Courses & Units

Master of Biomedical Science M7B

Launceston

Introduction

The Master of Biomedical Science, with specialised professional streams in Medical Laboratory Science, is designed to provide students with the theoretical and practical skills necessary for employment in medical pathology laboratories or other diagnostic laboratories and to gain research experience in an area of speciality. The programme will provide a formal qualification in Biomedical Science for students with an undergraduate background in science or health science. The programme will equip students to sit the examination for membership of the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists when they have the appropriate professional practical laboratory experience.

The Master of Biomedical Science will also provide a pathway for students to enter postgraduate research degrees.

Summary

Course Name Master of Biomedical Science
Course Abbreviation MBiomedSc
Course Duration 1.5 Years
Maximum time to complete (Part-time) 4 Years
CRICOS code 071647F
Responsible Faculty Faculty of Health

Intake

Locations

Location Semesters
Launceston Semester 2

Objectives

The Master of Biomedical Science is designed to provide students with the theoretical and practical skills necessary for employment as Medical Laboratory Scientists in medical pathology laboratories (after appropriate laboratory experience) or other diagnostic laboratories and to provide relevant research experience. The programme will provide a formal qualification in Biomedical Science for students with an undergraduate background in science or health science. The programme will equip students to sit the examination for membership of the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS) when they have the appropriate practical laboratory experience.

The Master of Biomedical Science will provide some experience in research and a potential pathway for students to enter postgraduate research degrees.

Career Outcomes

Students will gain knowledge and a variety of skills in Medical Laboratory Science professional areas such as: clinical chemistry, endocrinology, haematology, blood transfusion science, histopathology, medical microbiology, human molecular biology, and immunology. A Medical Scientist carries out laboratory investigations which assist in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Graduates of the course should be eligible to sit the examination for membership of the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists once they have completed appropriate practical laboratory experience.

There are various career options open to biomedical and medical laboratory scientists, especially in hospital clinical and pathology laboratories, private pathology services, blood transfusion services, veterinary pathology laboratories and public health laboratories. Other areas of employment are found in universities and diagnostic companies.

Some students will be prepared to undertake further postgraduate training in biomedical research, leading to potential career options in research organisations.

Professional Recognition

Graduates will be eligible to join the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS) as Intermediate Members and once they have completed 2 years relevant work experience will be eligible to sit the AIMS Professional Membership Examination to become full Professional Members.

Additional Information

Mid year commencement is usual for this course and would normally be required in order to fulfil prerequisite requirements. Applicants should contact the School to discuss a possible program.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of a first degree in Biochemistry or a Medical Science, Health Science, Science or other related discipline, with a credit average, including studies of Biochemistry/Physiology at second year and some first or second year Immunology and Microbiology^

^ Students may have undertaken Immunology or Microbiology in an undergraduate degree program at either first or second year, depending on the nature of the program.
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NOTE: Students who have completed the Bachelor of Biomedical Science at the University of Tasmania or any other AIMS accredited course are not eligible for entry to this course, due to the comparable nature of the professional stream units. These students are recommended to undertake Honours to gain research experience.

If you've previously undertaken study overseas, please review our list of equivalent qualifications.

Please note: international students should refer to the General Admission Requirements page for information regarding entry requirements.

Credit Transfer and Articulation

Graduate Diploma of Medical Laboratory Science

Graduate Diploma of Medical Laboratory Science. Students who decide they do not wish to undertake the research component can transfer to the Graduate Diploma of Medical Laboratory Science.

To qualify for the Master of Biomedical Science students must successfully complete a 150% load, as specified in the schedule.

Students who do not have the appropriate pre-requisites may be required, at the discretion of the School, to undertake additional units of study.

The course will normally commence mid-year. Research units will need to be clustered towards the end of the program and may include the summer semester to allow students to complete the research program.

Course Structure

Year 1

  • At least two of
  • CXA231Haematology 1

    Covers: normal haemopoiesis, routine haematological screening procedures, quality control, quality assurance, recognition of cells of the peripheral blood, recognition of normal and abnormal features in peripheral blood smears, haemostasis, pathophysiology & laboratory investigation of bleeding and thrombotic disorders.…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CXA251Clinical Chemistry 1

    Imparts knowledge of quality assurance assurance requirements in the modern laboratory, including laboratory method manual preparation, sources of error in analytical testing and the use and establishment of reference ranges. The clinical significance of, current state of diagnostic testing and…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CXA241General and Medical Microbiology

    This unit gives students detailed descriptions of microbial physiology, taxonomy and genetics. The unit is strongly focused on micro-organisms which are pathogenic to human beings and students are taught techniques for isolating and identifying those organisms. Interactions between microbes and…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CXA386Research and Topics in Health Sciences

    Introduces students to the types of research which informs our understanding of normal and abnormal functions of the human body and of treatment and preventative health care. The unit also covers basic pharmacological and toxicological principles, the use and monitoring…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • JFA207Data Analysis and Presentation

    This unit builds upon first year units that teach statistics. The emphasis in this unit is on training scientists to be literate in statistical issues so that both "consumers" and "producers" of data analysis will be able to effectively communicate.…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • Year 2

  • At least two of
  • CXA632Haematology 2

    This unit is a systematic investigation of the anaemias, acute leukaemias, myeloproliferative disorders, lymphoproliferative disorders and other blood dyscrasias, including laboratory identification and investigations of these conditions.…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CXA652Clinical Chemistry 2

    This unit teaches the clinical significance of the current state of analytical testing and analytical methods employed to assess the following: liver and cardiac function, carbohydrate metabolism, diabetes, lipid and lipoprotein metabolism, iron status and protein abnormalities.…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CXA642Medical Microbiology A

