UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

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 overview

Course titleMaster of Biomedical Science (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviationMBiomedSc
Course code71520
Course typemaster's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Science
CRICOS code083856J
COURSE DETAILS
  
Intake periodsBeginning of year and mid-year
Attendance typefull- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
ArticulationThe 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 required96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration1.5 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 duration2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 96 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Time limit5 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typePostgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Professor Brendan Waddell

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

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2017; 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 2018 or 2019.

Take all units (12 points):

S1, S2SCIE5510Biomedical Science Research in Context—Literature Review
S1, S2SCIE5515Global Challenges in Biomedical Science

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:

S1BIOC3001Molecular Biology
S1BIOC3002Structural and Functional Biochemistry
S2BIOC3003Omics—Global Approaches to Cell Function
S2BIOC3005Cellular Biochemistry

Take all units (36 points):

S1BIOC4001Advanced Studies in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
S1, S2BIOC5001Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Techniques
S1GENE4001Advanced Studies in Genetics and Genomics
S1MSCI4006Advanced Techniques in Molecular Sciences
S1SCIE4001The Objectives and Applications of Genomics
S2SCIE4002Bioinformatics and Data Analysis for Genomics

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.

S1APHB5501Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
S2APHB5503Neuroendocrinology
S1GENE5001Advanced Genomics Techniques
S1PUBH4403Epidemiology I
S2SCIE4481Good, Bogus and Corrupted Science
S2SSEH5685Work Site Health Promotion
S1SSEH5688Introduction to Work Health and Safety

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

S1, S2MSCI5560Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Literature Review and Research Proposal
S1, S2MSCI5561Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Research Project Part 1
S1, S2MSCI5562Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Research Project Part 2
S1, S2MSCI5563Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Research Project Part 3

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.
S2ANHB3315Human Evolutionary Ecology
S1ANHB3321Biological Anthropology: Genes and Society
N/AANHB3322Human/Primate Social Organisation

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.
NSANHB5432Fundamentals of Sleep Biology
S1, S2APHB5500Advanced Research Techniques
S1APHB5501Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
N/AAPHB5502Human Ecology
S2APHB5503Neuroendocrinology
S1GENE4001Advanced Studies in Genetics and Genomics

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

S1, S2APHB5520Literature Review and Research Proposal
S1, S2APHB5521Science Research Project Part 1
S1, S2APHB5522Science Research Project Part 2
S1, S2APHB5523Science Research Project Part 3

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

S2ANIM5501Evolution and Development
S1PUBH4403Epidemiology I
S1SCIE4001The Objectives and Applications of Genomics
S2SCIE4002Bioinformatics and Data Analysis for Genomics
S2SCIE4481Good, Bogus and Corrupted Science
S1SSEH5688Introduction to Work Health and Safety

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).
S1ANHB2217Human Neurobiology
S1ANIM3320Comparative Neurobiology
S2NEUR3301Advanced Neuroscience 1
S2PHYL2002Physiology of Cells

Take all units (30 points):

S1, S2APHB5500Advanced Research Techniques
S2APHB5503Neuroendocrinology
NSBIOL5505Marine Neuroecology and Behaviour
S2NEUR4010Modern Research Tools in Neuroscience
S2NEUR5011Neurodevelopment and its Disorders

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

S1, S2APHB5520Literature Review and Research Proposal
S1, S2APHB5521Science Research Project Part 1
S1, S2APHB5522Science Research Project Part 2
S1, S2APHB5523Science Research Project Part 3

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 30 points. Students in course by coursework only may be required to take 6 points at Level 5.

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

S2ANIM5501Evolution and Development
S1APHB5501Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
S1BIOC4001Advanced Studies in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
S1PUBH4403Epidemiology I
S2SCIE4481Good, Bogus and Corrupted Science
S2SSEH4664Exercise and Health Psychology

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:

S1PHYL2001Physiology of Human Body Systems
S2PHYL2002Physiology of Cells
S1PHYL3001Physiology of Membranes, Muscles and Signalling
S1PHYL3002Physiology of Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems
S2PHYL3003Physiology of Nutrition and Metabolism
S2PHYL3004Physiology of Integrated Organ Function

Take all units (30 points):

NSANHB5432Fundamentals of Sleep Biology
S1, S2APHB5500Advanced Research Techniques
S2APHB5503Neuroendocrinology
NSAPHB5504Advanced Techniques in Physiology
S1APHB5505Advanced Studies in Physiology

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

S1, S2APHB5520Literature Review and Research Proposal
S1, S2APHB5521Science Research Project Part 1
S1, S2APHB5522Science Research Project Part 2
S1, S2APHB5523Science Research Project Part 3

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 30 points. Students in course by coursework only may be required to take 6 points at level 5.

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

S1APHB5501Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
S1BIOC4001Advanced Studies in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
S1, S2BIOC5001Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Techniques
S2FNSC5622Scientific Expert Testimony
S1SCIE4001The Objectives and Applications of Genomics
S2SCIE4481Good, Bogus and Corrupted Science
S1SSEH5688Introduction to Work Health and Safety

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

Rules

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and 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:

  • SP-BCHMB Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • SP-HUMBL Human Biology
  • SP-NEURS Neuroscience
  • SP-PHYGY Physiology

(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 chosen 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

(iii) equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; and a supervisor, approved by the Faculty, must have confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project.