Master of Research (Science Medicine and Health)

Course summary

The Master of Research (Science, Medicine and Health) degree comprises research and research training, and requires you to complete 96 credit points of subjects. The first year comprises 48 credit points of research training and coursework while the second year comprises a 48-credit points thesis, which is assessed by two external examiners. Academic units may award advanced standing for the research training and coursework component and will determine the appropriate entry point.

The following specialisations are available: Advanced Materials, Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Nursing, and Medical and Health Science.

We will ensure that a supervisor with appropriate expertise is allocated to a candidate at the time of application. We encourage you to identify potential supervisors who match your area of research interest by visiting the UOW Scholars website. We also advise you make contact with a potential supervisor to discuss your project prior to applying for admission.

Course information

Study area

Health & Medicine, Research

Campus

Wollongong, Innovation Campus

Course Code

482

Duration

2 years (4 sessions) full-time, or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

091522J

UAC Code

-

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must have a Bachelor or Masters coursework degree from a recognised tertiary institution with a minimum Credit average (65% or a GPA 3.0 out of 4.0).

The Head of Postgraduate Studies for the relevant unit will approve entry into the Master of Research, based on academic results and relevant experience.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

All applicants for the Master of Research must submit a written (preferably typed) proposal as part of their application. This proposal should:

  • contain, in no more than one page, a clear description of the discipline area or project topic you wish to study in/undertake for the Master of Research 48cp thesis; and
  • conclude with a statement of your motivation for wanting to undertake the research course.

CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

Applicants who have completed the Bachelor of Research will be eligible for 48 credit points of specified credit.


Applicants who have completed alternative end on and embedded honours programs will be assessed on a case by case basis.

FEES

Year 1 – Students enrol in the Bachelor of Research and are eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.


Year 2 – The course fee for the Master of Research will be fully paid by the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Fee Offset Scheme for up to 2 years (i.e. 4 full-time semesters or part-time equivalence).

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must have a Bachelor or Masters coursework degree from a recognised tertiary institution with a minimum Credit average (65% or a GPA 3.0 out of 4.0).

The Head of Postgraduate Studies for the relevant unit will approve entry into the Master of Research, based on academic results and relevant experience.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

All applicants for the Master of Research must submit a written (preferably typed) proposal as part of their application. This proposal should:

  • contain, in no more than one page, a clear description of the discipline area or project topic you wish to study in/undertake for the Master of Research 48cp thesis; and
  • conclude with a statement of your motivation for wanting to undertake the research course.


ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.5

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

88

18

18

18

18

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 65 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.


CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

Applicants who have completed the Bachelor of Research will be eligible for 48 credit points of specified credit.


Applicants who have completed alternative end on and embedded honours programs will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Admission Profile


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2018.

Applicant background

2018 intake

2018 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

-

-

Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

-

-

Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

-

-

Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).

-

-

International students All other students.

-

-

All students

-

-

< 5: Number of students is less than 5
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2018

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2019 Autumn

Wollongong, Innovation Campus

Enrolment and Orientation: 27 February 2019
Session: 4 March – 27 June 2019

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 31 January 2019. Late applications may be considered.
  • International Applicants: 31 January 2019. Late applications may be considered.

2019 Spring

Wollongong

Enrolment and Orientation: 22 July 2019
Session: 29 July – 21 November 2019

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 1 June 2019. Late applications may be considered.
  • International Applicants: 1 June 2019. Late applications may be considered.

2019 Spring

Innovation Campus

Enrolment and Orientation: 22 July 2019
Session: 29 July – 21 November 2019

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 1 June 2019. Late applications may be considered.
  • International Applicants: 1 June 2019. Late applications may be considered.

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

CLO Description
1 Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems and concepts and apply established theories to identified discipline areas.
2 Understand, in the context of an advanced body of knowledge, recent developments in an identified discipline area.
3 With creativity and initiative, plan a substantial piece of research using advanced knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the identified discipline area.
4 Communicate effectively, to a range of audiences, coherent and sustained arguments to evaluate and justify the selected research question, research design and interpretation of research results
5 Implement a substantial piece of research that shows mastery of, and the capacity for critical reflection on, the application of theoretical knowledge with a high level of personal autonomy, accountability and regards for conventions for research integrity, privacy and integrity issues.
6 Disseminate research outcomes to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree, the Master of Research, a candidate must successfully complete at least 96 credit points, as specified in the chosen area of study.

