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Master of Medical Science (with specialisations)

Medical Science and Dentistry

Master of Medical Science (with specialisations)

Graduate Diploma of Medical Science [exit point only]
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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. 

  • 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

    Pathology

    This course will increase your body of knowledge and your scientific skill set, in line with the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS) professional standards. Although this course is not accredited with AIMS, it will provide you with skills necessary for your career progression.

    Clinical physiology

    Work 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. Collaborate with other health care professionals to test, monitor, analyse and diagnose physiological conditions of patients to track improvements and deteriorations and recommend alternative treatment methods.

    Biomedical research

    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. Develop laboratory and scientific tests to help diagnose and treat diseases and evaluate the effectiveness of current and evolving treatments.

  • 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

    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

    BMS406 Human Reproductive Biology
    BMS415 Genetic Engineering and Bioinformatics
    BMS418 Immunology
    BMS438 Clinical Bacteriology
    BMS439 Virology, Mycology & Parasitology (16)
    BMS510 Dissertation (32 points)
    ETH403 Bioethics
    HLT401 Contexts of Health Promotion
    HSM409 Evidence-based Health Care Delivery
    HSM402 Human Resources Management (Health Services)
    RSC431 Advanced Pulmonary Function Testing
    RSC441 Advanced Respiratory Laboratory Diagnostics
    RSC460 Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
    SSC501 Science and Society
    SSC502 Ethics, Law and Medical Science
    BMS306 Advanced Haematology
    BMS324 Immunohaematology & Blood Transfusion


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

    Postgraduate Diploma in 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)

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

    Postgraduate Diploma in 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 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

    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 PostgradCertMedSc complete 2 electives this session


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


    Remaining sessions for both PostgradDipMedSc 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 PostgradCertMedSc(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 PostgradDipMedSc(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).

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

  • 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
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    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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  • 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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