Master of Medical Science (with specialisations)

Graduate Diploma of Medical Science [exit point only]
Graduate Certificate in Medical Science [exit point only]

Advance your medical knowledge at the cutting edge of science and technology with CSU's Master of Medical Science.

Medical science is a fast-evolving field, with new technologies and tools offering ongoing innovation and capability-building towards patient diagnosis. This course provides medical professionals with the platform to expand and hone your knowledge and understanding of underlying scientific concepts and recent research advances. 

At a glance

Domestic students

Study mode: Online

Campuses:

Duration:

3 years part-time

ATAR:

International students

This course is not available to international students

Why study this course?

The Master of Medical Science is the platform for you to deepen your research or specialist expertise across medical science – developing your advanced and integrated understanding of underlying scientific concepts and research advances. 

Build advanced skills

You will develop detailed knowledge and understanding in your chosen specialisation, in line with the skills necessary for a range of career opportunities. If you work as medical laboratory scientist you can also elect to complete the Pathology specialisation.

A holistic approach to medical science opportunities

The diversity of subjects available means you can undertake studies in human resource management and assimilation of scientific and clinical information, as well as specific discipline knowledge, through independent reading, research methodology and research expertise.

Flexible study options

You may elect to exit the course following completion of the first four subjects and graduate with the Graduate Certificate in Medical Science or Graduate Certificate in Medical Science (Pathology). You may also elect to exit following completion of the first eight subjects and graduate with the Graduate Diploma of Medical Science or Graduate Diploma of Medical Science (Pathology).

Dissertation

Complete a dissertation in one of a wide variety of study areas, including haematology, immunology and immunohaematology; molecular biology and genetics and medical microbiology (including virology and parasitology); medical and clinical biochemistry; histopathology and cytology; laboratory quality management; and neuroscience and neurophysiology.
Other topics in line with your self-interests can also be considered, depending on the availability of supervisory expertise

Delivered by industry leaders

Lecturers are well known for both quality teaching and research, a combination that ensures students receive not only a quality education, but a connection to job opportunities in industry, the professions, and the public sector. Our research programs are diverse, providing an exciting environment where students are exposed to cutting-edge research across a range of disciplines.

Career opportunities

Apply your advanced skills to work further progress your areas of specialisation across pathology, clinical physiology and biomedical research. Within clinical physiology you will deliver your expertise in hospitals and healthcare facilities to examine and monitor human physiological systems such as respiratory, nervous and cardiac systems, to diagnose physiological disorders and long-term illnesses. As a specialist in biomedical research you will combine science and technology to undertake and improve investigations and analysis relating to the human body and develop models and solutions to improve medical and health outcomes.

Subjects

The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

Course structure

Course Structure

Master of Medical Science (with specialisations)

Core subjects for both MMedSc and MMedSc(Path)
BMS500  Biomedical Research Methods
BMS508  Research Proposal
BMS511  Processes of Pathology
BMS552  Molecular Pathology

Additional core subjects for the MMedSc(Path)
BMS513  Laboratory Quality Control
BMS512  Integrated Medical Laboratory Science
HSM401  Reflecting on Health Care Systems
HSM404  Management and Leadership of Health and Aged Care Services


Electives
Students in the MMedSc complete 64 points of electives; students in the MMedSc(Path) complete 32 points of electives

BMS306  Advanced Haematology
BMS321  Clinical Neuroscience
BMS324  Immunohaematology & Blood Transfusion
BMS329  Clinical Neurophysiology
BMS346  Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics
BMS406  Human Reproductive Biology
BMS510  Dissertation (32 points)
BMS523  Applied Immunology
BMS524  Advanced Virology
HSM402  Human Resources Management (Health Services)
HSM409  Evidence-based Health Care Delivery
RSC301  Asthma Management
RSC431  Advanced Pulmonary Function Testing
RSC441  Advanced Respiratory Laboratory Diagnostics
RSC460  Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Exit points:
Graduate Certificate in Medical Science
BMS511  Processes of Pathology
24 points of electives

Graduate Diploma of Medical Science
BMS511  Processes of Pathology
BMS552  Molecular Pathology
BMS500  Biomedical Research Methods
40 points of electives (BMS510  Dissertation may not be included in these electives)

