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.
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
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.
English Language Requirements
Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0
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.
Typical Study Pattern
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- 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
- 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.
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.
Standard six semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum twenty semesters.
Unit Delivery Modes
Each unit within your course may be offered through various delivery modes like on campus, online, flexible and intensive modes. Check how each of your units are delivered in the Course Requirements section.
|2020||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1
|2021||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1
|2022||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1
ACT: Chemistry (T) and Mathematics (T) majors.
NSW: Chemistry and Mathematics.
|Bachelor of Medical Science||B MedSc|