• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Medical Science, Neuroscience, Biology
  • Specialisation code MEDR-HSPC
  • Academic career Undergraduate

Medical research is the foundation that underpins advances in medicine, giving insight into the mechanisms of human disease. In this honours specialisation you will be introduced to all aspects of medical research, with an emphasis on laboratory-based learning. Usually taken full time for two consecutive semesters, it is structured around a substantial research project undertaken with the guidance of a supervisor, culminating in the production of a thesis. You will develop skills in laboratory and/or analytical techniques, critical reasoning, and written and oral communication. Medical research Honours provides you with a solid foundation to the application of scientific principles to the field of human health, and can be an entry into many careers both within and outside of medical science.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Plan and engage in an independent and sustained critical investigation and evaluation of a chosen research topic to generate new knowledge in an area of medical research.
  2. Systematically evaluate relevant theory and concepts, relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence, and draw appropriate conclusions
  3. Demonstrate sufficient mastery to understand and apply relevant experimental techniques in medical research to collect original research data.
  4. Analyse and interpret original medical research data with statistical or other evaluative processes where appropriate.
  5. Communicate and justify complex concepts and results clearly and effectively to a variety of audiences.

Other Information

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Admission Requirements

1. a major or specialisation or equivalent in a cognate discipline
2. with the written approval of an identified supervisor for the thesis

Cognate Disciplines:
Biomedical science, biology, cell and molecular biology, microbiology and immunology, neuroscience, genetics, cancer biology, human biology, pathology, biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, physiology and biological psychology


This Honours specialisation requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

48 units from completion of MEDN4001 Medical Research Honours, which must be undertaken more than once, in consecutive semesters.

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