By Ben Skuse
Learning science at Monash is a unique experience tailored to your interests and skills – and ultimately to your future career
|Ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide, and home to the Australian Synchrotron and the Australian Stem Cell Centre, Monash University is at the cutting-edge of scientific research. But what’s it like to study science at Monash?|
“All the lecturers are keen to get students involved,” says recent grad Tim Newport.
The science facilities and learning environments are pretty amazing too.
“The social spaces are superb and the classrooms are fresh, colourful and innovative,” says Dr Chris Thompson, Associate Dean of Education in the Faculty of Science.
“The result is an active learning environment, providing hands-on experience and support, that students really engage in.”
The new Monash Earth Sciences Garden is a stunning arrangement of nearly 500 rock specimens, weighing up to 14 tonnes. It’s a hands-on approach to teaching geology, physical geography and atmospheric sciences. The Jock Marshall Reserve is a three-hectare wetland reserve at Monash Clayton that is home to amphibians and aquatic birds, where students can do practical activities like biodiversity comparisons.
In their first year, students explore a range of disciplines before pinning down a major. “You’re not locked into a subject area until well into your third year,” says Tim.
What if you have a passion for science but also want to explore another subject?
“I transferred to Monash in my first year because of their double degree,” says Tim, who has since studied a range of other subjects from international history and linguistics to atmospheric science and philosophy. “Every one of the extra units counted towards my degree,” he says.
“A science degree can be coupled with just about any other degree, which can double or quadruple your career options,” adds Chris.
Preparing you for your chosen career is a central element of a science degree at Monash, says Lisa Happell, the science career education consultant. “There are loads of student programs available that can boost your employability after your degree,” she says.
Science Student Ambassadors, for example, attend events like open days and school visits, and social media and marketing activities. This develops a network of contacts, and gives workplace-relevant training and skills in marketing, communications and social media.
There’s also the Science Future Leaders Program, which prepares students for leadership roles. Activities include a series of leadership seminars and workshops and opportunities to practise leadership within the university, a chosen profession or the wider community.
TO GET THERE: monash.edu/science
“A science degree can be coupled with just about any other degree, which can double or quadruple your career options.”
Author: Ben Skuse
Ben Skuse is a UK-based former mathematician turned professional science writer, who has written for the Careers with STEM magazines for over 5 years. You can follow him on Twitter @BenSkuseSciComm.