School of BioSciences
View our Master of Science and Honours research projects available in 2023
General contacts and maps for the School of BioSciences, and for student, industry, media and philanthropy enquiries.
Events in the School
Seminars, public lectures, school programs and more.
Studying a PhD in BioSciences
Pursue a career in research or academia and delve deeper into your area of interest through a Doctor of Philosophy in the School of BioSciences.
Learn more about our academic staff and their diverse research interests in the fields of plant science, genetics and zoology.
Highlight on plant science
The School of BioSciences is dedicated to discovering how plant systems function and to solving the ongoing challenge of maintaining food, health, land and water for society and the planet’s natural and agro-ecosystems. Find out more about the cutting-edge research, study options and internationally-acclaimed plant science experts at the School of BioSciences.
Our collections and facilities
University of Melbourne Herbarium
Australia's largest university herbarium houses around 150,000 specimens of flowering plants, ferns, bryophytes, algae and fungi, as well as historic botanical objects and artwork.
A collection of zoological specimens dating from the 19th century to the present. Holds a working set of a huge variety of animals, both vertebrate and invertebrate.
Melbourne Advanced Microscopy Facility
Makes available state-of-the-art electron and optical microscopy equipment to students and staff of the University of Melbourne, as well as the wider community.
Banner photo by David Clode. A neon cuckoo bee (Thyreus nitidulus) on a coral vine (Antigonon leptopus).
Learn how you can study biological sciences with us – at undergraduate, masters or PhD levels.
Whether you're studying a Bachelor of Science or another undergraduate degree, there's a way for you to study biology, zoology, plant science or genetics with us.Read more
Masters courses in biosciences
Level up your skills and knowledge in the biological sciences with one of our coursework masters degrees.Read more
PhD studies in biosciences
Start your research career here! Become an expert in your field by taking a deep dive into a biological science research project.Read more
What we offer
The School of BioSciences teaches biology, zoology, genetics and plant science subjects in the Bachelor of Science and other undergraduate degrees.
We are also home to a vibrant community of over 200 students studying a PhD, masters or honours degree in these fields.
The School of BioSciences is also home to the University’s popular Science Communication Teaching Program, led by Dr Jen Martin.
Students studying with us join our community of experts, counted among the world’s best by numbers of citations, international awards and major grant success.
Scholarships are available at all levels of study.
Meet our graduates
You might be surprised to learn where some of our School of BioSciences alumni have ended up.
Read about where studying biosciences has taken our students.
Our research focuses on two domains: the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology domain and the Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology domain.
Faculty of Science researchers conduct diverse and varied research in our state-of-the art facilities. Our scientists are global leaders in their fields, finding solutions to the biggest issues we face today.
In the School of BioSciences, our world-class experts are investigating topics such as conservation and climate change, evolution and behaviour, genetics through to development, marine biology and plant biodiversity.
Explore our research prospectus to find out what projects our leading academics are undertaking.
Learn more about our research
The School of BioSciences Research Groups are centred around various themes which represent research areas that contribute to an interdisciplinary collaborative research environment…View
The School of BioSciences is a major participant in a number of collaborative research ventures which ensures it maintains a global perspective. Drawing on the expertise of research activities across…View
Facilities, equipment and resources
Our vibrant research community is supported by state-of-the-art research facilities and equipment which are available for use in research. Some facilities…View
Connect with us
If you would like to study with us, or discuss opportunities for collaboration, or helping to fund our work, see below for how to get in touch.
Study with us
Join over 10,000 students at the Faculty of Science with a range of honours, graduate, and research degrees. Visit the Graduate hub for information and enquiries about graduate studies.
Our generous benefactors make our work possible. Visit Support us to find out how you can support our leading research and help change the lives of future generations by funding science scholarships.
Collaborate with us
The Faculty of Science invites interested organisations who would like to explore collaborative research or use our developed technologies. Please get in touch with our Business Development team to discuss.
Director, Business Development, Physical Sciences
Research, Innovation & Commercialisation | The University of Melbourne
Incorporating UoM Commercial Ltd and the School of Melbourne Custom Programs
Phone: +61 417 535 617
Find staff contact details in our directories of academic and professional staff in the School of BioSciences.
Humans of BioSciences
We've been able to achieve as much as we have because of our strong relationships with industry, alumni, our supporters and the community. Engage with us and help us to achieve even more.
Seminars, public lectures, school programs and more.
Research collaborations, technology licensing, student internships and more.
VCE Biology Program
The School of BioSciences, University of Melbourne, is running an online program for VCE Biology students from 22 June 2021.
Being a valued member of our biosciences community doesn't stop at graduation. Here's how to stay connected.
Our generous benefactors make it possible for our best and brightest biosciences talent to flourish, and find solutions to the issues that matter most.
We invite you to join the thousands of donors worldwide who support our people and our work.
If you're passionate about Australian animals, you can support some very practical efforts to help ensure their survivval into the future through the Native Australian Animals Trust. Or donations to our Botany Foundation can enable research with very significant implications for human wellbeing.
By integrating expertise in ecology, evolution, and molecular and cellular biology, we have a unique capacity to address major scientific and societal problems in biology.
About the School of BioSciences
At present, the School leads more than 240 research projects supported by competitive funding of about $100m.
Our research falls into two domains: the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology domain and the Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology domain.
We host a number of significant research centres. Our work is supported by state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure, and our research capacity is strengthened by strategic partnerships with other institutions, government agencies, and industry.
The School of BioSciences is a major contributor to teaching of some 3000 undergraduates each year in the Bachelor of Science, as well as a broad range of postgraduate programs.
The quality of our teaching programs has been recognised with multiple national teaching awards, and our School is home to a vibrant community of over 200 PhD, masters and honours students.
We welcome community engagement in every aspect of our work. We have a strong educational outreach program in VCE Biology and two great collections of national significance in the University of Melbourne Herbarium and the Tiegs Museum.
The School of BioSciences values a respectful, consultative and supportive environment that provides a physically and psychologically safe space.
The school supports diversity and inclusion and seeks to foster the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities both within and external to the university.
I invite you to explore our website and learn more about the activities of the School. If you have additional questions or are interested in pursuing studies in our undergraduate or postgraduate programs, we welcome your enquiry.
Professor Margie Mayfield
Head of School