Bachelor of Medical Science

Approved Abbreviation: BMedSc

Western Sydney University Course Code: 3673.2

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 2017 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 2012 to 2016 - 3673.1 Bachelor of Medical Science

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 areas of major: biomedical science, medicinal chemistry and anatomy and 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 and 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 or six years part-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). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University.  Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

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 Sydeny University.

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.

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

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
301126Concepts in Human 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

From Summer B 2019/2020 this unit replaced by 301353 Introduction to Physiology

301353Introduction to Physiology

Choose one of

300830Analysis of Change
300672Mathematics 1A
300831Quantitative Thinking

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

Mid Year Intake

The sequence of units for Mid Year Intake Year 1 students 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

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.

MyStudentRecords (MySR)

Elective Units

The following unit, 301161 Work Integrated Learning in Science, is a level 2 elective unit that gives students the opportunity to undertake a short work placement within a professional organisation. For further details please follow the link

301161Work Integrated Learning in Science

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