The Master of Biomedical Science offers graduate students a pathway into a research or other science-based career and/or graduate research (PhD) studies. It is an alternative to the Honours/PhD pathway. Students undertake a research project and discipline-specific coursework subjects.
In addition, a suite of professional business and communications programs are offered to complement and enhance research, and to progress career opportunities. The course provides an understanding of the research process, specialist knowledge and professional skills that are attractive to employers.
Coordinating this course is the School of Medicine within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS), Australia’s largest biomedical research facility.
Students must complete a research project under the supervision of a staff member located in the School of Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS).
Graduates of this program gain an understanding of the research process, specialist knowledge and professional skills that are attractive to employers.
The Selection Committee will evaluate the applicant’s ability to pursue the course successfully using the following criterion:
an undergraduate degree with a major in a relevant discipline with a weighted average of at least 65% in the final year major subjects, or equivalent.
Quotas may be applied to the degree as a whole, or to individual disciplines, and preference may be given to applicants with evidence of appropriate preparation or potential to undertake research. Entry is subject to the capacity of a participating department to provide adequate supervision in a research project appropriate to the interests and preparation of the individual student and is subject to the agreement of an academic staff member to supervise the project.
The Selection Committee may conduct interviews and tests and may call for referee reports or employer references to elucidate any of the matters referred to above. A prospective supervisor does not need to make a firm commitment at the time of application - a confirmation of agreement to be nominated as supervisor is sufficient.
The Master of Biomedical Science is a coursework degree and students must complete 200 credit points comprising:
Discipline subjects (50 credit points)
Professional skills subjects (25 credit points)
Research subject (125 credit points)
Students must complete a research project under the supervision of a staff member located in the School of Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS). Depending on supervisor and project availability, research can be undertaken in a range of discipline areas based in academic Departments (at various sites as listed) and some affiliated institutes (as indicated) including:
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (including the Bio21 Institute)
Cell Biology and Cancer (including the Peter Mac Institute)
Medicine (Royal Melbourne Hospital / Western Hospital and St Vincent´s Hospital)
Microbiology and Immunology
Neurosciences (including the Florey Institute)
Ophthalmology & Otolaryngology (including the Bionics Institute)
Paediatrics (including Murdoch Children´s Research Institute)
Surgery (Austin Hospital, Royal Melbourne Hospital / Western Hospital and St Vincent´s Hospital)
Students are also required to complete the compulsory discipline subject, Introduction to Biomedical Research (BIOM40001). This subject is delivered as a two week intensive during the last two weeks of February prior to semester commencement. Students should be sure to make arrangements to be available to attend classes on campus during this period.
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