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Course Duration: Minimum
2 yrs, Maximum
Course Contact (faculty or school):
Steve Tristram (03) 6324
The Master of Biomedical Science, with specialised professional streams in Medical Laboratory Science, is designed to provide students with the theoretical and practical skills necessary for employment in medical pathology laboratories or other diagnostic laboratories and to gain research experience in an area of speciality. The programme will provide a formal qualification in Biomedical Science for students with an undergraduate background in science or health science. The programme will equip students to sit the examination for membership of the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists when they have the appropriate professional practical laboratory experience.
The Master of Biomedical Science will also provide a pathway for students to enter postgraduate research degrees.
Admission & Prerequisites
Successful completion of a first degree in Biochemistry or a Medical Science, Health Science, Science or other related discipline, with a credit average, including studies of Biochemistry/Physiology at second year and some first or second year Immunology and Microbiology^
^ Students may have undertaken Immunology or Microbiology in an undergraduate degree program at either first or second year, depending on the nature of the program.
NOTE: Students who have completed the Bachelor of Biomedical Science at the University of Tasmania or any other AIMS accredited course are not eligible for entry to this course, due to the comparable nature of the professional stream units. These students are recommended to undertake Honours to gain research experience.
The Master of Biomedical Science is designed to provide students with the theoretical and practical skills necessary for employment as Medical Laboratory Scientists in medical pathology laboratories (after appropriate laboratory experience) or other diagnostic laboratories and to provide relevant research experience. The programme will provide a formal qualification in Biomedical Science for students with an undergraduate background in science or health science. The programme will equip students to sit the examination for membership of the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS) when they have the appropriate practical laboratory experience.
The Master of Biomedical Science will provide some experience in research and a potential pathway for students to enter postgraduate research degrees.
Students will gain knowledge and a variety of skills in Medical Laboratory Science professional areas such as: clinical chemistry, endocrinology, haematology, blood transfusion science, histopathology, medical microbiology, human molecular biology, and immunology. A Medical Scientist carries out laboratory investigations which assist in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
Graduates of the course should be eligible to sit the examination for membership of the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists once they have completed appropriate practical laboratory experience.
There are various career options open to biomedical and medical laboratory scientists, especially in hospital clinical and pathology laboratories, private pathology services, blood transfusion services, veterinary pathology laboratories and public health laboratories. Other areas of employment are found in universities and diagnostic companies.
Some students will be prepared to undertake further postgraduate training in biomedical research, leading to potential career options in research organisations.
Articulation to/from Course
Graduate Diploma of Medical Laboratory Science
Graduate Diploma of Medical Laboratory Science. Students who decide they do not wish to undertake the research component can transfer to the Graduate Diploma of Medical Laboratory Science.
Graduates will be eligible to join the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS) as Intermediate Members and once they have completed 2 years relevant work experience will be eligible to sit the AIMS Professional Membership Examination to become full Professional Members.
Mid year commencement is usual for this course and would normally be required in order to fulfil prerequisite requirements. Applicants should contact the School to discuss a possible program.