Bachelor of Medical Science

Approved Abbreviation: BMedSc

Western Sydney University Course Code: 3577.5

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 044792K

Please be advised that this course is replaced by 3673 - Bachelor of Medical Science from 2012.

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 2011 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 2010 - 3577.4 Bachelor of Medical Science

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).

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

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

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

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 Sequence

Year 1

300778Introduction to Anatomy
300753Introduction to Human Physiology

Plus one unit from each of the following combinations:

Choose one of

300543Cell Biology
300793Biology B - Cellular Processes

Choose one of

300554Principles of Chemistry
300224Chemistry 1

Choose one of

300792Biology A - The Diversity of Life

Choose one of

300550Medicinal Chemistry
300225Chemistry 2

And two Alternate units ( see Note 1)

Note 1 - Year 1 Alternate Units

Choose two of

300558Physics 1
300134Introduction to Information Technology

Mathematics/Statistics units

300672Mathematics 1A
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

Choose one of

300548Human Metabolism and Disease
300220Biochemistry 2

And three units consistent with selected Major (below)

And two electives

Year 3

And four units consistent with selected Major (below)

And four electives

Biomedical Science Major

M3039Biomedical Science

Medicinal Chemistry Major

M3040Medicinal Chemistry

Human Bioscience Major

M3041Human Bioscience

Sub-major elective spaces

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

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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

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

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