Master of Medical Science

Exit points
Postgraduate Diploma of Medical Science
Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Science

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What is this course about?

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.

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


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

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.

Access to the internet is assumed.

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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