Bachelor of Medical and Health Sciences

Course summary

Medical and health scientists play an important role working alongside other health professionals within the medical research and clinical health fields in both private industry and hospital settings. Using the scientific bases of human structure, function and health, medical and health scientists are involved in the development of therapies, treatments and health services.

The Bachelor of Medical & Health Sciences is a flexible, rigorous program designed specifically for students who wish to study the scientific basis of human structure, function and health. The qualification provides you with a basis for a wide range of careers or further study in the medical and health sciences, including higher degree research and postgraduate studies in medicine and the allied health professions. As the degree progresses, you will have increasing opportunities to customise your program of study to include a wide range of biomedical and behavioural subjects related to the human body and health. This degree will ensure you are ready for a career as a research scientist, medical scientist, laboratory manager, technical writer or pharmaceutical scientist.

What you will study

In your first year you will cover Human Biology, Physiology, Biochemistry and Anatomy. After studying the core science subjects, you'll have the chance to customise your program of study with elective subjects that include Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Histology, Exercise and Cardio-respiratory Physiology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, and specialised areas within chemistry, anatomy, bioethics and public health.

Course information

Study area

Health & Medicine

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

1830

ATAR (UAI)

82

IB Score

29-30

Duration

3 years (6 sessions) full-time, or part-time equivalent.

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

068533J

UAC Code

757630

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

Academic Requirements

Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia.

In order to succeed in your chosen course, it is assumed you have completed relevant subjects in your senior high school studies or other relevant qualifications. This is particularly important for degrees which have a strong basis in Mathematics or Science.

English Requirements

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.5

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

88

18

18

18

18

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 65 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

Credit Transfer

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

Fees

2018 Information
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $14,328
Full Course Fee: $85,968

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

Entry Requirements

Assumed Knowledge: Any two units of English plus four units of Science and/or Mathematics. Personal Development Health and Physical Education (PHDPE) may be counted as a Science unit.

Recommended Studies: Chemistry

EARLY ADMISSION
UOW Early Admission is how the results you’ve earned so far in Years 11 and 12 can secure you a place in a UOW degree before you sit your final exams. This program is for students currently completing their Higher School Certificate; an interstate equivalent or an International Baccalaureate in an on-shore Australian High School. For more information, and to apply for Early Admission, head to the UOW Early Admission website.

Indicative Criteria
Indicative Early Admission criteria for this degree.
The indicative criteria shows the subjects and results that we believe you need to have a good chance of performing well in this degree.

Tertiary/Secondary Studies

Applicants who achieve an appropriate score in one of the following qualifications may be considered for admission:

  • Overseas Year 12 qualification, equivalent to the Higher School Certificate in Australia.
  • A previous Australian Year 12 Higher School Certificate, ie ATAR, UAI, TER, OP, or equivalent
  • A score in the International Baccalaureate equivalent to the required ATAR for this course.
  • Australian Qualification Framework (AQF): Advanced Diploma or Diploma; Cert IV (excluding Trade Certificates) may be considered for some programs
  • A Diploma or Foundation Studies Program from a recognised private institution.
  • TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC)
  • Minimum record of attendance, equal to 1/6 of a bachelor degree from an approved university, provided there is no exclusion or suspension.

Mature Age

Applicants who achieve an appropriate score in one of the following qualifications will be considered for admission:

  • University Access Program (UOW College). The UAP does not provide entry to a 4-year professional degree or any of the double degree programs.
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) for people over 20 years of age on 1 March in the year preceding enrolment. STAT can be used to gain admission to all undergraduate courses other than Engineering and Law. If you haven't been studying for some time you may want to consider a WEA STAT Preparation Course.
  • Limited UAI (5-9 HSC units, including at least 2 units of English) for people over 20 years of age on 1 March in year preceding enrolment.

Credit Transfer

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

Fees

2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
Wollongong
On Campus

Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Admission information

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW’s Admissions Procedures Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.


STARTING YOUR JOURNEY

Starting your studies at UOW means learning from some of the brightest minds on the planet. It means having the freedom and flexibility to tailor your experience, follow your passion and see where it takes you. It means belonging to a University with an international reputation for world-class research and exceptional teaching quality—benefits that will help support you in your future career.


