Bachelor of Medical Science (with specialisations)

Interested in a career as a medical scientist? With CSU's Bachelor of Medical Science (with specialisations) you could be conducting medical research or working in the fields of pathology, biotechnology and clinical physiology, developing cures for diseases or improving quality of life through science.

CSU's medical science course gives you the foundations you need to launch your career as a medical scientist. Choose from the generalist course or one of three specialisations based on your interests and career aspirations.

At a glance

Domestic students

Study mode: On campus; Online

Campuses:

Duration:

3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

ATAR: 7000

International students

Study mode: On campus; Online

Campuses:

Duration:

3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

CRICOS: 029251J (Wagga Wagga)

Why study this course?

CSU's Bachelor of Medical Science (with specialisations) is an internationally recognised degree and has a proud history extending more than 20 years. 

Follow your interests

All students complete a common first-year program, which includes units in chemistry, anatomy and physiology, statistics and microbiology. From there, you can choose to stay in the general stream to gain a broad understanding of medical science or you can specialise in one of three areas that interest you the most. There is also the potential for movement between specialisations within the course.

Flexible study options 

Choose between full-time, part-time, on-campus and online study options to match your work and lifestyle commitments. There is also the potential for transfer from the Bachelor of Medical Science into other courses, such as the Bachelor of Pharmacy, during the course (based on grade point average (GPA)). Although no official approved articulation agreements exist, there are credit packages available to recognise students' prior learning.

Options to further your studies

Gain a broad foundation in medical science as preparation for entry into postgraduate study, research programs, or transfer into another university degree, subject to eligibility requirements.

Support when you need it

If you are studying on campus, you may be eligible to apply for a Science Scholarship, valued at $4000 per year.

Career opportunities

This broad-based course offers you diverse career options in the healthcare industry and gives you the flexibility to choose an area of specialisation. Use your knowledge of medical science to enter a rewarding career in public health or health administration in the public or private sector. 

Pathology specialisation

This specialisation will qualify you for accreditation as a medical scientist with the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists. Work in private and public sector hospitals and health laboratories, where you will be responsible for performing a range of medical laboratory tests to help clinicians in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a range of diseases.

Biotechnology specialisation

Graduate with a range of skills and knowledge in biotechnology and its uses in agriculture, food production, bioinformatics, genetic engineering and medicine.

Clinical Physiology specialisation

Take up a career in clinical management where you will perform physiological tests to diagnose and fine-tune the therapeutic management of already established disease and assess the physiological functioning of the nervous, cardiovascular and respiratory systems.

Careers in clinical research are also available in hospital and university research teams. These often focus on the development of new measurement techniques and a better understanding of the processes of specific diseases.

Workplace Learning

Students will complete one or two workplace learning subjects (BMS237 and BMS351) depending on their specialisation. Students in the generic stream may also elect to take BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1 if they wish.

Students with appropriate concurrent employment may seek credit (recognition for prior learning) for BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1.

Immunisation

NSW Health is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all clients in health care settings and providing a safe and healthy working  environment for all staff and other clinical personnel, including students  undertaking workplace learning. This commitment includes adopting an assessment, screening and vaccination policy Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specific Infectious Diseases (PD2011_005) that minimises the risk of acquiring infectious diseases. Compliance with this  policy is mandatory for all health facility staff, including students on clinical placement.

Students must comply with NSW Health immunisation and vaccination requirements and be verified prior to being allocated to a workplace learning facility. This applies to all students regardless of state or territory. All students must undergo vaccination against infectious diseases prior to being allocated to a facility within NSW or other states. Results of these vaccinations are kept on a  personal record card (available from the School through which the student is  studying). This card must be presented, upon request, by NSW Health, or other health facility staff, whilst the student is attending workplace learning.

The Policy requires that you consult your local doctor to  obtain written proof of protection against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis,  measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and hepatitis B.

NOTE: It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the requirements of this policy have been met, and failure to comply with the requirements may jeopardise completion of your studies.

As a full course of vaccinations may take several months to complete, you are advised to consult your local medical practitioner well in  advance of the commencement of your studies.

PLEASE NOTE that, as many courses involve workplace learning in the first year of study, the hepatitis B immunisation should be commenced early to meet NSW Health requirements.

Further information is available from NSW Health.

