Diploma in Science/Bachelor of Medical Science

Approved Abbreviation: DipSc/BMedSc

Western Sydney University Course Code: 6042.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 096966G

This degree will provide opportunities to learn about the sciences underpinning human health, and their application to disease. The degree has the choice of three primary majors: biomedical science, medicinal chemistry or anatomy and physiology. Students need note that different majors and sub-majors are offered on different campuses. Graduates may 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, allied health companies and various research and quality control laboratories, as well as further study including research degrees, and graduate medicine degrees.

The first year of this course is delivered by Western Sydney University The College as an agent of Western Sydney University via extended face-to-face hours in smaller learning environments. A Diploma in Science exit point is also available at the end of the first year of the course.

For more information on Western Sydney University, The College, please refer to their web site.

Western Sydney University, The College

Study Mode
Three years full-time or six years part-time.


For more information on applying please see link to The College admission pages below.

Domestic students are required to have:

  • Completed an English unit in the NSW Higher School Certificate,or
  • Competency in English at IELTS academic 6.0 equivalent (unless a native speaker) or
  • Passed The College English test with 70% or higher or
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English unit at C grade level or higher.

Students are also assumed to have completed some study in Mathematics and Science at a senior high school level or equivalent.

Met other entry requirements such as:

  • An ATAR identified prior to the offer of a place, or
  • Completed The College Foundation Studies course with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher.

International students must satisfy one of the following language requirements:

  • IELTS 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each sub band or
  • Completed the College EAP 4 course with a 50% pass or
  • Passed The College English test at IELTS academic 6.0 equivalent or
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English unit at C grade level or higher for which advanced standing can be applied for.

Academic Entry Requirements vary according to country of origin. However, in general:

  • Completion of Year 12 or its equivalent is the minimum entry requirement or
  • Completed The College Foundation Studies course with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the completion of 250 credit points which includes:

90 credit points of core units, 80 credit points taken as a Science specialisation and 80 credit points of elective units.

Students must complete at least 60 credit points at Level 3 or above.

Year 1 - College units

Standard 3 term (90 credit points)

First Term of Study

700043Chemistry (WSTC Prep)
700124Scientific Literacy (WSTC)
700095Biodiversity (WSTC)

Second Term of Study

700123Quantitative Thinking (WSTC)
700125Cell Biology (WSTC)
700122Essential Chemistry 2 (WSTC)

Third Term of Study

700155Introductory Chemistry (WSTC)
700295Concepts in Human Physiology (WSTC)
700266Concepts in Human Anatomy (WSTC)

Students may exit at this point and graduate with the Diploma in Science following a passing grade in all of the above units. Students who progress to Year Two may also be awarded the Diploma if they gain a passing grade in all of the above units.

Students must pass all College Preparatory units before progressing to the Year 2 units.

Students must pass at least 70 credit points of University level units in Year 1 before progressing to the Year 2 units.

Years 2 and 3

Western Sydney University Units

Core Units

300936Functional Proteins and Genes
300893Topics in Medical Science

Choose one of

301259Work Internship for Science Professionals
301261Complex Case Studies in Science


In Years Two and Three students are required to complete one of the following testamur majors:

MT3028Anatomy and Physiology
MT3030Biomedical Science

From 2021 the following specialisations are not available to commencing students:

MT3029Medicinal Chemistry

Elective Units

Students may use their elective units to complete an additional specialisation or choose from the wide range of units offered by Western Sydney University.

Enrolment in elective units is subject to meeting any required criteria for individual units, such as co-requisites and pre-requisites.

Students should note that either 700125 Cell Biology or 700122 Essential Chemistry 2 (depending on testamur major chosen) will be considered an elective unit.

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