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C04241v2 Master of Science

Award(s): Master of Science in (name of Science major) (MSc)
UAC code: 940747 (No specified major) (Autumn session, Spring session) , 940750 (Forensic Science) (Autumn session, Spring session) , 940759 (Medical Biotechnology) (Autumn session, Spring session) , 940765 (MathStatModelling) (Autumn session, Spring session) , 940770 (MarineSciManagement) (Autumn session, Spring session) , 940773 (Biomedical Engineering) (Autumn session, Spring session)
CRICOS code: 071909M
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 72
Course EFTSL: 1.5
Location: City campus

Overview
Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Credit recognition
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Other information

Overview

The Master of Science is for two distinct groups of students, namely the professional scientists wishing to update their industry-related skills for career advancement and students considering a research degree.

The course contains a compulsory core of professional subjects relevant to all science disciplines. The subjects in the core provide a backbone of skills important to a professional scientist; be they engaged in research, science businesses, industries or government organisations. These are the skills of communication, critical analysis, project management and innovation and commercialisation. The professional strand is complemented by a choice of major study in a specific science or mathematics discipline. Students may have the option of undertaking a small research project, subject to approval by the faculty. For students with suitable achievement levels, an opportunity to undertake a more substantial research project is available by transferring into the Master of Science (Honours) (C04267). For those considering a research degree, the Master of Science (Honours) provides a pathway to a PhD.

The No specified major option is suitable for students seeking scientific qualifications as entry into the field or wish to gain new specialised skills in a range of theoretical and practical applications to advance their area of expertise.

Students in the Marine Science and Management major are exposed to multi-disciplinary and cross-institutional coursework, with a capstone project taught at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) and multiple lecture series and practical components using real-life data from the Australian Integrated Marine Observatory System.

Course aims

The course provides graduates with analytic tools and disciplinary knowledge, combined with creative, logical approaches to problem-solving and professional skills that facilitate real world application of the science such as project management, IP management and commercialisation.

Career options

Career options vary according to the major chosen, but all graduates have training in the professional attributes that employers seek. The skills learnt expand career horizons and enhance prospects for promotion in the rapidly evolving science professions. Graduates in all majors may also proceed to a career in research by transferring into the Master of Science (Honours) (C04267) as a pathway to a PhD.

  • Graduates of the Biomedical Engineering major will be well prepared for careers in medical device and biotechnology companies, government policy and regulation, hospitals, and research organisations where the ability to combine biology and engineering knowledge and skills is required.
  • Graduates of the Marine Science and Management major can pursue careers worldwide in private and public agencies, or as private consultants in fields such as policy and conservation, fisheries, environmental sustainability and management, impact assessment, tourism, and education.
  • Forensic Science major graduates may take up positions in police forensic laboratories, state and federal law enforcement agencies, government and private forensic or drug detection laboratories, customs and border protection agencies, and environmental protection agencies.
  • Graduates of the Mathematical and Statistical Modelling major may expect to apply their logistic, statistical and modelling skills in careers in a wide range of diverse organisations and industries, including banking and finance, health, information technology, and market research.
  • Career options for Medical Biotechnology major graduates include senior positions in public health units, hospitals or government departments, or as policy analysts or consultants, providing links with bodies such as state health departments. Graduates may also pursue management positions in diagnostic medical laboratories, or in pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 A significant and advanced understanding, and contextualization of the nature, practice & application of the chosen science discipline with respect to recent developments or a professional practice.
2.0 A well-developed understanding of, and experience in, the Scientific Method of knowledge acquisition, deduction, inference and induction. This encompasses complex problem solving, critical thinking and analysis of existing knowledge, skills and attributes, the ability to synthesise information/ideas/perspectives, and the ability to discover new understandings.
3.0 The ability to acquire, develop, employ and integrate a range of high level technical, practical and professional skills, in appropriate and ethical ways within a professional context, autonomously and collaboratively and across a range of disciplinary and professional areas.
4.0 The capacity to engage in extensive, critical reflection upon major aspects of current knowledge, theories and/or practices, and critically evaluate the implications of research findings, including their validity and the potential for contributing to new knowledge, application and practice.
5.0 An awareness of the role of science within a global culture and willingness to contribute to the shaping of community views on complex issues where the methods and findings of science are relevant.
6.0 An understanding of, and highly developed skills in, the different forms of communication - writing, reading, speaking, listening - including visual and graphical, within science and beyond, and the ability to apply these appropriately, effectively and professionally for different audiences.
7.0 An ability to think and work creatively, including the capacity for self-starting, and the ability to apply science knowledge, skills and methods to unfamiliar applications, contexts and/or complex problems.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Entry into any of the majors requires a minimum of a Bachelors degree in a related discipline.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Credit recognition

Students enrolled in this course may be eligible for credit recognition of up to 24 credit points if the subjects previously studied are deemed by UTS: Science to be equivalent to those specified for their course.

