M5021 - Graduate Diploma of Health and Science Research - 2017

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2017 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

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

Course code


Credit points


Abbreviated title




Managing faculty

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Admission and fees


Course type

Graduate diploma

Standard duration

1 year FT

Full-time study only.

Students have a maximum of 4 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.

Mode and location

On-campus (Clayton)


Graduate Diploma of Health and Science Research


This course offers a pathway to higher-level research in health and science disciplines for students who have completed a relevant undergraduate degree but do not have a research component in order to progress. Students study a sequence of units most appropriate to their proposed higher degree by research field in a health or science discipline.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate advanced knowledge and technical skills in their chosen discipline area
  2. develop, apply and integrate discipline-specific knowledge in professional contexts in order to analyse challenges and generate effective solutions
  3. communicate ideas and results effectively to diverse audiences and in a variety of formats
  4. demonstrate the ability to work independently and/or collaboratively to undertake a scientific literature review, and to design, develop and implement a research project appropriate to the discipline of specialisation
  5. collect, organise, analyse and interpret discipline specific data meaningfully using an analysis approach (e.g. theoretical, numerical, statistical, mathematical, computational or experimental) that is appropriate to the discipline of specialisation
  6. exercise personal, professional and social responsibility as a global citizen.


This course consists of a combination of coursework and research in health and science disciplines for students who have completed a relevant undergraduate degree. You will further advance your knowledge in your chosen discipline area. You will also undertake research methodology training and carry out an independent research project in your selected discipline, working closely with a supervisor who will provide you with individual guidance and academic counselling.


The course comprises 48 points including a combination of coursework and research. Students complete units as outlined for their specialisation.

Units are 6 credit points unless otherwise stated.

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Biomedical science

  • BMS4100 Biomedical science research project (36 points)
  • BMS4200 Advanced studies in biomedical science (12 points)

Emergency health

  • BEH4100 Honours literature review (12 points)
  • BEH4200 Honours research (12 points)
  • BEH4300 Honours research (24 points)


  • NUR4401 Clinical Honours Thesis I: Applied research methods and skills (12 points)
  • NUR4402 Clinical Honours Thesis II: Framing a research proposal (12 points)
  • NUR4403 Clinical Honours Thesis III: Conducting a research project (12 points)
  • NUR4404 Clinical Honours Thesis IV: Analysing and reporting research (12 points)

Nutrition science

  • NUT4111 Research skills (6 points)
  • NUT4121 Honours research project 1 (18 points)
  • NUT4122 Honours research project 2 (24 points)


  • PTY4010 Honours systematic review (12 points)
  • PTY4020 Honours research proposal (12 points)
  • PTY4030 Honours thesis (24 points)



  • ASP4100 Astrophysics honours research project (24 points)
  • ASP4200 Astrophysics honours coursework (24 points)

Biological sciences

  • BIO4100 Biology research project (36 points)
  • BIO4200 Advanced coursework in biology (12 points)


  • CHM4100 Chemistry research project (36 points)
  • CHM4201 Chemistry honours coursework (12 points)

Earth science

  • EAE4100 Earth, atmosphere and environment honours research project (24 points)
  • EAE4200 Earth, atmosphere and environment honours coursework (24 points)

Materials science

  • MSC4100 Materials science project (24 points)
  • MSC4200 Advanced materials science (24 points)

Maths and statistics

  • MTH4100 Mathematics research studies (24 points)
  • MTH4200 Advanced studies in mathematics (24 points)


  • PHS4100 Physics thesis project (24 points)
  • PHS4200 Advanced physics (24 points)

Progression to further studies

Students who successfuly complete this course with the required grades may be eligible to progress to a higher degree by research qualification in a related discipline.