Science Honours

Applied Medical Science

Major global health issues provide the basis for enquiry and skills development in big data, clinical sciences, diagnostics, basic research and treatment and prevention of human disease.

Applied Medical Sciences covers the specialised knowledge and skills required by people who wish to apply medical and health sciences knowledge and skills to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human disease in a technical or research setting.

Honours allow students to acquire the fundamental skills in:

  • literature searching
  • study design
  • critical thinking
  • problem solving
  • data interpretation
  • communicating scientific knowledge

It offers an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to medical sciences education, bringing together elements from multiple disciplines including:

  • molecular and cellular biology
  • immunology
  • neuroscience
  • infectious diseases
  • medical microbiology
  • developmental biology
  • genetics / genomics
  • proteomics
  • clinical and diagnostic sciences
  • bioinformatics / data science
  • dentistry
  • pathology
  • population health
  • allied health
  • pharmacology

Student learning will occur in the real world in one of the most exciting and complex medical research and hospital environments including the new translational research hub at Westmead Campus. The Westmead Campus offers students access to the facilities, technologies, scientific and support services necessary to learn a broad range of skills and undertake high quality medical sciences and health research.

Applying for Admission to Honours

Honours is a one-year course by research normally taken at the end of your third year. The Applied Medical Science Honours Program includes two 6cp coursework units that will focus on the development of research skills, and 36cp of research project.

The Applied Medical Science Honours Program offers a number of areas of study for the degree of Bachelor of Science (Honours) or Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours). To be eligible students should have completed any Faculty of Science major that is relevant to the research project undertaken.

Honours Coordinator:

Andrew Harman
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Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Applied Medical Science Honours

AMED4101
Research Skills and Processes
6    A A major in one of the following areas: Applied Medical Science, Immunology & Pathology; Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Biology; Microbiology; Cell & Developmental Biology, Infectious Diseases, Pharmacology; Medicinal Chemistry; Neuroscience, Physiology, Anatomy and Histology, Genetics & Genomics; Quantitative Life Science
Semester 1
Semester 2
AMED4102
Scientific Analysis and Communication
6    A A major in one of the following areas: Applied Medical Science, Immunology & Pathology; Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Biology; Microbiology; Cell & Developmental Biology, Infectious Diseases, Pharmacology; Medicinal Chemistry; Neuroscience, Physiology, Anatomy and Histology, Genetics & Genomics; Quantitative Life Science
P AMED4101
Semester 1
Semester 2
AMED4103
Research Project A
6    A A major in one of the following areas: Applied Medical Science, Immunology & Pathology; Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Biology; Microbiology; Cell & Developmental Biology, Infectious Diseases, Pharmacology; Medicinal Chemistry; Neuroscience, Physiology, Anatomy and Histology, Genetics & Genomics; Quantitative Life Science
C AMED4101
Semester 1
Semester 2
AMED4104
Research Project B
6    A A major in one of the following areas: Applied Medical Science, Immunology & Pathology; Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Biology; Microbiology; Cell & Developmental Biology, Infectious Diseases, Pharmacology; Medicinal Chemistry; Neuroscience, Physiology, Anatomy and Histology, Genetics & Genomics; Quantitative Life Science
C AMED4103
Semester 1
Semester 2
AMED4105
Research Project C
6    A A major in one of the following areas: Applied Medical Science, Immunology & Pathology; Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Biology; Microbiology; Cell & Developmental Biology, Infectious Diseases, Pharmacology; Medicinal Chemistry; Neuroscience, Physiology, Anatomy and Histology, Genetics & Genomics; Quantitative Life Science
C AMED4104
Semester 1
Semester 2
AMED4106
Research Project D
6    A A major in one of the following areas: Applied Medical Science, Immunology & Pathology; Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Biology; Microbiology; Cell & Developmental Biology, Infectious Diseases, Pharmacology; Medicinal Chemistry; Neuroscience, Physiology, Anatomy and Histology, Genetics & Genomics; Quantitative Life Science
C AMED4102
Semester 1
Semester 2
AMED4107
Research Project E
6    A A major in one of the following areas: Applied Medical Science, Immunology & Pathology; Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Biology; Microbiology; Cell & Developmental Biology, Infectious Diseases, Pharmacology; Medicinal Chemistry; Neuroscience, Physiology, Anatomy and Histology, Genetics & Genomics; Quantitative Life Science
C AMED4106
Semester 1
Semester 2
AMED4108
Research Project F
6    A A major in one of the following areas: Applied Medical Science, Immunology & Pathology; Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Biology; Microbiology; Cell & Developmental Biology, Infectious Diseases, Pharmacology; Medicinal Chemistry; Neuroscience, Physiology, Anatomy and Histology, Genetics & Genomics; Quantitative Life Science
C AMED4107
Semester 1
Semester 2

