Master of Medical Science

If you're a professional working in the medical or clinical sciences and you're aiming to make even more impact in your world through cutting-edge research or science leadership, this James Cook University (JCU) Master’s degree equips you with knowledge and skills that will help you achieve your goal.

Working with JCU's internationally recognised lecturers as well as experts who are currently working in science fields, you will gain advanced and integrated understanding of underlying scientific concepts and recent research advances in biomedical, clinical and medical science.

You will experience:

  • Work integrated learning opportunities
  • Supervised research and work specific projects that may be undertaken in the specific context of your work area or interest.
  • Opportunities for independent research to improve or value add to your profession, continuing professional development and contribute to papers for publication.
2 years full time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus

Career opportunities

The skills you'll gain by undertaking JCU's Master of Medical Science are uniquely suited for career opportunities such as a senior scientist in:

  • A clinical investigations unit
  • The pathology sector
  • As a research scientist.

This Master’s degree will not only enhance your knowledge and understanding of clinical and laboratory medical science, but will hone your clinical and analytical reasoning and problem solving skills, so you can take your place in research and science leadership roles throughout Australia and internationally.

These leadership skills are particularly sought after in regional and remote locations, where a generalist multidisciplinary scientist with research expertise would be invaluable. Imagine the difference you could make changing practice to improve your community’s healthcare through evidence gathering and research.

Course highlights

The Master of Medical Science has been designed as a continuing professional development model for scientific allied health professionals. The approach taken to designing curriculum has been to embrace adjunct appointments of professionals working in the medical and clinical sciences in regional Queensland.

A blended learning design allows for flexible delivery as work integrated learning. Theoretical knowledge is delivered in a practical and relevant context and is followed up with authentic and technical reinforcement during on-the-job learning.

The research component of JCU's Master of Medical Science allows your research and work specific projects to be undertaken under the joint supervision of your own clinical and academic supervisors. You'll be part of a JCU approach that delivers research skills to professional scientists, while building the research capacity of the profession and providing publishable work to raise the profile of the profession.

Course overview

This 2 year full-time (or equivalent part-time) JCU course provides you with a dynamic range of skills, encompassing many specialities. Designed to be undertaken externally with limited attendance, you can continue to work as you study. Your study options will depend on your choice of subjects and will be discussed with the academic advisor and course co-ordinator.

You will gain advanced understanding and knowledge in diverse subjects such as:

  • Research Planning and Projects in Tropical Health and Medicine
  • Epidemiology for Public Health
  • Biostatistics for Public Health.

You can select from three Majors:

  • Clinical Sciences
  • Future Leaders in Tropical Health Research
  • Medical Laboratory Science.

Professional Recognition

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).

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Pathway into course

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

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.