To be considered for credit recognition, subjects must normally have been completed no more than five years prior to the commencement of this course.

Course duration and attendance

The standard course duration is 18 months of full-time study.

The course may also be completed in part-time mode, typically over 36 months. Part-time students must be prepared to attend some afternoon or morning classes during each teaching week.

Course structure

The course requires 72 credit points of study, comprising 24 credit points of professional stream subjects and a 48-credit-point major.

A non-specified major in which cross-disciplinary subject selection is possible is also offered.

Course completion requirements

STM90522 Professional stream 24cp
CBK90644 Major choice 48cp
Total 72cp

Course program

The Forensic Science major (MAJ01123) contains a mix of subjects from different forensic disciplines and example programs are more difficult to predict because subject choices are influenced by prior study. A typical 18-month program focusing on the forensic chemistry discipline with admission in Autumn session is shown below, as well as a typical 18-month program focusing on the forensic biology discipline with admission in Spring session. Students with appropriate backgrounds wishing to choose a mixture of forensic chemistry and forensic biology subjects should seek advice from their program advisers.

The Biomedical Engineering major (MAJ03470) contains a mix of subjects from different science and engineering disciplines and example programs are more difficult to predict because subject choices are influenced by prior study. Typical 18-month programs for students admitted in either Autumn or Spring session, with prior backgrounds in either biomedical or physical science are shown below. Depending on selection of electives, the number of elective credit points in a given session may differ from that listed below.

The Marine Science and Management major (MAJ01130) requires two subjects to be chosen from external partner universities and the subject chosen may affect the course duration, depending on session of offer of the selected subject. Example programs for the accelerated mode commencing in either Autumn or Spring sessions are shown below, however it should be noted that these are possible only if the specific optional subjects illustrated are chosen.