    Introduces students to diagnostic medical bacteriology. Skills taught include: processing of clinical specimens, recognition of normal microbiota, identification of pathogens and the undertaking of appropriate antimicrobial susceptibility tests. Students learn: aspects of laboratory safety, epidemiology, pathogenesis and control of infectious…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • JFA207Data Analysis and Presentation

    This unit builds upon first year units that teach statistics. The emphasis in this unit is on training scientists to be literate in statistical issues so that both "consumers" and "producers" of data analysis will be able to effectively communicate.…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • * If not already taken in semester 2 of Year 1
  • Electives
  • Two of
  • CXA333Transfusion Science

    This unit covers the major blood group systems of relevance to transfusion, as well as the theoretical basis of common transfusion testing practices. The practical sessions concentrate on the skills of blood grouping, antibody screening and crossmatching. Additionally, the donation…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CXA353Clinical Chemistry 3 (Endocrinology)

    This unit gives an understanding of the metabolism and function of hormones; and includes: the laboratory investigation of disorders of hormonal function including thyroid, pituitary, adrenal, hypothalamic, ovarian, testicular and renal hormones; the use of tumour markers in oncology, and…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CXA643Medical Microbiology B

    Introduces students to aspects of diagnostic microbiology, with an emphasis being placed on virology, parasitology and mycology. Aspects of the epidemiology, pathogenesis, control and treatment of infectious diseases are addressed; knowledge of diagnostic laboratory procedures including rapid and automated methods…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CXA701Guided Research A

    This unit is the first research unit in the Master of Biomedical Science program. Students will conduct a search of current scientific literature related to an area of biomedical science research currently conducted in the School of Health Sciences, critically…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CXA702Guided Research B

    This unit is the second research unit in the Master of Biomedical Science. Student will further develop and implement the research plan developed in Guided Research A to explore an issue related to biomedical science research currently conducted in the…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CXA703Guided Research C

    This unit is the third and final research unit in the Master of Biomedical Science. Student will continue to undertake an approved Guided Research Project on an issue related to biomedical science research currently conducted in the School of Health…

    Credit Points: 25

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  • Elective units that may be taken to replace non research core units - depending on students undergraduate qualifications
  • CXA211Immunology (MLS)

    Gives students an understanding of the immune system and its functions. Topics include: defence mechanisms against infectious agents; antigens, antibodies and related immunological substances; diseases of the immune system; the application of immunological reactions for the diagnosis and monitoring of…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CXA321Immunology

    Gives students an understanding of the immune system and its functions. Topics include: defence mechanisms against infectious agents; antigens, antibodies and related immunological substances; diseases of the immune system; application of immunological reactions for the diagnosis and monitoring of disease…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CXA222Histopathology

    This unit introduces students to the pathological processes that underly various human diseases. The unit enables students to recognise common pathological conditions. The eitiology, including environmental factors, will be discussed. The project allows in-depth study of one disease process, its…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CXA300Human Molecular Biology

    This unit extends the student's understanding of the concepts of genetics and molecular biology obtained in CXA171 Cell Biology and Function and CXA262Cell and Molecular Biochemistry. The unit focuses on medical molecular genetics providing detailed study of genetic mutations and…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • Alternative electives may be approved at the discretion of the School
  • Annual Course Cost

    Fees for domestic students are based on individual unit selections. Please refer to the fees section of each unit description to work out an indicative annual cost.

    International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

    Scholarships

    For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

    Course Rules


    Entry

    1. Candidates for the Master of Biomedical Science will have successfully completed a first degree in Biochemistry or a Medical Science, Health Science, Science or other related discipline, with a credit average, including Biochemistry at second year, some anatomy/physiology units, and some introductory understanding of immunology and microbiology.

    2. Candidates for the degree shall complete the degree requirements, as hereinafter prescribed, in not less than four separate semesters of full-time study (or its equivalent)] and not more than nine semesters from the time of first enrolment.

    Course Structure

    3. To qualify for the degree, the candidate shall:

    pass twelve units comprising:

    (a) a core of eight (8) coursework units and three (3) research units (3 x 12.5% and 1 x 25%);

    as outlined in Schedule A.

    4. The units which may be included in a course for the degree shall, unless otherwise approved by the Dean, be in accordance with Schedules A accompanying these specifications.

    5. Units may be counted towards the degree only if they have been taken in accordance with prerequisites determined by the Faculty of Health Science and as summarised in Schedule A.

    6. A candidate normally may not enrol in any year in units totalling more than 100% weighting or if the candidate is in full-time employment during any given Semester, more than 50% weighting.

    7. Where two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the degree.

    8. In every case the candidate's choice of units and the order in which they are taken shall be subject to approval by the Dean in accordance with the requirements of paragraph 3.

    Credit for Previous Studies

    9. Passes in subjects or units in other postgraduate courses (completed or otherwise) in this University or another approved tertiary institution (or other approved professional examining body) may be credited towards the degree, provided that the Faculty may specify what more a candidate so credited shall be required to do to qualify for the degree.

    Miscellaneous

    10. The Faculty may from time to time make amendments to the Schedules to these specifications.

    11. These specifications shall take effect on 1 July 2010 and shall apply to all candidates for the degree, including those enrolling for the first time in that year and those enrolled subsequently.

    12. Candidates who have passed in appropriate units towards the Graduate Diploma of Medical Laboratory Science under the specifications in force prior to 1 July 2010 will be entitled to transfer to the Master of Biomedical Science with full equivalent credit, or to graduate in accordance with those degree specifications operating at the time of their admission to candidature.

    13. Should any difficulty arise for a candidate previously enrolled because of any difference between course requirements (such as required majors) and units offered under these specifications and those previously in force, the Faculty shall ensure that the candidate is not materially disadvantaged by these specifications.

    14. The approved abbreviation for the degree of Master of Biomedical Science shall be MBiomedSc