Developed in consultation with industry, the Master of Science (Professional) is a career-accelerator for early and mid-career STEM professionals. You’ll build advanced professional capabilities and leadership skills that are highly valued in the workforce, with core courses in Advanced Science Communication, Critical Thinking in Scientific Practice, and Leading Science for Impact.

Over the course of the program, you will broaden your knowledge in STEM fields complementary to your primary area of expertise to help you take advantage of more opportunities in the job market. Choose from STEM fields including biotechnology, neuroscience, data science, cyber security and programming. The flexible structure is delivered through a combination of online and face-to-face modes of study and taught by some of Australia’s leading STEM educators.

The postgraduate degree culminates in a personalised work integrated learning project for direct relevance to an individual’s career requirements.

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Why choose this degree?

With ongoing rapid advances in technology and evolving industry requirements, the Master of Science (Professional) responds to emerging needs in the job market. You’ll develop a broader set of future-proof skills to broaden your career opportunities, leading to rewarding outcomes.

Who should choose this degree?

The degree is designed for ambitious professionals in the early stages of a STEM career. It also caters for experienced professionals seeking to maintain a high-level career path in STEM or related industries.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Entry requirements

You must have either:

  • a Bachelor degree in a Science / Health Science or a Science-related field; or
  • a Bachelor degree in a field unrelated to Science / Health Science, with a minimum of 2 years work experience in a science or a Science / STEM-related industry.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

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2020 Indicative First Year Fee


2020 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only – other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

Other information

This program includes:

  • a work integrated learning component, where students undertake a professional experience project at their own workplace or as part of an external research team;
  • a compulsory course in advanced communication, where students will have the opportunity to attend the UNSW Sydney campus for a week of intensive conference-style study.*
  • a suite of flexible electives covering a wide range of scientific areas of study.**

* All travel and accommodation costs will be at the student's own expense where applicable.

** Students are encouraged to plan their electives carefully as some will be offered under a different academic calendar.

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