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.

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

Masters and Honours Information Day

For an overview on our Masters and Honours study options, tune in to our BioSciences Masters and Honours Information Day on Tuesday 28 September 2021– you'll hear from course coordinators about the program structure and available projects within the School of BioSciences in 2022. This event will be held online.

Finding your area of interest

You should review the supervisors and projects available within either the School of BioSciences or the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences 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.

School of BioSciences supervisor and research project directory

School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences supervisor 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 your Statement of Results – you can find these in your Results page in my.unimelb. Arrange a time to meet on Zoom or in person when the opportunity is available.

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 90.0 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)

Contacts

Master of Science (BioSciences) Coordinator

Dr Michael Murray (2021) (murraym@unimelb.edu.au)

Michael Kearney (2022) (m.kearney@unimelb.edu.au)

Honours Coordinator

Dr Simon Baxter (simon.baxter@unimelb.edu.au)