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Master of Biomedical Science (Infection and Immunity)

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Overview

There is rapidly growing demand in the medical research and health industries for graduates, with the skills to understand and use a range of techniques and technologies, to interpret medical and research data, and to translate scientific and laboratory findings into clinical practice. This program will train students in state-of-the-art clinical laboratory techniques and equip students for a career in the biomedical sciences.

Why study with us

  • The program is vocationally orientated, and you will study latest techniques, developments and breakthroughs in biomedical sciences.
  • Learn from leading clinicians and researchers from across the Faculty of Medicine and Health and University multidisciplinary research centres, including the Charles Perkins Centre and the Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity.
  • Develop deep expertise when you specialise in either Infection and Immunity, Advanced Diagnostics and Prognostics, Cancer, or Genomics and Precision Medicine.
  • Gain invaluable industry experience and connections when you undertake an industry capstone experience.
  • The program can also provide a solid foundation for the pursuit of a research career.
  • Learn in a variety of environments including innovative new teaching and learning spaces, teaching and research laboratories, immersive clinical environments and online.
  • Leverage the proximity of our location to leading teaching hospitals such as Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Camperdown and Westmead Hospital.

Who should study this course?

The Master of Biomedical Science is suitable for recent science and health graduates as well as established scientists or clinicians who want to advance their careers. This degree will allow you to hone and expand your skills and knowledge in biomedical sciences in a range of careers and settings. 

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What you'll study

In the Master of Biomedical Science (Infection and Immunity) you’ll study 48 credit points of subjects, including 12 credit points of core units and 24 credit points of stream selective and elective units of study, along with 12 credit points of project capstone units.

Units of Study

Capstone

In the Master of Biomedical Sciences (Infection and Immunity) you will undertake a capstone experience in the form of two 6 credit point project units. You have the option of choosing an industry project or a research project as your capstone experience, depending on your interests.

Depending on the project, the research capstone may take place with an industry partner. The capstone units enable you to bring together concepts, principles and applications developed across your award course and synthesise this with your prior learning and experience into a workable research protocol or industry project. The capstone tests your ability to integrate and consolidate your learning.

Admission criteria

Admission to the Master of Biomedical Science (Infection and Immunity) requires:

  • A bachelor’s degree with honours in science, medical or veterinary science, biomedical science, health science or a health-related discipline;
  • Or a bachelor plus a postgraduate degree in a science, medical or veterinary science, biomedical science, health science, or a health-related discipline;
  • Or a pass bachelor degree in a science, medical or veterinary science, biomedical science, health science or a health-related discipline with minimum of 24 months relevant work experience
  • Or completion of embedded Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma. 

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents. 

Future study opportunities

Outstanding graduates who complete the research capstone may be eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in the courses of Doctor of Philosophy or Master of Philosophy in the Faculty of Medicine and Health.

A higher degree by research provides you with the opportunity to prepare a substantial piece of work which represents a significant contribution in a particular field of study and to gain transferable skills in general research methodologies.

Career pathways

Graduates from this degree have an advanced knowledge of biomedical sciences, research literature and laboratory techniques in their selected stream and are able to reflect critically and incorporate knowledge and skills into their practice or research; adopting an evidence - based approach in clinical and research laboratories, and in non-clinical settings. 

Contact the course coordinators

Associate Professor Scott Byrne - scott.byrne@sydney.edu.au

Associate Professor Tina Hinton - tina.hinton@sydney.edu.au

Dr Megan Steain - megan.steain@sydney.edu.au

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Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increase


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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