The Master of Biomedical Science is a graduate research degree. 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.
Postgraduate - Course
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.
Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
Graduate Research Office: telephone +61 3 9905 4313; email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.med.monash.edu.au/research/grad-research.html
Admission and fees
Master by research
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 (Alfred Hospital, Baker Institute, Box Hill, Burnet Institute, Caulfield, Clayton, Howard Florey Institute, Malaysia, Mental Health Research Institute, Monash Medical Centre, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Prince Henry's Institute, Southbank, St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute)
Off-campus (Alfred Hospital, Baker Institute, Box Hill, Burnet Institute, Caulfield, Clayton, Howard Florey Institute, Mental Health Research Institute, Monash Medical Centre, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Prince Henry's Institute, Southbank, St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute)
This course may be undertaken at approved off-site locations.
Master of Biomedical Science
Successful completion of this course will signify that the student has successfully completed a course 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.
These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).
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 biomedical science
- communicate your research findings in a format appropriate to your academic discipline
- write up your research into a high quality thesis
- contribute new information or new ways of understanding information in the field of biomedical 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 (http://www.monash.edu/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/787311/Graduate-Research-Progress-Management-Policy.pdf) 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 (https://www.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/graduate-education) for links to relevant policies, procedures and guidelines.
This course consists of a research and thesis component.
Areas of research
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 (https://www.monash.edu/graduate-research/supervisors-and-examiners/examiners/publication) 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.