Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and 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)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

School of Primary Healthcare: telephone +61 3 99024495; email or visit

Course coordinator

Dr Heather Grusauskas


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • 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.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes. For more information refer to

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will 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 master's 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

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


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.


This course consists of coursework core and elective units and/or modules, plus a research component including submission of a 15,000 word thesis.


Core units

  • MFM4000 Principles of general practice
  • MFM4006 Introduction to research methods
  • MFM5008 Applied research in general practice

Thesis unit

Elective units

Students must complete 36 credit points from the lists of electives and/or modules below.


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


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 wishing to exit this course may apply to graduate with a Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award.

Students who successfully complete the elective unit MFM5007 (Learning and teaching) may graduate with a Master of Family Medicine (Clinical).


Master of Family Medicine