Master of Biomedical Science

    • CRICOS Code: 079405D

    The experience


    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.


    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.

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    Liam Leyden