Medical Biotechnology major, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
60901 Advanced Communication Skills in Science   6cp
60904 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation   6cp
91565 Experimental and Diagnostic Flow Cytometry   6cp
91566 Advanced Microscopy and Imaging   6cp
Spring session
91536 Proteomics   6cp
91559 Bacterial Pathogenesis   6cp
60903 Project Management in Science   6cp
60902 The Scientific Method   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
Select 24 credit points from the following:   24cp
91539 Biotechnology Research Project 24cp  
91538 Biotechnology Research Project B 12cp  
60910 Directed Study A 6cp  
91344 Medical and Diagnostic Biochemistry 6cp  
91359 Immunology 2 6cp  
91707 Pharmacology 1 6cp  
91369 Biobusiness 6cp  
CBK90640 Elective 6cp  
Medical Biotechnology major, Spring commencing, full time
Year 1
Spring session
91536 Proteomics   6cp
91559 Bacterial Pathogenesis   6cp
60903 Project Management in Science   6cp
60902 The Scientific Method   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
60901 Advanced Communication Skills in Science   6cp
60904 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation   6cp
91565 Experimental and Diagnostic Flow Cytometry   6cp
91566 Advanced Microscopy and Imaging   6cp
Spring session
Select 24 credit points from the following:   24cp
91539 Biotechnology Research Project 24cp  
91538 Biotechnology Research Project B 12cp  
60910 Directed Study A 6cp  
91352 Parasitology 6cp  
91705 Medical Devices and Diagnostics 6cp  
91368 Bioreactors and Bioprocessing 6cp  
91345 Biochemistry, Genes and Disease 6cp  
CBK90640 Elective 6cp  
Mathematical and Statistical Modelling major, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
37233 Linear Algebra   6cp
60904 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK90640 Elective 6cp  
37234 Advanced Calculus 6cp  
37262 Simulation Modelling 6cp  
37345 Quantitative Management Practice 6cp  
37356 Design and Analysis of Experiments 6cp  
37373 Programming for Data Analysis 6cp  
Spring session
60901 Advanced Communication Skills in Science   6cp
60903 Project Management in Science   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
37253 Sample Surveys 6cp  
37335 Differential Equations 6cp  
37336 Mathematical Methods 6cp  
37343 Nonlinear Methods in Quantitative Management 6cp  
37344 Network and Combinatorial Optimisation 6cp  
37357 Advanced Statistical Modelling 6cp  
37363 Stochastic Processes 6cp  
35112 Mathematical Research Project A 12cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
Select 24 credit points from the following:   24cp
37234 Advanced Calculus 6cp  
37262 Simulation Modelling 6cp  
37345 Quantitative Management Practice 6cp  
37356 Design and Analysis of Experiments 6cp  
37373 Programming for Data Analysis 6cp  
35113 Mathematical Research Project B 12cp  
35114 Mathematical Research Project 24cp  
Mathematical and Statistical Modelling major, Spring commencing, full time
Year 1
Spring session
60903 Project Management in Science   6cp
60901 Advanced Communication Skills in Science   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK90640 Elective 6cp  
37253 Sample Surveys 6cp  
37335 Differential Equations 6cp  
37336 Mathematical Methods 6cp  
37343 Nonlinear Methods in Quantitative Management 6cp  
37344 Network and Combinatorial Optimisation 6cp  
37357 Advanced Statistical Modelling 6cp  
37363 Stochastic Processes 6cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
37233 Linear Algebra   6cp
60904 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
37234 Advanced Calculus 6cp  
37262 Simulation Modelling 6cp  
37345 Quantitative Management Practice 6cp  
37356 Design and Analysis of Experiments 6cp  
37373 Programming for Data Analysis 6cp  
35112 Mathematical Research Project A 12cp  
Spring session
Select 24 credit points from the following:   24cp
35366 Numerical Methods of Finance 6cp  
37253 Sample Surveys 6cp  
37343 Nonlinear Methods in Quantitative Management 6cp  
37344 Network and Combinatorial Optimisation 6cp  
37357 Advanced Statistical Modelling 6cp  
37363 Stochastic Processes 6cp  
35113 Mathematical Research Project B 12cp  
35114 Mathematical Research Project 24cp  
Forensic Science major, Chemistry strand, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
60901 Advanced Communication Skills in Science   6cp
65034 Introduction to Forensic Science   6cp
60904 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
65545 Forensic Toxicology 6cp  
65342 Crime Scene Investigation 6cp  
65544 Chemical Criminalistics 6cp  
Spring session
60902 The Scientific Method   6cp
60903 Project Management in Science   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
65412 Physical Evidence 6cp  
65643 Chemistry and Pharmacology of Recreational Drugs 6cp  
65644 Fire and Explosion Investigation 6cp  
65032 Forensic Science Research Project A 12cp  
35255 Forensic Statistics 6cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
Select 24 credit points from the following:   24cp
65544 Chemical Criminalistics 6cp  
65072 Forensic Science Research Project B 12cp  
65545 Forensic Toxicology 6cp  
65342 Crime Scene Investigation 6cp  
65743 Complex Forensic Cases (Chemistry) 6cp  
CBK90640 Elective 6cp  
Forensic Science major, Biology strand, Spring commencing, full time
Year 1
Spring session
60901 Advanced Communication Skills in Science   6cp
65034 Introduction to Forensic Science   6cp
91402 Anatomical Pathology   6cp
60903 Project Management in Science   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
60902 The Scientific Method   6cp
60904 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation   6cp
65342 Crime Scene Investigation   6cp
91137 DNA Profiling   6cp
Spring session
Select 18 credit points from the following:   18cp
91139 Complex Forensic Cases (Biology) 6cp  
79028 Complex Forensic Cases (Law for Biology) 6cp  
91548 Forensic Biology Research Project A 12cp  
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
65412 Physical Evidence 6cp  
