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Murdoch University

  • 37% international / 63% domestic

Master of Systems Medicine (Research)

  • Masters (Research)

In this course you will gain extensive theoretical knowledge in omics science, technology and the application in healthcare. You will apply this new knowledge to undertake a real-world health-care project and develop your interdisciplinary research skills to tackle global health challenges.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Research)
2 years full-time
Course Code
M1302, 0101861
Study Mode
In person, Online
Intake Months

About this course

In this course, you will get a unique opportunity to conduct a real-world clinical research project in the state-of-the art laboratory under the supervision of leading researchers. The research project can be in an area of your choice and aims to address global unmet clinical needs.

This degree is designed to provide you with systematic training in individual components of systems medicine.  This includes genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics, metagenomics and metabonomics (metabolomics).  A strong focus is placed on metabolic phenotyping and computational biology, which will be supported by access to facilities within the Australian National Phenome Centre (ANPC) and Centre for Computational and Systems Medicine (CCSM). You will gain theoretical knowledge and practical experience and understand its application in areas of unmet medical needs such as maternal and early life, aging and neuropathology and cardiometabolic diseases.

You will also develop various transferable skills such as problem solving, critical thinking and team-building. This course will prepare you for employment in the increasingly multidisciplinary and borderless clinical and biomedical environments.

6 reasons to study a Master of Systems Medicine (Research) at Murdoch

  • Learn cutting-edge laboratory techniques in one of the most advanced multi-omic facilities in the world.
  • Combine hands-on laboratory experience with computational skills and build confidence in handling “big data” using bioinformatic workflows.
  • Refine learned skills by undertaking a research project that addresses a real-world medical problem, choosing from areas such as maternal and infant health, cardiometabolic diseases, neuropathologies, gut health and microbial impact.
  • You will be part of a vibrant and supportive learning environment with opportunities to learn from world-class experts including clinicians, technologists, bioinformaticians and health economists.
  • Take advantage of our strong links with industry and the Australian National Phenome Centre (ANPC), which houses the largest state-of-the art metabolic phenotyping facility in an academic environment.
  • Discuss a range of health challenges with experts in drug design and molecular therapy, surgical innovation, health policy, medical devices, nanotechnology, manipulating the gut-brain axis and global health.

Develop your skills

Build essential skills and knowledge to meet your career or study goals. Topics you’ll cover include:

  • systems medicine
  • bioinformatics and data science
  • advanced research methods for scientists
  • research design in systems medicine
  • clinical application areas (cardiometabolic diseases, maternal and early life, aging and/or neuropathologies).

Your career

You’ll graduate with the theoretical knowledge and specialised practical skills required for employment in multiple areas of biomedical and clinical research as well as application into agriculture and veterinary sciences. Graduates will be suited to careers in hospitals, universities and higher education establishments, pharmaceutical and food industries, start-ups in the biomedical sector, government advisory bodies, scientific management or data science.

This course will also prepare you for entry into doctoral training programmes.

Entry requirements

A recognised Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7) with a GPA of 3.5 or higher, including evidence of studies in either biochemistry or chemistry and either mathematics or statistics , or completion of the Graduate Certificate in Systems Medicine or Graduate Diploma in Systems Medicine with a course average of 65% or higher. Exceptional applicants with a lower GPA scores who also have research experience and/or relevant professional experience may also be considered.

English Requirements

You must be able to meet a minimum standard in English to study at Murdoch, which may include the successful completion of a variety of English proficiency tests.

Study locations



Course structure

  • 42
  • 6
  • 48
Unit code Unit name Credit points
Course Core 48 credit points
Required Units 42 credit points
BIO512 Introduction to Systems Medicine 3
BIO513 Introduction to bioinformatics and data science 3
VLS683 Advanced Research Methods for Scientists 3
BIO510 Research design in systems medicine 9
BIO610 Thesis in Systems Medicine 24
Specified Elective Units 6 credit points
BIO514 Systems Medicine in Maternal and Early Life 3
BIO515 Systems Medicine in Cardiometabolic Disease 3
BIO516 Systems Medicine in Brain Health and Neuropathology 3