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Master of Science

Master of Science (MSCN)

Study mode
  • On-campus
  • External
  • Online
  • Ipswich
  • Toowoomba
  • 2 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
  • Jan, May, Sep


  • The Master of Science allows you to gain professional development in science according to individual interests, needs and prior study. 
  • With an opportunity to combine coursework and research, UniSQ's Master of Science is ideal if you’re a professional who would like to further your knowledge and expertise, change your career, or if you have a degree in a different discipline. 
  • Choose from a range of specialisations, from Agricultural Science to Sport and Exercise, to develop your professional skill-set and assist in career progression. 
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What is a Master of Science?

A Master of Science is a postgraduate university qualification with a focus on scientific, engineering and mathematical courses/research. You’ll develop your science skills and knowledge according to your personal interest and future goals. To earn a Master of Science degree you generally need to complete a series of courses in your chosen specialisation which includes relevant research or thesis work depending on which learning institution you study with.

Common abbreviations of a Master of Science include M.Sc and M.S.

During your Master of Science degree, you will likely attend lectures either online or on-campus as well as participate in practical sessions and demonstrations. This ensures you receive a solid scientific foundation, preparing you to further your career or diversify your employment options.

Would you like to talk through your study options? Get in touch and we can provide you with the personalised support and advice you need.

What can you do with a Master of Science?

Your career options with a Master of Science qualification will vary depending on your specialisation and if you’d like to work in private or public sectors. Master of Science graduates enjoy lucrative careers in:

  • Business System Analyst
  • Climatologist
  • Data Analyst or Scientist
  • Environmental Scientist or Consultant
  • Financial Analyst
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Market Researcher
  • Mathematician
  • Software Engineer
  • Sports Development Specialist
  • Space Scientist or Engineer.
How long does a Master of Science take?
A Master of Science degree will take you approximately 2 years to complete. Some students choose to study part-time which increases the time it takes to finish the required courses.
Why study a Master of Science?

If you would like to change careers, progress in your current career, cross-skill, enhance your existing knowledge, or explore another discipline of study, a Master of Science degree may be a great fit for you!

With a Masters degree you are likely to open up more job opportunities and an increased earning potential due to the specialised knowledge you’ll have gained during your postgraduate studies.

Are flexible study options available?

Yes! At UniSQ we understand balancing work, life and family commitments with your study is important.

You have the option to study these specialisation both on-campus or externally:

These specialisations are only available to study externally:

If you choose to study externally you learn your subject theory online and attend on-campus residential schools if required.

Discover more about the ways you can study at UniSQ.

What will I learn in a Master of Science degree?

What you will learn during your Master of Sciences studies will vary depending on the learning institution you choose and the courses you select. Generally science, technology, engineering and mathematics are common subject areas covered in Master of Science degree.

At UniSQ, you can choose from a variety of Master of Science specialisation to align with your interests and goals including:

What pathways are available for a Master of Science?

To gain entry into the Master of Science at UniSQ you either need a 3 year-bachelor degree or equivalent, or equivalent professional work experience.

If you don’t need these entry requirements, we offer a number of bachelor degrees for you to study to help you gain entry into the Master of Science.

Would you like to talk through your study options? Get in touch and we can provide you with the personalised support and advice you need.

How much does a Master of Science cost in Australia?

The cost of a Master of Science degree in Australia will vary depending on the education provider and specialisation you choose.

When you study with us, the first year of your studies will cost approximately AUD 7950 (Commonwealth supported place), not including:

  • Student services and amenities fees
  • Residential school costs.

Please view the fees and scholarships section of your preferred specialisation for details.

Why study a Master of Science at UniSQ?

There are many great reasons to study a Master of Science at the University of Southern Queensland.

  • We are rated five out of five stars for graduates starting salaries (Good Universities Guide, 2023)
  • UniSQ hosts the only ground-based support in the Southern Hemisphere for NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite mission.
  • UniSQ's science research centres lead research in health research, sustainable agricultural systems, crop heath, astrophysics, future materials, applied climate Science and more.
  • Learn from world-class lecturers and researchers. According to the latest ERA Results we are ranked well above world-standard for:
    • Numerical and Computational Mathematics
    • Astronomical and Space Science
    • Environmental Science and Management
    • Agriculture, Land and Farm Management
    • Crop and Pasture Production
    • Human Movement and Sports Science.