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Bachelor of Medical Science - 660AA

Course Code: 660AA
Course Version: 6
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline(s): Academic Program Area - Science
UAC Code: 368083
CRICOS Code: 046613B
Selection Rank: 60
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Find your perfect solution with a career in medical science

If your career goal is to gain employment in a biological or medical research laboratory, or perhaps a government regulatory laboratory, then studying the Bachelor of Medical Science is ideal. Providing a focused grounding on the interactions between chemical and biological science, as well as key disciplines in medical science, you’ll become experienced and proficient in medical science laboratory skills, specifically those used in research laboratories.

You’ll flourish under the guidance of UC’s expert teaching staff, who all have extensive experience in medical and biomedical research and are members of UC’s prestigious Centre for Research in Therapeutic Solutions. Highly practical and alive with Work Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunities, you’ll graduate with a confident knowledge of the workings of a laboratory and the necessary skills to secure your first employment role in medical science. Or if further study is your planned next step, the course is the perfect pathway for entry into postgraduate medicine or other allied health specialties.

Study a Bachelor of Medical Science at UC and you will:

  • gain a breadth of medical laboratory expertise
  • become proficient in the laboratory environment
  • cultivate a background in chemical and biological sciences and their interaction
  • become equipped with the skills required to work in a regional laboratory environment or as a specialist in a specific discipline.

Work Integrated Learning

WIL is embedded in this course and you’ll undertake a range of practical activities designed to prepare you for a sustainable career in medical science, such as exposure to entrepreneurship in science and pitching ideas for funding and patenting, guest lectures by esteemed industry professionals and work placements in an area of medical science of particular interest to you.

Previous students have undertaken internships with pathology laboratories, federal and ACT government regulatory departments, pharmacies, biotech start-ups, technical support laboratories, companies within the university sector, and bodies including the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR), Food Standards Australia New Zealand, Therapeutic Goods Administration, ACT Health and Allied Health Research.

You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in collaborative work where you’ll team up with one of the research activity academics at UC’s Centre for Research in Therapeutic Solutions, or another approved professional institution, to develop a research project and report on its outcomes.

If you’d like to study overseas, summer or winter term internships to a host of international destinations can be applied for, as well as a faculty-led Medical Sciences program in China.

Career opportunities

  • Biotechnologist
  • Medical scientist
  • Cardiac technologist
  • Laboratory technician
  • Pathology technician
  • Research scientist
  • Research officer
  • Science educator

Course-specific information

High-achieving students may be eligible to enrol in the Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) course to develop a deeper understanding of, or extend their career in, medical research.

Students interested in pursuing careers in medicine, physiotherapy, pharmacy or science education will need to complete further study for accreditation in these fields.


Prospective Domestic Students
Email or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students
Email or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students
Please contact the University Student Centre by Email or Phone 1300 301 727

Admission Requirements

Admission to this course is based on an entrance rank. A rank can be achieved by the following means:
- Year 12 ATAR
- other Australian Qualification
- work experience
- overseas qualification

We also offer a number of entry initiatives that give you the opportunity to gain entry to the University via alternate pathway programs and admissions schemes.
More information is available on our Alternative Entry page:

Assumed Knowledge

ACT: Chemistry (T) and Mathematics (T) majors.
NSW: Chemistry and Mathematics.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Winter Term
Semester 2
Semester 1
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Winter Term
Semester 2
Semester 1
2023 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Winter Term
Semester 2
Semester 1

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Credit Arrangements

Credit arrangements (if available) for this course can be found on the University's Credit Search website.

Course Requirements

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In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Medical Science B MedSc

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      Intensive: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face in concentrated time blocks.
      Placement: The unit involves an internship, practicum or other work place experience program. Some on-campus, face to face activity may also be required.
      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International



The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
To provide a background in chemical and biological sciences and their interaction and the knowledge and skills to keep this knowledge current throughout a professional career Graduates will be able to anticipate and define new problems; and identify and resolve new problems in new fields.
Generic Skills:
Problem Solving: have an understanding of how to apply their knowledge and abilities to many different contexts and fields; Professionalism and Social Responsibility: possess self-knowledge and the ability to assess their own performance critically and accurately;
Personal Attributes: Graduates are expected to: a. be independent self-directed learners with the capacity and motivation for lifelong learning; and b. be aware of how they best learn.
AQF: Knowledge and Application of knowledge and skills
To provide the communication and background to prepare graduates for employment in a range of science-based fields and for them to contribute to the workplace Generic Skills:
Communication: Graduates are expected to be able to: a) express knowledge, ideas and opinions in their professional field, both orally and in written form, with confidence and clarity; b) present arguments and ideas effectively; c) actively listen and respond to the ideas of other people; d) negotiate effectively; e) create and present new ideas, and f) be able to function in a multi-cultural or global environment.
Analysis and Inquiry: Graduates are expected to: a. demonstrate entrepreneurial skills including creativity, initiative, adaptability, leadership, resourcefulness; and b. have the ability to initiate new ideas, implement decisions and cope with uncertainty.
Working Independently and with Others: Graduates are expected to be able to: a. work with others as part of a group; b. take responsibility for carrying out agreed tasks; c. be aware of the different roles and responsibilities of group members; d. evaluate group performance; e. take initiative and demonstrate leadership; and f. respect the rights of others irrespective of their cultural background, race or gender.
Personal Attributes: Graduates are expected to: a. be independent thinkers and agents for change; b. have confidence to challenge existing ideas; c. show commitment to ongoing self-development; d. value and respect differing views; e. be confident in themselves and their own skills and knowledge.
AQF: Skills
To provide an understanding of the social context of professional employment and the responsibilities that entails Generic Skills:
Professionalism and Social Responsibility: Graduates are expected to: a. act responsibly, ethically and with integrity in the context of their profession and their obligations to society; b. appreciate the social and cultural context of their profession; c. work towards improvement in society; d. understand economic, political, social, and environmental systems with an international perspective; e. act in environmentally sustainable ways; and f. accept service to the community as the primary purpose for professional life.
AQF: Application of knowledge and skills

Course Duration

Standard six semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum twenty semesters.


Honours degrees are available for students seeking deeper understanding and seeking extended careers in medical research fields.


  • Past Offerings
    • 2012->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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