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
  • 2 years (full 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 (International students)


Depending on prior qualifications:

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

An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a cognate science discipline with at least a 65% average in the intended masters discipline or equivalent qualification and experience approved by the faculty.

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

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 equivalent qualification and experience approved by the faculty.

English entry requirements

Level A
IELTS (Academic): 6.5 Overall score, with minimum band scores: Listening 6.0, Reading 6.0, Writing 6.0 and Speaking 6.0 Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 Overall score, with minimum scores: Listening 50, Reading 50, Speaking 50 and Writing 50TOEFL Internet-based test: 79 Overall score, with minimum scores: Reading 13, Listening 12, Speaking 18 and Writing 21 Equivalent approved English test

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

The course structure can be viewed in the Handbook. You can also view the course map.

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


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.

International fee

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



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.

Enrolment Obligations

International students enrolling in a CRICOS-registered course can study no more than one third (33%) of their course by distance and/or online learning. Students must enrol in at least one unit that is not by distance and/or online in each compulsory study period unless the student is completing the last unit of their course. See standard 8.19 and 8.20 of National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018.

CRICOS code: 096867K