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Diploma in Science/Bachelor of Medical Science

Approved Abbreviation: DipSc/BMedSc

Western Sydney University Course Code: 6042.2

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 096966G

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 is 2022 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.

For Commencement Year 2020 to 2021 - Please refer to 6042.1 Diploma in Science/Bachelor of Medical Science

This degree will provide opportunities to learn about the sciences underpinning human health, and their application to disease. The degree has the choice of three primary majors: biomedical science, medicinal chemistry or anatomy and physiology. Students need note that different majors and sub-majors are offered on different campuses. Graduates may 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, allied health companies and various research and quality control laboratories, as well as further study including research degrees, and graduate medicine degrees.

The first year of this course is delivered by Western Sydney University The College as an agent of Western Sydney University via extended face-to-face hours in smaller learning environments. A Diploma in Science exit point is also available at the end of the first year of the course.

For more information on Western Sydney University, The College, please refer to their web site.

Western Sydney University, The College

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


For more information on applying please see link to The College admission pages below.

Domestic students are required to have:

  • Completed an English unit in the NSW Higher School Certificate,or
  • Competency in English at IELTS academic 6.0 equivalent (unless a native speaker) or
  • Passed The College English test with 70% or higher or
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English unit at C grade level or higher.

Students are also assumed to have completed some study in Mathematics and Science at a senior high school level or equivalent.

Met other entry requirements such as:

  • An ATAR identified prior to the offer of a place, or
  • Completed The College Foundation Studies course with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher.

International students must satisfy one of the following language requirements:

  • IELTS 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each sub band or
  • Completed the College EAP 4 course with a 50% pass or
  • Passed The College English test at IELTS academic 6.0 equivalent or
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English unit at C grade level or higher for which advanced standing can be applied for.

Academic Entry Requirements vary according to country of origin. However, in general:

  • Completion of Year 12 or its equivalent is the minimum entry requirement or
  • Completed The College Foundation Studies course with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

Work integrated learning is a component of many units in the core of the course and testamur majors. Students must study to a specific work integrated learning unit, Complex Case Studies in Science. This unit is designed to provide students with opportunities for personal development, industry and civic engagement and to develop career readiness. The unit assures that students can critically analyse and logically argue complex scientific issues whilst taking into account multiple competing perspectives and builds on employability and communication skills developed in earlier units.

International students should also refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the completion of 250 credit points which includes:

90 credit points of core units, 80 credit points taken as a Science specialisation and 80 credit points of elective units.

Students must complete at least 60 credit points at Level 3 or above.

To meet this requirement, students must select at least 10 credit points of elective study at Level 3.

Year 1 - College units

Standard 3 term (90 credit points)

Preparatory unit:

700043Chemistry (WSTC Prep)

Eight university level units comprising:

700125Cell Biology (WSTC)
700124Scientific Literacy (WSTC)
700333Essential Chemistry (WSTC)
700095Biodiversity (WSTC)
700123Quantitative Thinking (WSTC)
700155Introductory Chemistry (WSTC)
700295Concepts in Human Physiology (WSTC)

Choose one of

700266Concepts in Human Anatomy (WSTC)
700334Introduction to Food Science (WSTC)

Students may exit at this point and graduate with the Diploma in Science following a passing grade in all of the above units. Students who progress to Year Two may also be awarded the Diploma if they gain a passing grade in all of the above units.

Students must pass all College Preparatory units before progressing to the Year two units.

Students must pass at least 70 credit points of University level units in Year one before progressing to the Year two units.

Years 2 and 3

Western Sydney University Units

Core Units

Choose one of

200028Advanced Calculus
300843Forensic and Environmental Analysis
301445Science Research Methods
300832Analytical Chemistry

Choose one of

301261Complex Case Studies in Science
301259Work Internship for Science Professionals

(only available to students in MT3031 Environmental Health)

Choose one of

300883Laboratory Quality Management
300913Field Project 1
300855Conservation Biology
300893Topics in Medical Science

*Note: Students are allocated a core unit from these areas depending on the specialisation chosen. Students should consult the sequence of units identified for each specialisation


Students are required to complete eight specialisation units from one of the following testamur majors:

MT3028Anatomy and Physiology
MT3030Biomedical Science
MT3044Human Nutrition

Students may complete a second testamur major chosen from the list below:

MT3015Animal Science
MT3047Applied Physics
MT3046Innovative Foods
MT3043Sustainable Environmental Futures
MT3028Anatomy and Physiology
MT3030Biomedical Science
MT3044Human Nutrition

NOTE: Students must seek advice from their Academic Course Advisor before selecting a second testamur major (or major) to ensure course requirements are met.

Elective units

Students may use their flexible units to complete a second major (80 credit points) or one or more sub-majors (40 credit points each) from the same or another discipline area, or up to 80 credit points from the wide range of units offered by Western Sydney University.

Suggested sub-majors:

SM3113Environmental Health
SM3114Infectious Diseases

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