Master of Science Management


Program Code 11709
Graduate Level Postgraduate
  • Online
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This program is only available to current students who have already commenced the program.

The Master of Science Management provides an understanding of critical science issues that are shaping our future, and how to respond to these issues within a professional environment. The program offers a focused but very flexible combination of studies in management, administration and science, and is aimed at strategic-level management professionals or anybody else who needs to have the skills and expertise to think critically, understand contemporary science issues relevant to their professional interest, and develop and manage science-based solutions.

The program is fully on-line and therefore students can proceed at their own pace, taking a compulsory course in project management, then choices of courses dealing with science management and with critical contemporary issues in science. Graduate will be eligible to apply for accreditation with the Australian Institute of Management.

The program offered exit options into either a Graduate Certificate of Science Management or a Graduate Certificate in Science.

Why study with us?

The Master of Science Management program is truly unique. Designed around the contemporary needs of science, it will give you a real understanding of the key issues affecting government, society and the broader economy today. Taught by scientists with international research reputations, you’ll acquire critical thinking and analysis skills. By combining these transferable skills with an international perspective, you’ll be in high demand across a wide range of industries and organisations.

Career Opportunities

Students will be drawn from government agencies and science-based industries, or from individuals seeking employment in those areas. Graduates will have enhanced employment and career progression opportunities in government agencies (eg. CSIRO, Co-operative Research Centres and Environmental and Regulatory Agencies) where science-based processes and project management are required and in industries where there is an emphasis on science-based R&D, or on the application of science in production and consulting.

Admission Requirements

Applications for admission are initially assessed on the basis of an undergraduate degree but, for those who fall outside this criterion, applications will be assessed on the basis of “admissions points” as described in the Additional Selection Criteria. The Master of Science Management requires 100 admission points. Those applicants who score 60 points will be offered a place in the Graduate Certificate in Science Management. All applicants must satisfy the University’s English Language requires as set out in the University’s English Proficiency Policy:

Selection Criteria

Alternative entry will be assessed on the basis of the admission points scheme as described below.

  • An incomplete undergraduate degree or equivalent from an approved institution (with a Grade Point Average of 4.0 or greater): Up to 50 points depending on number of units successfully completed.

  • An AQF approved diploma or Associate Diploma or equivalent from an approved institution: Up to 50 points (50 points for a relevant area; 30 points for a non-relevant area).

  • Approved professional qualifications: Up to 50 points.

  • Relevant work experience:20 points per year (maximum 60 points).

  • Related area of research or management project completed with appropriate documentation: Up to 50 points.

  • Statement of professional aims and achievements and/or interview: Up to 20 points.

*An overseas qualification from an approved institution equivalent to an undergraduate degree, Diploma, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma will be allocated the appropriate admission points as specified above.

Credit Transfer

Credit may be granted for coursework courses if they can be demonstrated to be directly equivalent in terms of content and depth of study to the corresponding courses in the Science Management program, and they were completed within the previous 5 years.

Credit will be granted by the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Science and IT in accordance with the Rules Governing Postgraduate Coursework Programs.

Professional Accreditation

Discussions are ongoing with the Australian Institute of Project Management.

International Students

International students can only study this program online and must comply with the University’s English Language proficiency requirements before an application is accepted.

Special Needs

Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonably adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit for more information.

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.

Requirements and Structure

The program can be completed over one year full-time or equivalent part-time. Courses are offered online on a trimester basis. Students may commence studies in January, May or August. Please refer to the term dates on the University website at:

The program requires the completion of 80 units of courses comprising a 10 unit core, 20 units of Group A courses, 30 units of Group B courses and 20 units of electives which can be chosen from any unrestricted postgraduate course offered by the University of Newcastle.

Transition Arrangements

Students who commenced the program prior to 2012 and have:

  • successfully completed GSBS6020 will be able to count it as a directed course toward their program.

  • failed GSBS6020 or have not yet completed it, may enrol in GSBS6004.

Course Information

Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
INFT6304 Project Planning and Management Trimester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool)
10 units
Directed Courses
Code Name Availability Units
Choose 20 units from Group A - Directed Courses (minimum).
BIOL6001 Science Policy and Commercialisation Trimester 3 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6157 History, Nature, and Practice of Science Not currently offered 10 units
GENG6006 Research and Development, Managing Intellectual Property Trimester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
GSBS6004 Organisational Behaviour and Design
Not to count with GSBS6020
Trimester 1 - 2014 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2014 (Sydney Bathurst)
Trimester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (Sydney Bathurst)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Sydney Bathurst)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (GradSchool)
10 units
STAT6100 Total Quality Management Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool)
10 units
STAT6107 Statistics for the Sciences Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
Choose 30 units from Group B - Directed Courses (minimum).
EMGT6001 Conservation Biology Not currently offered 10 units
ENVS6560 Contemporary Issues in Water Management Trimester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
FSHN6000 Sustainable Food Production Not currently offered 10 units
FSHN6010 Contemporary Issues in Food Processing Not currently offered 10 units
MARI6001 Marine Ecology and Management Trimester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
PHYS6010 Contemporary Issues in Energy Trimester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units


Choose 20 units outside core or compulsory courses for this program.