Coursework

Master of Biomedical Science

    • CRICOS Code: 079405D

    The experience

    Overview

    As a Master of Biomedical Science student, you will enjoy discovering data-driven solutions to address complex biomedical research problems. You will learn from internationally renowned researchers and meet industry leaders, setting you on the path to academic research or progressing to a range of rewarding science-based careers.

    The program offers a significant research component and customisable coursework options. Areas of research include microbiology, immunology, oncology, neuroscience, gut microbiology, vision science, drug discovery and more.

    If you are looking to pursue a career in science, the program will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the research process, as well as specialist knowledge and professional skills attractive to employers.

    The day-to-day experience

    The Master of Biomedical Science is structured to allow students more time to fully engage with a chosen research specialisation, pairing it with the coursework stream that best complements your research and career goals.

    Your experience will be unique, and depend on the customised plan you build with your supervisor. Once you have chosen your research component you can align it with a coursework specialisation, such as:

    • The Discovery specialisation, for those aspiring to a research career
    • The Enterprisespecialisation, which focuses on entrepreneurship and commercialisation in biomedical research
    • Vision Science, for those looking to pursue research in ocular, systemic and neurological disease.

    Through the program you will also be working closely with – and be mentored by – internationally renowned researchers from the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct, as well as regularly engaging with other research students. This interaction with a broad range of research academics and students provides a rich learning experience.

    Learning mode

    The extensive research choices available through the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct means the majority of the program’s structure can be customised and self-directed.

    Once you’ve established your research component, you will have access to significant support from a range of specialised academics and researchers. Supervisors and department/academic unit coordinators, academic services teams, and learning and teaching units will all be available to support you as you complete your project.

    The program’s significant research component is also designed to develop your technical and data acquisition skills, as well as your problem solving and critical thinking capacities. It will also improve your ability to communicate complex information to a variety of audiences.

    Opportunities

    The University of Melbourne’s Master in Biomedical Science is a unique course in Australia, combining a major research project with complementary coursework opportunities. It offers a wealth of possibilities designed to set you on the path to higher level academic research or the science-based career of your choosing.

    If you are looking to move into further education – whether it’s a PhD, medicine or other graduate professional health fields – the Master program offers an alternative pathway to Honours. The significant research component also means your research project can potentially form the basis of a future PhD project.

    Through the program, you will also have the opportunity to work closely and network with researchers, teachers, professionals and industry partners at the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct. You will have the chance to meet with leaders at affiliated institutions such as St Vincent’s Hospital, the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, the Royal Melbourne Hospital and others.

    Read about Liam's experience:

    Profile

    Liam Leyden

    I did a Bachelor of Science here at the University of Melbourne and then I took a gap year to work out what to do next. I decided to look at the prefrontal cortex because it’s a control hub affected by neurological disorders like depression and schizophrenia; having had experience with depression and anxiety, I wanted to understand why it happened and how this area works.

    The Master of Biomedical Science has been a great route into research. I’ve ended up looking at how the prefrontal cortex sends modulatory signals to the rest of the brain to make decisions based on the environment.

    I’ve joined the Neural Networks Lab at the Florey Institute, which is one of the largest labs at the Institute. Even though its big, everyone gets along really well and we all support each another.

    The opportunities we have in the Parkville research precinct are great. We’re exposed to lots of guest speakers from other institutions, opportunities to network with other researchers and I’ve even been working with world leading researchers in the States. We’re collaborating on the back end of my project around a behavioural set-up, and I’m hoping to visit them during this project.

    The subjects in the Master of Biomedical Science have all been very useful. Building skills in areas like statistics and imaging analysis has been invaluable. I also found the science communication subjects particularly useful especially for getting the most out of conferences; you can do the most brilliant research, but you also have to be able to explain it.

    A PhD looks to be the next step for me. I’m still deciding whether to remain in research or pursue a more clinical path after that.