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Master of Science MSCC

Climate Adaptation major

This eight unit program provides graduates with knowledge of
selected basic concepts and skills associated with the area of climate
adaptation. The program aims to produce graduates who are equipped
with the essential scientific knowledge in this field and an appreciation
of the latest literature and technologies.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available


1 year full-time, 4 years part-time maximum

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Program aims

The aim of the Master of Science program is to produce graduates
that are equipped with essential scientific knowledge and an appreciation
of the latest literature and technologies.

Climate Adaptation major

The major is designed to provide students with the knowledge,
skills and capabilities to respond by working within their professions
to the challenges and opportunities that arise from global and regional
climate changes. This includes a thorough appreciation of the impact
of climatic changes and variability on natural and human systems such
as the build environment, agricultural production systems, regional,
national, and global economies. Adapting and mitigating the impacts
of climatic changes and variability is one of the most important and
complex issues society is dealing with. It requires the skills and
raises awareness of the importance to work across a range of professional
disciplines and communicates an understanding of how scientific knowledge
integrates with diverse socio-economic and political systems in order
to achieve sustainable economic prosperity.

Biotechnology major

The major is designed to provide graduates from life sciences
programs with advanced knowledge in the various applications of biotechnology
in agriculture, bioinformatics, industrial production, pharmaceuticals
and research. Candidates will also undertake training in investigative
techniques. The program will provide a sound basis for candidates
wishing to undertake further advanced research studies, as well as
preparing them for scientific research and/or educational roles within
biotechnology-related industries.

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Program objectives

On completion of the program graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate an advanced understanding in their chosen major

  • conduct scholarly investigations into applications and methodologies
    in their chosen field

  • provide scientific literature reports

  • apply the specialist knowledge and skills acquired in their

Major Objectives

Climate Adaptation Major

On completion of this major students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an in-depth understanding of global environmental

  • describe the functioning of the global climate system

  • apply the principles of sustainable development across a range
    of professions

  • assess the risks of climatic changes and climate variability

  • evaluate opportunities that may arise from environmental and
    climate changes

  • provide scientific literature reports

  • express and communicate scientific knowledge and concepts across
    a range of professions

  • display a thorough understanding of the impact of climate change
    and variability upon natural and human systems

  • contribute within their profession to sustainable natural resource
    management and sustained economic growth.

Biotechnology Major

On completion of this major students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an advanced understanding of biotechnology

  • conduct scholarly enquiries into biotechnological applications
    and methodologies

  • critically apply the principles of biotechnology to problem

  • interact with professionals in a range of disciplines to apply
    biotechnological tools in an appropriate and ethical manner

  • demonstrate an understanding of regulations governing the use
    and application of biotechnologies

  • demonstrate oral and written communication skills appropriate
    to a professional biotechnologist

  • demonstrate advanced competency in laboratory techniques and
    in the use of instrumentation relevant to biotechnologies (this objective
    is only applicable for those students who choose courses with laboratory-based

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Program structure

The Master of Science program consists of eight courses. Students
must successfully complete a minimum of four level 8 courses.

Climate Adaptation Major

The program consists of eight core courses which are all available
in external mode.

Semester 1 Core Courses Semester 2 Core Courses
CLI1110 Weather and Climate CLI2201 Climate Change and Variability
CLI3301 Climate & Environment Risk Assessment CLI3302 Adaptation to Climate Change
CLI8204 Global Environmental Systems CLI8205 Climate and Sustainability
REN8101 Environment, Society and Sustainability REN8202 Conservation for Sustainable Futures

Biotechnology Major

The program will consist of eight courses. Different combinations
of courses offer specialisations in molecular biology, bioinformatics,
agricultural biotechnology and pharmaceutical development. Changes
to recommended enrolment patterns must be approved by the Program

Table 1: On-campus Students

Semester 1 Semester 2 Either Semester
BIO8414 Drug Design and Discovery BIO8412 Biotechnology in Sustainable Systems
BIO8416 Biotechnology Project
SCI4405 Research Practice and Ethics BIO8415 Drug Development and Commercialisation
BIO8104 Special Study in Biomedical Science
BIO2209 Cell Biology^ BIO8105 Cardiovascular Science
SCI4403 Special Study in Science
BIO8211 Bioinformatics
Elective from the Faculty of Business and Law
BIO3309 Molecular Biology
Other course approved by Program Coordinator

^This course has
weekly laboratory sessions or residential schools.
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Exit points

Students in the Climate Adaptation major may exit with the Graduate
Certificate in Science on successful completion of four units of study.
Alternatively, students who have completed four units that include CLI3302 Adaptation to Climate Change may exit with the
Graduate Certificate in Climate Change Adaptation.

Students in the Biotechnology major may exit with the Graduate
Certificate in Science on successful completion of four units of study.

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