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Master of Medical Science

Course summary for local students

Award granted Master of Medical Science
CampusThis course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode
Cloud (online)Yes
Length1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

Trimester 1

Indicative annual fee 2014No fees defined
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Faculty contacts

Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777

IELTS Requirement

IELTS score of 6.5 (no band under 6) if undergraduate degree not completed in English

Deakin course code H701

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Master of Medical Science will provide students who have existing qualifications in medical science appropriate professional development to underpin career advancement to senior scientist positions or help the transition into a research environment. Graduates will develop skills to deal with complex issues systematically, and attain qualities and transferable skills at an advanced professional level to advance their future knowledge in qualitative and quantitative areas of medical science and research.

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Fees and charges

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Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Master of Medical Science will be equipped with the necessary higher level skills, including management and research, to promote the professional development required for career advancement to senior scientist positions or transitioning into a research environment.

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Course rules

The course consists of 12 credit points, all of which are core units, with the final four credit points being the two Medical Sciences Research units.

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Course structure

HMM701 Principles of Medical Science  

HMM702 Research Methods  

HMM703 Diagnostic Methods  

HMM704 Advances in Medical Science  

HSH701 Principles and Practice of Public Health  

HSH702 Contemporary Health Issues and Policies  

HSH746 Biostatistics 1  

SLE720 Risk Assessment and Control  

HMM705 Medical Sciences Research Project A  (2 credit points)

HMM706 Medical Sciences Research Project B  (2 credit points)

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Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

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Entry requirements - specific

Applicants must hold a Bachelor level qualification from a recognised Australian or overseas university in a relevant area of medical sciences, typically with experience and current employment as a medical scientist or similar. Reports from two professional refereees are required.

Prospective students in related disciplines or with no prior experience in medical science will be considered on a case by case basis.

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Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin. You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

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How to apply

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Your course may require further information in support of your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.


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