Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
The Bachelor of Medical Science Bachelor of Arts in International Studies is a combined degree that integrates medical science with the immersion in another language and culture. The medical science program is designed to educate and train graduates for careers in medical and health-related sciences. It aims to produce medical scientists with highly adaptable, practical scientific skills and a thorough grounding in the structure and function of the human body and in disease processes at the cellular, whole organ and behavioural level. The combination of medical science and international studies aims to produce graduates with an increased awareness of the international contexts of health and who are well prepared to pursue global health-related professional careers. Multinational pharmaceutical companies look to medical science graduates to work in drug registration, clinical trials coordination, as technical or marketing representatives and as policy analysts. Career options include positions in government departments, private and public hospitals and public health units, nationally and internationally.
Students must complete 240 credit points of study, comprising 144 credit points relating to medical science and 96 credit points relating to international studies. The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies requires undergraduates to study a region or country major over a minimum of three years. Graduation from the medical science component of the combined degree is not possible prior to completion of all components of the combined degree. Students wishing to graduate with a Bachelor of Medical Science prior to completion of the international studies component of the combined degree must apply for transfer to the Bachelor of Medical Science single degree program where they must complete all requirements for the stand-alone single degree version. This course is offered over five years full time. Attendance involves approximately 20 hours each week on campus. Students spend two sessions of study at a university or other higher education institution in the country of their major.
- Human pathophysiology
- Life sciences
- Medical and molecular biology
- Medical and molecular biology
- Medical devices and diagnostics
- Medical and applied physiology
- Physiological systems
- Culture and language studies of country of choice
Standard entry requirements
- An Australian Year 12 qualification, AQF Diploma, or equivalent qualification at the required level. Admission to the combined degree is on merit according to the admissions policy for the Bachelor of Medical Science. There is a range of entry levels to the various language and culture programs. Students are admitted to the international studies program with no guarantee of entry to a specific major, although every effort is made to meet students' preferences. The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0
- Or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21
- Or AE5: Pass
- Or PTE: 58-64
- Or CAE: 176-184. Assumed knowledge includes the following: Mathematics
- And two science subjects. There are no prior language requirements for the international studies program.
The Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) is available as an additional year to meritorious students.
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The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies is not offered as a separate degree, but is completed only in combination with the professional degree program. Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.