Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Students who study the Bachelor of Medical Science will gain an understanding of the structure and the function of the human body, from molecules to whole systems. Students will also be introduced to aspects of abnormal functioning. The basic sciences, physics, chemistry, biology, microbiology and biochemistry are taught by departments in the Faculty of Science. Chemistry, biology, biochemistry, microbiology, physics and psychology are taught through Science. Anatomy, pathology, physiology, pharmacology, infectious diseases and immunology are taught through the Sydney Medical School. From second year, study comprises a series of interdisciplinary modules organised around themes, including the flow of genomic information, homeostasis at the level of cells and whole-body systems, cellular and integrative neuroscience, and body defences against infection and injury. It is also possible to combine Medical Science with B Engineering Honours, B Information Technology, Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Medicine (for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants only).
In first year students take units in Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and (usually) Biology. In second year they will study the fundamental themes of medical science in a series of integrated units. In third year students can choose from a variety of electives.
- Anatomy and histology
- Cell pathology
- Molecular biology and genetics
- Nutrition and metabolism
Standard entry requirements
Year 12 HSC or equivalent. Assumed knowledge: Mathematics, Chemistry plus Biology or Physics. All students in B Medical Science must take some units of study in mathematics during their undergraduate degree. From 2019, this course will require a course prerequisite of Mathematics (Band 4 or higher). The assumed knowledge will still apply.
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Career opportunities: Examples include health policy analyst, medical scientist, nutritionist, pharmacologist in research organisations and hospitals. Graduates are well prepared for the University's graduate medical and dentistry programs.