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Monash University

Master of Science Preliminary

Course code: 0054 ~ Course abbreviation: MScPrelim ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Science

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton; Gippsland; Sunway)

External (Clayton; Gippsland)

Course description

This course combines research and coursework units and is intended primarily for graduates who do not meet the standard eligibility requirements for entry into the MSc degree. Candidates who successfully complete such studies and pass such examinations as prescribed by their school with results equivalent to H2A (70-79) or better will be eligible for future admission into the MSc, MPhil, or PhD program. Candidates who have completed the requirements of the course but not at the equivalent to H1 or H2A grade, or who are eligible to apply for the MSc, MPhil, or PhD programs but do not wish to do so, may apply to receive the Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PgradDipSc) exit award.

Course objectives

The MSc Preliminary is a course of study involving both coursework and research that is undertaken as preparation for admission to further studies at masters (or PhD) level.

Course structure

The MSc Preliminary will usually include a combination of coursework and research, and it is anticipated that the research component undertaken in this course will form the basis of the research thesis required under the MSc.

Assessment is by completion of coursework units and examination of a minor thesis.

Contact details

Further information can be obtained from the graduate studies website at or from the Faculty of Science office by email at