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Master of Science


Macquarie University
Master of Science (MSc)
Admission Requirement:
• Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent
• GPA of 4.5 (out of 7.0)
English Language Proficiency:
IELTS 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent
Study Mode:
Full-time, Part-time
Attendance Mode:
Candidature Length:
Full-time: 1 year - 2 years depending on RPL granted
North Ryde — Session 1 (February)
North Ryde — Session 2 (July)
Volume of Learning:
Equivalent to 2 years
General requirements:
Minimum number of credit points 64
Minimum number of credit points at 600 level 16
Minimum number of credit points at 800 level or above 48
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below

In order to graduate students must ensure that they have satisfied all of the general requirements of the award.

Specific minimum requirements:

Credit points

800 level

Leadership in Science Research and Innovation (4)
Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Science and Technology (4)
Science Innovation Internship (16)
40cp from
1 specialisation
Program Learning Outcomes and Additional Information
AQF Level Level 9 Masters by Coursework Degree
CRICOS Code 092114F
Overview and Aims of the Program The Master of Science is a multi-disciplinary program intended to equip students with specialised knowledge and skills to create and develop innovative, practical ideas in an area chosen by the student within Science, Technology and Statistics. The development of new products and services in these areas requires both practical knowledge and a deep understanding of how to bring together the people and resources necessary to bring ideas to fruition. The program brings together students and practitioners in these areas and culminates in an industry-based internship where students can observe, engage with and contribute to real-word innovation in practice. This may include collaboration with a University research team, where they will gain first-hand experience of world-leading research. In addition to the core units on leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship, students will undertake advanced disciplinary study in an area of their choice.
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Program Learning Outcomes By the end of this program students will be able to

1. Critically analyse issues in STEM innovation and entrepreneurship (T)

2. Carefully evaluate the feasibility of STEM innovative proposals and determine the resources needed to bring ideas to fruition (P,J,T)

3. Develop solutions to innovation and entrepreneurship problems in the STEM context (P,I,T,J)

4. Document and argue for innovative ideas and the means and resources required to realise them (C,T,I)

5. Apply appropriate strategies and techniques to work in and lead teams developing innovative ideas and products (P,I,J,T)

6. Utilise advanced technical knowledge in a chosen discipline to a range of advanced, real world, problems (K)

7. Communicate knowledge, skills and ideas relevant to an appropriate professional environment (C)

8. Apply teamwork knowledge and skills for effective collaboration to achieve diverse purposes in a range of contexts (C, E).

9. Demonstrate and apply ethical behaviour in the context of STEM innovation (A, E)
Learning and Teaching Methods The Master of Science aims to develop flexible, knowledgeable graduates with the skills to become capable practitioners of idea and product innovation. Our program therefore strongly encourages self-directed learning, focussing on developing students' abilities and skills, and not just instilling knowledge.

Learning encompasses both theoretical and practical aspects. Conceptual knowledge is taught via a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops and online activities. Practical components include laboratories, practical sessions and industry/research internship. Case studies are a central feature of the two core coursework units of the program, demonstrating the applications of concepts to real world situations. Practical exercises will involve both individual and group work. The development and realisation of innovative ideas in science and technology requires the harnessing of the talents of multiple people and graduates will be able to develop skills in working as a part of a group examining and proposing innovative ideas.
Assessment Assessments in the program are designed not only to test students' knowledge and skills but also their ability to integrate and analyse information to solve real-world problems. Assessments are spread throughout the teaching period to enable students to build confidence and gain feedback as they learn. Both formative and summative feedback is provided in the program. Formative feedback, provided while students work on tasks, is given through tutorials and online fora. Summative feedback is provided once each assessment task is completed.

Diverse assessment methods are employed, as the range of units that students may take cover a wide range of disciplines. For discipline specific units, assessment may include, but are not limited to quizzes, written assessments (such as scientific reports, grant proposals, case studies, critiques of the scientific and popular literature) and oral assessment (such as presentations and discussions). Some units may employ examinations.

In the core units of the Master of Science assessment will be mainly by case study, reports and presentations (such as topic discussions and idea pitches). The internship unit’s core assessment will be an in-depth reflective report of your experience during the internship. This will cover both the lessons learnt from the internship, as well as wider issues around innovation, development leadership and entrepreneurship in idea generation and implementation in your chosen discipline.
Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit. 

Domestic Students
For undergraduate RPL information visit
For domestic postgraduate RPL information visit

International Students
For RPL information visit

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Graduate Destinations and Employability Graduates of this program will have developed a broad range of problem-solving skills, particularly applicable to the development and commercial exploitation of new ideas and new uses for existing ideas in the context of a chosen field in Science, Technology and Statistics. The program prepares graduates with innovation and technical skills for work in organisations developing new scientific and/or technological products. This program is also suited to industry professionals wishing to update or enhance their skills for career advancement. The skills gained through completing this program will be transferable to a diverse range of career opportunities.
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit

Accreditation This is an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) accredited qualification.

2017 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
HSC Chinese, CHN113, CHN148