Graduate Certificate in Medical Science (Pathology)
BMS511  Processes of Pathology
BMS552  Molecular Pathology
BMS513  Laboratory Quality Control
BMS512  Integrated Medical Laboratory Science

Graduate Diploma of Medical Science (Pathology)
BMS511  Processes of Pathology
BMS552  Molecular Pathology
BMS513  Laboratory Quality Control
BMS512  Integrated Medical Laboratory Science
BMS500  Biomedical Research Methods
HSM404  Management and Leadership of Health and Aged Care Services
16 points of electives

# A maximum of 16 points of undergraduate subjects (those with 300 level codes) can be taken as electives under the following conditions:
1.They may not be taken if these particular disciplines have been studied at an undergraduate level.
2.Credit is not available from undergraduate studies for these subjects.

Enrolment pattern

Enrolment Pattern

Master of Medical Science

Year 1, session 1
BMS511  Processes of Pathology
elective

Year 1, session 2
BMS552  Molecular Pathology
BMS500  Biomedical Research Methods
** students wishing to exit with the GradCertMedSc complete 2 electives this session


Year 2, session 1
BMS508  Research Proposal
Elective
** students wishing to exit with the GradDipMedSc complete 2 electives this session


Remaining sessions for both GradDipMedSc and MMedSc comprise electives

Master of Medical Science (Pathology)

Year 1, session 1
BMS511  Processes of Pathology
BMS513  Laboratory Quality Control

Year 1, session 2
BMS552  Molecular Pathology
BMS512  Integrated Medical Laboratory Science

** students may elect to exit with the GradCertMedSc(Pathology) at this point

Year 2, session 1
HSM401  Reflecting on Health Care Systems
BMS500  Biomedical Research Methods

Year 2, session 2
BMS508  Research Proposal
HSM404  Management and Leadership of Health and Aged Care Services OR elective

** students may elect to exit with the GradDipMedSc(Pathology) at this point

Year 3, session 1
HSM404  Management and Leadership of Health and Aged Care Services OR elective
Elective

Year 3, session 2
Elective
Elective

note: BMS510  Dissertation takes the place of 4 electives in the above enrolment pattern and requires enrolment in 2 sessions therefore students intending to complete the dissertation should enrol in HSM404  Management of Health and Aged Care Services in Year 2, session 2.

Residential schools

There are no compulsory residential schools associated with the core subjects in this course. Some electives have residential schools for the completion of laboratory work.

The following subjects may have a residential school component:

BMS415 Genetic Engineering & Bioinformatics
BMS324 Immunohaematology and Blood Transfusion
BMS306 Advanced Haematology
BMS438 Clinical Bacteriology

Admission Information

This course is available to applicants who hold either a 3 or 4 year undergraduate bachelor degree in a relevant area or one of the following CSU Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diplomas:

  • Graduate Certificate in Respiratory Science
  • Graduate Certificate in Asthma and Respiratory Management
  • Graduate Diploma of Genetic Counselling

Applicants intending to complete the pathology specialisation will be required to have a minimum of 2 years full-time employment as a medical laboratory scientist (or equivalent).

Cost of study

For information on the tuition fees and other costs associated with studying this course, see 'Cost of study' section of online course brochure

Course Details

Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPOSYYNJSPM
DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPPGYYNOSPM

LEGEND
CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with the Masters degree, students must successfully complete at Pass level or better subjects the subjects described in the course structure [total 96 points].

How to apply

For online applications, see 'How to apply' section of online course brochure

About the School

The School of Biomedical Sciences

The School of Biomedical Sciences provides students with an opportunity to engage in high quality learning experiences in the areas of clinical practice (paramedic), clinical science, health science and medical science. School staff are well known for both quality teaching and research, a combination that ensures students receive not only a quality education, but a connection to job opportunities in industry and commerce, the professions, and the public sector. Research programs are diverse, providing an exciting environment for graduate studies – where students are exposed to cutting-edge research in a range of disciplines. The School delivers courses across five CSU campuses at Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga.

Academic expectations

For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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