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Bachelor of Science (Medical Science)

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Overview

Innovative approaches to health mean the broad medical and health sciences sectors are expanding and our graduates are in demand. Whether you want to join the leading edge of medical research or become a doctor or dentist with further study, the Bachelor of Science (Medical Science) will give you the essential foundation for a rewarding career improving the health of people and communities.

In this three-year course, you will develop knowledge of the structure and function of the human body, from the molecular level through to whole systems. It will give you an excellent foundation for the University of Sydney's graduate medicine or dentistry programs, or you may wish to launch straight into graduate research in medical science.

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

After completing this course you will have the ideal base for research in medical science. If you are planning a research career, you will need to consider an advanced coursework pathway or honours, followed by research in a PhD program.

You may also consider combining your course with a Bachelor of Advanced Studies.

Subject areas

You are required to complete a program in Medical Science, including a Medical Science major and choose a a second major or minor either from your faculty options or from our shared pool of majors and minors.

Shared pool

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What you'll study

This degree 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 (Medical Science) may be undertaken over three years full-time or six years part-time. Full-time students normally 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.

Units of Study

Sample study plan

 Bachelor of Science (Medical Science)

Year Sem Unit of study
1 1 Human Biology Chemistry 1A Mathematics Major
  2 From Molecules to Ecosystems Open Learning Environment unit Mathematics Major
2 1 Human Anatomy: Structure and Function Body Systems: Structure and Function Cellular and Molecular Biochemistry Major
  2 Microbes, Infection and Immunity Pharmacology Strategies in Medical Science Open Learning Environment unit Major
3 1 Medical Sciences Medical Science selective units* Major Major
  2 Medical Science selective units* Medical Science selective units* Major Major
4 1 Project Project Adv CW Adv CW
  2 Project Project Adv CW Adv CW

* Medical Science selective units: Virology; Pharmacology; Applied Medical Science; Anatomy and Histology; Immunology; Cell Biology

Admission criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Prerequisites

Mathematics (equivalent of band 4 in the NSW HSC subject Mathematics* OR band E3 in Mathematics Extension 1 or 2, if higher level maths has been undertaken)

In 2019, the maths prerequisite will apply to domestic and international students completing a secondary education (year 12) qualification in Australia (including Australian state and territory year 12 qualifications taken outside Australia).

From 2020, the maths prerequisite applies to domestic students undertaking a secondary education qualification in Australia (including Australian state and territory year 12 qualifications taken outside Australia), higher education studies (e.g. bachelor’s degree, diploma) and approved preparation programs.  

From 2020, it will also apply to international students undertaking a secondary education qualification or an approved preparation or foundation program, in Australia (this includes Australian state and territory year 12 qualifications and foundation programs undertaken outside Australia).

For details, including equivalent requirements for other qualifications, visit Mathematics course prerequisites.

*The subject requirement refers to Mathematics (not Mathematics General or Mathematics Standard), or Mathematics Advanced which will be first examined in the NSW HSC in 2020.

Course opportunities

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

Career Pathways

Our medical science graduates can be found in a diverse range of careers and roles, including:

  • medical researcher
  • pathologist
  • doctor
  • dentist
  • histologist
  • physiologist
  • microbiologist
  • biochemist
  • biomedical device designer.

We’ve reimagined the Sydney Undergraduate Experience – the way we teach and the way you’ll learn – to prepare you for a future full of possibilities.

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


Please note that for some courses there are additional costs in addition to the student contribution. Some of these additional costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Please consult the University's web page for more information: https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. 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.

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, protective 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 a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. 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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