Bachelor of Medical Science

Approved Abbreviation: BMedSc

Western Sydney University Course Code: 3577.4

AQF Level: 7

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 is 2010.

Commencement Year 2008, 2009 - 3577.3 Bachelor of Medical Science

Commencement Year 2006, 2007 - 3577.2 Bachelor of Medical Science

Commencement Year 2002 to 2005 - 3577.1 Bachelor of Medical Science

This degree comprises three areas of major: biomedical science, medicinal chemistry and human bioscience. The biomedical science major focuses on microbiology, biochemistry and aspects of health. The medicinal chemistry major focuses on chemistry and biochemistry, while the human bioscience major focuses on anatomy, physiology and pharmacology. 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
Three years full-time.

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


Assumed knowledge required: At least two of biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).


International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International Office

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof can be found on the Universities Admissions Centre website (UAC).


Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

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

Please note: At least 60 credit points must be at Level 3 or above.

Recommended Full-time Sequence

Year 1

300752Introduction to Anatomy and Histology
300753Introduction to Human Physiology

Plus one unit from each of the following combinations:

Choose one of

300543Cell Biology
300221Biology 1

Choose one of

300554Principles of Chemistry
300224Chemistry 1

Choose one of

300222Biology 2

Choose one of

300550Medicinal Chemistry
300225Chemistry 2

And two Alternate units (Note 1)

Note 1 - Year 1 Alternate Units

Students are required to complete two of the following:

300558Physics 1
300134Introduction to Information Technology

Mathematics/Statistics units

200189Concepts of Mathematics
200191Fundamentals of Mathematics
300700Statistical Decision Making

Note: Only one of the above mathematics/statistics units may be selected as an Alternate unit. Students who wish to select more than one, may include them as elective units.

Year 2

300323Pathological Basis of Disease

Choose one of

300555Proteins and Genes
300219Biochemistry 1

And four Major units

And two electives

Year 3

Four Major units

And four electives

Biomedical Science Major - Campbelltown campus

M3577BS_CBiomedical Science

Biomedical Science Major - Hawkesbury campus

M3577BS_HBiomedical Science

Medicinal Chemistry Major - Campbelltown campus

M3577MCV2Medicinal Chemistry

Human Bioscience Major - Campbelltown campus

M3577HBV2Human Bioscience

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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