Study Masters of Biosecurity to help prepare for the next global threat

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A Master in Biosecurity could be the perfect choice for you, whether you're a recent graduate looking to gain advanced knowledge and skills, or you're ready to take your career to the next level.

Why study Masters of Biosecurity

As the world becomes increasingly interconnected and globalized, the importance of biosecurity – the protection of human, animal, and plant health from biological threats – has become more evident than ever. A Masters of Biosecurity program can provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to tackle these complex and challenging issues. Murdoch University’s Masters of Biosecurity program is an excellent choice for those interested in pursuing a career in this field.

Murdoch is the first university in Australia to offer Masters in Biosecurity and the course is fully external, meaning you can study this course from anywhere. The program provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to identify, assess and mitigate biosecurity risks, as well as to develop, implement and evaluate biosecurity policies and procedures. Kirsty Bayliss, Associate Professor says, 

This knowledge and skill set can be useful for anyone, looking to make a real difference in the world and contribute in protecting the health and safety of our people, plants, and animals and protect our economy”   

What does a career in biosecurity look like?

A Masters in Biosecurity from Murdoch University can provide students with a strong foundation for a career in a range of industries, including government, non-profit, and private sectors, as well as academia.

Some potential job titles for graduates of the program might include: 

  • Biosecurity officer or specialist: work to identify and mitigate biological threats to human, animal, and plant health. They may be employed by government agencies, non-profit organizations, or private companies.
  • Emergency management coordinator: plan and implement emergency response plans in the event of an outbreak or other emergency situation.
  • Public health officer: work to promote and protect the health of communities through education, research, and policy development.
  • Environmental health specialist: work to identify and address environmental factors that may impact human, plant or animal/wildlife health.
  • Research scientist: conduct research to understand and address biosecurity issues such as developing new diagnostic methods, and may work in a variety of settings, including universities, government agencies, and private companies.
  • Biosecurity consultant: provide advice and guidance to organizations on how to mitigate biosecurity risks and ensure compliance with relevant regulations.
  • Quarantine officer:  conduct surveillance at entry ports and across different regions, typically working closely with the general community.

Kirsty believes that jobs within the sector are expected to keep growing, and will certainly never disappear. 

When COVID-19 came along, it reminded us that we need to be prepared.”

The Master of Biosecurity, will help contribute to the preparation for (and management of) the next global pandemic. Can we improve our tools to detect outbreaks earlier, or contain infectious diseases better to stop their spread? How to we better engage with the general community to convey the importance of quarantine or isolation? What legislation or policies need to be updated to initiate emergency responses in a more timely manner?

Our goal is to equip our graduates with the tools and expertise they need to address major global challenges, both currently and in the future. Alongside this, we strive to offer them the possibility to specialize in biosecurity and develop a deep understanding of the field.”

 Work and study alongside leading academics and researchers

A Master in Biosecurity provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to protect public health and safety. The program is taught by academic staff who are experts in their field, who bring a wealth of experience and insight to the classroom.

Tara, a recent graduate says one of the main reasons for choosing this degree was to work with the outstanding academics.

Dr Bayliss was an excellent project supervisor. As my supervisor, she always had time to discuss my ideas and research. I really appreciated her attention to detail and constructive advice as it not only improved the project but allowed me to improve my own critical thinking and writing skills. Dr Bayliss is a leader in the field of plant biosecurity and I was honoured to be one of her students.”

Murdoch University’s Masters of Biosecurity program is an excellent choice for those looking to pursue a career in this important and growing field. Its interdisciplinary approach, strong practical component, and commitment to sustainability make it a standout among other programs. If you’re considering a career in biosecurity, be sure to consider Murdoch University as you explore your options.

Find out more at, call 1300 MURDOCH or come in and talk direct to us- Kirsty Bayliss, Associate Professor, (08) 9360 2814,

Posted on:

13 Jan 2023



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