MC112 - Master of Applied Science (Medical Science)

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Plan: MC112DE - Master of Applied Science (Medical Science)
Campus: Bundoora Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Master of Applied Science (Medical Science)
Award abbreviation: MAppSc(MedSc)
Total credit points: 144
Career: PGRD
Duration: 3 years part-time
Location: Distance Education
Owning school: Health and Biomedical Sciences (173H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 019901
CRICOS code:

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Purpose of the Program

The Master of Applied Science (Medical Science) provides advanced training and education in laboratory medicine.

This program provides an opportunity for you, as a graduate working in the field of medical/biomedical science, to:

  • broaden and extend your knowledge in a number of developing areas of medical science
  • examine the latest advances in laboratory medicine in an inter-disciplinary context
  • develop skills in the use and application of information technology for education and the rapidly evolving fields of telepathology and e-health
  • develop an understanding of business and management practices in the conduct of laboratory medicine
  • develop competency in applying scientific method through the conduct of a research project and submission of a publication standard dissertation
  • acquire independent and life-long learning skills through self-directed and contract learning activities
  • study a range of online elective courses including medical laboratory quality systems and accreditation, medical informatics and laboratory management, and contemporary issues in laboratory medicine, which complement the core areas of study in the program.
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Articulation and pathways

There are currently no articulation agreements for this program.

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program.

Upon successful completion of this program, you may be eligible to undertake further studies in a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Career pathways include research and higher education teaching.

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Entrance requirements

 Program Entry Requirements

 An Australian bachelor degree in Medical Laboratory Science/Laboratory Medicine, or equivalent; and at least one year of work experience in the field of laboratory medicine, preferably at a postgraduate level.  You should be currently working in the field of laboratory medicine.

International qualifications are assessed according to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

English Language Requirements

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0; or equivalent. For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page.

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External accreditation and industry links

The Master of Applied Science (Medical Science) is internationally accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (IBMS, UK) (

On successful completion of the Master of Applied Science (Medical Science) graduates are entitled to apply for membership of the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

The School of Medical Sciences has extensive links with industry through their Program Advisory Committees (PACs), and through research projects and consulting. Employers and industry professionals are members of these Program Advisory Committees, and have contributed to both the initial development and ongoing improvement of this program. Their involvement ensures that the program remains relevant to your needs as a graduate and to the needs of graduate employers.

Many of the teaching staff within the program are (or have been) practicing industry professionals with extensive industry experience and contact networks.  This experience, when integrated into teaching and learning practice, enriches your learning environment.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services
As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT ( or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT students have access to quality electronic resources such as e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at:

Online learning tools and content

As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT (

Learning services available to you as a student at RMIT
RMIT provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face-to-face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long-term medical condition or other form of disadvantage that may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation and fitness activities, as well as student activism and university governance.

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. You can find more information at:

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