Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences


Masters degrees

A masters degree is a degree programme demonstrably in advance of undergraduate level that provides training in scholarship and research. A masters degree is structured to enable students to develop and use their thinking and analytical skills towards completing a major research component. This research is normally presented in a thesis, dissertation or project. It should demonstrate a capacity for independent thinking and also make a contribution to existing scholarship.

Masters programmes in the faculty are worth either 120 or 240 points.  A 120 point programme will take the equivalent of one year of full-time study to complete. A 240 point programme will take the equivalent of two years of full-time study to complete.

To be eligible to enter a 120 point programme an applicant must have completed a postgraduate diploma (or equivalent qualification) with at least a B average. To be eligible to enter a 240 point programme an applicant must have completed a relevant degree with at least a B average in their final year of study.

Within the University, masters degrees are defined as being taught masters or research masters. The programme for a research masters will include either a thesis, or a research portfolio. The programme for a taught masters will include a dissertation or a research project and additional courses. Not all programmes offer both a taught and a research option.

More information on further study:

Masters degrees available in the faculty:


Note that the Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Master of Medical Science programmes have been discontinued from 2016. Doctors interested in taking our postgraduate courses should apply for a Health Sciences certificate, diploma or masters programme instead.

FMHS research project opportunities


A selection of postgraduate research project opportunities across the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences are listed on the postgraduate research projects page. For more information, contact the appropriate supervisor listed. 

Please note that there is a special administration process for students intending to study in the School of Medical Sciences. Detailed administration process information for the masters research projects can be found in Administration process for students in the School of Medical Sciences.