Master of Reproductive Sciences - 2019

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019 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.

Other commencement years for this course: 2018, 2017, 2016 and more

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

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Managing faculty

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences


Associate Professor Peter Temple-Smith

Contact details

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: telephone +61 3 9594 7462; email or visit

Faculty Research Office: telephone +61 3 9905 4313; email or visit

Admission and fees


Course type

Master by research

Standard duration

2 years FT, 4 years PT

The student's research master's project is to be conceived from the outset as clearly achievable within the standard duration of the degree, taking into consideration all elements, including any compulsory coursework required.

Mode and location

On-campus (Clayton, Monash Medical Centre, Prince Henry's Institute)

Off-campus (Clayton, Monash Medical Centre, Prince Henry's Institute)


Master of Reproductive Sciences


Enrolment in a master's by research degree involves the independent investigation of a research problem that has been formulated by you as the student. It is expected that the research you undertake will make a contribution to the discipline in which you are enrolled by applying, critiquing, analysing or interpreting that knowledge in ways that facilitate pathways for further learning. You will be supported in your research by a supervisory team.

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.

This course is offered by the Education Program in Reproduction and Development within the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. Students should contact the course coordinator to discuss research topics and relevant supervisors.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Successful completion of the program will signify that the student 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 student's capacity to carry out independent research.

You will also be able to:

  • identify and define research questions
  • identify the appropriate research methods to address the research questions
  • demonstrate mastery of your chosen research methodology/methodologies
  • demonstrate theoretical knowledge at master's level in your chosen field of reproductive science
  • communicate your 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.

Conditions of enrolment

You will be required to complete:

  • Monash Graduate Research Induction (online)
  • Research Integrity (online)
  • any faculty or program induction requirements.

As a student of the university, you will be required to abide by all relevant statutes, regulations, policies and procedures. This includes maintaining satisfactory progress via regular milestone reviews in accordance with the Graduate Research Progress Management policyGraduate Research Progress Management policy ( and procedures, ensuring you are undertaking research of an appropriate quality and scale as required by your course. You should refer to the University's current statutes and the University Policy BankUniversity Policy Bank ( for links to relevant policies, procedures and guidelines.


This course consists of a research and thesis component.


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

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

2. 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 student's investigation, which demonstrates independence of thought and the student's ability to carry out research in that discipline. Submission of a thesis including published worksthesis including published works ( may be permitted.

Progression to further studies

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