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Master of Quantitative Biology

Overview

Capitalise on the urgent demand for graduates with programming and analytical skills within biological fields and in emerging job markets, such as personalised medicine, biotechnology and agribusiness.

The 32-unit Master of Quantitative Biology is designed for graduates who have completed first and second-year university level (or equivalent) biology or mathematics.

During your first semester you'll develop your knowledge of conservation, mathematics, and statistics. You'll then further develop your programming skills, navigate High-Performance Computing (HPC) platforms and spatial tools, such as remote sensing. You'll learn how to visualise complex data in creative ways, produce interactive Shiny apps for exploring data, and bundle your code into well-documented and readily deployable R packages.

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. This allows you to gain practical experience working with large data sets while enhancing your report writing and project management skills.

Our graduates can expect diverse career options including data-based roles in the corporate, government, conservation, environmental and medical sectors, and in research organisations globally.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
1.5 years
Start Semester
Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
5716
AQF
Level 9
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$67104 (indicative per year)
Duration
1.5 years
Start Semester
Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
5716
CRICOS Code
0100695
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Get ahead of the competition with a unique qualification in Quantitative Biology, the first of its kind in Australia.
  • Learn from active researchers who bring quantitative approaches to addressing global challenges in fields as diverse as conservation and human health.
  • Take advantage of intensive mode teaching to complete the equivalent of two years of study in just 18 months (32 units).

1 in Queensland for biological sciences

QS World University Rankings 2020

1 in Australia for environmental sciences

QS World University Rankings 2020

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Foundations of Quantitative Biology
  • Exploring Biological Data
  • Stochastic Models and Statistical Inference
  • Computational Methods in Biology

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Conservation researcher
  • Environmental data analyst
  • Pharmaceutical developer
  • Plant biotechnology researcher
  • Animal biotechnology consultant
  • Medical statistician
  • Personalised medicine researcher
  • Epidemiologist

Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (postgraduate)

$76K–$87K

compared.edu.au

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

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.

Prerequisites

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 language requirements

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.

BE - 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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Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the academic or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisites, we can help.

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Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Quantitative Biology are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

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Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

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

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Indicative annual fee

AUD $67,104

Indicative annual fee 2020

This 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.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

FEE-HELP

Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of Quantitative Biology pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

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Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $40,400

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Quantitative Biology at 2020 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

The average fee would be less for part-time study. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program.

Fees may be higher in later years as all fees are reviewed annually.

A limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are offered for this program on the basis of academic merit. Once all CSPs have been exhausted, offers may be made on a tuition fee paying basis.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

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

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit