Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
This program encompasses a range of biological, medical and health-related disciplines that underpin advances crucial to human health and wellbeing. It draws on the disciplines of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and neuroscience to understand normal human biology (including evolutionary history), and paraclinical disciplines of microbiology, pathology and pharmacology to understand and treat human disease. Biomedical science has embraced the overarching disciplines of human genetics, epigenetics and genomics to understand how gene-environment interactions define the human phenotype in its normal and diseased states. Biomedical science is relevant to everyone; it has a defining influence on the quality of life, the pursuit of healthy living and the capacity to diagnose and treat disease. Emphasis is placed on cutting-edge research and its translation to healthy living and to clinical settings of diagnosis and treatment of disease. While research training in a specific discipline is available (e.g. advanced laboratory skills and their application within an independent research project), this is not obligatory. Instead, students can focus on building discipline-specific knowledge and understanding how to apply it. Regardless of research training undertaken, the course emphasises research literacy, with reviews of scientific literature and its communication.
The Master of Biomedical Science is offered by coursework or coursework and dissertation. While the standard timeframe for completion of this degree is two years (full time), if students have previously completed an undergraduate degree in a cognate (related) area it may be possible to complete within 1.5 years. The course offers a focussed, advanced learning experience that will enhance career choices. Students must complete all core units and specialisation core units. This degree also provides the flexibility to choose from a range of units to complement specific interests. Course structures for the master's degrees with the new 1.5 to 2-year structure (72 to 96 points) are now available via the UWA Handbook. Visit handbooks.uwa.edu.au/courses
- Biochemistry and molecular biology
- Human biology
Standard entry requirements
A bachelor's degree with a major in a biomedical or health science discipline, that aligns with one of the specialisations of this course, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA. English language requirements apply.
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