Graduate Diploma of Medical Science

Courses and Study Australian courses Graduate Diploma of Medical Science

Why study the Graduate Diploma of Medical Science at JCU?

Have you ever wondered who helps doctors and nurses make informed medical decisions - when and where they should operate, if they need to put a patient into hospital, or what drugs to choose to improve a patient’s health?  The answer is….a Medical Scientist.

Medical Scientists play a vital role in improving the health of the community. One of the things Medical Scientists enjoy about their career is having the scientific understanding of how a disease and treatment works. This knowledge, when put into practise, can make a huge difference to the health and wellbeing of an individual patient or, for some Scientists, their work could even have a global impact on the diagnosis, treatment and/or prevention of a disease.

Studying the Grad Dip of Medical Science at JCU offers advanced multidisciplinary scientific training allowing you to provide guidance, policy and leadership in a variety of high demand work environments (both urban and regional). You develop particular strengths that open up unique opportunities for working in areas where there is very high demand for professionals, including: rural and remote, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other tropical communities.

JCU graduates are highly sought after because they demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning, intellectual development and display exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards.

Campus
Townsville
Start dates
February
Duration
1 year full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus; Off campus

Career opportunities

As a vital part of the healthcare team the work of a Medical Scientist is dynamic and exciting.  Graduating from JCU will prepare you to work as a Clinical or Medical Scientist in public and private laboratories, both nationally and internationally. There are many career opportunities.

Graduate Diploma of Medical Science in Medical Laboratory Science

You may want to pursue a career in a Pathology laboratory where you will examine blood, urine, tissue or faeces. You will be able to seek roles that require advanced technical skills in scientific analysis and knowledge in the areas of clinical microbiology, haematology, transfusion science, clinical biochemistry, histopathology, immunology, serology or laboratory management – or you may develop expertise in all these areas so you are able to provide after-hours care. Your role may involve determining what is wrong, what needs to happen to make a patient well and even helping the doctor understand whether a certain treatment is working.

Professional  membership: Membership with the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS) opens up opportunities to work as a Medical Laboratory Scientist nationally and internationally. **

**With a combination of a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences and the Graduate Diploma in Medical Science in Medical Laboratory Science, you can attain AIMS membership

Graduate Diploma of Medical Science in Clinical Sciences

Perhaps working behind the scenes doesn’t suit you. If you have clinical, scientific and communications skills, you may choose to work in clinical laboratories with patients. In these cases you would become a Cardiac scientist, Respiratory scientist, Sleep scientist or Neuroscientist, or multidisciplinary scientist positions (for example in uniquely challenging and fulfilling roles in rural and remote settings).

There are a range of careers in Clinical Sciences, providing support to specialist doctors in Cardiac, Respiratory and Emergency Units.

Course highlights

You will be taught by allied health industry professionals who are actively working in the field, as well as teaching. For many students this opens up exciting career opportunities, as you form professional relationships with potential future employers.

You complete two professional placements. This involves 24 weeks of clinical rotation in professional Medical or Clinical Science laboratories. Professional placements will be available at the Townsville Hospital Clinical Measurements Laboratories – Cardiac Investigations Unit and Respiratory and Sleep Units.

Course overview

The Graduate Diploma of Medical Science is designed for:

  • Scientific Health professionals wanting to upskill to pursue higher level research, leadership or senior scientist roles, and
  • Graduates of the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (or similar*), seeking advanced training in either major – Clinical Sciences or Medical Laboratory Science.

The course is created and delivered by allied health industry experts. You will learn in JCU’s cutting-edge custom laboratories, as well as on-the-job in professional and/or clinical placements in the Townsville Hospital Clinical Measurements Laboratories – Cardiac Investigations Unit and Respiratory and Sleep Units.  

*Subject to approval

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

BM5001:06 Professional Placement 1

BM5002:06 Professional Placement 2

OPTIONS

Select a major from Table A

Table A (MAJORS)

Type of major

Mandatory, single

Credit points in major

12 credit points

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Clinical Sciences

Townsville

Available only as a single major

Medical Laboratory Science

Townsville

Available only as a single major

Pathway into course

Please consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.

