Bachelor of Medical Science

Approved Abbreviation: BMedSc

Western Sydney University Course Code: 3577.1

CRICOS Code: 044792K

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.

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:

RU3062Biomedical Science
RU3063Medicinal Chemistry
RU3064Physiology 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

300224Chemistry 1
300221Biology 1
300752Introduction to Anatomy and Histology

And one alternate unit (* Note 1)

Spring session

300222Biology 2
300225Chemistry 2

Choose one of:

300753Introduction to Human Physiology
BC206AHuman Physiology 2.2

And one alternate unit (* Note 1)

* Note 1 - Year 1 Alternate Units

Students are required to select from the following:

300050Physics 1
300134Introduction to Information Technology

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

200189Concepts of Mathematics
200191Fundamentals of Mathematics
200192Statistics for Science

Year 2

Autumn session

300219Biochemistry 1

Choose one of:

300300Microbiology 1
300230Inorganic Chemistry 2
300236Physical Chemistry 2

And one major unit

And one elective

Spring session

300220Biochemistry 2
300323Pathological Basis of Disease

Choose one of:

300321Microbiology 2
300297Analytical Chemistry 2
300755The Appendicular Skeleton

And one elective

Year 3

Autumn session

Two major units

And two electives

Spring session

Choose one of:

300749Medical Microbiology
300231Inorganic Chemistry 3
300303Physical 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).

Search for sub-majors

Western Sydney University offers sub-majors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

Indigenous Australian Creative Expressions Sub-major

Indigenous Economics Sub-major

Business Sustainability Sub-major

Students can apply for an elective major or sub-major via MySR.

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