Master of Biomedical Science (coursework or coursework and dissertation)

This course 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 our evolutionary history), and the paraclinical disciplines of microbiology, pathology and pharmacology to understand and treat human disease. Biomedical science has increasingly 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. As such, biomedical science is of direct relevance to everyone; it has a defining influence on our quality of life, the pursuit of healthy living and our capacity to diagnose and treat disease.

The course is for students who have completed an undergraduate degree with a major in a biomedical science discipline. It provides these students with the opportunity to pursue advanced study in one of more of these disciplines. 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 within a specific discipline is available as part of the course (e.g. advanced laboratory skills and their application within an independent research project), this is not obligatory. Thus, students are able to focus on building their discipline-specific knowledge and an understanding of how this knowledge is applied. Regardless of the amount of research training undertaken, the course places strong emphasis on developing research literacy, with thorough interrogation of the scientific literature and its communication. The following specialisations are available initially—Human Biology (encompassing Anatomy and Physiology), Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Neuroscience. Other specialisations may be added in the future.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Biomedical Science (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviation
MBiomedSc
Course code
71520
Course type
master's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
Status
current / 2018
Administered by
Faculty of Science
CRICOS code
083856J

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Articulation
The Master of Biomedical Science has the following exit awards: 73220 Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Science (24 points) (24 points), 73320 Graduate Diploma in Biomedical Science (48 points) (48 points)
Credit points required
96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
1.5 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 72 points of taught units and 24 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the Faculty
Maximum course duration
2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 96 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Time limit
5 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Professor Brendan Waddell
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2018; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2019 or 2020.

Take all units (12 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1, S2SCIE5510Biomedical Science Research in Context—Literature Review
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Biomedical Science (71520)
S1, S2SCIE5515Global Challenges in Biomedical Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580)

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology specialisation

Students may be required to take conversion units, up to a value of 24 points based on an assessment of prior learning by the Faculty, including but not limited to the following units:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1, S2BIOC4002Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Biomedical Science or Master of Biotechnology
S1, S2BIOC4003Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology or the Master of Biomedical Science
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
NSSCIE4404Techniques in Molecular Sciences
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or Master of Biotechnology (71580)

Take all units (36 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1BIOC4001Advanced Studies in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S2BIOC5001Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Techniques
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520)
S1GENE4001Advanced Studies in Genetics and Genomics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or honours in the Faculty of Science
S1MSCI4006Advanced Techniques in Molecular Sciences
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S1SCIE4001The Objectives and Applications of Genomics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Biotechnology (71580) or Master of Health Science (71540) or Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or honours in the Faculty of Science.
S2SCIE4002Bioinformatics and Data Analysis for Genomics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 24 points of which at least 18 points must be taken at Level 5.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1APHB5501Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
Prerequisites:
an undergraduate major in biomedical or health sciences, or by permission of the unit coordinator
S2APHB5503Neuroendocrinology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Health Science (71540)
S1GENE5001Advanced Genomics Techniques
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Biomecial Science (71520)
S1PUBH4403Epidemiology I
S2SCIE4481Good, Bogus and Corrupted Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in honours or postgraduate course
S2SSEH5685Work Site Health Promotion
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Exercise Rehabilitation Science honours; or postgraduate study in Sport Science, Exercise and Health; or the Graduate Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation (50380); or the Graduate Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management (51390); or the Master of Exercise Science (52510)
Incompatibility:
SSEH3339 Community and Work Site Health Promotion (formerly HMES3339)
S1SSEH5688Introduction to Work Health and Safety
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (52330) or the Master of Exercise Science (52510) or the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (73520) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or Master of Work Health and Safety (74530)

For students in course by coursework and dissertation only, take all units (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1, S2MSCI5560Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Literature Review and Research Proposal
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) Biochemistry and Molecular Biology specialisation and (i) a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in their UWA undergraduate major. These units must be relevant to the master's specialisation; or (ii) a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course; or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; and (iii) a supervisor, approved by the Faculty, who has confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project and (iv) students who were required to complete SCIE4404 Techniques in Molecular Sciences must have achieved a mark of at least 70 per cent in this unit.
S1, S2MSCI5561Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Research Project Part 1
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) Biochemistry and Molecular Biology specialisation. Students who want to undertake a research project as an optional unit must have (a) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in a relevant undergraduate major; or (b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course. An approved supervisor must have confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project.
Co-requisites:
MSCI5560 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Literature Review and Research Proposal
S1, S2MSCI5562Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Research Project Part 2
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) Biochemistry and Molecular Biology specialisation and (i) a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in their UWA undergraduate major; or (ii) a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course. (iii) a supervisor must have confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project and (iv) students who were required to complete SCIE4404 Techniques in Molecular Sciences must have acheived a mark of at least 70% in this unit.
Co-requisites:
MSCI5561 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Research Project Part 1
S1, S2MSCI5563Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Research Project Part 3
Co-requisites:
MSCI5562 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Research Project Part 2

