Finding a supervisor and project for MSc and Honours

About the MSc and BSc (Hons)

The primary research-training program offered by the School of BioSciences is a two-year graduate degree – the Master of Science (Biosciences). This consists of a research component combined with a selection of coursework subjects that include professional development skills. The Master of Science degree provides a pathway to the workforce or to a PhD.

About the Master of Science (BioSciences)

The School also offers a one-year undergraduate Honours degree, which combines a research component with coursework.

About the Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Information session

Are you interested in doing research in the School of BioSciences? Come along to the BioSciences MSc/Hons Information Session and Lunch on Monday 23 September 2019 to find out all about these programs.

12.30–1.00pm Information talk Baldwin Spencer Theatre (Building 113)
1.00–2.30pm Informal poster sessions, where you'll have a chance to talk directly with supervisors and lab members over lunch
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology: Drummon North/South (BioSciences 4)
  • Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology: G26/G27 (BioSciences 1)

Approach potential supervisors either before or after the information session.

Finding your area of interest

You should review the supervisors and projects available within the school and decide on an area of research that interests you. While supervisors have been placed into broad research themes, all engage in interdisciplinary approaches across multiple themes.

View supervisor and research project directory

Approaching supervisors

Before contacting a potential supervisor, look carefully at the type of research they do. Read through:

Approach potential supervisors in research areas that interest you and discuss projects on offer. When you email a potential supervisor, please include a transcript of your academic record (you can print out your current record from SIS). Arrange a time to meet them in person.

Most supervisors within the School of BioSciences take on only one or two students per year, so our intake is competitive and places are limited.

Take time to discuss the available projects; it is important that you choose an area of research that interests you.

How to apply

Once you have identified supervisors and projects, fill out the MSc/Hons supervision form (DOC 80.5 KB) and include this in your MSc/Hons application. For the most rapid admission, have the supervisor(s) sign the form.

It may be that some potential supervisors cannot make a commitment at this time point. You may therefore include several potential supervisors.

Successful applicants will be notified in December, and all applicants will be advised of the outcomes of their applications by the end of January.

In some cases, particularly if external partners are involved, negotiations for projects can continue and additional offers will be made until the end of February. Some supervisors may also offer a project that has a mid-year start date, as this better suits the fieldwork requirement for the research.

Apply for Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Apply for Master of Science (BioSciences)


Master of Science (BioSciences) Coordinator

Dr Michael Murray ( )

Honours Coordinator

Dr Mike Haydon (