Master of  Quantitative Biology

Program code: 5716
CRICOS code: 0100695


St Lucia


1.5 years


Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)

When biology meets big data. Study life and living organisms, and gain the tools and techniques to organise and analyse biological data with statistics, mathematics and computation.

  • This program is for applicants with an approved degree – see ‘Program details’ for full requirements. You'll gain an in-depth quantitative understanding of ecological and evolutionary processes to answer questions in ecology, genetics and evolution.
  • Study programming, stochastic modelling, optimisation and computational methods in biology. Learn how to manage and organise detailed data sets, perform sophisticated statistical analyses, model natural processes, and create testable theories.
  • Develop coding skills to gather, handle, analyse and visualise biological data, and master software including Unix/Linux, Python and R. You’ll learn to navigate High Performance Computing platforms and spatial ecology tools, such as remote sensing.
  • Graduate with a unique qualification, the first of its kind in Australia. You'll be well versed in big data analyses in biology and ready to continue advanced training or work in a wide range of government and industry roles that require quantitative skills.

Technological advances are changing the way biologists work. Quantitative biologists use their expertise to solve complex biological problems across multiple fields of research and in industry.

  • Fast Facts

    Accelerated learning

    This program is taught in an intensive mode, so you can complete the equivalent of two years’ study in 18 months. Students with approved prior study can complete the 24-unit master’s program in just 12 months.

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  • Why study

    Leader on global issues

    Tackle some of the biggest issues facing the modern world with an exceptional education. UQ is the world’s leading university for biodiversity conservation research and is internationally renowned for expertise in related areas such as ecology, genetics and zoology.

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  • Professional experience

    Real-world research

    Get hands-on research experience. In your final semester, you’ll complete a research proposal and plan, and then complete a project under the supervision of a partner from industry or government, or an academic from UQ.

  • Teaching staff

    Learn from the best

    Our award-winning academics have an active research focus and strong connections with industry. Our teachers will challenge your thinking and you’ll leave UQ equipped to find your own scientific solutions to real-world problems.

Career outcomes

Demand for graduates with programming and analytical skills is high within biological fields as well as emerging job markets such as personalised medicine, biotechnology and agribusiness.

Diverse career options include data-based roles in the corporate, government, conservation, environmental and medical sectors, and in research organisations globally.

Expect to find research or consultancy work in a range of industries, including:

  • conservation
  • pharmaceutical development
  • plant and animal biotechnology
  • statistical and personalised medicine
  • epidemiology
  • agriculture and agribusiness.

This program is also an excellent pathway into a higher degree by research such as a PhD. 

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  • Employability

    Prepare for your career

    Build your employability while you study and gain insight into possible career paths. Employability and work-integrated learning opportunities tailored to your studies can develop your professional skills and enhance your career prospects.

  • Students

    Get the most out of your studies

    Find out about compulsory or recommended courses, plan your upcoming semester and create a successful path for your degree, using the Science Study Planner.

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  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    1.5 years
  • Commencing
    Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria


Bachelor degree in any field and have completed first and second year university level (or equivalent) biology or mathematics.

UQ or equivalent GPA of 5 or above on a 7-point scale.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BEP - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

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Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Quantitative Biology are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

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Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Quantitative Biology are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Quantitative Biology. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $67,104
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Quantitative Biology for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on an intensive full-time study load.

If you do not enrol in the intensive study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

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International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

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All international student applications for the Master of Quantitative Biology can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Master of Quantitative Biology is 5716. You'll need this when applying.

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Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Master of Quantitative Biology is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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