wilderness peering into a parrot’s nest, among the life-support machines of the neonatal intensive care unit or at a lab bench, and in front of the classroom.

ANU is ranked among the top 20 universities on the planet, and number 1 in Australia1. Our academics produce research which changes lives, and life as we know it. We are committed to solving problems through big picture and applied scientific research, to better health, and to the sustainable, secure and equitable use of resources around the world. Our students learn from these world-class researchers, as do Australia’s policy-makers - with our expertise and influence extending to leaders in government, industry and beyond.

We are proud of our standing, our history and our achievements. In the past 60 years we have produced four Nobel Laureates, some of Australia’s most pre-eminent scientists and thousands of graduates with a world-class education in science and medicine.

But nothing excites us quite as much as our future. We hope you can be part of it.

ANU Vice Chancellor and Winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, Professor Schmidt

Why study in Canberra

ANU is also located in Canberra, a centre for science and innovation. With CSIRO, the Australian Science Academy, Questacon and Australia’s political decision makers at the doorstep of ANU, Canberra is a melting pot for scientific exploration and innovation. It is a modern and connected city, which was recently ranked by the OECD as the world’s best city to live2. Our students enjoy a high quality of life in a city with one of the best educated workforces, highest average full-time income and lowest unemployment rate in Australia. And because it’s Australia’s capital city, big things happen here.

Strategic priorities

ANU has an international reputation for excellence in research, education and policy expertise. Learn more about our areas of excellence and the strategic priority we place on them.

Research » Research is central to everything we do at ANU. It shapes the educational experience we provide to students and enables us to be a leading voice on issues of national and international importance.

Education » Education at ANU is shaped by our culture of intensive research. Our students are taught by, and work with, active researchers at all levels of achievement. This ensures a contemporary education based in learning and discovery, not just knowledge transfer.

Policy » ANU is a leading voice in national and international policy development and debate. Our researchers work with government, industry and non-government organisations to apply research expertise to key policy challenges facing Australia and our region.

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»1 QS World University Rankings 2017

»2 OECD Regional Well-Being Report 2014

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Master of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Advanced) (MAA)

Campus Full time January 2018 Australia Canberra

Postgraduate students in astronomy and astrophysics at ANU receive an innovative education. You will have access to Australia’s largest optical observatory and to the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre, which designs, builds and tests world-leading instrumentation for astronomy and space science. [+]

A two year postgraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Postgraduate students in astronomy and astrophysics at ANU receive an innovative education. You will have access to Australia’s largest optical observatory and to the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre, which designs, builds and tests world-leading instrumentation for astronomy and space science. As a postgraduate student, you’ll be based at our Mount Stromlo Observatory, where our staff and students have made major contributions to astronomy, mapping the structure and formation of the Milky Way, discovering planets orbiting other stars, and discovering the accelerating expansion of the Universe. Our staff include winners of the Australian Prime Minister’s Prize for Science and the Nobel Prize. Make an enquiry directly with ANU The Master of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Advanced) incorporates both coursework and research components. The coursework component can be tailored to your interests, and can include astrophysical techniques, astrophysical computing, planetary science, stellar astrophysics, galaxies, and cosmology. The research project provides the opportunity to enhance and develop your detailed knowledge and skills in a specific area of astronomy or astrophysics. It may include the acquisition and analysis of telescope data, the development of theoretical models, or the development and testing of new astronomical instrumentation. Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to: demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge in their area of study; apply their knowledge in astronomy & astrophysics to new problems; interpret, synthesize and critically analyse new published literature of relevance to... [-]

Master of Biological Sciences (MBS)

Campus Full time January 2018 Australia Canberra

The ANU Master of Biological Sciences is a flexible coursework program that can be tailored to suit your specific educational goals. [+]

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment Understanding biological science is integral to solving some of the greatest challenges facing humanity; from the threat of climate change, pests and disease to increasing pressures on global food supplies. Whether your interests are broad or unique, ANU offers a range of postgraduate programs to extend your skills in biosciences and help you find creative and innovative solutions to these challenges. The ANU Master of Biological Sciences is a flexible coursework program that can be tailored to suit your specific educational goals. Make an enquiry directly with ANU Our program allows you to specialise in a particular area of biology such as biomedical sciences, ecology and evolution, genetics, plant sciences and biochemistry. Alternatively, you can utilise the program to provide a broad overview of biological sciences today. Our practical classes refresh your traditional techniques while developing your skills and knowledge in new cutting edge techniques. Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to: demonstrate high level knowledge in the area of their study; apply their knowledge in biological sciences to new problems; interpret, synthesize and critically analyse published literature of relevance to biological sciences; demonstrate basic laboratory skills that are commonly used in biological sciences research; perform experimental work under guidance, interpret and analyse results, write reports; clearly communicate theory and results in both written and oral formats to specialist and non-specialist audiences. Career Options A biological sciences degree... [-]

