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Master of Science

A course tailored for the professional scientist

Research expertise and industry connections

Deepen your knowledge and skills through advanced coursework and industry application to advance your career or pursue further research. The Monash Master of Science is an expert master’s course that prepares you for professional employment or for PhD studies.

An advanced program for science graduates with an undergraduate degree in a related discipline, depending on your interests, you will be able to choose from the following disciplines that leads to a specialist award:

Reflecting the breadth and depth of our research expertise and industry connections, you can undertake a range of subject areas across the four disciplines that will empower you to build upon your science training and knowledge to influence the future and make new discoveries.

From computational astrophysics to dynamical meteorology, geochemistry to x-ray optics, the Master of Science provides ample opportunities for you to develop a passion and determination for original thought, new perspectives and make connections with people in both academia and industry.

For example, the specialisations in Atmospheric and Earth Sciences are delivered in cooperation with the Victorian Institute of Earth and Planetary Sciences (VIEPS) – offering you unparalleled access to the academic expertise of, collaboration and industry engagement opportunities with VIEPS members.

Course structure

The course comprises 96 points structured into four parts, Part A. Advanced studies, Part B. Research project, Part C. Extended studies, and Part D. Advanced research project. All students complete Part C and Part D.

Depending upon prior qualifications students may receive credit for Part A and Part B.
Students admitted at entry level 1 complete 96 points, comprising Part A, Part B, Part C and Part D.
Students admitted at entry level 2 complete 48 points, comprising Part C and Part D.

Standard duration is two years full time, four years part time. Students have a maximum of four years to complete the course.

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  • Part A. Advanced studies

    These studies consolidate the student's theoretical and/or technical knowledge in an area of specialisation and provide an introduction to research methodologies appropriate to the chosen discipline.

    For further details please refer to the Course Handbook.

  • Part B. Research project (24 points)

    This part is designed to develop student's ability to establish, plan and execute a research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor.

    For further details please refer to the Course Handbook.

  • Part C. Extended studies (24 points)

    These studies will deepen the student's understanding of specific topics and advanced elements within their chosen discipline.

    For further details please refer to the Course Handbook.

  • Part D. Advanced research project (24 points)

    This is the culmination of the program. Students will establish, plan, execute and report on an advanced research project. Students will work closely with an academic supervisor on a chosen topic.

    For further details please refer to the Course Handbook.

Pathways and outcomes

This Master’s provides a wealth of professional employment opportunities across four disciplines: Astrophysics, Atmospheric Science, Earth Science, Physics. It can also be used to prepare students for a PhD.

    • Astrophysics

      Master of Science in Astrophysics:

      • Academia
      • Research
      • Astrophysicist
      • Nuclear physicist
      • Observational astronomer
      • University lecturer
      • Big data analyst
      • Energy consultant
      • Financial analyst
      • Information security analyst
      • Instrumentation scientist
      • Machine learning specialist
      • Observatory manager
      • Patent attorney*
      • Physics teacher*
      • Renewable energy manager
      • Solar energy consultant
      • Science journalist
      • Telecommunications consultant
      • University lecturer*
      *Some careers may require further study.

    • Atmospheric Science

      Master of Science in Atmospheric Science:

      • Academia
      • Research
      • Weather forecaster in the public or private sectors
      • Research meteorologist in university or government laboratories
      • Private sector consulting meteorologist
      • Environmental manager (e.g. air quality)
      • Risk analyst for insurance companies

    • Earth Science

      Master of Science in Earth Science:

      • Academia
      • Research
      • Agricultural Sector Officers
      • Catastrophe risk analysts and emergency managers for natural hazards
      • Data Analytics
      • Emergency Services
      • Environmental Management/Consulting
      • Environmental Scientist
      • Environmental Toxicologist
      • Exploration Geologist
      • Geochemist (analytical laboratories)
      • Geological Survey Scientist
      • Geologists in the minerals, petroleum and coal industries
      • Geophysicist
      • Geospatial Analysts
      • GIS Analyst
      • GIS Officer
      • Government Advisor (Environmental)
      • Government Policy Officers
      • High School and TAFE Teachers*
      • Hydrogeologists and Hydrologists
      • Laboratory Technician
      • Land Care Project Manager
      • Land Use Planner
      • Marine Geoscientist
      • Metallurgist
      • Museum Scientist
      • Natural Resource Manager
      • Park Ranger
      • Physical Geographer
      • Planetary Geologist
      • Policy and Management
      • Research scientists in universities and government agencies
      • Resource Assessment Analyst
      • Resource Sector Analyst
      • Science Communications
      • Soil Scientist
      • University lecturer
      • Waste Management Consultant
      *Some careers may require further study.

    • Physics

      Master of Science in Physics:

      • Academia
      • Research
      • Big data analyst
      • Climate modeller
      • Energy consultant
      • Environmental physicist
      • Forensic physicist
      • Financial analyst
      • Information security analyst
      • Instrumentation scientist
      • Laboratory manager
      • Medical physicist
      • Patent attorney*
      • Physics teacher*
      • Radiation oncology physicist
      • Radiation protection practitioner
      • Renewable energy manager
      • Solar energy consultant
      • Science journalist
      • Synchrotron beamline specialist
      • Telecommunications consultant
      • University lecturer*
      • Accelerator physicist
      *Some careers may require further study.

    • Further studies

      This degree may serve as a pathway to a higher degree by research. Learn more about Graduate Research Study options, scholarship opportunities, how to find a supervisor, and how you can apply for a graduate research course at Monash.

    • Alternative exit(s)

      Students may exit this course early and apply to graduate with one of the following award, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award during their enrolment in the master's course: Graduate Diploma of Science after successful completion of 48 credit points (Parts A and B). Graduate Certificate of Science: after successful completion of 24 credit points (Part A).

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