Human Biology specialisation

Students may be required to take conversion units, up to a value of 24 points based on an assessment of prior learning by the Faculty, including but not limited to the following units:

Note: To enrol in APHB5502, students must have completed ANHB3315 or ANHB3322 or ANHB3321 or equivalent with approval from unit or course coordinator.
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
N/AANHB3315Human Evolutionary Ecology
Prerequisites:
at least 66 points of credit
S2ANHB3316Human Reproduction
Prerequisites:
ANHB2216 Human Reproductive Biology or two of (ANHB2212 Human Structure and Development, ANHB2214 Human Organs and Systems, ANHB2215 Biological Anthropology: Human Adaptation and Variation) or [ANHB2212 Human Structure and Development and two of (PHYL2001 Physiology of Human Body Systems, BIOC2203 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell, BIOC2001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell, MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology, PATH2201 Introduction to Human Disease, PATH2220 Introduction to Human Disease, PHAR2210 Foundations of Pharmacology)]
S1ANHB3321Biological Anthropology: Genes and Society
Incompatibility:
ANHB3311 Biological Anthropology
S2ANHB3322Human/Primate Social Organisation
Prerequisites:
at least 66 points of credit in a bachelor's degree
S1, S2GENE4003Integrated Topics in Genetics II
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520), Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510)
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours

Take all units (36 points):

Note: To enrol in APHB5502, students must have completed ANHB3315 or ANHB3322 or ANHB3321 or equivalent with approval from unit or course coordinator.

Note: APHB5502 will next be offered in Semester 1, 2018.
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSANHB5432Fundamentals of Sleep Biology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in either the Graduate Certificate in Adult Sleep Science (51210), Graduate Diploma in Sleep Science (52320), Graduate Diploma in Dental Sleep Medicine (52340), Master of Biomedical Science (71520), Master of Health Science (71540), Graduate Diploma in Human Biology (51320), Master of Human Biology (53520), Master of Work Health and Safety (74530) or in consultation with the unit coordinator
Co-requisites:
for students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Adult Sleep Science (51210) or Graduate Diploma in Sleep Science 52320: ANHB5431 Fundamentals of Sleep Technology for students who commence their course at the start of the year, but not for the students who commence their course in July
S1, S2APHB5500Advanced Research Techniques
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master Biomedical Science or Master Anatomical Sciences or Master of Health Science
Incompatibility:
APHB4003 Advanced Experimental Techniques
S1APHB5501Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
Prerequisites:
an undergraduate major in biomedical or health sciences, or by permission of the unit coordinator
S1APHB5502Human Ecology
Prerequisites:
ANHB3315 Human Evolutionary Ecology or ANHB3322 Human/Primate Social Organisation or ANHB3321 Biological Anthropology: Genes and Society, or by permission of the unit coordinator
S2APHB5503Neuroendocrinology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Health Science (71540)
S1GENE4001Advanced Studies in Genetics and Genomics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or honours in the Faculty of Science

For students in course by coursework and dissertation only, take all units (24 points).

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1, S2APHB5520Literature Review and Research Proposal
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in the Master of Anatomical Science or the Master of Biomedical Science, with specialisations in Human Biology, Physiology and Neuroscience. Students who want to undertake a research project as an optional unit must have (a) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in a relevant undergraduate major; or (b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course. An approved supervisor must have confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project.
Co-requisites:
APHB5521 Science Research Project Part 1
S1, S2APHB5521Science Research Project Part 1
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in the Master of Anatomical Science or the Master of Biomedical Science, with specialisation in Human Biology, Physiology or Neuroscience. Students who want to undertake a research project as an optional unit must have (a) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of the Level 3 units of a relevant bachelor's degree; or (b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Levels 3, 4 and 5 units in the master's degree. An approved supervisor must have confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project.
S1, S2APHB5522Science Research Project Part 2
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in the Master of Anatomical Science or the Master of Biomedical Science, with specialisation in Human Biology, Physiology or Neuroscience. Students who want to undertake a research project as an optional unit must have (a) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in their bachelor's degree; or (b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 4/5 units in the master's degree. An approved supervisor must have confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project.
Co-requisites:
APHB5523 Science Research Project Part 3
S1, S2APHB5523Science Research Project Part 3
Co-requisites:
APHB5522 Science Research Project Part 2