Master of Biotechnology (MBio)

Campus Full time January 2018 Australia Canberra

Researchers in the biological sciences at ANU work on issues of global importance, including food security in both Australia and the developing world, new treatments for cancer and type 2 diabetes, and fighting malaria drug resistance. [+]

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment Researchers in the biological sciences at ANU work on issues of global importance, including food security in both Australia and the developing world, new treatments for cancer and type 2 diabetes, and fighting malaria drug resistance. Our Masters program is research-led and features teaching contributions from more than 60 academics, leading scientists in these fields, who bring their experience and current breakthroughs to the classroom. We offer our Masters students state-of-the-art laboratories, research infrastructure, and flexible learning facilities. We pride ourselves on the support we give students, so we’ll help you design your degree to complement your prior study and to suit your interests. The Master of Biotechnology is a coursework program that provides a pathway for science graduates with background knowledge in biochemistry, molecular biology and chemistry to acquire new knowledge, or extend and update their theoretical and practical understanding of modern biotechnology. Make an enquiry directly with ANU Throughout the program, students have many opportunities to interface with scientists who are advancing research in areas of biochemistry and molecular biology in the biomedical, animal and plant sciences. The Master of Biotechnology (Advanced) incorporates a research project and thesis, and is a gateway to further research, such as a PhD. Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to: Demonstrate high level knowledge in the area of biotechnology Apply their knowledge in biotechnology to new problems; Interpret, synthesize and... [-]

Master of Earth Sciences (Advanced) (MES)

Campus Full time January 2018 Australia Canberra

Our high standing is built upon an emphasis on application of the enabling sciences—mathematics, physics, and chemistry—to address the big challenges in Earth sciences. We are innovators: always seeking to develop new methods, whether experimental, analytical or computational. [+]

ANU is ranked number one in Australia for Earth sciences and number 12 globally.* Our high standing is built upon an emphasis on application of the enabling sciences—mathematics, physics, and chemistry—to address the big challenges in Earth sciences. We are innovators: always seeking to develop new methods, whether experimental, analytical or computational. Our cutting-edge research led by over 70 academic staff, along with state-of-the-art facilities, provide a conducive environment for high-quality research training for our postgraduate students. Whether it be chemistry, physics or biology, all of our academics are experts in their field, giving students diverse disciplinary perspectives on research projects. Make an enquiry directly with ANU Our Master of Earth Sciences (Advanced) lets you study pressing issues such as the safe supply of water, resources and energy, climate change, sea level rise as well as natural hazards. *QS World University Rankings by subject 2017 Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to: Understand advanced concepts in Earth Sciences and relate them to a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary contexts; Apply knowledge acquired in the coursework to their research project; Acquire independently data and evaluate and interpret obtained datasets; Formulate working hypotheses and design methods to test these; Compile a major body of research in a written report and present results to an expert audience; Communicate effectively with university staff, peer students and the wider community on Earth Science topics Career Options Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among... [-]

Master of Energy Change (MEC)

Campus Full time January 2018 Australia Canberra

The Master of Energy Change is an interdisciplinary coursework program that will allow you to develop a program of advanced learning suited to your individual interests, skills and aspirations in the area of energy change. [+]

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment The Master of Energy Change is an interdisciplinary coursework program that will allow you to develop a program of advanced learning suited to your individual interests, skills and aspirations in the area of energy change. A major key to addressing climate change is the need for a world-wide change to carbon-free forms of energy production. The need for energy change is well-established yet there are relatively few people with an effective overview or the multi-disciplinary skills needed to effectively contribute to this complex issue. Our graduates find work in government, policy, scientific research, development and aid organisations, multi-national companies, and many other exciting fields. Make an enquiry directly with ANU The ANU Energy Change Institute is Australia’s leading authority in energy research, education and public policy, comprising more than 200 staff and PhD students from across the spectrum of expertise at the University, and with over $100 million in infrastructure and facilities. Six of our researchers are ANU Public Policy Fellows, playing an important role in the development of policy alongside government and non-government agencies in the national capital. Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to: Demonstrate cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories relating to energy; Apply multi-disciplinary approaches to address complex real-world energy-related problems; Demonstrate a high level of technical knowledge in subjects relevant to energy and... [-]

