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Master of Diagnostic Genomics

Australia and New Zealand International
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Duration
1.5 years full-time
3 years part-time
1.5 years full-time
3 years part-time
Delivery
External
Delivery
External
Course starts
February
February

This program is not available to Australian government student visa holders.

This program is not available to Australian government student visa holders.

Highlights

  • First and only masters degree in diagnostic genomics in Australasia.
  • Graduate eligible to apply for HGSA professional accreditation in diagnostic genomics.
  • Choose speciality streams in molecular genetics, cytogenetics, biochemical genetics, and from electives in cancer genetics, genetic epidemiology, and computational biology.
  • Complete a six-month clinical or research placement, in the convenience of your current workplace or in an alternate accredited laboratory.

Highlights

  • First and only masters degree in diagnostic genomics in Australasia.
  • Graduate eligible to apply for HGSA professional accreditation in diagnostic genomics.
  • Choose speciality streams in molecular genetics, cytogenetics, biochemical genetics, and from electives in cancer genetics, genetic epidemiology, and computational biology.
  • Complete a six-month clinical or research placement, in the convenience of your current workplace or in an alternate accredited laboratory.

Why choose this course?

Genomics is a rapidly evolving field, critical to cutting-edge health care and personalised medicine. We offer the only Master of Diagnostic Genomics in Australasia.

During this course, you will develop advanced knowledge and research skills that prepare you to meet the requirements for HGSA professional accreditation as a diagnostic genomics scientist.

You may align your study with specific career goals by selecting speciality units in molecular genetics, cytogenetics, or biochemical genetics. During second year, you will build on this speciality or choose to complete elective units in cancer genomics, genetic epidemiology, or computational biology.

A six-month placement in an appropriate clinical or research laboratory is a key feature of the program. This placement may be completed in your current workplace or may be facilitated by QUT.

During this placement you will complete a research dissertation. The dissertation component allows you to address a specific human genomics question through the design, implementation, analysis, interpretation and reporting of a research project. Those completing a clinical laboratory placement will write up case studies in dissertation format which can then be reformatted for HGSA accreditation submission.

You will be taught by leading researchers from the Genomics Research Centre, a research facility that focuses on the identification of genes involved in common human disorders and the translation of this research into new diagnostics and therapeutics.

Guest lecturers will offer insight into cross-disciplinary professions including ethics, genetic counselling, medical genetics, law, and bioinformatics.

What to expect

Flexible delivery

This course is delivered online and can be completed in full-time or part-time study mode.

Careers and outcomes

Careers and outcomes

This course is designed to qualify graduates as a diagnostic genomic scientist. Graduates are well positioned for employment as laboratory managers in diagnostic laboratories, or for a career in research. Furthermore, the composition of this masters degree means that graduates will be able to competitively apply for a Doctor of Philosophy and scholarship.

Professional recognition

Graduates of this course will have satisfied the exam component of the Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA).  

To be eligible for professional accreditation as a diagnostic genomic scientist, graduates must submit their testamur along with five case studies to HGSA. This course has been designed to ensure graduates are in a strong position to submit this material shortly after graduation.

Research pathways

This course provides a pathway into the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Possible careers

  • Diagnostic Genomic Scientist

Details and units

Requirements

Course code
LS81
Delivery
  • External
Delivery
  • External

This program is not available to Australian government student visa holders.

Duration
1.5 years full-time
3 years part-time

This program is not available to Australian government student visa holders.

Duration
1.5 years full-time
3 years part-time

This program is not available to Australian government student visa holders.

Entry
February
Entry
February

Academic entry requirements

A completed recognised bachelor degree (or higher award) completed within the last ten years in any of the following areas or relevant disciplines:

  • biology
  • biochemistry
  • biotechnology
  • biomedical sciences
  • cell biology
  • dentistry
  • dietetics
  • forensic science
  • genetics
  • medicine
  • nursing
  • pharmacy
  • veterinary science

If your degree was completed more than ten years ago, you must provide evidence of graduate work experience and/or further studies since course completion with your application for it to be considered.

Minimum academic requirements

Academic entry requirements

A completed recognised bachelor degree (or higher award) with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) score of 4.00 on QUT's 7 point scale completed within the last ten years in any of the following areas or relevant disciplines:

  • biology
  • biochemistry
  • biotechnology
  • biomedical sciences
  • cell biology
  • dentistry
  • dietetics
  • forensic science
  • genetics
  • medicine
  • nursing
  • pharmacy
  • veterinary science

If your degree was completed more than ten years ago, you must provide evidence of graduate work experience; and; or further studies since course completion with your application for it to be considered.

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Cambridge English Score
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT. You must provide your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.
176 169 169 169 169
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
6.5 6 6 6 6
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
58 50 50 50 50
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
79 16 16 21 18

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre

Fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2020 fees

2020: $24,200 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2020 fees

2020: $34,300 per year full-time (96 credit points)

Student services and amenities fees

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