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Master of Biomedical Science

What is the Master of Biomedical Science?

The Master of Biomedical Science at the University of Melbourne is a coursework master’s degree incorporating a substantial research project. This course is an alternative to the Honours as a PhD pathway. Students undertake a major research project and discipline-specific coursework subjects. In addition, a suite of professional business and communication subjects are offered to complement and enhance the research undertaken and to progress students’ career opportunities.

The course encourages students to think innovatively and provides an awareness of the health and economic benefits of biomedical research. Graduates of this course gain an understanding of the research process, specialist knowledge and professional skills that are attractive to employers.

What are the entry requirements?

To be considered for entry, applicants must have completed a suitable undergraduate degree with a major in a relevant discipline with a WAM (weighted average mark) of at least H3 (65%) or equivalent. Meeting this requirement does not guarantee selection.

  • Quotas may be applied to the degree as a whole, or to individual disciplines, and preference may be given to applicants with evidence of appropriate preparation or potential to undertake research.
  • Entry is subject to the capacity of a participating department to provide adequate supervision in a research project appropriate to the interests and preparation of the individual student and is subject to the agreement of an academic staff member to supervise the project.
  • Students entering this course are expected to organise an academic supervisor in the relevant academic unit, and select a research project as part of the application process. You will be provided with a list of current projects once your application has been assessed and deemed eligible. The theme and scope of the research project is negotiated between the student and supervisor prior to commencement of the course.

How long is the Master of Biomedical Science?

The Masters is a two-year (full time) course consisting of 125 points of research and 75 points of coursework. The course can be commenced at the start of the year or at mid-year.

How to apply

Visit the School of Biomedical Sciences website

Visit the School of Biomedical Sciences website for Masters application information.



Associate Professor Scott Mueller

Ph: (03) 8344 9044


Professor Damian Purcell

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Dr Amy Chung

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