Master of Medical Science

Master of Medical Science

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

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).


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.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 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

Inherent Requirements

Inherent RequirementsInherent requirements are the fundamental abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to complete the learning outcomes of a course while preserving the academic integrity of the university’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes. Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired or have the ability to acquire the inherent requirements for their degree. For more information refer to Inherent Requirements page.
Reasonable adjustmentsReasonable adjustments may be made to assist students manage additional circumstances impacting on their studies provided these do not change the academic integrity of a degree. Reasonable adjustments do not alter the need to be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements of the course.

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.

Available mid-year entry for Domestic only.

Future Leaders in Tropical Research


Available only as a single major.

Available mid-year entry for Domestic and International.

Medical Laboratory Science


Available only as a single major.

Available mid-year entry for Domestic only.







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 Coursework Enrolment Procedure.

Special assessment

At the discretion of the College Dean, students may be required to undertake a prescribed English language test to ensure that they have an acceptable level of English language proficiency, including at least at the level required to be admitted to the course, to safely participate in professional experience placements.

Professional accreditation


Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for
final subject

Not applicable



Students may apply for credit transfer for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

24 credit points


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


Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 15years after the date of the examination upon which the credit 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 credit.

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 12 credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible for the award of:

Graduate Certificate of Biomedical Science

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