Medical Science

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 22 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 22 k / Year(s) Deadline: Dec 12, 2024
59 place StudyQA ranking:4705 Duration:3 years

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Do you want to know how the human body works? 

The ANU Bachelor of Medical Science brings the disciplines of genetics, immunology, nutrition, physiology, microbiology, biochemistry and anatomy into a single degree.

Our well-regarded program will provide you with a fundamental knowledge of the medical sciences -giving you a platform from which to undertake further study towards a career in medical research or in medicine, pharmacology, physiotherapy, nutrition, dietetics or forensic science. 

This flexible degree also lets you choose additional subjects in complementary disciplines such as neuroscience, psychology, molecular biology and ethics in order to develop your interests further.

You will learn about the real applications of medical science by having the opportunity to interact with various health professionals through seminars, work place visits and interviews

This program is not available for Semester 2 commencement. 

Career Options

Employment Opportunities

The Bachelor of Medical Science is designed for students who are interested in how the human body works and for those who may plan graduate entry into medicine, other health professions, forensic science or medical research  ANU Bachelor of Medical Science graduates compete successfully at jobs requiring knowledge of modern molecular, cellular and biotechnological techniques. This degree will also give students who have an interest in health administration in both government and private sectors a sound basis for entry into this discipline.

Learning Outcomes

Learning outcome Bachelor of Medical Science

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • develop, apply, integrate and generate scientific knowledge in educational and professional contexts;
  • use a range of skills and methods to identify, analyse and respond to problems and issues;
  • convey and relate professional and disciplinary information and ideas to diverse audiences in effective and appropriate ways;
  • work in both independent and collaborative ways with others to encompass diverse abilities and perspectives; and
  • exercise personal, professional and social responsibility as a global citizen.

Learning outcomes Bachelor of Medical Science Honours Year

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Specific learning outcomes will depend on the nature of the research project. In general, on satisfactory completion of the program students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  • Plan and engage in an independent and sustained critical investigation and evaluation of a research topic in the field of biomedical sciences
  • Systematically identify relevant theory and concepts in the field of biomedical sciences, relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence, and draw appropriate conclusions
  • Engage in critical review of appropriate and relevant information sources
  • Understand and apply principles of laboratory safety and relevant laboratory techniques.
  • Communicate concepts and results clearly and effectively both in writing and orally
  • Record original data and apply statistical or other evaluation processes to original data when appropriate

The Bachelor of Medical Science requires completion of 144 units, of which:

A maximum of 60 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

The 144 units must include:

60 units from completion of compulsory courses from the following list:

BIOL1003 Evolution, Ecology & Genetics

BIOL1004 Molecular & Cell Biology

BIOL2103 Human Physiology

BIOL2142 General Microbiology

BIOL2161 Genes: Replication and Expression

BIOL2171 Biochemistry and Nutrition

BIOL3141 Infection and Immunity

BIOL3190 Medical Science in the Workplace

CHEM1101 Chemistry 1

CHEM1201 Chemistry 2

A minimum of 6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

BIAN3014 Research Design and Analysis in Biological Anthropology

BIOL2202 Experimental Design and Analysis in Biology

ENVS1003 Introduction to Environment and Social Research

PSYC2009 Quantitative Methods in Psychology

STAT1003 Statistical Techniques

STAT1008 Quantitative Research Methods

6 units from completion of a course from the following list :

BIOL2151 Principles of Genetics

BIOL2162 Molecular Gene Technology

BIOL2174 Cell Physiology in Health and Disease

BIOL2176 Introductory Human Anatomy

24 units from completion of courses from the following list:

BIOL3142 Parasitology

BIOL3144 Molecular Immunology

BIOL3161 Genomics and its Applications

BIOL3186 Human Anatomy

BIOL3191 Biology, Society and Ethics

BIOL3193 Bacteria and Health

BIOL3203 Histology and Advanced Microscopy

BIOL3204 Human Genetics

BIOL3208 Biology Research Projects

NEUR3101 Cellular Neuroscience

NEUR3112 Sensory Neuroscience

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

Students must achieve a minimum 65% weighted average mark across all compulsory courses undertaken in each period (Summer/First Semester/Autumn and Winter/Second Semester/Spring) in order to continue in the Bachelor of Medical Science.

Students who do not achieve a minimum of 65% weighted average mark will be transferred to the Bachelor of Science single degree.


ACT major in Chemistry or NSW HSC Chemistry or equivalent.

Students who do not meet the chemistry requirement may be admitted into the program via a different pathway. Students who:

  • Have an ATAR score of 90 or higher, and
  • Commence the Bachelor of Science program after completion of the chemistry bridging course available in February through the ANU Research School of Chemistry (or equivalent) and complete CHEM1101 and BIOL1003 with a minimum average of 65%, may then apply to transfer to the Bachelor of the Medical Science program.

Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis. Admission to undergraduate degrees is based on meeting the ATAR requirement or an equivalent rank derived from the following qualifications:

• An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR

• A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma or Graduate Certificate; OR

• At least one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree level study at an Australian higher education institution; OR

• An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.

Requirements for domestic applicants:


QLD Band:6

International Baccalaureate:34

For international students:

Refer to the table to see if you meet the requirements: 

English Language Requirements:

ANU recognizes a number of English language tests as meeting the University’s English language requirements. The acceptable tests are IELTS (an overall score of 6.5 with at least 6 in each component of the test), TOEFL-paper based test (a score of 570), TOEFL-internet based test (a score of 80, with a minimum of 20 in Reading and Writing and 18 in Speaking and Listening), Cambridge CAE Advanced (80, grade A), PTE Academic (overall 64, minimum 55 in each section.) 

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to current and future students to assist with the cost of their studies. The University is committed to enabling all students, regardless of their background, to achieve their best at ANU and realise their potential. 

Eligibility for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

ANU offers bonus points for nationally strategic senior secondary subjects, and in recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. 

Bonus points are applied to all applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedule, and no more than 10 points (maximum 5 academic points and maximum 5 equity points) will be awarded.

Bonus points do not apply to programs with an ATAR cutoff of 98 or higher.

Bonus Points are only awarded to domestic applicants applying for admission through UAC who have not previously attempted tertiary study.

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