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C04389v1 Master of Philosophy in Medical Biotechnology

Award(s): Master of Philosophy in Medical Biotechnology (MPhilMedBiotech)
CRICOS code: 098055G
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 96
Course EFTSL: 2
Location: City campus

Notes

This course is not offered by direct entry. Admission is via Internal Course Transfer with faculty approval.


Overview
Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Recognition of prior learning
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Other information

Overview

The Master of Phillosophy in Medical Biotechnology provides students with a unique opportunity to undertake original research and gain in-depth knowledge in their particular scientific field. Students have access to staff that are leading researchers and experts in their field. Undertaking this course allows students to explore their research potential and develop research skills. This course is designed to provide a scholarship pathway to the PhD program.

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 stream has options for specialised professional skills development and is complemented by medical biotechnology study.

The second half of the course comprises a substantial research component, giving students an opportunity to undertake original, cutting-edge research. For students with suitable achievement levels, this provides a direct pathway to a PhD, and carries points that can be used in the scholarship application process.

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. With a substantial research component, students develop and expand their research skills, which can be utilised either in industry R&D or as the initial foundations of a professional research career.

Career options

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 may also proceed to a career in research through entry to a PhD.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 Develop a professional identity through engagement with scientific knowledge to demonstrate depth, breadth, application and interrelationships of relevant discipline areas.
1.1 Demonstrate and apply in a range of professional contexts, a coherent command of advanced knowledge in Medical Biotechnology.
1.2 Demonstrate advanced application of in- depth and up-to-date technical knowledge and research principles in biotechnology with a focus on flow cytometry, microscopy, proteomics and biotechnology relevant to professional practice.
2.0 An ability to hypothesise, apply the scientific method and solve problems, incorporating evidence-based knowledge acquisition, deduction, inference and induction to contest and test current scientific knowledge through critical evaluation and data analyses.
2.1 Tackle the challenge of real-world biotechnology and medical problems by investigating, analyzing and critically evaluating different solutions to complex problems.
2.2 Demonstrate high level technical competence to independently research, synthesize, critically evaluate and transform information and techniques from a variety of sources and apply that knowledge to professional practice.
3.0 A capability to autonomously and collaboratively acquire technical, practical and professional skills within the context of work integrated learning and apply these in ethical ways to meet the current and future needs of society.
3.1 Design, construct and execute professional solutions to biotechnology problems incorporating a regard for, and understanding of, intellectual property.
3.2 Develop and prepare ethical solutions to global medical and health problems that can impact on society.
4.0 A capacity for innovation and creativity beyond formal educational contexts through the development of reflective practices as self-directed learners, motivated by a curiosity to find solutions to current societal issues.
4.1 Find and create solutions to health and society biotechnological needs through innovation, creativity, curiosity, application of technologies, and commitment to self-directed learning.
4.2 Self-reflect on the processes used to acquire and apply knowledge and skills with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability.
5.0 Communicate effectively and professionally across all domains (written/oral/visual/graphical) to a range of audiences using appropriate media.
5.1 Communicate to a range of audiences using effective and professional communication in written, oral and visual media.
5.2 Present and Communicate complex ideas and justifications in a rigorous, effective and professional manner across all mediums to a range of audiences using appropriate media.

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.

This program is normally available to students who have commenced in the Master of Medical Biotechnology (Extension) (C04388) or Master of Medical Biotechnology (C04390), and demonstrated exceptional academic achievement and research potential. Admission is via internal course transfer. Prospective students have to complete the supplementary faculty honours admission form and organise a supervisor and project.

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.

Recognition of prior learning

Students enrolled in this course may be eligible for recognition of prior learning 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 recognition of prior learning, subjects must normally have been completed no more than five years prior to the commencement of this course.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a two-year, full-time basis.

Course structure

The course requires 96 credit points of study, comprising 32 credit points of core subjects, 16 credit points of professional stream subjects, and a 48-credit-point intensive research component.

This honours component of the course is a research project that extends over the final year and normally takes the form of an experimental, analytical or theoretical investigation. Candidates may also be required to undertake one or more critical reviews of the literature in designated areas and to attend formal classes devoted to advanced coursework. The results of the project are presented in an oral seminar and in a written thesis, both of which are formally assessed.

Course completion requirements

STM91283 Core subjects (Science PG) 32cp
STM91287 Professional stream (Science PG) 16cp
STM91286 Medical Biotechnology Thesis 48cp
Total 96cp

Course program

The following example shows a typical full-time program.

Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
60901 Advanced Communication Skills in Science   6cp
91567 Advanced Microscopy and Imaging   8cp
91570 Experimental and Diagnostic Flow Cytometry   8cp
Select 2 credit points from the following:   2cp
60105 Ethics in Human Research 2cp  
60102 Ethics in Animal Research 2cp  
60116 Risk Assessment and Management for Science 2cp  
60106 Research Proposal Writing 2cp  
60109 Professional Science Document Writing 2cp  
Spring session
60117 Understanding Data and Statistical Design   6cp
91572 Proteomics   8cp
91569 Biotechnology Solutions to Infectious Diseases   8cp
Select 2 credit points from the following:   2cp
60105 Ethics in Human Research 2cp  
60102 Ethics in Animal Research 2cp  
60116 Risk Assessment and Management for Science 2cp  
60106 Research Proposal Writing 2cp  
60109 Professional Science Document Writing 2cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
60120 Medical Biotechnology Thesis 1   24cp
Spring session
60121 Medical Biotechnology Thesis 2   24cp
Spring commencing, full time
Year 1
Spring session
60117 Understanding Data and Statistical Design   6cp
91572 Proteomics   8cp
91569 Biotechnology Solutions to Infectious Diseases   8cp
Select 2 credit points from the following:   2cp
60105 Ethics in Human Research 2cp  
60102 Ethics in Animal Research 2cp  
60116 Risk Assessment and Management for Science 2cp  
60106 Research Proposal Writing 2cp  
60109 Professional Science Document Writing 2cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
60901 Advanced Communication Skills in Science   6cp
91567 Advanced Microscopy and Imaging   8cp
91570 Experimental and Diagnostic Flow Cytometry   8cp
Select 2 credit points from the following:   2cp
60105 Ethics in Human Research 2cp  
60102 Ethics in Animal Research 2cp  
60116 Risk Assessment and Management for Science 2cp  
60106 Research Proposal Writing 2cp  
60109 Professional Science Document Writing 2cp  
Spring session
60120 Medical Biotechnology Thesis 1   24cp
Year 3
Autumn session
60121 Medical Biotechnology Thesis 2   24cp

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
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Further information regarding honours, including available projects and the application process, can be found at:

UTS: Science, Honours