Master of Medical Science

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Master of Medical Science

Expand your expertise and pursue your passion with JCU’s Master of Medical Science. Experience specialist training in the field and hone your research skills to contribute valuably in your chosen field.

Campus
Townsville
Start dates
February, July
Duration
2 years full time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus

Career opportunities

JCU Master of Medical Science graduates are equipped with specialist skills and are employed in a variety of medical settings.

You could work as a clinical or medical scientist, cardiac scientist, respiratory scientist, sleep scientist, or neuroscientist. You could also work in areas of pathology, clinical microbiology, haematology, transfusion science, clinical biochemistry, histopathology, immunology, serology or laboratory management.

Graduates from the Medical Laboratory Science major are eligible to apply for membership with the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS).

Graduates from the Clinical Sciences major qualify to work as clinical scientists in cardiac, respiratory, sleep or neurophysiology laboratories in hospitals or private practices.

Course overview

Apply and adapt advanced knowledge in biomedical, medical laboratory and clinical measurement science. Learn how to improve human and animal health in rural, remote, and indigenous community settings.

Study a specialised major and learn from industry professionals in JCU’s cutting-edge custom laboratories. Network and form professional relationships with potential future employers.

Conduct an independent research project on a significant topic and present your findings to postgraduate peers, academics and researchers. Integrate your theoretical skills as you complete professional placements*.

Cultivate your commitment to lifelong learning with this dynamic and exciting program. JCU Medical Science graduates are highly sought-after, both nationally and internationally.

View the Handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects, as well as pre-placement requirements.

* Clinical Sciences and Medical Laboratory Science majors only

Majors

You can choose from three Medical Science majors.

Clinical Sciences

Explore fundamental issues of respiratory, sleep and neurological measurement, analysis, and interpretation. Undertake a total of 40 weeks of clinical rotation in professional medical or clinical science laboratories. Autonomously collect and interpret data and present professional scientific and clinical cases to your supervisors.

This major is not available  to international students who enrol mid-year.

Future Leaders in Tropical Research

Diagnose major parasite groups, develop immunology experiments, and design research proposals in this flexible major. Choose between a specialisation in Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, or Physiology and Pharmacology, plus electives based on your professional interests.

Medical Laboratory Science

Study either the professional placement stream or the clinical placement stream.

In the professional placement stream, choose from four specialised streams - Haematology, Clinical Biochemistry, Anatomy Histology, or Microbiology and Immunology, plus choose from a list of electives to suit your professional interests. Apply your theoretical knowledge by completing up to 40 weeks of professional placements.

In the clinical placement stream, study a set of advanced subjects in haematology, immunohaematology, biochemistry, and histology and cytology. Apply your theoretical knowledge by completing a total of 12 weeks of clinical placements.

This major is not available  to international students who enrol mid-year.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Handbook

Master of Medical Science

Handbook year

2019

Course code

117204

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

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.

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
requirements

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: https://www.jcu.edu.au/professional-experience-placement/preparation-checklists

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
requirements

Nil

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

CORE SUBJECTS

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

OPTIONS

Select a Major from Table A

PLUS

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

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Clinical Sciences

Townsville

Available only as a single major.

Available mid-year entry for Domestic only.

Future Leaders in Tropical Research

Townsville

Available only as a single major.

Available mid-year entry for Domestic and International.

Medical Laboratory Science

Townsville

Available only as a single major.

Available mid-year entry for Domestic only.

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

2 years full time or equivalent part time

Maximum time to complete

5 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 years

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 Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students

Special assessment
requirements

Nil

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 Credit and Articulation policy and associated procedures

Maximum allowed

24 credit points

Currency

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

Expiry

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

MASTER OF MEDICAL SCIENCE

Approved abbreviation

MMedSc

Inclusion of majors on
testamur

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

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.