Bachelor of Medical Science

Approved Abbreviation: BMedSc

Western Sydney University Course Code: 3673.1

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 2012 or later.

Commencement Year 2011 - 3577.5 Bachelor of Medical Science

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 major areas of study: biomedical science, medicinal chemistry and anatomy & physiology. The biomedical science major focuses on microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology and aspects of health. The medicinal chemistry major focuses on chemistry and biochemistry, while the anatomy & physiology 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, graduate pharmacy and graduate medicine degrees.

Study Mode
Three years full-time.

The Medicinal Chemistry major within the Bachelor of Medical Science is accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) for normal entry of a graduate to the Chartered Chemist qualification.


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

Recommended Sequence

Start Year Intake

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

Year 1

Autumn session

300811Scientific Literacy
300825Introduction to Anatomy

Choose one of

300800Essential Chemistry 1
300808Introductory Chemistry

Please note unit 300800 is no longer available from 2017. Students should take unit 300808 Introductory Chemistry.

Spring session

300816Cell Biology
300803Essential Chemistry 2
300818Introduction to Physiology

Choose one of

300830Analysis of Change
300831Quantitative Thinking
300672Mathematics 1A

Year 2 - Year 3

Students must select one of the following Majors

Note: some units in the Medicinal Chemistry and Anatomy and Physiology majors will need to be taken at Campbelltown campus

M3060Medicinal Chemistry
M3061Anatomy and Physiology
M3062Biomedical Science

Recommended Sequence

Mid Year Intake

The sequence of units for Year 1 for students Mid Year Intake is different for each Major. Please see the details under each Major in the links above.

Sub-major elective spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major (40 credit points) including the sub-majors listed below.


SM3048Climate Change

Sub-major elective spaces

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

Search for sub-majors

Students who maintain a GPA of 5 or higher may use elective units toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major in Critical Thinking.

SM3083.1 Critical Thinking

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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