The Faculty of Science at Monash University is one of 10 faculties at Monash, and as one of the largest science faculties in Australia, it has a total enrolment of approximately 3,500 students.
Five schools offer a large and diverse range of disciplines in undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Ten departments from other university faculties contribute to science teaching at all levels, allowing students to choose their studies from physical, biological, biomedical, behavioural, environmental, mathematical and computer sciences.
The Faculty is active in conducting cutting-edge research, which reflects in the teaching programs. From all these considerations, the prime advantage for students is that the Faculty has the ability to offer an extensive choice of subjects, with well-equipped laboratories and sophisticated equipment.
Monash University offers the following postgraduate science programs within the six schools:
Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Philosophy
Master of Financial Mathematics
Master of Science
The above programs may be undertaken in a principal area of research offered by the Faculty, including applied sciences, biological sciences, chemistry, geosciences, mathematical sciences, meteorology, and physics.
School of Biological Sciences
Biological sciences is the broad term given to all the areas of study that have biology as their base subject. Biology is the study of life processes and living organisms. It is concerned with microbes, plants and animals, and involves study of their structure, function, evolution, development and ecology.
The scale of study ranges from genetics, the study of genes and the ways they control the development of plants and animals, including humans, to ecology, an area of biology dealing with the relationships of organisms to the environment and biosphere.
The School of Biological Sciences offers the following areas of study
School of Chemistry
The Monash School of Chemistry provides world’s best practice in chemical education and training through access to an intellectual environment with world-class facilities for research in the chemical sciences. The school has a broad research base that emphasizes the chemistry of sustainability and strengths in materials, synthetic, analytical and green chemistry.
"Green chemistry" is integrated into the teaching and research practices of the School. In 2014, will Monash open the new Green Chemical Futures building, which will house state-of-the-art undergraduate teaching laboratories and research facilities to help industry adopt more sustainable practices.
Chemistry is a "core science" – some say it is the core science – which means that it is the foundation of more specialised disciplines. This means graduates will have a huge range of career opportunities in industry, food and forensic sciences, academia, environmental sciences, teaching and medical research. Your analytical, logical-thinking, and numeracy skills will also be of interest to the legal, financial, and commercial worlds.
School of Earth, Atmosphere & Environment
In July 2014, the new School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment was formed, bringing together the former School of Geosciences (Faculty of Science), atmospheric science (School of Mathematics) and physical geography (Faculty of Arts).
For the first time at Monash, researchers studying climate systems will work alongside those investigating climate, weather, and near-surface to deep earth materials and processes - to name just a few. It creates a critical mass, an Australian powerhouse of Earth sciences education and research.
The innovation is a response to an emerging demand for Monash's talented teachers and researchers to foster its collaborative ties within its Earth sciences. It will build up the foundations of a stimulating, information-rich environment for students, across disciplines.
Monash University's reputation in environmental sciences is on an upward trajectory - with geography currently ranked number one within the Group of Eight research-intensive universities.
School of Mathematical Sciences
The School of Mathematical Sciences' curriculum is continuously updated to ensure that students are exposed to the latest mathematics developments, and acquire skills relevant to the current needs of industry. The school focuses on helping our students develop the core strengths in pure and applied mathematics and mathematical statistics, while also catering for students with an interest in astrophysics, atmospheric science, computational mathematics, financial and insurance mathematics, and applied statistics.
Mathematics is the universal language used to describe, model, understand and even create aspects of the world around us.
Applied mathematics is used to solve problems from many branches of science, engineering, information technology and commerce. For example, it can help work out how cells divide, generate new financial tools, or predict weather.
Pure mathematics is valued greatly for its precision and intrinsic beauty. It is often inspired by problems arising in other sciences – for example, new topics in a branch of pure mathematics called knot theory have been developed to work out how 3D protein molecules are created from chains of amino acids.
Conversely, many discoveries in pure maths have lead, often decades later, to important applications – CAT scans and MRI were made possible by a branch of pure maths called integral geometry.
Mathematical statistics develops the techniques for turning data into useful information.
School of Physics & Astronomy
The School of Physics and Astronomy at Monash University is passionate about creating a truly collaborative learning and research environment, where students drive their own learning and benefit first hand from our world-leading research programs.
The school is going through an exciting period of renewal - investing significantly in people and facilities. Monash provides research opportunities for creative students and scientists to work on a wide range of fundamental research topics, which will have impact for future generations - including astronomy and astrophysics, atomic and molecular physics, biomedical imaging, cosmology, condensed matter physics, particle physics, quantum science and synchrotron science. Monash students have the opportunity to get involved in research in 2D materials, ultracold atomic gases, quantum computing and nanotechnology, and much more, as part of their course, working and learning alongside research scientists.
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