Handbook

Graduate Diploma of Medical Science

Course code

116107

Course type

Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)

Professional accreditation status

TBA

Division

Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF level 7 Bachelor degree in Biomedical Sciences or cognate degree or equivalent from this or any other University, at the discretion of the Dean, College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences.

Students wishing to complete the Graduate Diploma of Medical Science (Medical Laboratory Science) will be admitted on a case by case basis following discussions with the academic advisor for Biomedical Sciences to ascertain completion of subjects in their undergraduate degree which fulfil the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS) requirements for accreditation.

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.

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

Post admission
requirements

Hepatitis B immunisation:

Students must provide evidence of being immune to hepatitis B within the first teaching period of their studies. A blood-borne viral disease may result in a student’s inability to obtain a placement in a Queensland Health facility and consequently may result in their inability to complete the requirements of the course as accredited by the relevant professional accrediting body. If a student has not complied with the above requirement by the last day of the first teaching period of their studies, their enrolment will be terminated immediately

For more information, refer to:

Clinical placement/professional practice:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Students will 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 Preparing for Professional Experience Placement

Suitability to Work with Children Card (Blue Card):

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements that may involve contact with children under 18 years of age. Students are required to obtain a Suitability to Work with Children Card (which involves a criminal history check undertaken by the Queensland Police) before the start of the first placement. Students must retain a current Suitability to Work with Children Card for the duration of their course, as failure to do so will result in the termination of their admission to the course

For more information, refer to: Queensland Government – Blue Card Services

Current Apply First Aid and CPR Certificate:

Students must hold a current First Aid Certificate before undertaking professional or clinical placements.  Students are responsible for any costs associated with obtaining this certificate

Some professional/clinical placement agencies will require that students hold an advanced cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate before undertaking a professional or clinical placement. Students are responsible for any costs associated with obtaining this certificate

Australian Federal Police check:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements.  Some placement agencies will require students to produce a current Australian Federal Police check. This is in addition to the requirements for a Blue Card. Students must provide written confirmation of clearance to the Clinical Placement Officer prior to commencement of clinical placement

Application documents can be accessed at:  Australian Federal Police check

Students may be required to undertake an approved placement semester program overseas

Applicants must nominate a major, Clinical Sciences or Medical Laboratory Science as part of their application.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of Graduate Diploma of Medical Science, graduates will be able to:

- Demonstrate advanced integrated theoretical and technical knowledge and skills, with depth in the underlying concepts and principles in chosen disciplines of medical science

- Critically review, analyse, synthesise and apply scientific evidence and process to a range of social and economic contexts

- Apply recognized methods and tools of medical science to the process of enquiry and discovery, particularly in a clinical/medical investigative context

- Communicate scientific information and philosophies clearly and coherently through well-developed English language and numeracy proficiency, to a range of audiences for a range of purposes using a variety of modes

- Demonstrate personal and social responsibility and accountability through an awareness of ethical frameworks, by working safely and responsibly in individual and team environments

- Critically reflect upon the role of medical scientific investigation and medical research in tropical, rural and remote and indigenous communities

- Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes, in order to plan and implement ongoing personal and professional development needs, relevant to the chosen discipline of medical science

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

BM5001:06 Professional Placement 1

BM5002:06 Professional Placement 2

OPTIONS

Select a major from Table A

Table A (MAJORS)

Type of major

Mandatory, single

Credit points in major

12 credit points

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Clinical Sciences

Townsville

Available only as a single major

Medical Laboratory Science

Townsville

Available only as a single major

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

1 year full time or equivalent part time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

Course progression
requisites

Nil

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 Preparing for Professional Experience Placement

Special assessment
requirements

Refer to Review of a Student’s Suitability to Continue a Course Involving Placement policy

Professional accreditation
requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for
final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

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

Maximum allowed

12 credit points

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for subjects completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 13 years 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

GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF MEDICAL SCIENCE

Approved abbreviation

GDipMedSc

Inclusion of majors on
testamur

Any major may appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Nil

Course articulation

Students who complete this course are eligible for entry to the Master of Medical Science, and may be granted advanced standing for all subjects completed under this course.

What is Medical Science?

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.