Bachelor of Medical Science - 660AA
|Location:||UC - Canberra, Bruce|
|Faculty:||Faculty of Science and Technology|
|Discipline(s):||Academic Program Area - Science|
|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.
- Medical scientist
- Cardiac technologist
- Laboratory technician
- Pathology technician
- Research scientist
- Research officer
- Science educator
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
- Prospective International Students
- Email email@example.com or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
- Current and Commencing Students
- Please contact the University Student Centre by Email firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone 1300 301 727
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: http://www.canberra.edu.au/future-students/applications/apply-now/alternative-entry
ACT: Chemistry (T) and Mathematics (T) majors.
NSW: Chemistry and Mathematics.
Periods Course is Open to New Admissions
|2021||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1
|2022||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1
|2023||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1
Information on admission closing dates can be found here.
Credit arrangements (if available) for this course can be found on the University's Credit Search website.
- Bachelor of Medical Science (72 credit points)
Required - 60 credit points as follows
MJ0013 Major in Biological Chemistry (24 credit points)
- Required - Must pass 21 credit points as follows
- Restricted Choice - Must pass 3 credit points from the following
MJ0050 Major in Human Biology: From Cells to Organism (18 credit points)
- Required - Must pass 15 credit points as follows
- Restricted Choice - Must pass 3 credit points from the following
- The unit code for Regional Anatomy and Physiology changed in 2015 and only the newer code is available for enrolment.
- Required Units - Must pass 18 credit points as follows
- MJ0013 Major in Biological Chemistry (24 credit points)
Restricted Choice - Must pass 3 credit points from the following
- 3238 - Research Project in Applied Science (3) - 3 cp, Level 3
- 8043 - Analytical Chemistry - 3 cp, Level 2
- 8072 - Clinical Chemistry 2 - 3 cp, Level 3
- 8780 - Forensic Toxicology and Drug Analysis - 3 cp, Level 3
- 8783 - Professional Practice in Applied Science - 3 cp, Level 3
- 10000 - Introductory Physics - 3 cp, Level 1
- 10107 - Science and Innovation - 3 cp, Level 3
- 9632 Research Project in Applied Science has replaced 3238. Students who have previously completed 3238 may still count it towards course completion.
- Unit 6520 has been replaced by 8783 from Semester 1 2017. Students who have completed this unit prior to Semester 1, 2017 may have it counted towards course completion.
Open Electives - 9 credit points as follows
- Must pass 9 credit points from anywhere in the University.
- Unit Levels: In selecting electives students should note that no more than 30 credit points at Level 1 is permitted for the entire course.
|Bachelor of Medical Science||B MedSc|
UC - Canberra, Bruce
Standard Full Time, Semester 1 Commencing
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- Semester 1
- Semester 2
- Semester 1
- Semester 2
- Semester 1
- Advanced Physiology (8373) - 3 cp, Level 3
- Integrated Studies of Disease (6517) - 3 cp, Level 3
- Two Open Elective Units- 6 cp
- Standard Full Time, Semester 1 Commencing
Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.
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:
|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
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 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.
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.
|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
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.
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