Science - S6000


Expert master degree

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:

  • Astrophysics
  • Atmospheric science
  • Earth science
  • Physics

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.

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At a glance

Course Details

  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
  • 2 years (full time)
  • 4 years (part time)
Start date
First semester (February), Second semester (July)
Master of Science in Astrophysics, Master of Science in Atmospheric science, Master of Science in Earth science, Master of Science in Physics
Course Handbook

Please select a specialisation for more details:

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


Depending on prior qualifications:

Entry level 1:
Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time (96 points to complete)

An undergraduate degree (equivalent to an Australian undergraduate degree) in a cognate science discipline with at least a 65% average in the intended masters discipline or qualification/experience that the faculty considers to be equivalent.

Entry level 2:
Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time (48 points to complete)

A four-year Australian honours degree (or equivalent) in a cognate science discipline with at least a 65% average in the intended masters discipline or qualification/experience or a satisfactory substitute that the faculty considers to be equivalent.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

The course is structured into four parts, Part A. Advanced studies, Part B. Research project, Part C. Extended studies, and Part D. Advanced research project.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash using course code S6000


Semester two (July)

Apply directly to Monash using course code S6000


Closing date

Applications for semester two close 13 July 2020.

Current Monash students

You may apply to transfer from another Monash course. Transfers are a competitive process. You may apply mid-year for available courses however consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to follow your course progression.

Please note that if you apply for a course transfer, you should still enrol in your current course as if you were continuing so as not to jeopardise your enrolment in the Faculty if your transfer application is unsuccessful. More about Course Transfer...

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

Full fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.


Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.


We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.