Areas of Study

Advanced Materials

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
Completion of the following three subjects:
RESH802 Responsible Research 6 Autumn
RESH900 Fundamentals for HDR Writing* 6 Autumn, Spring
RESH905 Preliminary Research Project 12 Autumn, Spring
Plus 24 credit points from the Advanced Materials list below
Year 2
RESH909 Master of Research Thesis: Full Time 24 Autumn, Spring
RESH908 Master of Research Thesis: Part- time 12 Autumn, Spring
Advanced Materials Elective List
AIIM910 Advanced materials: synthesis and fabrication 6 Autumn
AIIM911 Advanced Materials: Devices, Performance and Applications 6 Autumn
MATL913 Structural Analysis of Materials 6 Autumn
PHYS969 Advanced Electronic Materials 6 Spring
Or other subjects as approved by the course coordinator

*This subject is compulsory for International Students only.  

Chemistry 

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
Completion of the following three subjects
RESH802 Responsible Research 6 Autumn
RESH900 Fundamentals for HDR Writing* 6 Autumn, Spring
RESH905 Preliminary Research Project 12 Autumn, Spring
Plus 24 credit points from Chemistry the elective list
Year 2
RESH909 Master of Research Thesis: Full Time 24 Autumn, Spring
RESH908 Master of Research Thesis: Part- time 12 Autumn, Spring
Chemistry Elective List
CHEM910 Research Skills Training 12 Annual, Autumn, Spring, Spring 2019/Autumn 2019, Summer 2019/2019
CHEM914 Advanced Analytical Chemistry 12 Autumn
CHEM919 Literature Report in Chemistry 12 Annual, Autumn, Spring, Spring 2019/Autumn 2019
CHEM930 Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry 12 Spring
CHEM964 Elucidating Molecular Structure 12 Autumn
CHEM991 Intelligent Materials and their Applications 12 Spring
CHEM992 Bioinformatics and Biological Chemistry 12 Spring
CHEM993 Advanced Organic Synthesis and Reactivity 12 Spring
CHEM994 Environmental Chemistry and Climate Change 12 Autumn

*This subject is compulsory for International Students only.   

Biological Sciences

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
Completion of the following three subjects
RESH802 Responsible Research 6 Autumn
RESH900 Fundamentals for HDR Writing* 6 Autumn, Spring
RESH905 Preliminary Research Project 12 Autumn, Spring
Plus 24 credit points from Biological Sciences the elective list
Year 2
RESH909 Master of Research Thesis: Full Time 24 Autumn, Spring
RESH908 Master of Research Thesis: Part- time 12 Autumn, Spring
Biological Sciences Elective List
BIOL970 Advances in Conservation Biology 12 Autumn
BIOL971 Advanced Topics in Marine and Terrestrial Ecology 12 Spring
BIOL972 Ecological and Evolutionary Physiology 12 Autumn
BIOL980 Biotechnology 12 Autumn
BIOL981 Molecular Cell Biology 12 Autumn
BIOL982 Infection and Immunity 12 Spring
BIOL984 Applied Bioinformatics 12 Spring

*This subject is compulsory for International Students only.   

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
Completion of the following three subjects
RESH802 Responsible Research 6 Autumn
RESH900 Fundamentals for HDR Writing* 6 Autumn, Spring
RESH905 Preliminary Research Project 12 Autumn, Spring
Plus 24 credit points from the Earth and Environmental Sciences elective list
Year 2
RESH909 Master of Research Thesis: Full Time 24 Autumn, Spring
RESH908 Master of Research Thesis: Part- time 12 Autumn, Spring
Environmental Sciences Elective List
EESC901 Advanced Plate Tectonics, Macrotopography and Earth History 12 Autumn
EESC902 Advanced Coastal Environments: Processes and Management 12 Spring
EESC903 Advanced Fluvial Geomorphology and Sedimentology 12 Autumn
EESC909 Dung, Death and Decay: modern scientific methods in archaeology 12 Autumn
EESC914 Fundamentals of Spatial Science 12 Autumn, Spring
EESC922 Advanced Sediments and Fuels 12 Spring
EESC926 Advanced Resources and Environments 12 Spring

*This subject is compulsory for International Students only.   

