Courses & Units

Master of Biomedical Science (M7B)

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.

Duration

2 Years full time

Up to 5 Years part time

Location

Launceston

ATAR

See entry requirements below


Course intake

Launceston
Semester 2
Launceston
Semester 2

Course rules

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Course contact

Phone: 1300 363 864
Email: Course.Info@utas.edu.au
Online: Enquiries


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Duration

2 Years full time

Location

Launceston

Academic Requirements

See entry requirements below

CRICOS

Code: 071647F


Course intake

Launceston
Semester 2
Launceston
Semester 2

Course rules

See full course rules and guidelines

Course contact

Phone:+61 3 8676 7017
Online: International enquiries


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Course 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.

Course structure

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.

Year 1

COURSEWORK ? Students should select 8 coursework units with at least 6 units from coursework core units, including at least 2 specialised professional streams. Students with previous equivalent study in the core units should choose elective units to complete a total of eight.RESEARCH ? Students should undertake all Research Core units.Details of progression are shown in the attached program.
At least two of

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

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

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

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

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

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

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

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

or

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

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Year 2

At least two of

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

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

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

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

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

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

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

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

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

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

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

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

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

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

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

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

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2
LauncestonSpring school

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

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

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2
LauncestonSpring school

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

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

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2
LauncestonSpring school

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Elective units that may be taken to replace non research core units - depending on students undergraduate qualifications

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

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

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

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit introduces students to the pathological processes underlying various human diseases. Students learn about common pathological conditions, their causes, including environmental factors and their consequences. They also learn theoretical and practical aspects of the histological methods used to identify…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

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

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Alternative electives may be approved at the discretion of the School
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.

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.

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.

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.