Master of Science

The degree

The Master of Science (MSc) is a research higher degree, leading to a thesis, that has the objective of training students in research techniques, in critical evaluation of the methodology relevant to the research area, and in the application of the methodology.

General information about research higher degrees at Flinders may be found in the Research Higher Degree Student Information Manual, available from the Office of Graduate Research web pages.

Entry qualifications

Applicants for admission should normally have obtained an Honours degree or a qualification deemed by the Faculty Higher Degrees Committee to be at least equivalent. At any time during a Masters candidature, it is possible to apply to the Faculty Higher Degrees Committee for upgrade to PhD candidature, provided that progress within the Masters has been satisfactory, and that certain other criteria have been met. Application forms for Australian residents are available from the Flinders Office of Graduate Research web site.

Duration of candidature

Candidature in the Master of Science degree is governed by the Office of Graduate Research Policies and Procedures. For full-time candidates, the durations of candidature are one year minimum and two years maximum. For part-time candidates, the durations are two years minimum and four years maximum.

Research areas

Study may be carried out across a large number of fields in health and biomedical research. Information about these fields may be found within the School's research web pages and A to Z guide to discipines.


The degree may be undertaken either on a part-time (except for international students) or a full-time basis in:

This degree may also be taken at other institutions, either local, national or international, as an external student, provided that the Faculty Higher Degrees Committee, which approves admissions, ascertains that the applicant has access to the necessary resources and supervision to be able to undertake candidature successfully.

International students

International students may undertake this degree, but must do so as full-time candidates, under Australian government regulations. International students are liable to pay full tuition fees but may apply for an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (application deadline: August 31 each year). Students must meet specified requirements regarding English language ability.

International application forms are available for downloading. Prospective international students should obtain further information about postgraduate study at Flinders by contacting the International Office.


There are a number of postgraduate scholarships available for Australian residents, some of which are specifically for students undertaking medical research. The application forms are available for downloading. The closing date for applications is usually October 31 each year. Refer to Office of Graduate Research Fees and Scholarships for details.

For further information about this degree in the School of Medicine, contact:

Ms Ashleigh Merriel

Secretary to the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Higher Degrees Committee
Telephone: +61-8-8201 5470
Fax: +61-8-8201 3905