Master of Environment (MoE)

Campus Full time January 2018 Australia Canberra

At ANU, our goal is to produce influential graduates who can help to shape sustainable futures. [+]

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment ANU is ranked the best university in Australia, and is in the top 20 universities in the world for environmental sciences (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017). There are very few places in the world where economists and hydrologists, historians and ecologists, foresters, geographers and climatologists work together on the big environmental problems facing contemporary society: the Fenner School of Environment and Society at ANU is one of them. Our Master of Environment degrees allow you to develop a program of advanced learning suited to your individual interests and skills in environment and sustainability. A broad-ranging suite of courses from across the University provides exposure to current perspectives on environmental issues and approaches. Areas of interest include environmental science and management, social and ecological linkages, environmental economics and governance, environmental policy, and integrative approaches to research and analysis. Make an enquiry directly with ANU You will also develop depth of knowledge in a selected disciplinary area. Available specialisation options include: biodiversity conservation, climate science and policy, environmental policy, environmental studies and human ecology, geography, natural resource management, sustainability science, and water science and management. Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to: Demonstrate both a broad knowledge of contemporary issues and challenges in environment and sustainability, and expert knowledge in an area of specialisation; Independently apply their advanced knowledge and analytical, research, teamwork, and oral and written communication... [-]

Master of Mathematical Sciences (Advanced) (MMS)

Campus Full time January 2018 Australia Canberra

This degree is intended to enable students to upgrade their expertise in the mathematical sciences either as a route to further study of mathematical sciences or to upgrade their quantitative skills in areas such as the biological sciences and computational science that are rapidly becoming more reliant on advanced techniques from the mathematical sciences. [+]

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences ANU is ranked number one in Australia for maths teaching and research*. We offer our students small class sizes and access to some of the best mathematicians in Australia, currently including 15 fellows of the Australian Academy of Sciences, two fellows of the Royal Society, ten recipients of the Australian Mathematical Society Medal and three ARC Laureate Fellows. Our researchers have access to up-to-date computing facilities including the National Computational Infrastructure supercomputer. We fulfil both a national and international role as a “research institute” in the mathematical sciences, working cooperatively with the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) and a number of international centres. Make an enquiry directly with ANU This degree is intended to enable students to upgrade their expertise in the mathematical sciences either as a route to further study of mathematical sciences or to upgrade their quantitative skills in areas such as the biological sciences and computational science that are rapidly becoming more reliant on advanced techniques from the mathematical sciences. Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to: Explain the fundamental concepts of a chosen research topic and its role in modern mathematics and applied contexts; Systematically identify relevant theory and concepts, relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence, and draw appropriate conclusions; Demonstrate capacity for mathematical reasoning through analyzing, proving and explaining concepts from the chosen research area; Engage in systematic discovery and critical review... [-]

Master of Neuroscience (ΜοΝ)

Campus Full time January 2018 Australia Canberra

The ANU Master of Neuroscience is an intensive program of graduate coursework providing a pathway for science graduates to acquire new skills, or to extend and renew their understanding of neuroscience principles. [+]

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment Students of the Master of Neuroscience programs join our world-class scientists, and have the opportunity to gain firsthand experience from their research. These programs provide science graduates with new skills, and extend and renew your understanding of neuroscience principles. You will acquire both theoretical and practical knowledge of the modern concepts in neuroscience and the methodologies employed. Make an enquiry directly with ANU We have over a dozen independent research groups working at our Eccles Institute of Neuroscience in state of-the-art facilities. This includes well-equipped laboratories, a suite of electron microscopes, a confocal scanning microscope and a protein and DNA analytical service and advanced super and parallel computing facilities. We provide staff and students with an exceptional environment for research on brain function, with a cellular focus and an emphasis on signal processing in sensory systems. Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to: demonstrate high level knowledge in neuroscience; apply their knowledge in neuroscience to new problems; interpret, synthesize and critically analyse published literature of relevance to neuroscience; demonstrate a theoretical understanding of current neuroscience techniques ; demonstrate the ability to interpret and analyse results and write scientific reports clearly communicate theory and results in both written and oral formats. Career Options Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide. The latest Global Employability University Ranking,... [-]

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