Master of Medical Research

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





1 to 1.5 years full-time
3 years part-time

Credit points


Indicative fee

Exempt under RTP (more)

Commencing in

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2

Next start date

Trimester 1 2023

Applications close

Monday, 2 January 2023

About this program

This degree provides graduates with the opportunity to undertake advanced study and research. You will gain a thorough training in applied scientific research and methodology and be prepared for higher degree by research studies and professional employment in the research field. The program consists of coursework (40 credit points) and a research component (80 credit point dissertation).

The coursework will provide critical evaluation of research and presentation, develop the student's knowledge and understanding of statistical analyses techniques as applied to scientific research and develop an awareness of research proposal design and background. Students will have the opportunity to develop a research proposal including aims, methodology and a literature review.

The dissertation involves applied research on a specific project, a seminar and thesis describing the research in detail.

Attendance information

The Master of Medical Research is offered full-time and part-time on campus - students are required to complete coursework and a dissertation. This program allows both trimester 1 and trimester 2 entry.

Students must undertake the program structure relevant to the pathway in which they are being supervised for their Dissertation - Medical Science, Medicine or Pharmacy.

The program may be completed over 3 standard trimesters (18 months) or over 12 months. The accelerated option over 12 months utilises trimester 3 - students who choose this option must first ensure that their dissertation supervisor(s) will be available in the trimester 3 period.

Coursework: Students are required to complete three core courses and a listed elective. Two of the three core courses (6001HLS Dissertation Preparation and 6001MSC Advanced Studies in Health Sciences) are offered only at the Gold Coast campus, the third (6002HLS Quantitative Research) is offered at Gold Coast campus and online. Some listed elective courses are offered at other campuses, and also online.

6001HLS Dissertation Preparation must be completed in the first trimester of study and is taught intensively in the week prior to the start of trimester - students must be available to attend this course. It is offered as a one week intensive in Orientation week at the Gold Coast campus. Attendance at this course is compulsory as it provides essential information for completion of the dissertation and the laboratory workplace health and safety requirements. Students who fail to undertake the prescribed workplace health and safety training will not gain entry into laboratories and will not be able to fulfil the requirements of the program.

Dissertation: The 80 credit point dissertation (research) component will require you to attend the Gold Coast campus to undertake your research. During your enrolment in the dissertation component of this program, it is expected that you will be able to work independently for most of the time. The requirement for on-campus attendance is relatively flexible and unstructured. However, you will be required to meet regularly with your supervisors and it is recommended that you discuss the on-campus attendance requirements with your supervisors at the start of the dissertation. Depending on your project, attendance at off-campus locations may also be required.

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My career opportunities

You will be prepared for professional employment in public and private sector research positions. You will also be able to continue with higher degree studies and pursue a research career.

Pathways to further study

Students who successfully complete the Master of Medical Research program will be eligible to apply for entry to doctoral research programs.

Additional fee information

Domestic research candidates

Domestic candidates who are admitted to this Higher Degree Research (HDR) program are exempt from tuition fees. Candidates will be provided a Commonwealth Government Research Training Program (RTP) Fee Offset supplemented by tuition fee support from Griffith University.