Bachelor of Medical Science

Approved Abbreviation: BMedSc

Western Sydney University Course Code: 3577.1

CRICOS Code: 044792K

Course Status: INACTIVE
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Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in this course was 2002 to 2005.

This degree comprises three areas of major: biomedical science, medicinal chemistry and physiology and anatomy. The biomedical science major focuses on microbiology, biochemistry and aspects of health. The medicinal chemistry major focuses on chemistry and biochemistry, while the physiology and anatomy major focuses on anatomy and physiology. Graduates of this degree will find employment in areas such as medical research laboratories, hospital laboratories and in pathology laboratories and be well suited for positions in the pharmaceutical, medical sales and various research and quality control laboratories, as well as further study including research degrees and graduate medicine degrees.

Study Mode
The course is delivered in internal mode. Full-time undergraduate students will undertake the course over three years. Students may take a reduced load in consultation with the course coordinator. The Physiology and Anatomy Major is only available on the Campbelltown campus.

Course Advice



CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Hawkesbury CampusFull TimeInternalSabine Piller

The Bachelor of Medical Science (Medicinal Chemistry) is accredited by The Royal Australian Chemical Institute Incorporated (RACI).


Admission to the course would normally be through UAC or the University's Guaranteed Course Transfer Program. Assumed knowledge: Mathematics plus any two of Biology, Chemistry, Physics.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

To fulfil the requirements for a Bachelor of Medical Science, students are required to complete the core units and one of the following majors:

RU3062.1Biomedical Science
RU3063.1Medicinal Chemistry
RU3064.1Physiology and Anatomy

Students should note that they may complete a maximum of ten units at Level 1 and a minimum of six units at Level 3.

Recommended Sequence


Year 1

Autumn session

300224.2Chemistry 1
300221.1Biology 1
300752.1Introduction to Anatomy and Histology

And one alternate unit (* Note 1)

Spring session

300222.1Biology 2
300225.2Chemistry 2

Choose one of:

300753.2Introduction to Human Physiology
BC206A.1Human Physiology 2.2

And one alternate unit (* Note 1)

* Note 1 - Year 1 Alternate Units

Students are required to select from the following:

300050.1Physics 1
300134.2Introduction to Information Technology

Only one of the following mathematics/statistics units may be selected:

200189.1Concepts of Mathematics
200191.5Fundamentals of Mathematics
200192.1Statistics for Science

Year 2

Autumn session

300219.4Biochemistry 1

Choose one of:

300300.2Microbiology 1
300230.2Inorganic Chemistry 2
300236.2Physical Chemistry 2

And one major unit

And one elective

Spring session

300220.2Biochemistry 2
300323.3Pathological Basis of Disease

Choose one of:

300321.2Microbiology 2
300297.2Analytical Chemistry 2
300755.3The Appendicular Skeleton

And one elective

Year 3

Autumn session

Two major units

And two electives

Spring session

Choose one of:

300749.2Medical Microbiology
300231.2Inorganic Chemistry 3
300303.2Physical Chemistry 3

And one major unit

And two electives

Sub-major elective spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major (40 credit points).

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