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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

NOTE: This course has been updated - please refer to the Postgraduate handbook change register for details.

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleMFamMed
Total credit points required96
Standard duration of study (years)4 years PT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (Clayton)
Contact details

Administrative officer, Graduate Studies - Department of General Practice: Telephone +61 3 8575 2216; email: or visit

Course coordinator

Professor Leon Piterman


  • This course is not available to international student visa holders.
  • Part-time study only.


The Department of General Practice offers this program to general practitioners who wish to expand their knowledge and skills in areas relevant to general practice. It provides research and teaching skills to prepare for potential academic general practice careers.


On completion of this course, graduates should be able to:

  • carry out independent and collaborative research in general practice at a level expected of a Monash Graduate
  • supervise research projects of a nature comparable to those required of masters graduates
  • participate in curriculum development, teaching, assessment and evaluation of education programs at various levels, including undergraduate, vocational training and continuing medical education of established general practitioners
  • demonstrate organisational skills required of academic general practitioners with respect to teaching and research.

Credit for prior studies

Credit applications will be considered on an individual basis.Students who have successfully completed course 1759 Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine will be granted the maximum credit allowed.

Maximum credit allowed

48 credit points

Recognition of prior learning

Credit applications for RPL will be considered on an individual basis.


Assessment will be by coursework participation, formal assignments, projects and minor thesis.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited With The Royal Australia College Of General Practitioners Quality Assurance Continuing Professional Development Program.


Candidates are required to undertake 72 points of coursework, plus research, and submit a 24-point thesis of 15,000 words. Coursework includes core and elective units and/or modules.


Core units

  • MFM2000 Principles of general practice
  • MFM2006 Introduction to research methods
  • MFM2008 Applied research in general practice



Select 36 credit points from the lists of electives and/or modules below.

Elective units

* Required for alternative exit to course 2677 Master of Family Medicine (Clinical) and highly recommended for students interested in teaching skills.


All modules are 6 points unless otherwise indicated.

Minimum grade for course completion

In order to receive the award, students must achieve a minimum result of 65 per cent in the unit MFM2006 (Introduction to research methods).

Alternative exit(s)

Students may graduate with a Master of Family Medicine (Clinical) if they successfully complete the unit MFM2007 (Learning and teaching). Students may also exit with a Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine providing all requirements for that award have been met.


Master of Family Medicine