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Master of Science .. (MSCC) - MSc

CRICOS code (International applicants): 072518G

This program is offered only to continuing students. No new admissions will be accepted. Students who are interested in this study area should consider the Master of Science (Environment & Sustainability).

 On-campus*External#
Semester intake:No new admissionsNo new admissions
Campus:Toowoomba -
Fees:Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Standard duration:1 year full-time, 4 years part-time maximum 
Footnotes
*The Climate Adaptation major is available to on-campus and external mode students, but only 4 courses are offered on-campus. Therefore, this major is not suitable for international students who wish to study on-campus.
#The Biotechnology major is only available on-campus for domestic and international students. However no new enrolments will be considered after Semester 1, 2013 (last enrolment available is for S1, 2013).

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Program aims

The aim of the Master of Science program is to produce graduates that are equipped with essential scientific knowledge and an appreciation of the latest literature and technologies.

Climate Adaptation major

The major is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and capabilities to respond by working within their professions to the challenges and opportunities that arise from global and regional climate changes. This includes a thorough appreciation of the impact of climatic changes and variability on natural and human systems such as the build environment, agricultural production systems, regional, national, and global economies. Adapting and mitigating the impacts of climatic changes and variability is one of the most important and complex issues society is dealing with. It requires the skills and raises awareness of the importance to work across a range of professional disciplines and communicates an understanding of how scientific knowledge integrates with diverse socio-economic and political systems in order to achieve sustainable economic prosperity.

Biotechnology major

The major is designed to provide graduates from life sciences programs with advanced knowledge in the various applications of biotechnology in agriculture, bioinformatics, industrial production, pharmaceuticals and research. Candidates will also undertake training in investigative techniques. The program will provide a sound basis for candidates wishing to undertake further advanced research studies, as well as preparing them for scientific research and/or educational roles within biotechnology-related industries.

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Program objectives

On completion of the program graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate an advanced understanding in their chosen major

  • conduct scholarly investigations into applications and methodologies in their chosen field

  • provide scientific literature reports

  • apply the specialist knowledge and skills acquired in their major.


Major Objectives

Climate Adaptation Major

On completion of this major students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an in-depth understanding of global environmental changes

  • describe the functioning of the global climate system

  • apply the principles of sustainable development across a range of professions

  • assess the risks of climatic changes and climate variability

  • evaluate opportunities that may arise from environmental and climate changes

  • provide scientific literature reports;

  • express and communicate scientific knowledge and concepts across a range of professions

  • display a thorough understanding of the impact of climate change and variability upon natural and human systems

  • contribute within their profession to sustainable natural resource management and sustained economic growth.


Biotechnology Major

On completion of this major students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an advanced understanding of biotechnology

  • conduct scholarly enquiries into biotechnological applications and methodologies

  • critically apply the principles of biotechnology to problem solving

  • interact with professionals in a range of disciplines to apply biotechnological tools in an appropriate and ethical manner

  • demonstrate an understanding of regulations governing the use and application of biotechnologies

  • demonstrate oral and written communication skills appropriate to a professional biotechnologist

  • demonstrate advanced competency in laboratory techniques and in the use of instrumentation relevant to biotechnologies (this objective is only applicable for those students who choose courses with laboratory-based components).


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Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

Master of Science (Climate Adaptation)

To be considered for entry, applicants must hold a three-year Bachelor's degree from an Australian University or equivalent.

A formal process of Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) will be used to assess applicants without Bachelor degrees, who wish to gain entry to the program on the basis of equivalent experience or qualifications. Applicants should contact the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences if they wish to be assessed for admission on this basis.

Master of Science (Biotechnology)

Applicants may be admitted to the Master of Science (Biotechnology) if they hold a minimum of a three-year Bachelor Degree from an Australian University in an area of the life sciences or an equivalent qualification from a recognised university elsewhere. USQ graduates from the Bachelor of Science or Biomedical Science programs should consult the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences as some variation to the Recommended Enrolment Pattern may be required.

All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements.

If students do not meet the English language requirements they may apply to study a University-approved English language program. On successful completion of the English language program, students may be admitted to an award program.

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Program fees

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth supported place is where the Australian Government makes a contribution towards the cost of a students' higher education and students pay a student contribution amount, which varies depending on the courses undertaken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Commonwealth Supported students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called HECS-HELP.

Domestic full fee paying place

Domestic full fee paying places are funded entirely through the full fees paid by the student. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Domestic full fee paying students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called FEE-HELP provided they meet the residency and citizenship requirements.

Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders, Permanent Resident visa holders and New Zealand citizens who will be resident outside Australia for the duration of their program pay full tuition fees and are not eligible for FEE-Help.

International full fee paying place

International students pay full fees. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken and whether they are studied on-campus, via distance education/online. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

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Program structure

The Master of Science program consists of eight courses. Students must successfully complete a minimum of four level 8 courses.

