Postgraduate Courses
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Master of Philosophy

Testamur Title:

Master of Philosophy (Health and Medical Science)



My University:

Research, Health, Medical Science


1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Total Credit Points:


Delivery Mode:

Supervised individual research

Starting Session(s):

Autumn, Spring

*Course on offer from Spring 2013



UOW Course Code:



078345G (Health)

078333A (Natural and Physical Sciences)


The Master of Philosophy provides the opportunity for students to increase knowledge, skills and capacity to understand and undertake research in an area relevant to medicine, medical science or medical education.

Master of Philosophy candidates undertake both coursework and research. The coursework will help to prepare candidates to undertake in-depth research in order to make an original contribution to the body of knowledge in the field of Education. This qualification can lead to, or enhance, an academic career and is also highly regarded by public and private sector employers.

Entry Requirements/Assumed Knowledge

A four year Bachelor Honours degree (with a minimum of 2-2 honours) or a Bachelor plus coursework Masters degree (with a minimum Credit average of 65% or GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0). A three year Bachelor degree in Education (without Honours), but with a Distinction (75%) average may also be considered for entry. Research related and professional experience will also be considered when assessing qualifications.

For International students the English language entry criteria will be as indicated on the University website:

Candidates with a coursework masters degree or a four year Bachelor (Honours) degree in the same discipline may be granted up to 24cp of advanced standing for the coursework component of the Masters of Philosophy.

Course Requirements

The University of Wollongong Master of Philosophy requires the successful completion of 72 credit points of subjects in accordance with the table below.

The degree requires 24 credit points of coursework subjects, and a 48cp research thesis. Full-time students undertake THES924 for 2 sessions. Part-time students undertake THES912 for 4 sessions. All candidates for this program must present a research seminar in each enrolled year, take part in a research proposal and defence process, and submit a written research thesis.

A detailed research proposal must be submitted for examination within the first year off candidature in the thesis subject. This examination must be passed successfully for the candidature to be allowed to continue.

Students entering the program with an Honours Bachelor degree with Class II, Division 2 or higher may receive credit for the 24 credit point coursework component and therefore may complete the degree in 1 year following successful completion of the 48 cp research thesis.

Students who do not have an Honours Bachelor degree with at least Class II, Division 2 must complete 24 credit points of coursework in accordance with the table below in addition a 48 credit point major thesis.

Course Program

Health and Medical Science

Subject Code

Subject Name


Credit Points


Special Topics in Medical Research Literature




Medical Research Methodology




Ethics in Medical Research




Thesis (for full-time students)








Thesis (for part-time students)



Professional Recognition

The Master of Philosophy will meet the needs and interests of students wishing to obtain experience and qualifications in a modern research program in fields of research such as health and medical science.

Other Information

Further information is available at or email: or Phone - +61 2 4221 5925

Last reviewed: 2 September, 2013