Working with Children Check

Students must have a Working with Children Check. To apply for this Working with Children Check, fill in an online application form. Once the form has been submitted, follow the instructions for collection.

 

Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

BMS351 Integrated Clinical Placement 2
BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1

Subjects

The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

Course structure

The course consists of 192 points comprised of:
compulsory common subjects (12 subjects; 96 points)  and either restricted elective subjects (96 points) or a specialisation in one of the following areas:

  • Biotechnology
  • Pathology
  • Clinical Physiology

Core subjects (96 points)
IKC100 Indigenous Health
BCM210 Foundations and Techniques of Biochemistry
BMS105 Science Communication and Methodology
BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1
BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics
BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
BMS308 Immunology
CHM104 Chemistry 1A
CHM107 Chemistry 1B
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
STA201 Scientific Statistics

Restricted elective subjects for generic course (96 points)
Students can choose subjects from the two specialisations and can also select any of the following subjects:
BMS208 Human Nutrition
BMS233 Nutritional Physiology
BMS243 Nutrition, Metabolism & Human Disease
BMS256 Exercise Science for Health Practice
BMS342 Medicinal and Indigenous Foods
BMS406 Human Reproductive Biology
PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services
SCI301 International Practical Experience
PSY214 Health Psychology


Biotechnology specialisation (96 points)
BCM302 Food and Beverage Biotechnology
BMS238 Foundations of Biotechnology
BMS215 Microbial Biotechnology
BMS235 Protein Biochemistry
BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1
BMS304 Fundamentals of DNA fingerprinting
BMS315 Medical Microbiology
SCI300 Biotechnology and Industry (16)
BMS344 Molecular Immunology
BMS345 Therapeutic Proteins
BMS346 Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics


Pathology specialisation (96 points)
BMS207 Clinical Biochemistry 1
BMS216 Introductory Haematology
BMS229 Histopathology 1
BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1
BMS352 Molecular Pathology
BMS302 Clinical Biochemistry 2
BMS337 Histopathology 2
BMS338 Clinical Bacteriology
BMS315 Medical Microbiology
BMS306 Advanced Haematology
BMS324 Immunohaematology and Blood Transfusion
BMS351 Integrated Clinical Placement 2

Clinical Physiology specialisation (96 points)
BMS239 Clinical Measurement
BMS291 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 1
BMS292 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 2
BMS301 Medical Science Special Topic
BMS321 Clinical Neuroscience
BMS329 Clinical Neurophysiology
BMS332 Clinical Cardiovascular Physiology
BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1
RSC201 Cardiorespiratory Anatomy and Physiology
RSC301 Asthma Management
RSC431 Advanced Pulmonary Function Testing
RSC441 Advanced Respiratory Laboratory Diagnostics

Enrolment pattern

Bachelor of Medical Science (generic)

By full time study

Session 1
CHM104 Chemistry 1A
BMS105 Science Communication and Methodology
IKC100 Indigenous Health
BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1

Session 2
CHM107 Chemistry 1B
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
STA201 Scientific Statistics

Session 3
BCM210 Foundations and Techniques of Biochemistry
BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics
[restricted elective]
[restricted elective]

Session 4
BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
[restricted elective]
[restricted elective]
[restricted elective]

Session 5
BMS308 Immunology
[restricted elective]
[restricted elective]
[restricted elective]

Session 6
[restricted elective]
[restricted elective]
[restricted elective]
[restricted elective]

By part time distance education study

Session 1
CHM104 Chemistry 1A
BMS105 Science Communication and Methodology

Session 2
CHM107 Chemistry 1B
STA201 Scientific Statistics

Session 3
IKC100 Indigenous Health
BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1

Session 4
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2

Session 5
BCM210 Foundations and Techniques of Biochemistry
BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics

Session 6
BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
[restricted elective]

Session 7
BMS308 Immunology
[restricted elective]

Sessions 8-12
Student complete a total of 8 restricted electives

Bachelor of Medical Science (Pathology)

By full time study
Session 1
CHM104 Chemistry 1A
BMS105 Science Communication and Methodology
IKC100 Indigenous Health
BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1

Session 2
CHM107 Chemistry 1B
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
STA201 Scientific Statistics

Session 3
BCM210 Foundations and Techniques of Biochemistry
BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics
BMS216 Introductory Haematology
BMS229 Histopathology 1