Climate Adaptation Major

The program consists of eight core courses which are all available in external mode.

Semester 1 Core Courses  Semester 2 Core Courses 
CLI1110 Weather and Climate  CLI2201 Climate Change and Variability 
CLI3301 Climate and Environment Risk Assessment  CLI3302 Adaptation to Climate Change 
CLI8204 Global Environmental Systems  CLI8205 Climate and Sustainability 
REN8101 Environment, Society and Sustainability  REN8202 Conservation for Sustainable Futures 

Biotechnology Major

The program will consist of eight courses. Different combinations of courses offer specialisations in molecular biology, bioinformatics, agricultural biotechnology and pharmaceutical development. Changes to recommended enrolment patterns must be approved by the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences.

Table 1: On-campus Students

Semester 1  Semester 2  Either Semester 
BIO8414 +  BIO8412 Biotechnology in Sustainable Systems+  BIO8416  
SCI4405 Research Practice and Ethics  BIO8415 +  BIO8104 Special Study in Biomedical Science 
BIO2107 Cell and Molecular Biology 1  BIO8105 +  SCI4403 Special Study in Science 
  BIO8211   Elective from the Faculty of Arts, Business Education and Law 
  BIO3206 Medical Microbiology and Immunology 3  Other course approved by Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences 

Footnotes
+This course is not offered in 2016

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Required time limits

Students have a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 4 years to complete this program.

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IT requirements

Students should visit the USQ minimum computing standards to check that their computers are capable of running the appropriate software and versions of Internet web browsers and to check the minimum and recommended standards for software.

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Other program requirements

To qualify for the award of Master of Science (Biotechnology) a candidate must complete a total of eight units of study as prescribed above within four years of admission to the program.

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Exit points

Students in the Climate Adaptation major may exit with the Graduate Certificate of Science on successful completion of four units of study. Alternatively, students who have completed four units that include CLI3302 Adaptation to Climate Change may exit with the Graduate Certificate of Climate Change Adaptation.

Students in the Biotechnology major may exit with the Graduate Certificate of Science on successful completion of four units of study.

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Credit

No exemptions will be granted towards this award. Candidates who have completed the same or similar courses at USQ or similar courses at another institution may, with the approval of the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences, apply to vary their program on the basis of prior study.

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Enrolment

Recommended enrolment patterns

In this section:

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Recommended Enrolment Pattern - Climate Adaptation Major Full-time (2 Semesters, S1 or S2 commencement)

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
CLI1110 Weather and Climate1111
CLI3301 Climate and Environment Risk Assessment11
CLI8204 Global Environmental Systems11
REN8101 Environment, Society and Sustainability11
CLI2201 Climate Change and Variability12
CLI3302 Adaptation to Climate Change12
CLI8205 Climate and Sustainability12
REN8202 Conservation for Sustainable Futures12

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Recommended Enrolment Pattern - Climate Adaptation Major Part-time (4 Semesters, S1 or S2 commencement)

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
CLI1110 Weather and Climate1111
CLI3301 Climate and Environment Risk Assessment11
CLI2201 Climate Change and Variability12
CLI3302 Adaptation to Climate Change12
CLI8204 Global Environmental Systems21
REN8101 Environment, Society and Sustainability21
CLI8205 Climate and Sustainability22
REN8202 Conservation for Sustainable Futures22

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Recommended Enrolment Pattern - Biotechnology Major Full-time (2 Semesters, S1 or S2 commencement)

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
BIO8414 +11
SCI4405 Research Practice and Ethics11Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BSCH or MSCR or MCTN or BHSH
BIO2209 ~11
BIO8412 Biotechnology in Sustainable Systems+12
BIO8415 +12
BIO8211 12
BIO8105 +12
BIO3309 ~12
BIO8416 *11, 2
BIO8104 Special Study in Biomedical Science*11, 2
SCI4403 Special Study in Science*11, 2
Other Approved Elective11, 2

Footnotes
+This course is not offered in 2016
~Laboratory or residential school components
*BIO8416, BIO8104 and SCI4403 can only be enrolled in after a suitable supervisor is available.

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Recommended Enrolment Pattern - Biotechnology Major Part-time (4 Semesters, S1 or 2 commencement)

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
SCI4405 Research Practice and Ethics11Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BSCH or MSCR or MCTN or BHSH
BIO2209 ~11
BIO8412 Biotechnology in Sustainable Systems+12
BIO8211 12
BIO3309 ~12
BIO8414 +21
BIO8415 +22
BIO8105 +22
BIO8416 *1 ,21, 2
BIO8104 Special Study in Biomedical Science*1, 21, 2
SCI4403 Special Study in Science*1, 21, 2
Other Approved Elective11, 2

Footnotes
~Laboratory or residential school components
+This course is not offered in 2016
*BIO8416, BIO8104 and SCI4403 can only be enrolled in after a suitable supervisor is available.