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Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Medical Science)

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Overview

The broad medical and health sciences sectors are expanding and with this comes greater employment prospects. The Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Medical Science) will give you the essential foundation for a rewarding career improving the health of people and communities. You will be equipped to work at the cutting edge of medical research or, with further study, become a doctor or dentist.

This four-year course will develop your knowledge of the structure and function of the human body, from the molecular level all the way to whole systems. It will allow you to launch straight into graduate research in medical science, and will give you an excellent foundation of knowledge if you wish to undertake the University of Sydney's graduate medicine or dentistry programs.

In first year we will cover the basic sciences: chemistry, biology and mathematics, plus electives. These units will give you the fundamental knowledge needed for the clinical subjects you will undertake in second and third years.

In second year, you will complete core medical science units in physiology, pharmacology, biochemistry, anatomy, immunobiology and pathology. You will also be able to take science or non-science electives.

In your third and fourth years, you will choose from medical science units and complete an interdisciplinary capstone project.

During the four years of the Bachelor of Advanced Studies you will complete a second major as well as studies from a range of disciplines. This will involve advanced coursework and opportunities to get involved in a cross-disciplinary community, as well as professional, research or entrepreneurial project work.

After completing this course you will have the ideal base for research in medical science. If you are planning a career in medical research, you should plan to undertake an honours year (or its replacement), followed by research via a PhD program.

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What you'll study

This course provides flexible pathways into broad medical science careers. The stream emphasises the interdisciplinary nature of medical sciences whilst providing depth and breadth. It provides a disctinctive cohort experience. The Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Medical Science) may be undertaken over four years full-time or eight years part-time. Full-time students enrol in units of study to the value of 48 credit points (cp) in each year.

In first year you will complete 48 cp including mathamatics degree core units, Biology, Chemistry and Medical Sciences. In second year you will take 48 cp, comprised of five integrated Medical Science units covering areas such as physiology, pharmacology, cellular and molecular biology, and anatomy. In third year you will complete 48 cp, including a capstone interdisciplinary experience and three medical science electives. During the course you will also take a minor or second major, and 12 cp of Open Learning Environment units.

For your fourth year you can either undertake an Honours year, if you qualify, or take the coursework pathway, which consists of 4x4000-level coursework units that deepen your knowledge of your discipline area(s), and provides further experiential opportunities such as research, industry, or community related projects.

Year 1

  • Degree core: Maths 6cp
  • Degree core: Maths 6cp
  • Medical Science core 6cp
  • Chemistry 6cp
  • Biology 6cp
  • Elective 6cp
  • Minor 6cp
  • Minor 6cp

Year 2

  • Medical Science core 6cp
  • Medical Science core 6cp
  • Medical Science core 6cp
  • Medical Science core 6cp
  • Medical Science core 6cp
  • Open Learning (OLE) 6cp
  • Minor 6cp
  • Minor 6cp

Year 3

  • Medical Science core 6cp
  • Medical Science elective 6cp
  • Medical Science elective 6cp
  • Medical Science elective 6cp
  • Elective 6cp
  • Open Learning (OLE) 6cp
  • Minor 6cp
  • Minor 6cp

Year 4

  • 4000 level coursework 6cp
  • 4000 level coursework 6cp
  • 4000 level project 6cp
  • 4000 level project 6cp
  • 4000 level coursework 6cp
  • 4000 level coursework 6cp
  • Elective 6cp
  • Elective 6cp

Units of Study

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics or HSC Mathematics Extension 1. Chemistry and either Physics or Biology

Admission requirement

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met (where these are not demonstrated) by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for domestic mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking. Details of admission policies are found in the Coursework Rule, the Coursework Policy, and Faculty Resolutions.

Course opportunities

If you have a high ATAR you may be invited to join our Dalyell Scholars program.

Graduate opportunities

There are many careers you can choose from after graduating: medical researcher, pathologist, doctor, dentist, histologist, physiologist, microbiologist, biochemist, biomedical device designer.

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Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students


The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Combined undergraduate degree tuition fees


For international students, for combined undergraduate degrees, a single indicative course tuition fee applies for the duration of your study in the combined degree, regardless of the units of study that are undertaken as part of your combined degree. Importantly, the single indicative course tuition fee is subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your study in the combined degree.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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