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 24 points.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S2ANIM5501Evolution and Development
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S1PUBH4403Epidemiology I
S1SCIE4001The Objectives and Applications of Genomics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Biotechnology (71580) or Master of Health Science (71540) or Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or honours in the Faculty of Science.
S2SCIE4002Bioinformatics and Data Analysis for Genomics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S2SCIE4481Good, Bogus and Corrupted Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in honours or postgraduate course
S1SSEH5688Introduction to Work Health and Safety
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (52330) or the Master of Exercise Science (52510) or the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (73520) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or Master of Work Health and Safety (74530)

Neuroscience specialisation

Students may be required to take conversion units, up to a value of 24 points based on an assessment of prior learning by the Faculty, including but not limited to the following units:

Note: Students must do ANHB2217 (Sem1) AND PHYL2002 (Sem2). Students can choose to do either NEUR3301 (Sem2) or ANIM3320 (Sem1).
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1ANHB2217Human Neurobiology
Prerequisites:
any two of ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human, ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human, BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology), SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
S1ANIM3320Comparative Neurobiology
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 unit in BIOL, PHYL, ANHB, ANIM, PSYC
S2NEUR3301Advanced Neuroscience 1
Prerequisites:
(PHYL2002 Physiology of Cells or PHYL2245 Physiology of Cells) and ANHB2217 Human Neurobiology
Incompatibility:
NEUR3325 Advanced Neuroscience, NEUR3326 Advanced Neuroscience
S2PHYL2002Physiology of Cells
Incompatibility:
PHYL2245 Physiology of Cells
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours

Take all units (30 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1, S2APHB5500Advanced Research Techniques
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master Biomedical Science or Master Anatomical Sciences or Master of Health Science
Incompatibility:
APHB4003 Advanced Experimental Techniques
S2APHB5503Neuroendocrinology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Health Science (71540)
NSBIOL5505Marine Neuroecology and Behaviour
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S2NEUR4010Modern Research Tools in Neuroscience
Prerequisites:
ANHB2217 Human Neurobiology and PHYL2002 Physiology of Cells and (NEUR3301 Advanced Neuroscience 1 or ANIM3320 Comparative Neurobiology); and enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (Neuroscience) (71520) or the Master of Health Science (Neuroscience) (71540) or the Bachelor of Science with a major in Neuroscience
S2NEUR5011Neurological Disorders
Prerequisites:
(ANHB2217 Human Neurobiology and PHYL2002 Physiology of Cells) and (NEUR3301 Advanced Neuroscience 1 or ANIM3320 Comparative Neurobiology); and enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (Neuroscience) (71520) or the Master of Health Science (Neuroscience) (71540) or Bachelor of Science with a major in Neuroscience

For students in course by coursework and dissertation only, take all units (24 points).

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1, S2APHB5520Literature Review and Research Proposal
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in the Master of Anatomical Science or the Master of Biomedical Science, with specialisations in Human Biology, Physiology and Neuroscience. Students who want to undertake a research project as an optional unit must have (a) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in a relevant undergraduate major; or (b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course. An approved supervisor must have confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project.
Co-requisites:
APHB5521 Science Research Project Part 1
S1, S2APHB5521Science Research Project Part 1
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in the Master of Anatomical Science or the Master of Biomedical Science, with specialisation in Human Biology, Physiology or Neuroscience. Students who want to undertake a research project as an optional unit must have (a) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of the Level 3 units of a relevant bachelor's degree; or (b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Levels 3, 4 and 5 units in the master's degree. An approved supervisor must have confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project.
S1, S2APHB5522Science Research Project Part 2
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in the Master of Anatomical Science or the Master of Biomedical Science, with specialisation in Human Biology, Physiology or Neuroscience. Students who want to undertake a research project as an optional unit must have (a) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in their bachelor's degree; or (b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 4/5 units in the master's degree. An approved supervisor must have confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project.
Co-requisites:
APHB5523 Science Research Project Part 3
S1, S2APHB5523Science Research Project Part 3
Co-requisites:
APHB5522 Science Research Project Part 2

