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Master of Medical Science (Pathology)

Graduation requirements

To graduate from the Master of Medical Science (Pathology), students must satisfactorily complete 96 points, comprising eight subjects and a 32 point dissertation.

To exit with the Postgraduate Diploma of Medical Science (Pathology), students must satisfactorily complete 64 points.

To exit with the Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Science (Pathology), students must satisfactorily complete 32 points.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

CSU's Master of Medical Science (Pathology) provides the means for managers and scientific staff in pathology services to expand their knowledge and understanding of underlying scientific concepts and recent research advances.

The Master of Medical Science (Pathology) is designed to meet the need for high-level education in medical laboratory science which does not focus exclusively on research.

It also provides an opportunity for the development of skills in laboratory administration and management. The dissertation component enables the evolution of research skills culminating in the preparation of a publishable journal article.

Students may elect to exit the course following the completion of the first four subjects and graduate with the Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Science (Pathology) or elect to exit following the completion of the first eight subjects and graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma of Medical Science (Pathology).

Dissertation

The following areas of study will be available for dissertation:

  • medical and clinical biochemistry
  • medical aspects of molecular biology
  • endocrine physiology
  • medical microbiology (including virology and parasitology)
  • haematology
  • immunohaematology
  • immunology
  • laboratory quality management
  • oncology
  • histopathology and cytology
  • human cytogenetics
  • reproductive physiology

Residential school

There are no compulsory residential schools associated with this course.

During the latter half of the course frequent communication between students and their dissertation supervisor will be strongly encouraged. Access to the internet is assumed.

Course structure

The course consists of 96 points (comprising 64 points of coursework subjects and a 32 point dissertation).

Core coursework subjects (32 points)

HSM404 Management of Health and Aged Care Services
BMS513 Laboratory Quality Control
BMS512 Integrated MLS
BMS511 Processes of Pathology

Compulsory 32 point dissertation

BMS510 Dissertation (32 points)

Restricted Elective subjects (32 points)

Restricted elective subjects to be chosen from:

BMS404 Cytogenetics for Genetic Counsellors
BMS415 Genetic Engineering and Bioinformatics
BMS418 Immunology
BMS438 Clinical Bacteriology
BMS439 Virology, Mycology & Parasitology (16)
BMS441 Advanced Haematology and Blood Transfusion (16)
BMS500 Biomedical Research Methods
BMS508 Research Proposal
ETH403 Bioethics
HSM401 Perspectives on Health Care Systems
HSM402 Human Resources Management (Health Services)
HSM409 Epidemiology and Public Health
ITC501 Strategic Information Management
SSC501 Science and Society
SSC502 Ethics, Law and Medical Science

  • A maximum of 16 points of undergraduate/postgraduate (paired) subjects can be taken as electives under the following conditions:
  1. They may not be taken if these particular disciplines have been studied at an undergraduate level.
  2. Credit is not available from undergraduate studies for these subjects.
  • BMS500 Biomedical Research Methods must be completed prior to BMS508 Research Proposal.
  • Students intending to complete the MMedSc(Path) degree are required to complete BMS500 Biomedical Research Methods and BMS508 Research Proposal as these are prerequisite subjects for BMS510 Dissertation. Students intending to complete the Master's degree therefore have a choice of only 16 points of restricted elective subjects.

Enrolment pattern

Session 1 (S1)

BMS511 Processes of Pathology
BMS513 Laboratory Quality Control

Session 2 (S2)

BMS512 Integrated MLS
PLUS ONE OF:
HSM401 Perspectives in Health Care Systems
HSM402 Human Resource Management (Health Services)
HSM409 Epidemiology and Public Health
ITC483 Information Systems for Health Services Management
BMS500 Biomedical Research Methods
BMS438 Clinical Bacteriology

Students may elect to exit at this point and graduate with the award Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Science (Pathology) PostgradCertMedSc(Path).

Session 3 (S1)

TWO OF:
BMS404 Cytogenetics for Genetic Counsellors
BMS415 Genetic Engineering & Bioinformatics
BMS418 Immunology
BMS439 Virology, Mycology & Parasitology (16)(commence)
BMS441 Advanced Haematology and Transfusion Science (16)(commence)
BMS500 Biomedical Research Methods
BMS508 Research Proposal
ETH403 Bioethics
HSM401 Perspectives on Health Care Systems
HSM409 Epidemiology and Public Health
SSC501 Science and Society
SSC502 Ethics, Law and Medical Science

Session 4 (S2)

HSM404 Management of Health and Aged Care Services
PLUS ONE OF:
BMS438 Clinical Bacteriology
BMS439 Virology, Mycology & Parasitology (16)(commence)
BMS441 Advanced Haematology and Blood Transfusion (16)(complete)
BMS508 Research Proposal
ETH403 Bioethics
HSM401 Perspectives in Health Care Systems
HSM402 Human Resource Management (Health Services)
HSM409 Epidemiology and Public Health
ITC501 Strategic Information Management

Students may elect to exit at this point and graduate with the award Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Science (Pathology) PostgradDipMedSc(Path).

Sessions 5 and 6 (S1 and S2)

BMS510 Dissertation (32 points)

Articulation

The Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Science (Pathology) is an exit-point only course within the Master of Medical Science (Pathology).

The Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Science (Pathology) is an exit-point only course within the Master of Medical Science (Pathology).

At a glance

Study Mode

Distance education

Where

Wagga Wagga

When

Session 1; Session 2

Level

Postgraduate

Duration

3 years by distance education

International?

YES

Indicative ATAR

N/A

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