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Bachelor of Medical Science

Course code C32

Enables students to learn about the basis for human disease, its detection and the range of scientific endeavours to treat disease and improve health.

As the complexity of healthcare increases there will be a greater need for medical science graduates to support the continuum of health service delivery from community-based projects to highly specialised laboratories.

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Course overview

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Entry requirements

70 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

C32

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $7,950

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT PT FT PT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

C32

CRICOS code

077134E

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $34,450

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

3 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT FT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • AQF Cert IV;
    • Successfully completed 0.25 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • University Preparation Course;*
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment; or*
    • Experience Based Entry Scheme.*

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

    For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

  • English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0);
    • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
    • University Preparation Course;
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment;*
    • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree;
    • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
    • Other tests, courses or programs defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study part-time at Joondalup

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCH1101Cultural Studies15
MHS1101Anatomy and Physiology 115
SCH1133Human Genetics15
SCC1123Chemistry for the Life Sciences15

Note: Students who have passed Chemistry ATAR or equivalent, may substitute SCC1123 Chemistry for the Life Sciences with an elective unit.

Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCH1104Introduction to Pathophysiology15
MHS1102Anatomy and Physiology 215
SCH1132Human Evolution and Ecology15
SCC1226Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCH2226Human Molecular Genetics15
SCH2232Medical Biochemistry15
SCH2235Applied Microbiology15
MMS2200Introduction to Histology and Histotechniques15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCH2141Advanced Biomedical Techniques15
MMS2102Medical Microbiology15
MMS2101Introduction to Haematology15
SCP1134Foundations of Physics15

Note: Students who have passed Physics ATAR or equivalent, may substitute SCP1134 Foundations of Physics with an elective unit.

Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCH3227The Biology of Human Disease15
SCH3223Medical Genetics15
MMS3101Evolutionary Perspectives on Health and Disease15
SCH3145Biomedical Ethics15
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCH3244Developmental Biology15
SCH3434Human Reproduction, Development and Ageing15
Select two (2) units from:
SCH3239 ^Human Immunology15
MMS2103 ^Clinical Biochemistry15
MMS3115 ^Histopathology and Applied Histotechniques15
MMS3112 ^Safety and Quality in Healthcare15

^ Core Option

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Course notes

Important course notes

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply broad and coherent medical science knowledge to a range of theoretical, practical and diagnostic contexts.
  2. Critically analyse, interpret and synthesise complex medical and health science information.
  3. Demonstrate initiative and independent judgement to anticipate medical science challenges and generate sustainable solutions.
  4. Use digital and laboratory technologies to access, evaluate and synthesise medical science information from diverse sources.
  5. Communicate medical science knowledge and ideas clearly, coherently and with independence.
  6. Demonstrate ethical judgement and global perspectives with respect for cultural diversity, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competence.
  7. Work collaboratively and demonstrate professionalism in the application of knowledge and skills.
  8. Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for personal and professional scholarship.

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Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $7,950 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $34,450 *

* International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, and has been calculated based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for each individual unit you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

This course is an entry pathway to many highly sought-after careers such as medicine and other health professions, through to postgraduate study. The course will also provide a pathway for graduates to enter careers in medical research and development, the health industry, and education.

Possible future job titles

Biomedical Technician, Science Teacher, Medical Representative, Research Officer, Laboratory Manager, Laboratory Scientist, Laboratory Researcher

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Quick guide to uni-speak

    • ATAR is the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate university courses in Australia. The ATAR is a percentile score which denotes a student's ranking relative to their state-wide peers upon completion of their secondary education.

    • CRICOS is the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. A CRICOS code is allocated to education institutions (like ECU) who are approved to recruit, enrol and deliver education to overseas students. Courses with a CRICOS code are available to international students who meet the entry requirements.

    • A major, or unit set, is your chosen area of in-depth study in an undergraduate course. It usually involves 8 units of study, or one-third of the units in a 3-year degree. Talk to your Student Information Office if you need help choosing a major subject.

    • Minors include between 4 and 6 study units in a specific discipline. Not all courses require you to complete a minor. Your minor subject doesn't appear on your printed degree (parchment), but is part of your academic transcript.

    • If you're enrolled in 3 or more units in a semester this is considered full-time study. To complete most 3-year degrees studying full-time you'll need to complete 4 units per semester, i.e. 24 units over 3 years.

    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

      Note: International students who hold a student visa can only choose the full-time study option for our courses. This is to ensure the course is completed within the duration of the student visa.

    • Most courses start in Semester 1 each year, usually in the last week of February. Some courses can be started in Semester 2 (we call this mid-year). There's a week of Orientation before each semester to help you get used to uni life.

    • A lot of our courses start in Semester 2 each year, usually in the last week of July. We call this mid-year. There's a week of Orientation beforehand to help you get used to uni life.

    • We use a points system to make it easier for you to understand your study progress. Most Bachelors degree study units are allocated 15 credit points. If you're studying a 3-year full-time degree you'll need to successfully complete 360 credit points - that's 24 units x 15 points per unit.

    • These are compulsory units you have to successfully complete as part of your course.

    • An elective is a unit you choose to study that counts towards your course requirements, but isn't compulsory. For some courses we recommend elective units. In some situations, a course coordinator may approve an elective unit as a replacement for a compulsory one.

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