Master of Biomedical Science

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  • Objectives
    In this course you will specialise in biomedical science, infectious diseases or molecular biotechnology. Each of the majors will provide you with valuable research skills while you take advanced level coursework units in specialist areas. You will learn key laboratory techniques in modern molecular biology, including DNA isolation, advanced polymerase chain reaction (PCR) methods, DNA cloning and sequencing, and many more before putting your learning into practice in a laboratory unit in your final semester. You will be presented with real-life situations involving experimental design and problem solving in the laboratory. You will graduate with the knowledge and practical skills required to work at an advanced level in the biomedical sector and other biotechnology related industries.
  • Entry requirements
    A bachelor degree in a biology or biomedical/life science based discipline or equivalent. Graduates from other science disciplines are considered.
  • Academic title
    Master of Biomedical Science
  • Course description
    Master of Biomedical Science


    Course CRICOS Code: 058864F
    Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 2 Years


    Biomedical science is a rapidly growing field of science, with increasing application to everyday life all over the world. It affects everyone in many ways, from the development of new medicines and drugs to the creation and delivery of diagnostic technologies and progress towards revolutionary clinical therapies. This course is designed for those seeking to understand the application of the most recent laboratory, computer, and industrial technology developments in the biological sciences, within a medical context. It examines the latest knowledge and technologies in research, diagnosis, epidemiology, microbiology, biotechnology, and data analysis, and combines this with hands-on laboratory work using state-of-the-art instrumentation. Within the Masters coursework program, students select from one of three major streams: Molecular Biotechnology, Infectious Diseases, or Biomedical Science. This course encourages professional and personal development through active learning. Among the different units, students apply and test the knowledge gained through information gathering, report writing, and professional level oral presentations. Practical experience is obtained through a molecular techniques workshop or project.

    Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

    Students will have completed an approved bachelor degree in a biology or biomedical/life science based discipline or equivalent. Graduates from other science disciplines will be considered on an individual basis.

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Applicants will be assessed on an individual basis should they have completed equivalent post-graduate units.

    Duration and Availability

    This course is two years full time or equivalent part-time study.

    Intermediate Awards 1

    A student who has successfully completed the requirements of an approved intermediate award may apply for graduation in that award subject to approval of Head of School/Department. Fees apply. Intermediate award(s) approved for this course are:

    Intermediate Awards II

    Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Science; Postgraduate Diploma in Biomedical Science.

    Course Organisation

    The course comprises twelve 25-credit units (over four semesters) taught in a lecture and tutorial format, with theory covered in the first three semesters. In the fourth semester the student will undertake a 75-credit molecular biology practicum, including a short project.

    Professional Recognition
    Students will be eligible for membership of Australian Biotechnology Association and/or equivalent industry organisations internationally.

    Career Opportunities

    Graduates may employment in the biomedical and biotechnology industries, and in government, hospital and university research and development laboratories.

    Additional Course Expenses
    Purchase of text books may be required for some units. A laboratory coat will be required for any practical work taken involving laboratory work other than in the PCR laboratory. Laboratory coats are provided for use in the PCR laboratory.

    Course Structure Disclaimer
    Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

    Course Structure                                                 Hrs/Wk     Credit

    Majors, Streams or Other Core Components

    310653     v.1           Molecular Biotechnology Major              300.0
    310654     v.1           Infectious Diseases Major                     300.0
    310655     v.1           Biomedical Science Major                      300.0


    Year      Location                 Period             All*    
    2009     Bentley Campus     Semester 1     Y                       
    2009     Bentley Campus     Semester 2     Y                       
    2009     Bentley Campus     Semester 2     Y                       

    The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

    *The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

    ^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

    #Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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