Master of Molecular Imaging
Advancing imaging knowledge and technology
Providing talented students an ideal pathway to a PhD
This course explores in depth the scientific principles and applications of the key molecular imaging technologies in life science research and biotechnology. It will appeal to talented graduates who wish to develop their skills in a range of advanced imaging methodologies and apply them to challenging problems in biomedicine and health.
Molecular imaging is a form of biomedical imaging, which is rapidly growing in importance in the applied life sciences. The key technologies for imaging the molecular signatures of disease in humans and animal models are PET, SPECT and MRI. These technologies are continually evolving as scientists and engineers develop new approaches and new applications.
This course gives graduates the opportunity to discover this rapidly evolving field and play an important role in its further development. It will prepare graduates to work in multi-disciplinary teams that advance these technologies beyond their current capabilities to meet the future challenges in biomedicine.
Multidisciplinary learning environment
We have designed the course for students from a wide range of learning backgrounds including physics, chemistry, biology, medical science, pharmacy, computer science and engineering. They will work together in a multi-disciplinary learning environment to solve problems by drawing on their complementary knowledge and skills.
In the first part of the course students explore the design of molecular probes to image gene, protein and cell function in health and disease, the physical principles of the key imaging technologies and the pathological correlates of imaging and disease.
In the second part of the course, students may choose to follow a research pathway, which provides an ideal platform for entry to Ph.D. research, or an industry pathway, which explores topics of relevance to molecular imaging in the biotechnology industry.
The research stream is a key feature of the program that enables the most promising students to integrate the methodological skills and knowledge they gain in the course directly into their PhD program.
The industry stream looks at imaging technologies that are increasingly being used in the pharmaceutical industry and the bio-technology sector and is designed for those seeking career opportunities in these sectors.
How you will be taught
You will be taught by international leaders in the field (see Teaching Faculty at right). The course is taught in a blend of distance mode learning and face to face lectures, tutorials and workshops. A range of e-learning technologies will allow you to direct your learning, monitor your achievements and collaborate with your fellow students.
The curriculum has been designed to extend your capacities for problem solving and independent critical analysis. Students will be challenged to finding new solutions to problems in which medical imaging plays a key role. Once you gain skills, knowledge and understanding across a range of imaging methodologies you will be asked to apply that understanding to a range of real world problems.
For example, you may have to use current imaging techniques to determine whether a new drug for dementia is acting as intended by identifying an appropriate model, imaging technique and contrast agent. Of even greater value to you, will be the experience of thinking deeply and critically about imaging technologies and their applications - a key advantage in helping you to become an advanced thinker and future leader in this constantly changing field.
For those students who wish to pursue a research career in the field of molecular imaging, the course lays a solid foundation and allows a smooth transition into a PhD. An alternative career pathway can be found in the pharmaceutical industry or biotechnology sector where molecular imaging is widely used to screen novel putative therapeutics and diagnostics. The course may also lead to a rewarding career as a radiopharmacist, physicist or engineer in a clinical molecular imaging department.
Applicants will be eligible for admission to the course if they meet the following minimum criteria:
- Successful completion of a relevant Bachelors degree or equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution with a minimum credit (65%) average.
- examples of relevant degrees include Science (major in physics, chemistry or biology), Medical Science, Pharmacy, Engineering (major in electrical or biomedical) and Computer Science. However, if your degree is from a different field, contact us to discuss your eligibility.
- For international students* an IELTS score of 7 with a minimum of 6.5 in each band (or TOEFL equivalent) is required.
Indicative Fee 2013 for one year
Domestic students Total: $21,600
International students Total: $35,280*
How to Apply
Domestic student application deadline -31 October 2012
International student deadline- 31 October 2012*
Our course is delivered predominantly by distance. International students wishing to undertake the program will need to do so by distance in their home country. All students will be required to attend classes at the University of Sydney during mid-semester blocks of two weeks in length (10 weeks for the research pathway). Students continuing on to a PhD will be able to apply for a student visa at that time.
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