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 30 points. Students in course by coursework and dissertation, take unit(s) to the value of 6 points.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S2ANIM5501Evolution and Development
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S1APHB5501Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
Prerequisites:
an undergraduate major in biomedical or health sciences, or by permission of the unit coordinator
S1BIOC4001Advanced Studies in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S1PUBH4403Epidemiology I
S2SCIE4481Good, Bogus and Corrupted Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in honours or postgraduate course
S2SSEH4664Exercise and Health Psychology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (52330); or the Graduate Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation (50380);or the Master of Exercise Science (52510); or the Master of Health Science (71540); or the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (73520); or honours in the Faculty of Science

Physiology specialisation

Students may be required to take conversion units, up to a value of 24 points based on an assessment of prior learning by the Faculty, including
but not limited to the following units.

Note: Students required to take conversion units must ordinarily take 2 units, either PHYL2001 and (PHYL3003 or PHYL3004) or PHYL2002 and (PHYL3001 or PHYL3002)
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1PHYL2001Physiology of Human Body Systems
Prerequisites:
SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell or IMED1002 The Facts of Life or ((at least one of ANHB1101 Human Biology 1: Becoming Human, ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human, or BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology) and Chemistry ATAR or CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry)
Incompatibility:
PHYL2255 Physiology of Human Body Systems
S2PHYL2002Physiology of Cells
Incompatibility:
PHYL2245 Physiology of Cells
S1PHYL3001Physiology of Membranes, Muscles and Signalling
Prerequisites:
PHYL2002 Physiology of Cells or PHYL2245 Physiology of Cells or (PHYL2001 Physiology of Human Body Systems and three of ANHB2212 Human Structure and Development, BIOC2203 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell, BIOC2001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell, MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology, PATH2201 Introduction to Human Disease, PHAR2210 Foundations of Pharmacology)
Incompatibility:
PHYL3340 Advanced Cell Physiology
S1PHYL3002Physiology of Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems
Prerequisites:
PHYL2001 Physiology of Human Body Systems; for pre-2012 courses: PHYL2255 Physiology of Human Body Systems or PHYL2260 Physiology of Adaptation and Stress
Incompatibility:
PHYL3350 Physiological Control Mechanisms
S2PHYL3003Physiology of Nutrition and Metabolism
Prerequisites:
96 points and PHYL2001 Physiology of Human Body Systems
S2PHYL3004Physiology of Integrated Organ Function
Prerequisites:
PHYL2001 Physiology of Human Body Systems and PHYL2002 Physiology of Cells; for pre-2012 courses: [PHYL2245 Physiology of Cells and (PHYL2255 Physiology of Human Body Systems or PHYL2260 Physiology of Adaptation and Stress)]
Incompatibility:
PHYL3340 Advanced Cellular Physiology, PHYL3350 Physiological Control Mechanisms

Take all units (30 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSANHB5432Fundamentals of Sleep Biology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in either the Graduate Certificate in Adult Sleep Science (51210), Graduate Diploma in Sleep Science (52320), Graduate Diploma in Dental Sleep Medicine (52340), Master of Biomedical Science (71520), Master of Health Science (71540), Graduate Diploma in Human Biology (51320), Master of Human Biology (53520), Master of Work Health and Safety (74530) or in consultation with the unit coordinator
Co-requisites:
for students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Adult Sleep Science (51210) or Graduate Diploma in Sleep Science 52320: ANHB5431 Fundamentals of Sleep Technology for students who commence their course at the start of the year, but not for the students who commence their course in July
S1, S2APHB5500Advanced Research Techniques
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master Biomedical Science or Master Anatomical Sciences or Master of Health Science
Incompatibility:
APHB4003 Advanced Experimental Techniques
S2APHB5503Neuroendocrinology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Health Science (71540)
S2APHB5504Advanced Techniques in Physiology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) Physiology specialisation; completion of [PHYL2001 Physiology of Human Body Systems and (PHYL3003 Physiology of Nutrition and Metabolism or PHYL3004 Physiology of Integrated Organ Function)] or [PHYL2002 Physiology of Cells and (PHYL3001 Physiology of Membranes, Muscles and Signalling or PHYL3002 Physiology of Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems)]
S1APHB5505Advanced Studies in Physiology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) Physiology specialisation or Master of Health Science (71540) Physiology specialisation; [(PHYL2001 Physiology of Human Body Systems and (PHYL3003 Physiology of Nutrition and Metabolism or PHYL3004 Physiology of Integrated Organ Function)] or [PHYL2002 Physiology of Cells and (PHYL3001 Physiology of Membranes, Muscles and Signalling or PHYL3002 Physiology of Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems)]

