Medical science Health and medical sciences

Medical science Health and medical sciences

Medical professionals are a lot like detectives. As they search for leads, disregard suspects and ultimately solve mysteries, they also have the thrill of knowing that each scientific discovery they make may one day turn into a pioneering real-world medical treatment.

At Macquarie you’ll have access to state-of-the-art technologies to learn the skills you need for a rewarding career.

Our undergraduate programs give you a strong foundation in medical science for a rewarding career in medicine, medical research or the health professions. Some programs offer clinical and practical experiences in healthcare and medical research settings.

Our postgraduate programs are focused on career advancement, leadership and lifelong learning. Some programs provide an opportunity to collaborate with renowned clinicians and pioneering researchers in Macquarie University Hospital, one of the most technologically advanced hospitals in the country.

Student experience

Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL)

You can get Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) for study that did not culminate in an award and some previously completed qualifications. Macquarie University will automatically count your previous study as general credit points (at 100 and 200 level, and sometimes at 300 level). If your prior study includes material that is essentially the same as a Macquarie unit, then you can apply to have this unit exempted. To do so, see Recognition for Prior Learning.

Can my prior study be counted towards specific credits for units at all levels (100, 200 and 300), or are there restrictions?

In previous years, Macquarie only granted credit at 100 and 200 level. This has now changed so that it's possible to apply for up to six credit points (two units) of credit at 300 level. If in doubt, please speak with an adviser.

Can I get RPL for units I studied for a TAFE diploma?

In some cases, you can. See more information on RPL. It's important that if/when you do apply that you provide as much information as possible on the courses/units that you've completed at TAFE.

Kick start your technical lab skills workshops - February 2016

Open to students studying at Macquarie University in 2016

The Kick start your technical lab skills workshop is for students who are studying science at Macquarie University but did not study science at HSC level; for those needing to gain confidence in their technical lab skills; and for those students who want a refresher course in technical lab skills.

The laboratory skills workshop will develop a range of practical skills for the science laboratory, delivered ahead of the formal learning period. A suite of techniques will be demonstrated and practiced across two intensive days. Students during the two-day period will be asked to follow set procedures and methods, and apply well-developed technical skills, basic scientific knowledge and become familiar with Work Health and Safety requirements.

Find out more about our Kick start workshops »

Scholarships and prizes 


Prize Awarded for
Australian Federation of Graduate Women NSW For proficiency by a female student in at least two units at 200-level Biological Sciences
Brendan Searle Prize For proficiency in the unit BIOL206 Genetics
Australian Instrument Services Motic-Microscopy Award For proficiency in the unit BIOL208 Animal Structure and Function
Australian Society for Parasitology Prize For proficiency in the unit BIOL341 Parasitology
Bill Cantwell Prize for Biological Sciences For proficiency in the Biological Science honours program
Milthorpe Memorial Prize For proficiency in a 300-level Plant Biology unit
Mollie Thomson Prize For proficiency in two 100-level Biological Science units
Australian Field Geology Club Prize For proficiency in the unit BIOL382 Applied Palaeontology and Biogenic Sediments

Postgraduate prizes

Barbara Rice

Rice Memorial Fund

The Rice Memorial Fund was established by donations following the death of Barbara Rice in 2009. It honours her memory by encouraging field research. Distributions from the fund support two prizes, named “Rice Memorial Field Research Award” and “Rice Memorial Field Research Proposal Award”.

The Rice Memorial Field Research Award is determined by a Selection Committee at the annual postgraduate conference of the Department of Biological Sciences. All postgraduate research students enrolled in Biological Sciences and giving presentations at the conference and describing research with a substantial fieldwork component are considered as candidates. Field research is interpreted as meaning research undertaken in outdoor environments where wild populations of the study organisms occur. Criteria are the quality of the research, plus the effort and challenge of the fieldwork, plus liveliness and clarity in the conference presentation.

The Rice Memorial Field Research Proposal Award is given for an annual report that incorporates the best proposal towards field research during the forthcoming year.

If the Selection Committee remains undecided between candidates on the basis of other criteria, then preference may be given to candidates whose research or proposal is about plants on land. This preference recognizes Barbara Rice’s personal research in terrestrial botany, but is not to override the major criteria of research excellence and field activity.

Each Award is to be given to a single candidate and not divided. A student may win either Award on more than one occasion, but not for the same fieldwork or proposed fieldwork. The Selection Committee may decide not to make one of the Awards in any given year, taking into account the quality of the candidates and the financial situation of the Fund.

Tony Price Award

The Tony Price Award supports students undertaking plant ecological research. Details for 2015 TBA.

The Milthorpe Postgraduate Award

The Milthorpe Postgraduate Award is offered to support Macquarie postgraduate students working on any aspect of plant biology, or for postgraduate students studying biology in another institution to visit Macquarie University. Watch this space for details available soon.

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