Bachelor of Medical Science

Students commencing from 2015 should refer to the handbook for our new program:
Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours)

Note: This program is no longer available to new students, the information below is relevant to currently enrolled, continuing students only.

Bachelor of Medical Science

Information correct as at

31st Jul 2015 5:54pm

Program Code


Mode of Delivery

  • Face to Face


Domestic - 1 years full time.

International - 1 years full time.

Term Type


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This degree is comparable to the additional year taken by candidates in an Honours degree. It is designed to provide students with training in scientific method and in the verbal and written communication of scientific results.Students carry out a research project which may be conducted at other sites within Australia or overseas, provided the candidate is able to attend the seminars and has a supervisor from the Faculty of Health willing to oversee his/her progress.

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Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.

Academic Requirements for Program Completion

Total Units required

80 units

Program Duration

1 years full time up to 2 years maximum.

International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.

Program Requirements

Students are required to enrol in the courses MEDI4110A Thesis Part A (40 units) and MEDI4110B Thesis Part B (40 units), consisting of a program of research which, on completion, is written up in the form of a thesis. During the year students are required to report on the progress of their research at three seminars attended by Faculty staff, and to submit a fully referenced literature review on their field of study by mid-year.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Have the capacity to effectively, interact ethically, compassionately and sensitively with people who use the health and social care systems.
  • Relate a foundational understanding of the clinical, behavioural and social sciences to the manifestations of health, illness and disease and demonstrate a basic level of diagnostic reasoning and patient management.
  • Communicate and work effectively in teams as students in clinical/practice and educational settings.
  • Have foundational knowledge and skills to support patient centred care across primary, secondary and tertiary care contexts.
  • Are information fluent and able to apply principles of evidence based healthcare.
  • Works within the scope of practice of a beginning health professional student.
  • Can define educational, career and personal goals and propose strategies to meet these at a beginning level
  • Can participate collaboratively in strategies intended to enhance the health and welfare of individuals and populations.

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

International Students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Special Needs

Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit for more information.

Under Academic Senate resolution (01:335) (28 November 2001), the Faculty accepts that it is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations for students with special needs, in liaison with the Student Support Unit, which offers practical assistance and advice to students with a disability or chronic illness. The Faculty will seek advice from the Student Support Unit as to what constitutes "reasonable accommodations" under Anti-Discrimination legislation.

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