Master of Medical Science

Master of Medical Science

Course code


Course type

MCW – Masters by Coursework (AQF Level 9)

Professional accreditation status

The Medical Laboratory Science stream for this course is pending accreditation with the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists. Students studying the Medical Laboratory Science stream will be eligible to apply for membership with the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS).


Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of at least an AQF7 Biomedical Science Degree or Medical Laboratory Science degree at this or another University or equivalent determined by Course Co-ordinator.

Students who complete the Graduate Diploma of Medical Science will be eligible for entry.

Entry requirements for this course are consistent with the Pathways to Qualifications in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 9) Guidelines for Masters degrees.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Special admission requirements

Applicants who have graduated with a bachelor (pass) degree from another university may be required to complete coursework or assessment as deemed necessary by the Course Co-ordinator to comply with AIMS minimum requirements for accreditation.

Post admission

Your course may have specific admission requirements such as immunisation, the requirement to obtain a Suitability to Work with Children Card, federal police check and/or other requirements that you must comply with in order to stay enrolled in your course. You will find your course requirements here:

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

48 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

Students must successfully complete the first year of the Master of Medical science before they are able to progress to the Research/Projects subjects

Additional completion


Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Mater of Medical Science, graduates will be able to:

- Apply and adapt advanced and integrated knowledge, including an understanding of recent developments, in the area of biomedicine, medical laboratory science and clinical measurements science

- Demonstrate related professional competencies, behaviours and ethical frameworks

- Apply an integrated understanding of biomedical, medical laboratory and clinical measurement science and its application to improve human and animal health in rural, remote and indigenous community settings

- Analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in new situations or contexts with creativity and independence

- Demonstrate a high level of personal autonomy and accountability for their own future professional development through reflection on current skills, knowledge and attitudes in the biomedical science arena

- Interpret and justify scientific propositions, methodologies and conclusions to specialist and non-specialist audiences through high level written and oral communication and numeracy skills.

- Plan and execute or critically evaluate a substantial body of novel research with a large degree of independence.

- Interpret and justify clinical case studies and interventional action

Course Structure


RM8301:06 Research Planning in Tropical Health and Medicine

RM8302:06 Research Project in Tropical Health and Medicine

TM5515:03 Epidemiology for Public Health or TM5516:03 Biostatistics for Public Health


Select a Major from Table A


Select 9 credit points of any Level 5 BC, HS, MI, ML, PP or TM subjects

TABLE A (Majors)

Type of major

Mandatory, single

Credit points in major

24 credit points




Clinical Sciences


Available only as a single major

Future Leaders in Tropical Research


Available only as a single major

Medical Laboratory Science


Available only as a single major







Expected time to complete

2 years full time or equivalent part time

Maximum time to complete

5 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 years


Course progression


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Clinical placement/professional practice:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense. (Note: health professional courses generally involve extensive professional or clinical placements).

Further information about placements can be found at Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students

Special assessment


Professional accreditation


Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for
final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit and Articulation policy and associated procedures

Maximum allowed

24 credit points


Advanced standing will be granted only for subjects completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course or equivalent recent work experience


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 15years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course

Other restrictions

Studies and/or professional experiences undertaken to fulfil the entry requirements to JCU awards may not be used for advanced standing

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on

Any major except the Future Leaders in Tropical Health Research Major may appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have successfully completed 24 credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible for the award of:

Graduate Diploma of Medical Science

Course articulation

Not applicable