MC-BIOMED v.1 Master of Biomedical Science
Course CRICOS Code: 058864F
Registered full-time Duration: 2 Years
Master Degrees (Coursework) prepare students to apply advanced knowledge for professional practice, scholarship and further learning corresponding to AQF level 9 qualifications.
Biomedical science is a rapidly growing field of science, with increasing global application to everyday life. It affects everyone in many ways, from the development of new medicines and drugs to the creation and delivery of diagnostic technologies and progress towards revolutionary clinical therapies. This course is designed for those seeking to understand the application of the most recent laboratory, computer, and industrial technology developments in the biological sciences, within a medical context. It examines the latest knowledge and technologies in research, diagnosis, epidemiology, microbiology, biotechnology, and data analysis, and combines this with hands-on laboratory work through a laboratory master-class and through individual projects of either theoretical or laboratory-based research. This course encourages professional and personal development through active learning. Among the different units, students apply and test the knowledge gained through information gathering and analysis, and develop practical research skills through a professional development laboratory workshop, laboratory research projects, report writing, and professional level oral presentations.
Graduates are eligible for membership of the Australian Biotechnology Association and equivalent industry organisations internationally.
Graduates may seek employment in medical biotechnology and allied industries, in government, hospital and university research and development laboratories and in other professions that require an advanced understanding of molecular biosciences.
Additional Course Expenses
Students may be expected to purchase a number of text books and other essential study materials. Laboratory coats will be provided for practical work within the Biomedical Science Practicum unit and for research laboratory based project work.
Course Entry and Completion Details
Applicants for a Master Degree (Coursework) are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards; details are provided at http://futurestudents.curtin.edu.au. Subject to the duration of the course applicants usually require a Bachelor Degree or equivalent (and may require relevant work experience), Bachelor Honours Degree, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma. Any specific course entry and completion requirements must also be met.
Specifically, applicants require a Bachelor of Science degree in a relevant major, stream with an appropriate academic performance as indicated by a minimum Curtin equivalent course weighted average (CWA) of 65%. Candidates holding qualifications other than those specified are assessed on an individual basis. Applicants must meet minimum English language requirements, specifically an IELTS ACADEMIC overall score of 7 and no less than 6.5 in any band (or equivalent).
Credit for Recognised Learning
Applications for credit towards a course are assessed on an individual basis. Credit reduces the amount of learning required to complete the course and may be granted for formal education qualifications, non-formal learning from non-award programs of study and informal learning through work experiences. Further information can be found at http://futurestudents.curtin.edu.au.
A student who has successfully completed the requirements of an approved intermediate award may apply for graduation in that award subject to approval of Head of School/Department. Fees apply. Intermediate awards approved for this course:
GD-BIOMED Graduate Diploma in Biomedical Science
Pathway to Further Study
Graduates may qualify for entry to Doctoral degrees. For further details, see the Graduate Research School website http://research.curtin.edu.au/postgraduate-research/future-research-students/entry-requirements/
Master Degrees (Coursework) contain a series of units in a specialised area of study which may include compulsory (core), optional or elective units to cater for student preferences. They may also contain a range of majors/streams for students to choose from.
Students follow a progressively advancing program of subjects that cover the basis of molecular genetic technologies, the science of microbial control, health challenges and the development of their solutions. Laboratory skills are learned and enhanced through an advanced laboratory unit and through individual research projects involving theoretical or practical research. Key laboratory techniques include molecular genetic analysis and manipulation, techniques in cell biology, advanced data analysis and the application of these capabilities in medical sciences. Essential components of the research components include developing capabilities in experimental design, technique selection and practical problem solving in the laboratory.
Course Learning Outcomes
A graduate of this course can:
1. apply advanced principles of biological and life sciences as they relate to molecular biotechnology
2. plan and conduct a research project and evaluate outcomes
3. apply rational processes to critically analyse issues in science and generate innovative solutions
4. locate, extract and critically appraise relevant evidence and information from a range of resources (and apply to practice)
5. relate the significance of science to the public and scientific community using effective written and verbal communication skills
6. effectively utilise new and existing biotechnology at an advanced level
7. demonstrate self-directed learning and professional development
8. recognise international issues relevant to biotechnology and develop appropriate strategies
9. demonstrate respect for individual human rights and cultural diversity
Duration and Availability
This course is two years full time or equivalent part-time study.
Location and delivery Mode
|Year||Location||Period||All*||Internal||Partially Online Internal^||External||Fully Online#|
|2017||Bentley Campus||Semester 1||Y||Y|
|2017||Bentley Campus||Semester 2||Y|
The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.
* The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.
^ Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.
# Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.
|Year 1 Semester 1|
|MEDS6012||v.1||Medical Molecular Genetics||3.0||25.0|
|MEDS6009||v.1||Emerging and Hospital Acquired Pathogens||3.0||25.0|
|MEDS6005||v.1||Medical Biotechnology and Drug Development||4.0||25.0|
|Year 1 Semester 2|
|MEDS6007||v.1||Biomedical Science Practicum||10.0||75.0|
|Year 2 Semester 1|
|MEDS6010||v.1||Biomedical Research Project 1||25.0|
|SELECT OPTIONAL UNITS TO THE TOTAL VALUE OF:||50.0|
|Year 2 Semester 2|
|MEDS6011||v.1||Biomedical Research Project 2||25.0|
|SELECT OPTIONAL UNITS TO THE TOTAL VALUE OF:||50.0|
|Optional Units to Select from in Year 2 Semester 1||Hrs/Wk||Credit|
|MEDI6001||v.1||Molecular Techniques and Diagnostics||3.0||25.0|
|Optional Units to Select from in Year 2 Semester 2||Hrs/Wk||Credit|
|GENE6000||v.1||High Throughput Sequence Analysis||4.0||25.0|
|GENE6001||v.1||Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine||5.0||25.0|
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