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Master of Applied Science (Research) - 910AA

Course Code: 910AA
Course Version: 2
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline(s): Academic Program Area - Science
CRICOS Code: 058965A
Selection Rank: N/A
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Apply your science knowledge to a research project of your choice

If you are a science or applied science graduate and wish to further develop your research skills, then this is the course for you. The Master of Applied Science (Research) presents you with an opportunity to undertake independent research in a specialised area with expert supervision. This two-year full-time course has two study routes, and you can choose to complete it via a mixture of coursework and thesis, or thesis only.

As a Higher Degree by Research (HDR), it is covered under the Australian Government's Research Training Program (RTP) funding model, which provides a fee offset for domestic students for the standard duration of the course. On completion of the program, you can either continue with postgraduate research study in the form of a PhD, or confidently seek employment in a range of areas both nationally and internationally, such as government and private industry laboratories, or across natural and environmental services.

 Study a Master of Applied Science (Research) at UC and you will:

  • have access to expert staff supervision in applied and health science, including: human physiology, immunology, microbiology, toxicology, drug analysis, pharmacology, forensic science and neuromuscular co-ordination
  • have access to resource and environmental science expertise in the fields of: vegetation and wildlife ecology, freshwater ecology, conservation biology, wildlife genetics, environmental chemistry, geomorphology, micro-meteorology, geographical information systems, and resource and environmental management
  • be assigned a supervisory panel and primary supervisor to act as a mentor
  • receive support and skills development to plan and undertake research.

Work Integrated Learning

Whether you choose the thesis and coursework, or thesis only study route, Work Integrated Learning (WIL) will be a core component of your course. The research project which leads to your thesis will be practice-based, and you will be encouraged to tailor your studies to suit either your previous employment experience or future career ambitions.

Career opportunities

  • Research scientist
  • Research assistant
  • Research officer
  • Research associate
  • Policy officer
  • Science communicator

Course-specific information

Before submitting your application, it is recommended that you prepare a research proposal and identify a potential supervisor.

To be eligible for admission, applicants must have:

  • an honours degree in science (at H1 or H2A level) or the equivalent in a relevant professional field; or
  • a bachelor’s degree in science or applied science, with above average performance; or
  • a bachelor’s degree followed by a graduate diploma in applied science; or
  • an honours degree in science (at H2B or H3 level) and evidence of a capacity for conducting research at master’s degree level.

Domestic students who are accepted on this course are provided for under the Australian Government's Research Training Program (RTP) funding model, which provides a fee offset for the standard duration of the course. Once your RTP entitlement is consumed, you will be charged the annual fee rate that applied at the start of your degree. Further information on fees for Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students can be found here.

Enquiries

Prospective Students
Please email study@canberra.edu.au or telephone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Current and Commencing Students
Please contact the University Student Centre by Email student.centre@canberra.edu.au or Phone 1300 301 727

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission applicants must have:

a. an Honours degree in science (at H1 or H2A level) or the equivalent in a relevant professional field; or
b. a bachelor degree in science or applied science with above average performance; or
c. a bachelor degree followed by a graduate diploma in applied science; or
d. an Honours degree in science at H2B or H3 level and evidence of a capacity for conducting research at the Masters level.

Additional Admission Requirements

None.

Assumed Knowledge

None.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2020 UC - Canberra, Bruce Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2

Course Requirements

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Information for Current Students

There are previous versions of this course. As a current student you will complete the requirements for the course that were in place when you commenced. Click on the relevant link below to view the requirements of your version of the course.

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course

Awards

Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Master of Applied Science (Research) M AppSc (Research)

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      Research: The unit is research focused. Attendance at regular classes in not required, however on-campus, face to face activity may be necessary.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2020 $28,900 $35,500

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course based on a full time load. Domestic students should note that you are provided for under the Australian Government's Research Training Program (RTP) funding model, which provides a fee offset for your fees for the standard duration of your course. Once your RTP entitlement is consumed, you will be charged the fee rate for the current year, noting that fees are indexed annually. Further information on fees for higher degree by research students can be found here.


Professional Accreditation

None.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Learn to conceive, plan and carry to completion a discrete piece of original research with the help and mentorship of a supervisory panel. AQF skills: Demonstrate cognitive and technical skills by synthesising information from a variety of sources and exercise critical thinking, problem solving and judgement to acquire new understanding related to the research area.

UC HDR Generic skills and attributes: Critical judgement and reflection; Innovation and creativity; Management of research; Professionalism and social responsibility.
Critically evaluate and review information from a range of sources in a greater depth than would be possible at an Honours level, testing it for consistency with existing frameworks of understanding and to correctly frame research questions in the field of study. AQF skills: Demonstrate cognitive and technical skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to identify and provide solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence.

UC HDR Generic skills and attributes: Communication; Critical judgement and reflection; Innovation and creativity; Management of research.
Contribute to an active research environment by interacting with research staff and students and to contribute to current debates in science. AQF skills: Application of knowledge and skills to demonstrate responsibility and accountability for managing collaborations within a broader research group.

UC HDR Generic skills and attributes: Communication; Professionalism and social responsibility.
Demonstrate the ability to work independently by taking responsibility for the major elements of planning, implementation and executing an original research project and to take a lead role in exploring the theoretical and applied implications of that work in a particular area of research and in a broader context of scholarship. AQF skills: Working independently to apply knowledge and skills associated with planning and executing research.

UC HDR Generic skills and attributes: Critical judgement and reflection; Innovation and creativity; Management of research.
Demonstrate skills and commitment to the meticulous measurement and collection of data, the keeping of detailed and accurate records of both laboratory and field observations, and to present these findings in the traditions of scientific method and research. AQF skills: Application of knowledge and skills to scientifically perform and record experimental data, and present the findings professionally in a variety of communication forms, including spoken and written communication.

UC HDR Generic skills and attributes: Communication; Professionalism and social responsibility.
Demonstrate knowledge of and commitment to the principles of scientific ethics and a professional attitude to their work, being independent and objective in their research and in giving professional advice. AQF skills: Application of knowledge and skills to demonstrate a commitment to ethical and professional practices in research.

UC HDR Generic skills and attributes: Management of research; Professionalism and social responsibility.

Course Duration

Standard four semesters full-time or part-time equivalent. Maximum 12 semesters.

Honours

None.

Government Support

Year CSP Places Available Eligible for Student
Income Support (Centrelink)
2020 NO NO

Offerings

  • Past Offerings
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

Enrolment Numbers

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