Master of Medical Science (with specialisations)

Medical Science

Master of Medical Science (with specialisations)

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

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CSU's Master of Medical Science provides the means for managers and scientific staff in medical science fields to expand their knowledge and understanding of underlying scientific concepts and recent research advances. Students who work as medical laboratory scientists can elect to complete the Pathology specialisation.

  • Why study this course?

    The Master of Medical Science produces managers and scientific staff with advanced and integrated understanding of underlying scientific concepts and recent research advances. Graduates have detailed knowledge and understanding in medical science together with analytical and problem solving skills, financial, legal, human resource management and assimilation of scientific/clinical information as well as specific discipline knowledge through independent reading, research methodology and research expertise.

    CSU's Master of Medical Science is designed to meet the need for high-level education in medical science that does not focus exclusively on research. Graduates will develop detailed knowledge and understanding in medical science, together with analytical and problem solving skills for a range of individual employment and career opportunities.

    The diversity of subjects allows students to undertake studies in financial, legal, human resource management and assimilation of scientific / clinical information, as well as specific discipline knowledge, through independent reading, research methodology and research expertise. The dissertation component enables the evolution of research skills, culminating in the preparation of a publishable journal article.

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

    Dissertation

    The following areas of study will be available for dissertation:

    • haematology
    • histopathology and cytology
    • immunohaematology
    • immunology
    • laboratory quality management
    • medical and clinical biochemistry
    • medical microbiology (including virology and parasitology)
    • molecular biology and genetics
    • neuroscience

  • 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:
    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 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 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
    BMS439 Virology, Mycology & Parasitology
    BMS438 Clinical Bacteriology
    BMS418 Immunology

  • 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 are relevant for 2015 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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    Tuition costs
    Fee-paying place

    As a fee paying student, the Australian Government does not contribute towards your study costs. You pay a tuition fee for each subject you undertake.

    Options:

    1. Defer your payment using a FEE-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your tuition fee up-front each session
    2600*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2015.

    More information about fee-paying places

    Commonwealth supported place

    You will make a student contribution (formerly HECS) towards the cost of your tuition fees. Commonwealth supported places may be limited for this course.

    Options:

    1. Defer your payment using a HECS-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your student contribution fee up-front each session
    *Student contribution fee for your first year of study

    * This is an estimated fee for your first year of study based on a full-time study load (eight 8 point subjects). Should you be studying less than eight subjects in your first year, the fees would be decreased proportionally. This figure excludes the Student Services and Amenities fee. If your entire course is less than the equivalent of one year of full-time study, then the figure displayed is calculated as a percentage of a full-time study load e.g. 50%.

    More about Commonwealth supported places

    Distance education (offshore) study mode
    3750*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2015.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPOSYYNJSPM
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaCGSYNNESPM
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPPGYYNOSPM

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FFPG: 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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    International students from Canada should select the Planned Course of Study with Code CSPT when completing an online application

    Apply direct to CSU

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

    Apply online

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    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

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  • 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.

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