Session 4
BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
BMS207 Clinical Biochemistry 1
BMS337 Histopathology 2
BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1

Session 5
BMS308 Immunology
BMS351 Integrated Clinical Placement 2
BMS315 Medical Microbiology
BMS302 Clinical Biochemistry 2

Session 6
BMS338 Clinical Bacteriology
BMS352 Molecular Pathology
BMS306 Advanced Haematology
BMS324 Immunohaemotology and Blood Transfusion

By part time distance education study
Session 1
CHM104 Chemistry 1A
BMS105 Science Communication and Methodology

Session 2
CHM107 Chemistry 1B
STA201 Scientific Statistics

Session 3
IKC100 Indigenous health
BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1

Session 4
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2

Session 5
BCM210 Foundations and Techniques of Biochemistry
BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics

Session 6
BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
BMS207 Clinical Biochemistry 1

Session 7
BMS216 Introductory Haematology
BMS229 Histopathology 1

Session 8
BMS337 Histopathology 2
BMS338 Clinical Bacteriology

Session 9
BMS308 Immunology
BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1

Session 10
BMS306 Advanced Haematology
BMS324 Immunohaematology and Blood Transfusion

Session 11
BMS315 Medical Microbiology
BMS302 Clinical Biochemistry 2

Session 12
BMS351 Integrated Clinical Placement 2
BMS352 Molecular Pathology

Bachelor of Medical Science (Clinical Physiology)
 By full time study
Session 1
CHM104 Chemistry 1A
BMS105 Science Communication and Methodology
IKC100 Indigenous Health
BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1

Session 2
CHM107 Chemistry 1B
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
STA201 Scientific Statistics

Session 3
BCM210 Foundations and Techniques of Biochemistry
BMS239 Clinical Measurement
BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics
RSC201 Cardiorespiratory Anatomy & Physiology

Session 4
BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
BMS321 Clinical Neuroscience
RSC301 Asthma Management
BMS332 Clinical Cardiovascular Physiology

Session 5
BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1*
BMS291 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 1
BMS308 Immunology
BMS329 Clinical Neurophysiology

Session 6
BMS292 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 2
BMS301 Medical Science Special Topic
RSC431 Advanced Pulmonary Function Testing
RSC441 Advanced Respiratory Laboratory Diagnostics

By part time distance education study

Session 1
CHM104 Chemistry 1A
BMS105 Science Communication and Methodology

Session 2
CHM107 Chemistry 1B
STA201 Scientific Statistics

Session 3
IKC100 Indigenous health
BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1

Session 4
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2

Session 5
BMS239 Clinical Measurement
BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics

Session 6
BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
RSC301 Asthma Management

Session 7
BCM210 Foundations and  Techniques of Biochemistry
RSC201 Cardiorespiratory Anatomy & Physiology

Session 8
BMS321 Clinical Neurophysiology
BMS332 Clinical Cardiovascular Physiology

Session 9
BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1
BMS291 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 1

Session 10
BMS292 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 2
BMS301 Medical Science Special Topic

Session 11
BMS308 Immunology
BMS329 Clinical Neurophysiology

Session 12
RSC431 Advanced Pulmonary Function Testing
RSC441 Advanced Respiratory Laboratory Diagnostics

Bachelor of Medical Science (Biotechnology)
By full time, on-campus study
Session 1

BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1
BMS105 Science Communication and Methodology
CHM104 Chemistry 1A
IKC100 Indigenous Health

Session 2
BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
CHM107 Chemistry 1B
STA201 Scientific Statistics

Session 3
BCM210 Foundations and Techniques of Biochemistry
BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics
BMS238 Foundations of Biotechnology
BMS215 Microbial Biotechnology

Session 4
BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1
BMS235 Protein Biochemistry
BMS304 Fundamentals of DNA fingerprinting

Session 5
BMS308 Immunology
SCI300 Biotechnology and Industry (16 points)(commence)
BMS315 Medical Microbiology
BCM302 Food and Beverage Biotechnology

Session 6
SCI300 Biotechnology and Industry (16 points)(complete)
BMS345 Therapeutic Proteins
BMS344 Molecular Immunology
BMS346 Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics

By distance study
Session 1

BMS105 Science Communication and Methodology
CHM104 Chemistry 1A

Session 2
CHM107 Chemistry 1B
STA201 Scientific Statistics

Session 3
BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1
IKC100 Indigenous Health

