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Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.
This is a full year program involving the completion and reporting of a supervised research project. A wide variety of projects may be undertaken, the essential requirements being that the project is broadly related to the field of medicine and that an established and appropriate scientific methodology is to be employed. Evaluation of the suitability of projects will be conducted at the time of application by the Program Convenor for the Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) and Head of the School of Medicine and Public Health. Integral to this evaluation will be confirmation that the application has been supported by a suitably qualified researcher who is able to commit to supervision of the student over the study period. Projects may be conducted within University laboratories with animals or on human samples; on established databases; within a clinical setting; or in the case of appropriate sociological, behavioural or public health research, in other settings. Projects do not necessarily have to be conducted within the University of Newcastle, nor do they need to be supervised primarily by a member of the University of Newcastle academic staff, however in cases where a student wishes to conduct research externally, a University of Newcastle academic staff member should be involved as a co-supervisor. A conjoint appointee may be appropriate as a supervisor, if he or she has adequate research expertise.
Program learning outcomes
On successful completion of the program students will have:
- Demonstrated broad coherent knowledge and academic background appropriate for preparation for further research in a higher degree, and/or to deepen the appreciation of medical science as it underpins a career in medical practice. In particular, demonstrate advanced and in-depth knowledge and skills in a field of Medical or Health Science.
- The ability to work independently and collaboratively to collect, analyse, interpret and organise scientific information effectively.
- The ability to identify, define and analyse problems using scientific method to form and test hypotheses; to apply statistical principles and logic as appropriate; and to use appropriate tools for problem solving.
- The capacity to report scientific findings in written, visual and verbal forms and to communicate a convincing and reasoned scientific argument at an appropriately highly skilled level.
- Applied knowledge and skills to work on a scientific activity both autonomously and collaboratively in a multidisciplinary environment with an ability to adapt to change, including new technologies and methods.
- Demonstrated awareness of professional practice in relevant research and possibly clinical disciplines, including an understanding, appreciation and respect for appropriate research conduct and ethical research practice.
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Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree
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Students applying to enrol in this program must have completed at least 240 units of the Bachelor of Medicine or completed the 3-year Bachelor of Medical Science program at the University of Newcastle or other approved program.
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.
Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 7.0 with no subtest result below 7.0.
No credit is available in this Honours program.
Academic requirements for program completion
Total units required
1 year full-time.
International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au
Students are required to complete 80 units of courses, 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.
Download a program plan from the list below for the year/term that you commenced or transitioned into this program.
The Program Plan provides information on the structure and rules of your program. Used in conjunction with your Program Handbook, it is designed to be used as an enrolment guide.
You can track your progress by ticking off the courses you have completed and plan your current and future enrolment.
Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.
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Students must complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
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|HUBS4402||Biomedical Sciences Honours 412||20 units|
|HUBS4403||Biomedical Sciences Honours 413||20 units|
|HUBS4404||Biomedical Sciences Honours 414||20 units|
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.
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 our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.
The College 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 College will seek advice from the Student Support Unit as to what constitutes "reasonable accommodations" under Anti-Discrimination legislation.
How to apply
The Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) is comparable to the additional year undertaken 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 College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing willing to oversee his/her progress.
Students applying to enrol in this program must have completed a minimum of 240 units of the Bachelor of Medicine or 240 units of the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine at the University of Newcastle.
Contact Dr Adam Collison in the College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing on +61 2 4042 0219
Find out more about Honours scholarships.
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