Master of Science (Genetics)

Course MC-SCIGEN (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Year and Campus: 2011 - Parkville
CRICOS Code: 062189B
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 200 credit points taken over 24 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.


Professor James Camakaris


Melbourne Graduate School of Science
Faculty of Science
The University of Melbourne

Tel: + 61 3 8344 6128
Fax: +61 3 8344 3351

Course Overview: The Master of Science - Genetics is one of the research training streams of the Master of Science. The research training streams give students the opportunity to undertake a substantive research project in a field of choice as well as a broad range of coursework subjects including a professional tools component, as a pathway to PhD study or to the workforce.
Objectives: Course objectives include:

  • extending students' abilities in oral and written scientific communication;
  • understanding the way in which experiments in genetics are designed, communicated and interpreted;
  • acquiring experience in planning and executing laboratory or field-based experimental research; and
  • developing effective skills in data collection and analysis and postulating testable hypotheses based on this data.
Course Structure & Available Subjects:

Students undertaking the Master of Science (Genetics program) will complete 200 points comprising:

  • 25 points of Discipline subjects;
  • 25 points of Elective Discipline subjects;
  • 25 points of Professional Tools subjects; and
  • a 50 point minor Reasech Project and a 75 point major Research Project.

Discipline Core subjects: 25 points

Students must take:

  • GENE90012 Advanced Topics in Genetics A
  • GENE90018 Advanced Topics in Genetics B

Students need not complete Advanced Topics in Genetics A prior to enrolling in Advanced Topics in Genetics B.

Discipline Elective subjects: 25 points

Students must take 25 points of the following:

  • BTCH90005 Advanced Molecular Biology Techniques;
  • BTCH90009 Genomics and Bioinformatics
  • BIOL90001 Microscopy for Biological Sciences; and
  • 12.5 or 25 points of other approved subjects.

Professional Tools subjects: 25 points

Students must take:

  • SCIE90006 Scientists, Communication and the Workplace
  • MAST90044 Thinking and Reasoning with Data

Research Projects: total 125 points

First Year

Research component - 50 points

Research proposal (30%); minor thesis (70%).

Second Year

Research component - 75 points

Major thesis (90%); oral presentation (10%).

Subject Options:

Discipline Core

Study Period Commencement:
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Discipline Elective

Study Period Commencement:
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Professional Tools

Study Period Commencement:
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Research Project

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Summer Term, Semester 1, Semester 2
Summer Term, Semester 1, Semester 2
Summer Term, Semester 1, Semester 2
Summer Term, Semester 1, Semester 2
Entry Requirements: A bachelor degree with a major in genetics or equivalent with at least an H3 (65%) average in the major.
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the University’s programs. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their active and safe participation in a subject are encouraged to discuss this with the relevant subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.
Further Study: The Research Training programs offer a pathway to a PhD.
Graduate Attributes:

Graduates will:

  • have the ability to demonstrate advanced independent critical enquiry, analysis and reflection;
  • have a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship;
  • have in-depth knowledge of their specialist discipline(s);
  • reach a high level of achievement in writing, research or project activities, problem-solving and communication;
  • be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning;
  • be able to examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines;
  • have a set of flexible and transferable skills for different types of employment; and
  • be able to initiate and implement constructive change in their communities, including professions and workplaces.
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