Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 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 2014 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 titleMRepSc
CRICOS code001468M
Total credit points required96
Standard duration of study (years)2 years FT, 4 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton, Monash Medical Centre, Prince Henry's Institute)
Off-campus (Clayton, Monash Medical Centre, Prince Henry's Institute)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Research Degrees Office: telephone +61 3 9594 5680; email or visit

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Peter Temple-Smith


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This course must be completed in a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 6 years. The course duration is inclusive of any periods of intermission.


The Master of Reproductive Sciences (MRepSc) is a research degree offered by the Education Program in Reproduction and Development within the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. Candidature involves the independent investigation of a research problem that has been formulated by the candidate. It is expected that the research undertaken will make a contribution to the knowledge and understanding of the chosen discipline by applying, clarifying, critiquing or interpreting that knowledge. Candidates are supported by a minimum of two supervisors throughout their candidature.

The course provides advanced theoretical understanding and research training in the applications and principles of reproductive biology and medicine, including emerging biotechnologies, to clinical human and veterinary medicine. It also offers knowledge and understanding of recent advances in reproductive technologies and their implications for professionals in various fields.

Graduates obtain suitable training for those concerned with:

  • research and development projects involving reproduction
  • IVF programs
  • medical and paramedical areas
  • development and implementation of policy on reproductive and population issues
  • developing areas of agriculture and veterinary science where skills in new reproductive technologies are assuming considerable importance
  • biological areas such as wildlife conservation, pest control and preservation of endangered species.


Successful completion of the program will signify that the candidate has successfully completed a course of postgraduate training in research under academic supervision, and has submitted a thesis that the examiners declare to be a contribution to knowledge and which demonstrates the candidate's capacity to carry out independent research.

Candidates will also be able to:

  • identify and define research questions
  • identify the appropriate research methods to address the research questions
  • demonstrate mastery of their chosen research methodology/methodologies
  • demonstrate theoretical knowledge at master's level in their chosen field of reproductive science
  • communicate their research findings in a format appropriate to their academic discipline
  • write up their research into a high quality thesis
  • contribute new information or new ways of understanding information in the field of reproductive science.

Credit for prior studies

Students who have successfully completed course 0101 Graduate Diploma in Reproductive Sciences at Monash University may be granted credit. Credit will not be given for work completed more than 10 years prior to admission to candidature.

Candidature rules

For all candidature rules and other important information for candidates refer to the Handbook for Research Master's DegreesHandbook for Research Master's Degrees (


This course consists of coursework units (30 per cent), research and thesis (70 per cent).

Areas of research

This course may be undertaken in any of the areas of researchareas of research ( offered by the faculty.

Areas of study


Candidates must, in consultation with and under the direct supervision of a member/s of the academic staff:

(a.) carry out a program of research on an agreed topic approved by the faculty in the candidate's chosen discipline for a specified period, including attending and/or presenting at seminars and other related activities as indicated by the faculty

(b.) submit for assessment a thesis of not more than 50,000 words on the program of research which meets the requirements of the examiners. The thesis should embody the results of the candidate's investigation, which demonstrates independence of thought and the candidate's ability to carry out research in that discipline. Submission of the thesis based on or partially based on conjointly published or unpublished work may be permitted.

Coursework units

The coursework lectures cover a wide range of topics including an introduction to reproductive endocrinology, gonadal development and function, pregnancy and parturition, reproductive health, fertility regulation, domestic and wild animal reproduction and conservation sciences, and assisted reproductive and genetic technologies. Assessment is by thesis, written examinations, oral presentations, poster presentations, literature reviews and practical reports.

  • MRS0001 Coursework - core lecture
  • MRS0002 Coursework, semester 1, stream 1 - lectures
  • MRS0003 Coursework, semester 1, stream 2 - lectures
  • MRS0004 Coursework, semester 2, stream 1 - lectures
  • MRS0005 Coursework, semester 2, stream 2 - lectures

Progression to further studies

Students may apply to upgrade to PhD candidature after a defined period (usually 9-12 months candidature (full-time or equivalent), provided that satisfactory progress has been made and certain conditions are met.


Master of Reproductive Sciences