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 titleMBiomedScPrelim
CRICOS code081809K
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Alfred Hospital, Baker Institute, Bendigo, Box Hill Hospital, Burnet Institute, Caulfield, Clayton, Howard Florey Institute, Malaysia, Monash Health Research Institute, Monash Medical Centre, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Notting Hill, Peter McCallum Cancer Institute, Prince Henry's Institute, Southbank, St Vincent's Institute, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Research Degrees Office: telephone +61 3 9905 4313; email med-research.degrees@ or visit

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Sharon Ricardo


  • 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 1 year and a maximum of 4 years. The course duration is inclusive of any periods of intermission.
  • This course may be undertaken at approved off-site locations.


The Master of Biomedical Science (Part 1) is a qualifying degree. It is designed for students who do not hold a Honours degree or equivalent, who wish to further undertake a higher degree by research. Candidates undertake approved research projects for a specified period under the supervision of a member of the academic or research staff. This course may be undertaken in any of the faculty's areas of researchresearch (


Students who have completed the course will demonstrate an understanding of relevant research techniques in their field through a review of the relevant literature. They will demonstrate their ability, under supervision to apply relevant research techniques to their chosen field of study. Students will be able to present high-quality written work, and be able to critically evaluate both their own and others' written work in their chosen field.

Candidates will also be able to:

  • identify and define research questions
  • apply appropriate research methods to address the research questions
  • demonstrate competence of their chosen research methodology/methodologies
  • demonstrate theoretical knowledge at honours level in their chosen field of research
  • 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 research.

Conditions of candidature

Duration of candidature

The total permissible period of candidature is two semesters full-time, or its equivalent in part-time candidature up to a maximum of four semesters part-time, after which the candidature will lapse.


Throughout their candidature, all candidates must regularly attend their academic unit and participate fully in the intellectual and research activities of the unit.

Full-time candidates must be able to devote the equivalent of a minimum of four days a week to the pursuit of their research project; all part-time candidates must devote at least two full days a week to their studies. Part-time candidates in laboratory disciplines must undertake at least one and a half of their study days during normal working hours/week days. For those part-time students in non-laboratory disciplines, at least one of their study days must be a week day.


This course consists of coursework (25%), research and thesis component (75%).

Areas of study


Candidates will be required to undertake a major research program constituting 75 per cent of the entire course including the submission of a thesis. 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. The remaining 25 per cent of the course will comprise coursework such as a literature review and/or statistics classes, and is specified by the enrolling department.

Minimum grade for course completion

50 per cent

Minimum grade for articulation

65 per cent

Progression to further studies

This course does not lead to an awardable degree. Candidates who achieve a grade of upper H2B or above will be eligible to apply for Masters by research programs offered by the faculty such as 2977 Master of Biomedical Science or 3438 / 3980 Master of Philosophy. Candidates who achieve an overall grade of H2A or above will be eligible to apply for 0047 / 4000 Doctor of Philosophy.

Alternative exit(s)

Candidates who pass the course but do not achieve a grade of upper H2B or above, or do not wish to continue study in a higher degree by research program, will be offered the exit award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Biomedical Science.