For students in course by coursework and dissertation only, take all units (24 points).

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1, S2APHB5520Literature Review and Research Proposal
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in the Master of Anatomical Science or the Master of Biomedical Science, with specialisations in Human Biology, Physiology and Neuroscience. Students who want to undertake a research project as an optional unit must have (a) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in a relevant undergraduate major; or (b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course. An approved supervisor must have confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project.
Co-requisites:
APHB5521 Science Research Project Part 1
S1, S2APHB5521Science Research Project Part 1
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in the Master of Anatomical Science or the Master of Biomedical Science, with specialisation in Human Biology, Physiology or Neuroscience. Students who want to undertake a research project as an optional unit must have (a) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of the Level 3 units of a relevant bachelor's degree; or (b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Levels 3, 4 and 5 units in the master's degree. An approved supervisor must have confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project.
S1, S2APHB5522Science Research Project Part 2
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in the Master of Anatomical Science or the Master of Biomedical Science, with specialisation in Human Biology, Physiology or Neuroscience. Students who want to undertake a research project as an optional unit must have (a) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in their bachelor's degree; or (b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 4/5 units in the master's degree. An approved supervisor must have confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project.
Co-requisites:
APHB5523 Science Research Project Part 3
S1, S2APHB5523Science Research Project Part 3
Co-requisites:
APHB5522 Science Research Project Part 2

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 30 points. Students in course by coursework and dissertation, take unit(s) to the value of 6 points.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1APHB5501Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
Prerequisites:
an undergraduate major in biomedical or health sciences, or by permission of the unit coordinator
S1BIOC4001Advanced Studies in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S2BIOC5001Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Techniques
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520)
S2FNSC5622Scientific Expert Testimony
Incompatibility:
FNSC5620 Expert Testimony Part 1, FNSC5621 Expert Testimony (Odontology) Part 1
S1SCIE4001The Objectives and Applications of Genomics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Biotechnology (71580) or Master of Health Science (71540) or Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or honours in the Faculty of Science.
S2SCIE4481Good, Bogus and Corrupted Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in honours or postgraduate course
S1SSEH5688Introduction to Work Health and Safety
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (52330) or the Master of Exercise Science (52510) or the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (73520) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or Master of Work Health and Safety (74530)

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—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.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) This course has the following exit awards:

  • 73220 Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Science (24 points)
  • 73320 Graduate Diploma in Biomedical Science (48 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Biomedical Science course before completing it, but after having completed 24 at level 4 or level 5 points of the minimum volume of learning, including the two core units, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Science.

(3) A student who withdraws from the Master of Biomedical Science course before completing it, but after having completed 48 points at level 4 or level 5 of the minimum volume of learning, including the two core units and at least four specialisation units, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Biomedical Science.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points (maximum value) which includes conversion units to a value of 24 points, course core units and specialisation units. The course comprises the following specialisations:

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

(3) Students who have completed a bachelor's degree with a biomedical or health major that aligns with the chosen specialisation in the course are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 24 points.

Satisfactory progress

8. A student who does not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled, or who fails the same unit twice, will not have made satisfactory progress.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. A student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty decides otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules
Research project

13. Students who request approval to undertake a research project as an optional unit in this course must—

(i) have a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in their UWA undergraduate major. These units must be relevant to the master's specialisation; or

(ii) have a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course; or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; and

(iii) must have a supervisor, approved by the Faculty, who has confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project.

(iv) Students in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology specialisations who were required to complete SCIE4404 Techniques in Molecular Sciences must have achieved a mark of at least 70% in this unit.