Nursing

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
Completion of the following three subjects
RESH802 Responsible Research 6 Autumn
RESH900 Fundamentals for HDR Writing* 6 Autumn, Spring
RESH905 Preliminary Research Project 12 Autumn, Spring
Plus 24 credit points from the Nursing elective list
Year 2
RESH909 Master of Research Thesis: Full Time 24 Autumn, Spring
RESH908 Master of Research Thesis: Part- time 12 Autumn, Spring
Nursing Elective List
SNPG902 Effective Management in Health 6 Autumn, Spring
SNPG903 Developments in Nursing Care 6 Autumn, Spring
SNPG906 Managing Change - Quality Improvement 6 Not offered in this year
SNPG915 Essential Skills for Health Researchers 6 Autumn, Spring
SNPG916 Applied Analysis in Health Research 6 Autumn
SNPG918 Critical Appraisal 6 Spring
SNPG923 Legal and Professional Issues 6 Autumn, Spring
SNPG925 Effective Leadership in Health 6 Annual, Autumn, Spring
SNPG927 Promoting Clinical Excellence 6 Autumn, Spring
SNPG932 Recovery and the Lived Experience of Mental Illness 6 Autumn
SNPG934 Informed Practice in Mental Health Nursing 6 Autumn
SNPG935 Philosophies of Mental Health Care 6 Spring
SNPG939 Psychoactive Substance and Mental Health 6 Autumn
SNPG950 Reflection For Practice 6 Autumn, Spring
SNPG953 Special Topic in Research 6 Autumn, Spring
SNPG955 Dementia Care Across Settings 6 Autumn
SNPG956 Policy and Practice in the Care of Older People 6 Autumn
SNPG957 Rehabilitation: Concepts and Practice 6 Spring
SNPG958 Advancements in Dementia Care 6 Spring
SNPG959 Tools for Practice Development 6 Autumn, Spring
SNPG960 Facilitation and Education Skills for Practice Development 6 Autumn, Spring

*This subject is compulsory for International Students only. 

Medical and Health Sciences 

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
Completion of the following three subjects
RESH802 Responsible Research 6 Autumn
RESH900 Fundamentals for HDR Writing* 6 Autumn, Spring
RESH905 Preliminary Research Project 12 Autumn, Spring
Plus 24 credit points from the Medical and Health Science elective list
Year 2
RESH909 Master of Research Thesis: Full Time 24 Autumn, Spring
RESH908 Master of Research Thesis: Part- time 12 Autumn, Spring
Medical and Health Science Elective List
RESH803 MRes Research Proposal 6 Not available in 2019
MEDI907 Practicum 6 Autumn, Spring, Summer 2019/2019
MEDI963 Community and Public Health Nutrition 6 Autumn
MEDI962 Research in Human Nutrition 6 Autumn
MEDI969 Nutrition in Practice 6 Annual, Autumn
SMAH801 Fundamentals of Science Communication 6 Not available in 2019
SMAH802 Perspectives in science: A critical appraisal of conspiracy theories 6 Not available in 2019
SMAH804 Critical thinking and innovation in Science 6 Not available in 2019
SMAH910 Global Perspectives in Science 6 Not available in 2019
SMAH911 Current Questions in Global Science 6 Not available in 2019
Or other subjects as approved by the course coordinator

*This subject is compulsory for International Students only.

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

Over the last five years, our researchers have secured research and innovation income worth over $130M on projects as diverse as investigating the beginnings of human history in Australia; assessing and mitigating bushfire risks; improving quality of care for people living with dementia; and investigating the fundamental processes of life, one molecule at a time, through single-molecule biophysics.

In the most recent Excellence in Research for Australia ratings, we received the highest possible rating for our research quality (‘well above world standard’) in many individual disciplines, as well as in the overall field of Chemical Sciences.

Health Care and Social Assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs within Australia and is projected to make the largest contribution of 14.9% to employment growth from 2017 to 2023. With this brings exciting employment opportunities and career options. (Source: Employment Projections)

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills in Australia is becoming a fast-growing area creating new and increased job prospects. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services is projected to increase by 10.2% from 2018 to 2023 reflecting ongoing strength in demand for the services of qualified and highly educated workers. Source: Employment Projections

For information regarding the University's research activity, research strengths, scholarships and services, visit UOW's Research and Innovation website. For specific information relating to research being undertaken, visit the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health research website.