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Bachelor of Medical Research

Approved Abbreviation: BMedRes

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4647.3

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 063557G

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencment year in this course is 2012 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

Commencement Year 2009 - 4647.1 Bachelor of Medical Research

Commencement Year 2010 - 4647.2 Bachelor of Medical Research

The Bachelor of Medical Research is not a stand-alone degree, but is designed to be undertaken in combination with the Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) or the Doctor of Medicine (MD). Students must have completed at least 160 credit points of their primary medicine degree in order to enrol in the Bachelor of Medical Research. The Bachelor of Medical Research gives students the opportunity to develop their critical thinking and gain a more detailed experience in medical research than is provided in their medical course. Students undertake a medical research project while developing skills in identifying relevant literature, scientific research methods, and the correct protocols for developing and conducting a research project with the assistance of a supervisor. Students are expected to participate in research seminars and present the results of their research as a dissertation.

Study Mode
Three years full-time or four years part-time.

Inherent requirements

Inherent requirements


Students must be currently enrolled in Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) or Doctor of Medicine (MD) at Western Sydney University, and have successfully completed at least 160 credit points of that course, with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5 (credit average), before being admitted to Year 3 of the intercalated Bachelor Medical Research.

Special Requirements Prerequisites
Students must be compliant with NSW Health Legislation requirements and have the following. 1. National Police Certificate (verified by NSW Health) and submitted to Student Central 2. Working with Children Check 3. Student Undertaking 4. First Aid Certificate (including Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation –updated yearly) 5. Completed Adult Immunisation Card (verified by NSW Health) Completed documentation of compliance with NSW Health Records and Information Privacy Act

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points, which include:

Year 1 and 2 of the Bachelor of Medical Research are Advanced Standing, comprising of 160 credit points of the Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program or the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program

The Bachelor of Medical research is an 80 credit point intercalated program, which can be taken following the 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of the MBBS or MD program, comprised of a compulsory 60 credit point yearlong unit, 400813 - Medical Research Project, and two existing course work combinations, totalling 20 credit points over two semesters, as shown below

1H session

400813Medical Research Project

Autumn session

400864Research Methods (Quantitative and Qualitative)

2H session

400813Medical Research Project

Spring session

401383Evidence in Health

Note: 401383 Evidence in Health replaces 400863 Foundations of Research and Evidence-Based Practice from Spring 2021

Note: This program is available only to students who are selected into the University`s Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) or Doctor of Medicine (MD) programs.

Note: Students may apply for leave of absence from MBBS or MD (for one year full-time or two years part-time) and admission to the B Med Res once they have completed 160 credit points of MBBS or MD, and will normally be required to have a credit average in MBBS or MD at the time they apply.

Note: Year 3 of the Bachelor of Medical Research will most commonly be undertaken between Years 2 and 3 or between Years 3 and 4 of the MBBS or MD. It will not normally be possible to enrol for the Bachelor of Medical Research once Year 5 of MBBS or MD has been completed, because of the need for current clinical skills as the graduates progress into the following Intern year.

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