Applied Medical Science Honours

AMED4101 Research Skills and Processes

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Andrew Harman Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 3-5 hrs per week Assumed knowledge: A major in one of the following areas: Applied Medical Science, Immunology & Pathology; Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Biology; Microbiology; Cell & Developmental Biology, Infectious Diseases, Pharmacology; Medicinal Chemistry; Neuroscience, Physiology, Anatomy and Histology, Genetics & Genomics; Quantitative Life Science Assessment: skills-based assessments and quizzes Campus: Westmead, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
We face major health challenges in today's society that require new insights and approaches from bright minds. Tackling the big questions in medical sciences and health requires the research skills that will inform tomorrow's health outcomes for individuals and populations. Immersed in a multidisciplinary medical science and health research environment, you will develop the core skills required to undertake laboratory, clinical and population health research. You will learn to design, execute and evaluate studies, and to scrutinise data and research outcomes. You will work individually and collaboratively in small teams of students from different areas of specialisation to learn theoretical and practical aspects of specific research techniques, as well as the ethical and regulatory frameworks relevant to medical and health research. This unit of study will equip you with knowledge and skills that will enable you to play an active role in finding meaningful solutions to difficult problems in a technical or research setting.
AMED4102 Scientific Analysis and Communication

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Andrew Harman Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 3-5 hrs per week Prerequisites: AMED4101 Assumed knowledge: A major in one of the following areas: Applied Medical Science, Immunology & Pathology; Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Biology; Microbiology; Cell & Developmental Biology, Infectious Diseases, Pharmacology; Medicinal Chemistry; Neuroscience, Physiology, Anatomy and Histology, Genetics & Genomics; Quantitative Life Science Assessment: assignments and presentation Campus: Westmead, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The capacity to interpret a biological concept and communicate scientific findings is a fundamental skill underlying all facets of medical and health sciences. In this unit of study you will develop the skills to critique a wide range of scientific literature from peer-reviewed articles to unsubstantiated independent web-site claims. You will learn how to critically assess the validity of scientific information to distinguish between rigorous, scientifically-supported claims and pseudoscience. You will also examine key concepts in data interpretation and evaluation in relation to medicine and health. This unit includes tasks that will enable you to clearly and independently communicate your own research findings both written and verbally to a range of audiences including politicians, the media, the general public and the wider scientific community. The skills taught in this unit will provide you with a solid foundation upon which you can forge a professional career in the health and medical communication sphere.
AMED4103 Research Project A

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Andrew Harman Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: research project: 120 hours of student effort for each 6cp unit Corequisites: AMED4101 Assumed knowledge: A major in one of the following areas: Applied Medical Science, Immunology & Pathology; Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Biology; Microbiology; Cell & Developmental Biology, Infectious Diseases, Pharmacology; Medicinal Chemistry; Neuroscience, Physiology, Anatomy and Histology, Genetics & Genomics; Quantitative Life Science Assessment: honours thesis Campus: Westmead, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Research project unit (part of 36cp research component of Applied Medical Science Honours Program)
AMED4104 Research Project B

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Andrew Harman Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: research project: 120 hours of student effort for each 6cp unit Corequisites: AMED4103 Assumed knowledge: A major in one of the following areas: Applied Medical Science, Immunology & Pathology; Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Biology; Microbiology; Cell & Developmental Biology, Infectious Diseases, Pharmacology; Medicinal Chemistry; Neuroscience, Physiology, Anatomy and Histology, Genetics & Genomics; Quantitative Life Science Assessment: honours thesis Campus: Westmead, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Research project unit (part of 36cp research component of Applied Medical Science Honours Program)
AMED4105 Research Project C

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Andrew Harman Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: research project: 120 hours of student effort for each 6cp unit Corequisites: AMED4104 Assumed knowledge: A major in one of the following areas: Applied Medical Science, Immunology & Pathology; Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Biology; Microbiology; Cell & Developmental Biology, Infectious Diseases, Pharmacology; Medicinal Chemistry; Neuroscience, Physiology, Anatomy and Histology, Genetics & Genomics; Quantitative Life Science Assessment: honours thesis Campus: Westmead, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Research project unit (part of 36cp research component of Applied Medical Science Honours Program)
AMED4106 Research Project D

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Andrew Harman Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: research project: 120 hours of student effort for each 6cp unit Corequisites: AMED4102 Assumed knowledge: A major in one of the following areas: Applied Medical Science, Immunology & Pathology; Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Biology; Microbiology; Cell & Developmental Biology, Infectious Diseases, Pharmacology; Medicinal Chemistry; Neuroscience, Physiology, Anatomy and Histology, Genetics & Genomics; Quantitative Life Science Assessment: honours thesis Campus: Westmead, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Research project unit (part of 36cp research component of Applied Medical Science Honours Program)
AMED4107 Research Project E

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Andrew Harman Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: research project: 120 hours of student effort for each 6cp unit Corequisites: AMED4106 Assumed knowledge: A major in one of the following areas: Applied Medical Science, Immunology & Pathology; Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Biology; Microbiology; Cell & Developmental Biology, Infectious Diseases, Pharmacology; Medicinal Chemistry; Neuroscience, Physiology, Anatomy and Histology, Genetics & Genomics; Quantitative Life Science Assessment: honours thesis Campus: Westmead, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Research project unit (part of 36cp research component of Applied Medical Science Honours Program)
AMED4108 Research Project F

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Andrew Harman Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: research project: 120 hours of student effort for each 6cp unit Corequisites: AMED4107 Assumed knowledge: A major in one of the following areas: Applied Medical Science, Immunology & Pathology; Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Biology; Microbiology; Cell & Developmental Biology, Infectious Diseases, Pharmacology; Medicinal Chemistry; Neuroscience, Physiology, Anatomy and Histology, Genetics & Genomics; Quantitative Life Science Assessment: honours thesis Campus: Westmead, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Research project unit (part of 36cp research component of Applied Medical Science Honours Program)