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Master of Science

Key information

Level of study:
Master's Degree
Tuition fees:
2 years
Start date: 21-February-2022
Lincoln University
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Expand your value and opportunities with advanced research and training in a range of science disciplines.

The Master of Science from Lincoln University creates an opportunity for you to deepen your understanding and cultivate new perspectives within specialist areas of study. These specialisations include Conservation and Ecology, Biochemistry, Environmental Science or a specialisation based on your own personal focus and choice of courses.

Summary of Regulations

  • Students are required to complete 240 credits: normally 120 credits of taught courses from the schedules to the regulations for the relevant master's degree and a thesis worth 120 credits. Note that the first year provides preliminary research preparation.
  • Students enrolling in thesis only masters are required to complete a minimum of 120 credits.

Master of Science - Biochemistry:

  • BICH 601 - General Biochemistry (40 credits)
  • BICH 633 - Protein Biochemistry (20 credits)
  • BICH 636 - Plant Biochemistry (20 credits)

Elective courses

Master of Science - Conservation and Ecology:

  • ECOL 608 - Research Methods in Ecology (20 credits)
  • ECOL 609 - Conservation Biology (20 credits)
  • ECOL 612 - Wildlife Management (20 credits)
  • ECOL 631 - Animal Behaviour (20 credits)

Elective courses

Master of Science - Environmental Science:

  • ECOL 608 - Research Methods in Ecology (20 credits)
  • ECOL 612 - Wildlife Management (20 credits)
  • MICR 604 - Advanced Microbiology (20 credits)
  • SOSC 627 - Soil Resources (20 credits)
  • SOSC 628 - Soil Chemistry (20 credits)
  • SOSC 629 - Soil Physics (20 credits)
  • SOSC 630 - Soil Fertility and Management (20 credits)

Elective courses

Entry criteria

  • For a 240 credit Master's (thesis plus exam) you need a relevant degree with at least a B-grade average in 300 level and final year (full-time equivalent) courses.
  • For the 120-credit Master's (thesis only) you need a relevant postgraduate Honours degree with Second Class Honours, Division One equivalent or higher.

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate that your English is good enough to study successfully at university. Lincoln University recognises achievement through a limited number of recognised tests of English Language. Below are the minimum standards for entry to the programme:

  • IELTS academic score of 6.5 overall, with no individual component less than 6.0
  • TOEFL (iBT) overall score of 80 (with at least 21 in writing and 18 in Speaking)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and First (FCE) overall score of 176, with no individual component less than 169
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) overall score of 58 with no communicative score of less than 50
  • Lincoln University English Language GCAE or LU EL 70%.


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