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Master of Systems Medicine (Research) (MSysMed(Res))


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Title Master of Systems Medicine (Research) (MSysMed(Res))
Course Code M1302
Study Level Master's by Research (Graduate)
Organisational Unit Graduate Research
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Dr Garth Maker | Email: G.Maker@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 1288

Qualification Master of Systems Medicine (Research) (MSysMed(Res))
Duration 2 years full-time (over 4 semesters) or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description This 2-year research degree is designed to train students in omics science technologies and their application in healthcare. Students will gain extensive theoretical knowledge and practical experience from researchers at the forefront of systems medicine; and apply this new knowledge to undertake a real world health care related project. On completion of this course, graduates will have a high level of multidisciplinary expertise to meet the skills currently sought by employers in academia/industry/healthcare sectors. Students will undertake 12 points of taught coursework, 12 points of research preparation and a 24 points research dissertation.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings A recognised Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7) with a GPA of 3.5 or higher, including evidence of studies in either biochemistry or chemistry and either mathematics or statistics , or completion of the Graduate Certificate in Systems Medicine or Graduate Diploma in Systems Medicine with a course average of 65% or higher.
Exceptional applicants with a lower GPA scores who also have research experience and/or relevant professional experience may also be considered.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
Course Learning Outcomes On completion of this course, graduates will be able to:
CLO1: Explain the theoretical knowledge of different omics techniques and their role in systems medicine applications
CLO2: Recognise and explain the applicability of systems medicine within different clinical domains
CLO3: Critically analyse and interpret complex omics datasets
CLO4: Exercise effective technical and communication skills to evaluate and disseminate research output
CLO5: Design, plan and execute a substantial piece of research in systems medicine
CLO6: Communicate research significance to audiences of different levels from general public to expert audiences.
CLO7: Create an experimental design and analysis plan for conducting a multi-omic study taking account of analytical platforms, clinical samples and financial constraints into account
CLO8: Competently use different spectroscopic techniques for analysis of biological specimens
CLO9: Competently analyse omics dataset using appropriate data analysis techniques.
Employment Prospects In research institutes, hospitals, industries within health care; scientific professional, technical professional and academia
Main research areas Phenomics, systems medicine, bioinformatics, clinical areas (aging, cancer, cardiometabolic diseases, maternal and early life), omics science
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 48 credit points

Core Units - 42 credit points

BIO512 Introduction to Systems Medicine - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

BIO513 Introduction to bioinformatics and data science - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

VLS683 Advanced Research Methods for Scientists - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1S-internal, S1S-external, S2N3-internal, S2N3-external

BIO510 Research design in systems medicine - 9 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

BIO610 Thesis in Systems Medicine - 24 points
MURDOCH: H-internal

Specified Electives - 6 credit points

Select from the following:

BIO514 Systems Medicine in Maternal and Early Life - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

BIO515 Systems Medicine in Cardiometabolic Disease - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

BIO516 Systems Medicine in Brain Health and Neuropathology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

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