Postgraduate Diploma in Biomedical Science - 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 and 2016

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, 2 years PT

You 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 (Malaysia)


Postgraduate Diploma in Biomedical Science


The Postgraduate Diploma in Biomedical Science is a qualifying degree. It is designed for students who do not hold an honours degree or equivalent, who wish to further undertake a higher degree by research. You complete 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 researchareas of research (


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

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.

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

  1. identify and define research questions
  2. apply appropriate research methods to address the research questions
  3. demonstrate competence of your chosen research methodology/methodologies
  4. demonstrate theoretical knowledge at honours level in your chosen field of research
  5. demonstrate the ability to critically analyse data and results obtained
  6. demonstrate the ability to solve research problems and to conduct statistical analysis
  7. communicate your research findings in a format appropriate to your academic discipline
  8. write up your research into a high quality thesis
  9. contribute new information or new ways of understanding information in the field of research.


This course consists of a combination of coursework and research. In the coursework component you will develop advanced theoretical and/or technical knowledge of your area of focus within biomedical science. In the research component you will develop research methodologies appropriate to your focus and plan and execute a research project under the individual guidance of an academic supervisor.


The course comprises 48 points including research (36 points) and coursework (12 points).

You must complete:

  • BMS4302 Biomedical science research project (36 points)
  • BMS4301 Advanced studies in biomedical science (12 points)

Progression to further studies

Successful completion of this course may provide a pathway to a Monash master's by coursework degree, and if admitted you may be eligible for credit.

Successful completion of this course may also provide a pathway to a higher degree by research.