65643 Chemistry and Pharmacology of Recreational Drugs 6cp  
65644 Fire and Explosion Investigation 6cp  
Marine Science and Management major, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
60901 Advanced Communication Skills in Science   6cp
60904 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation   6cp
91165 External Marine Study 1   6cp
91146 Topics in Australian Marine Science   6cp
Spring session
60902 The Scientific Method   6cp
60903 Project Management in Science   6cp
91540 Climate Change and Ecological Modelling   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
91156 Marine Productivity and Climate Change 6cp  
91157 Marine Communities 6cp  
91126 Coral Reef Ecosystems 6cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
91166 External Marine Study 2   6cp
91541 Monitoring Ecological Variability   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
91118 Fisheries Resources 6cp  
91545 Environment Research Project A 12cp  
Marine Science and Management major, Spring commencing, full time
Year 1
Spring session
60901 Advanced Communication Skills in Science   6cp
60903 Project Management in Science   6cp
91165 External Marine Study 1   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
91156 Marine Productivity and Climate Change 6cp  
91157 Marine Communities 6cp  
91540 Climate Change and Ecological Modelling 6cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
60902 The Scientific Method   6cp
60904 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation   6cp
91146 Topics in Australian Marine Science   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
91118 Fisheries Resources 6cp  
91541 Monitoring Ecological Variability 6cp  
91126 Coral Reef Ecosystems 6cp  
Spring session
91166 External Marine Study 2   6cp
Select 18 credit points from the following:   18cp
91156 Marine Productivity and Climate Change 6cp  
91157 Marine Communities 6cp  
91540 Climate Change and Ecological Modelling 6cp  
91545 Environment Research Project A 12cp  
Biomedical Engineering major, Physical Science stream, Autumn commencing
Year 1
Autumn session
91429 Physiological Bases of Human Movement   6cp
60901 Advanced Communication Skills in Science   6cp
48023 Programming Fundamentals   6cp
60904 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation   6cp
Spring session
60903 Project Management in Science   6cp
49261 Biomedical Instrumentation   6cp
91239 Human Pathophysiology   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
91140 Bionanotechnology 6cp  
91705 Medical Devices and Diagnostics 6cp  
91708 Medical and Applied Physiology 6cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
Select 24 credit points from the following:   24cp
91171 Biomedical Engineering Project A 12cp  
91403 Medical Imaging 6cp  
67509 Molecular Nanotechnology 6cp  
68075 Nanomaterials 6cp  
49275 Neural Networks and Fuzzy Logic 6cp  
91703 Physiological Systems 6cp  
42026 Biomedical Polymers 6cp  
91560 Tissue Engineering Scaffolds 6cp  
Biomedical Engineering major, Physical Science stream, Spring commencing
Year 1
Spring session
60901 Advanced Communication Skills in Science   6cp
60903 Project Management in Science   6cp
91239 Human Pathophysiology   6cp
49261 Biomedical Instrumentation   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
48023 Programming Fundamentals   6cp
60904 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation   6cp
91429 Physiological Bases of Human Movement   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
67509 Molecular Nanotechnology 6cp  
68075 Nanomaterials 6cp  
91403 Medical Imaging 6cp  
91703 Physiological Systems 6cp  
49275 Neural Networks and Fuzzy Logic 6cp  
Spring session
Select 24 credit points from the following:   24cp
91140 Bionanotechnology 6cp  
91172 Biomedical Engineering Project B 12cp  
91705 Medical Devices and Diagnostics 6cp  
91708 Medical and Applied Physiology 6cp  
42026 Biomedical Polymers 6cp  
91560 Tissue Engineering Scaffolds 6cp  
Biomedical Engineering major, Biomedical Sciences stream, Autumn commencing
Year 1
Autumn session
60901 Advanced Communication Skills in Science   6cp
60902 The Scientific Method   6cp
60904 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation   6cp
68316 Applied Electronics and Interfacing   6cp
Spring session
49261 Biomedical Instrumentation   6cp
91239 Human Pathophysiology   6cp
60903 Project Management in Science   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
91140 Bionanotechnology 6cp  
91705 Medical Devices and Diagnostics 6cp  
91708 Medical and Applied Physiology 6cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
Select 24 credit points from the following:   24cp
91171 Biomedical Engineering Project A 12cp  
91403 Medical Imaging 6cp  
67509 Molecular Nanotechnology 6cp  
68075 Nanomaterials 6cp  
49275 Neural Networks and Fuzzy Logic 6cp  
91703 Physiological Systems 6cp  
48023 Programming Fundamentals 6cp  
42026 Biomedical Polymers 6cp  
91560 Tissue Engineering Scaffolds 6cp  
Biomedical Engineering major, Biomedical Sciences stream, Spring commencing
Year 1
Spring session
60901 Advanced Communication Skills in Science   6cp
60903 Project Management in Science   6cp
91239 Human Pathophysiology   6cp
49261 Biomedical Instrumentation   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
60902 The Scientific Method   6cp
60904 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation   6cp
68316 Applied Electronics and Interfacing   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
67509 Molecular Nanotechnology 6cp  
68075 Nanomaterials 6cp  
91403 Medical Imaging 6cp  
91703 Physiological Systems 6cp  
48023 Programming Fundamentals 6cp  
49275 Neural Networks and Fuzzy Logic 6cp  
Spring session
Select 24 credit points from the following:   24cp
42026 Biomedical Polymers 6cp  
91560 Tissue Engineering Scaffolds 6cp  
91140 Bionanotechnology 6cp  
91172 Biomedical Engineering Project B 12cp  
91705 Medical Devices and Diagnostics 6cp  
91708 Medical and Applied Physiology 6cp  

Other information

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