La Trobe University

Master of Applied Science


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2 years full-time, or the equivalent part-time
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This course offers numerous research opportunities in health sciences. Areas of research expertise include: exercise physiology, health systems policy and management, public health, mother and child health, human communication sciences, musculoskeletal research, nursing and midwifery, rehabilitation and injury prevention, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, orthoptics, podiatry, prosthetics and orthotics, dietetics and human nutrition and sex, health and society.

The course includes four online coursework subjects, which provide training in foundation research skills. These may be waived for students who have completed an Honours degree or equivalent.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.

Entry requirements


Satisfactory completion of La Trobe University's combined Bachelor/Master's degree with a minimum weighted average of 70% across graded subjects in years three and four (or equivalent part-time years) OR Satisfactory completion of La Trobe University's graduate entry Master's degree with a minimum weighted average of 70% across graded subjects OR Bachelor degree in health, or equivalent professional qualifications and experience with a demonstrated capacity to successfully complete higher degree research through evidence of one or more of the following research-related achievements: - successful completion of research methods coursework - successful research grant applications - participation in a substantial research project - peer-reviewed publications - conference presentations - professional reports or clinical guidelines - product development - policy development or implementation AND Two academic referee reports indicating a high level of academic ability, research potential, ability to complete graduate research, and capacity for oral and written communication in English.

Career outcomes

RED Team

Effective professional development for graduate researchers and early career researchers.


We pair a highly motivated PhD student with an industry leader with similar interests.

Industry internships

We offer internships to Master by Research and PhD students in various disciplines.

Our researchers

A selection of La Trobe researchers talk about the exciting work that they're doing.

Fees and scholarships

Course fees

Learn more about the fees for graduate research.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

How to apply for a postgraduate research degree Applications close 30 September for Semester 1 the following year and 1 May for Semester 2. To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe: - ask us a question - chat online - visit our FAQ page - connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram - call us on 1300 135 045

Additional information

Semester starts anytime if the requirement for coursework is waived. Students who are required to undertake coursework must start in January.

See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses.