Master of Biosecurity

Murdoch University

Biosecurity is a growing field of activity for many professionals involved in agriculture, the environment and international and domestic trade. This growth is driven by the need to maintain agricultural and environmental integrity in a world where global trade and human movement mean that exotic organisms pose a major ongoing threat. Biosecurity is central to the management of these threats, with a continuum of activities involving risk analysis, quarantine and surveillance to stop the entry of exotic organisms, rapid emergency response in the event of an exotic incursion, and then the management of pest organisms if they become permanently establish and start impacting trade. After completing this degree, you will be able to pursue careers in biosecurity, quarantine and pest management, acting in technical, research and administrative roles with organisations such as the State Departments of Agriculture, State and Federal Biosecurity Agencies, Plant Health Australia, Animal Health Australia and private industry, or their international counterparts. You will also be eligible to apply for membership to societies such as the Australian Entomological Society, the Australasian Plant Pathology Society, the Ecological Society of Australia, the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology, the Australian Society of Horticultural Sciences and the Society for Risk Analysis.

Entry Requirements:

Bachelor degree; or Graduate Certificate; or Graduate Diploma in Plant Biosecurity or a related discipline (for example entomology, plant pathology, quarantine); plus English competence.


This course has been developed in consultation with government representatives from Canada, United States, New Zealand and Australia. Students graduating from the course can do so with the knowledge that their degree will meet the highest level of industry requirement.

Subjects you can Study:

Plant biosecurity

Study Pathways:

Students can opt out of the Masters of Plant Biosecurity and exit with the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma subject to satisfying the course requirements.

Further information:

Internet access is required for all students.


Australian Entomological Society; Australian Plant Pathology Society; Australian Ecological Society; Australian Institute of Agricultural Science; Australian Society of Horticultural Sciences; Australian Society for Risk Analysis

Who for:

Graduates wanting to pursue careers in biosecurity, quarantine and pest management, acting in technical, research and administrative roles

Related Careers:

Agricultural Scientist,
Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Murdoch No info Yes Part time 3 years
Murdoch No info Yes Full time 1.5 years

Why study with us

Murdoch provides everything you would expect from a world-class university, including leading academics, world-changing research, excellent facilities and a wide range of courses.

Our strong connections with overseas partners, government departments and the wider working community gives you the perfect springboard to take part in work placements and complete real-world projects. 

One of the top 100 universities in the world under 50, our emphasis on Work Integrated Learning led Murdoch to being ranked the number one university in Australia for medium-term overall employment in 2018.


Teaching Facilities 

Our world-class teaching facilities give you access to real-world equipment and resources, helping you gain the industry knowledge and experience you need to succeed in your chosen field.

Virtual classroom - Murdoch is proud to be the first university in Australia to offer SimLabTM technology, giving students the opportunity to practice and improve their teaching techniques in a safe learning environment.

Perth's most modern Moot Court - Try cases in a real court environment and compete with other law schools around the world using video satellite technology.

Engineering plant - Our scaled Bayer Pilot Plant features real-world engineering equipment, the only one of its kind in Perth.

Media Arts Centre - Have access to our professional equipment and industry-standard facilities, including fully equipped TV and radio studios and editing suites.

The Chiropractic Clinic - Work with registered chiropractors on real clients in our clinic, which features 11 consulting rooms.

State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre - Access to our collaborative centre for research and development, with platform technologies and world-class equipment and facilities.

World-famous veterinary facilities - Our Perth campus is home to a working farm, a vet clinic, fully equipped veterinary hospital, pet emergency centre and Equine Centre.


Student Services

Health & counselling - Facilities and services to help you look after your physical and mental health.

Career services - Support your career journey, develop your professional network and benefit from student and graduate opportunities.

Child Care Centre - Run by qualified and experienced staff so you can focus on your studies.

Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre - If you’re an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Island student, we have a range of support services and options to help you during your studies.


Admission & Selection 

The path you take when you apply to Murdoch will vary depending on who you are and what you want to study. 

High school leavers:

If you’re completing high school this year, you'll need to apply through TISC. Once applications to TISC have closed, you can apply directly to Murdoch until the start of the semester.

All other applicants:

Applications can be made at any time directly to Murdoch using our online application system.

If you don’t currently meet our admission requirements, we have a range of enabling pathways, including our free enabling courses, which will qualify you to apply for any Murdoch undergraduate degree that has a minimum Selection Rank of 70.


Study options

Depending on your chosen course, we offer flexible study options including full-time or part-time and on-campus or online.

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