MR234 - Master of Science (Laboratory and Clinical Science)

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Plan: MR234 - Master of Science
Campus: Bundoora Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Entrance requirements

Program details

Award title: Master of Science
Award abbreviation: MSc
Career: RSCH
Duration: 2 years full time; 4 years part time
Location: Bundoora Campus
Owning school: Health and Biomedical Sciences (173H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 010999
CRICOS code: 085836G

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Purpose of the Program

The Master of Science (Laboratory and Clinical Science) develops advanced research principles, methods and mastery of a body of knowledge in laboratory and clinical health science. Upon graduation with a Master of Science (Laboratory and Clinical Science) award from RMIT University you will have developed:

  • high level skills in the research processes
  • the ability to solve complex problems and provide high level strategic and research based advice in a variety of settings
  • the ability to analyse and synthesise knowledge related to specific disciplines
  • high level communication skills

You will also be able to take advantage of holding an internationally recognised degree from a highly reputable university which is globally well known.

A Master of Science (Laboratory and Clinical Science) will provide you with a foundation for further studies into a PhD and employment in senior leadership and management research based positions in a variety of government, non-government and corporate environments.

Individually supervised research programs are available in areas of research that relate broadly to the ageing population and chronic disease in both basic and clinical studies at the Bundoora Campus.

Laboratory Science Research

The School of Health & Biomedical Sciences has five research laboratories equipped with state of the art technology to conduct basic research in, these are located in the research areas of:

  • Chinese Medicine research
  • Lipid Biology and Metabolic disease
  • Neurotherapeutics research
  • Perinatal Programming research         
  • Sensory Systems and Behavioural Neuroscience 

Clinical Health Science Research

The School of Health & Biomedical Sciences has a well-established Clinic Centre in the Bundoora Campus for clinical training and research. Recently the School of Health & Biomedical Sciences has established a Health Sciences Research Hub with world class facilities that integrate both laboratory and clinical research in the areas of ageing and chronic diseases. The clinical health research conducted at the School of Health & Biomedical Sciences is ranked at the top level of Australia

Integration of Laboratory Science and Clinical Health Research

The School of Health & Biomedical Sciences Research vision is to deliver outcome to improve the public health by translational research. The establishment of this new program is aligned with our research priorities and strength. Several senior staff at the level of D and E are experienced supervisors in both laboratory and clinical research. The program will provide quality training for PhD with research skills in molecular biology, cell culture, pre-clinical animal studies, drug screening, drug target identification, molecular pharmacology, biochemical assays, RT-PCR, western blotting histology, drug quality control, clinical trial design and implementation.

The Master of Science (Laboratory and Clinical Science) may be undertaken in project or thesis mode. Prospective candidates should discuss these modes of submission with their potential supervisors prior to application.


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Entrance requirements

Master by Research

The minimum requirements for admission to a master by research program are:

  • a bachelor degree requiring at least four years of full-time study in a relevant discipline awarded with honours. The degree should include a research component comprised of a thesis, other research projects or research methodology courses that constitute at least 25% of a full-time academic year (or part-time equivalent). The applicant must have achieved at least a credit average in the final year; or
  • evidence of appropriate academic qualifications and/or experience that satisfies the Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Training and Development or nominee that the applicant has developed knowledge of the field of study or cognate field and the potential for research sufficient to undertake the proposed program.

At RMIT a grade of credit represents academic achievement of 60% or higher.

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 (unresolved)English equivalents web page. (unresolved)

Further information and application process

For further information on the steps you need to take to apply for a research program see How to apply – Research programs webpage.



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