Postgraduate Diploma in Biomedical Sciences

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  • Objectives
    In this course you will undertake a range of advanced coursework units and complete an individual research project. You will be encouraged to pursue your individual interest in a sub-discipline of this field. Your studies will be greatly supported by exposure to recent advances and current developments in medical sciences generally.
  • Entry requirements
    A Bachelor of Science (Laboratory Medicine) or an alternate degree in an appropriate field.
  • Academic title
    Postgraduate Diploma in Biomedical Sciences
  • Course description
    Biomedical science is a rapidly growing field 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.

    Our postgraduate courses are designed to provide you with an understanding of the application of the most recent laboratory, computer and industrial technology developments in the biological sciences within a medical context. They examine the latest knowledge and technologies in research, diagnosis, epidemiology, microbiology, biotechnology and data analysis, and combine this with hands-on laboratory work using state-of-the-art instrumentation.

    We offer courses at postgraduate diploma and master level, each allowing you to specialise in differing fields to suit your career ambitions. The master offers the choice of biomedical science, infectious diseases or molecular biotechnology. The postgraduate diploma emphasises recent advances and current developments in medical science generally.

    These courses will encourage your professional and personal development through active learning. You will apply and test the knowledge you gain through case studies, company reports and business plans. You’ll also obtain practical, hands-on experience through project work

    Postgraduate Diploma in Biomedical Sciences


    Course CRICOS Code: 010556C
    Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 1 Year

    This one-year course provides theoretical training in molecular and cell biology, diagnostics, microbiology, biotechnology, research principles and data analysis. It can be completed entirely by coursework, or can include a significant component of practical work, which can be conducted in a biomedical diagnostic laboratory, or research laboratory, under the supervision of professional biomedical scientists. Assessment in this course consists of examinations, report writing, and oral presentations.

    Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites
    A Bachelor of Science (Medical Science) or a Bachelor of Science degree with an appropriate major. Candidates holding qualifications other than those specified are assessed on an individual basis.

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

    Duration and Availability

    This fee paying course is one year full-time or equivalent part-time study. Availability of individual units may depend on the enrolment of a minimum number of students.

    Additional Course Expenses
    Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

    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
    Year 1 Semester 1

    5511     v.7           Advanced Specialisation 695                             3.0     25.0
    6756     v.6           Molecular Genetics 631                                     3.0     25.0
    6758     v.5           MT 633 - Research Techniques                          6.0     25.0
    13152     v.3          Health Research Methods 681                         4.0     25.0
                                  SELECT OPTIONAL UNITS TO THE TOTAL VALUE OF:   25.0

    Year 1 Semester 2

    300873 v.3           Professional Laboratory Practice 632                6.0     25.0
    5515     v.7           Advanced Specialisation 696                             3.0     25.0
    6753     v.5           Molecular Techniques 632                                 3.0     25.0
    6757     v.4           MT 594 - Dissertation                                        6.0     25.0

    Optional Units to Select from in Year 1 Semester 1     Hrs/Wk     Credit
    11507     v.2           MT 581 - Seminar                                             1.0     12.5
    11508     v.3           MT 582 - Seminar                                             1.0     12.5
    304232   v.1           MT 531 - Genes and Disease                           6.0     25.0

    Year      Location                   Period     All*     Internal    
    2009     Bentley Campus     Semester 1           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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