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Master of Science


Masters by Coursework


Master of Science (Science)
2 years full-time


Learn a range of philosophies, theories, principles and concepts across your chosen area of science.

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Learn to apply your studies to real industry challenges and situations.

Broad career options

Benefit from Curtin's technology-rich learning environments.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2021.

This course is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in science who wish to broaden and enhance their skills and knowledge in science and technology. It is particularly useful for graduates of one science discipline wishing to broaden their expertise in a related field, and for those aiming to work in a multidisciplinary science environment.

This course recognises the multidisciplinary nature of many areas of science and technology, and the importance of having a broad skill set to apply to major problems facing society – such as the impact of climate change, provision of clean energy and water, and the management of dwindling resources.

Major areas of study:

Research project units within the course aim to develop high levels of communication and research skills, as well as creativity and flexibility in the application of knowledge and skills to new situations.

See our handbook for more course information. 

Why study

  • This flexible course allows you to focus on your scientific or mathematical area of interest.
  • Enhance your career prospects through up-skilling in an area of demand, maths and science teaching

What you'll learn

  • understand at a deep level a range of science philosophies, theories, principles and concepts, and their inter-relationships, in the contexts of historical and contemporary science practice and research
  • effectively use higher order thinking tools in critical, creative and reflective ways to produce innovative scientific solutions to an identified important science research problem which either extends discipline domain knowledge or integrates different fields of study
  • communicate in a scholarly style, through a written dissertation, papers and oral presentations, the results of a specific research study, which extends professional practice and leadership in the science field of research
  • work independently, and within teams, in an ethical way using problem solving and decision making skills appropriate to the area of chosen research and within the expected standards of the scientific research method which results in enhanced professional practice
  • expertly use information technology and a variety of tools to work with data and information associated with the chosen area of research.
  • proficiently use and apply established and emerging technologies particularly within the context of a chosen research project to manage, conduct and draw appropriate conclusions about a science research investigation
  • expand their ongoing education and training within the field of science and research
  • comprehend that Science is an international discipline with varying perspectives as demonstrated in the diversity of opinion identified while undertaking this course
  • understand the global and cultural issues within their chosen area of study and how these impact on the practise of their profession

Admission criteria

A bachelor degree in science or an approved equivalent. Please refer to the individual course pages above for prerequisites.

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5
  • Pearson Test of English Academic:
  • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE):

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Webform: Submit here

Curtin Connect: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2022

Student type Cost
Domestic $28,100*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice

Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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  • Curtin course code: MC-SCNCE
  • CRICOS code: 061489J
  • Last updated on: 17/08/2022