Session 4
BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology

Session 5
BCM210 Foundations and Techniques of Biochemistry
BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics

Session 6
BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
BMS235 Protein Biochemistry

Session 7
BMS238 Foundations of Biotechnology
BMS215 Microbial Biotechnology

Session 8
BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement 1
BMS304 Fundamentals of DNA fingerprinting

Session 9
BMS308 Immunology
BMS315 Medical Microbiology

Session 10
BMS344 Molecular Immunology
BMS345 Therapeutic Proteins

Session 11
SCI300 Biotechnology and Industry (16 points)(commence)
BCM302 Food and Beverage Biotechnology

Session 12
SCI300 Biotechnology and Industry (16 points)(complete)
BMS346 Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics

Residential schools

The following subjects may have a residential school component for distance education students:

CHM107 Chemistry 1B
BMS256 Exercise Science for Health Practice
BMS308 Immunology
BMS352 Molecular Pathology
BMS315 Medical Microbiology
BCM210 Foundations and Techniques in Biochemistry
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
BMS235 Protein Biochemistry
BMS338 Clinical Bacteriology
BCM302 Food and Beverage Biotechnology
BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
BMS302 Clinical Biochemistry 2
BMS324 Immunohaematology and Blood Transfusion
BMS238 Foundations of Biotechnology
BMS215 Microbial Biotechnology
BMS216 Introductory Haematology
BMS229 Histopathology 1
BMS306 Advanced Haematology
BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1
BMS304 Fundamentals of DNA Fingerprinting
CHM104 Chemistry 1A
BMS207 Clinical Biochemistry 1
BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology

Admission Information

Indicative ATAR:7000

A completed High School Certificate with an ATAR of 70 (including bonuses) or equivalent.
OR
Successful completion of two university level subjects (AQF level Associate Degree or higher) demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success through the Grade Point Average (GPA) gained in these studies.
OR
A completed AQF Certificate IV or higher level qualification.
OR
50% completion of an AQF Diploma level qualification.
OR
A completed Tertiary Preparation Course from an Australian University or an accredited provider demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success through the Grade Point Average (GPA) gained in these studies.
AND
STANDARD English Language Proficiency requirements. Refer to http://futurestudents.csu.edu.au/apply/english-language for the specific requirements.

NOTE
Successful applicants who do not have an appropriate high school chemistry background are strongly recommended to undertake the chemistry subject offered in the University's Studylink supplementary program prior to commencing study in the course.

Students entering the course mid-year may not be able to complete full-time study in their first session of enrolment.

International students will only be able to commence on campus mid-year where their prior study is sufficient to gain credit for session one subjects.

Cost of study

For information on the tuition fees and other costs associated with studying this course, see 'Cost of study' section of online course brochure

Course Details

Students wishing to undertake the Biotechnology, Clinical Physiology or Pathology specialisations may not commence in Session 2 unless they receive credit such that an appropriate study pattern is available.

Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
UACOn campusWagga WaggaCGSYNN214554
DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPOSYYNJSLR
DirectOn campusWagga WaggaCGSYYNKSLR
DirectOn campusWagga WaggaFPOSYYNISLR
DirectOnlineWagga WaggaCGSYYNESLS

LEGEND
CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

Graduation Requirements

To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points.

How to apply

Domestic student applications for on campus study commencing in Session 2 are made direct to CSU via the 'Apply online' button.

Students wishing to undertake the Biotechnology, Clinical Physiology or Pathology specialisations may not commence in Session 2 unless they receive credit such that an appropriate study pattern is available.

For online applications, see 'How to apply' section of online course brochure

Preparing for study

We recommend the following Studylink subjects for this course:

  • SSS010 - Introduction to Chemistry
  • SSS014 - Stepping into Statistics
  • SSS025 - Introduction to Bioscience
  • SSS034 - Essay Writing – Style and Structure

About the School

CSU's School of Biomedical Sciences offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in health-related areas across the Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange and Wagga Wagga campuses. It is committed to providing a quality learning experience for our students and graduates for the professions who understand the journey of lifelong learning.

Our courses are characterised by hands-on learning and commitment to rural health. Our graduates are highly regarded by industry and regularly gain employment before graduation and receive prestige industry awards.

Visit the School of Biomedical Sciences website

Academic expectations

For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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