Admission criteria


Higher education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of tertiary studies. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Vocational education & training

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of a prior qualification that is accredited by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), such as those provided at TAFE. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Recent secondary education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of ATAR (Australian Tertiary Academic Rank) or equivalent (ENTER, International Baccalaureate (IB), QLD’s Overall Position (OP), etc.) or an Australian Year 12 equivalent overseas qualification. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Work & life experience

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree as a mature age student who does not have a sufficient ATAR (or Year 12 results), has not completed previous alternative study or did not finish to a Year 12 level at high school. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


Profile information

This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT

This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.

ATAR PROFILE OF ATAR-BASED OFFERS IN 2016

ATAR

Selection Rank

Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

75th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

25th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
Understanding ATAR profile data

ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.

STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2016.

APPLICANT BACKGROUND

2016 intake

2016 intake (%)

Higher education study

-

-

Vocational education & training study

-

-

Recent secondary education

Basis of admission

ATAR Only

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR)

-

-

Work & life experience

-

-

International students

-

-

All students

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (number of students is less than 5)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)
Understanding student profile data

Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
International student represents all other students.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

2018 Autumn

Wollongong

Session Commences
26 February 2018

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): On-time UAC applications close on 29 September.
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 29 September. (Late applications may be accepted where places are available.) On-time direct applicants will be advised of their application outcome by no later than 19 January 2018.
  • International Applicants: one week before session commences.

Session Details
Orientation: 20 - 22 February
Session: 26 February - 21 June

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Bachelor of Medical and Health Sciences will be able to:

  1. Critically review, analyse and synthesise information;
  2. Explain principles and concepts of science that underpin medical science and apply to human health.
  3. Understand how scientific knowledge and skills in the area of medical science and health can be applied in professional practice and/or scholarship.
  4. Apply specific knowledge and skills in a number of specialised areas within medical and health sciences that can include anatomy, chemistry/biochemistry, histology, neuroscience, physiology, pathology and medical research.
  5. Exercise critical thinking and independent problem solving.
  6. Communicate clearly and coherently knowledge and ideas to others.

 

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Medical and Health Sciences degree requires the successful completion of 144 credit points of subjects in accordance with the course structure and recommended subject progression table below. The course should not contain any more than 60 credit points at Level 100. 

Subject CodeSubject NameCredit PointsSession(s)
Year 1
Autumn
MEDI111Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology I6Autumn
Select one of the following two subjects:
Note: Students who have achieved a mark of 65% or more in NSW HSC Chemistry or equivalent must select CHEM101 and CHEM102. All other students must select CHEM104 and CHEM105.
CHEM101Chemistry IA: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry6Autumn
or
CHEM104Foundation Chemistry: Properties of Matter6Autumn
Plus two subjects from the following list:
HAS 130Social Determinants of Health6Autumn
MEDI110Human Growth and Nutrition 6Autumn
INDS150 Introduction to Indigenous Health6Autumn
PHYS154Energy Organisms and Human Society6Autumn
BIOL105Functional Biology of Animals and Plants6Autumn
PSYC101Introduction to Behavioural Science6Autumn
STS 100Knowledge, Culture & Social Change: Science Technology & Society6Autumn
Or other subjects approved by the Course Coordinator
Spring
BIOL103Molecules, Cells and Organisms6Spring
MEDI112Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology II6 Spring
Select one of the following subjects:
CHEM102Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life6Spring
or
CHEM105Foundation Chemistry: Reactions and Structures6Spring
Plus one subject from the following list:
ECON100Economic Essentials for Business6Spring
EESC102Earth Environments and Resources6Spring
GEOG122Human Geography II: Living in a Material World6Spring
INDS150Introduction to Indigenous Australia6Spring
PHYS155Introduction to Biomedical Physics6Spring
MEDI150Fundamental Concepts in Food and Nutrition6Spring
Or other subject approved by the Course Coordinator.
Year 2
Autumn
BIOL213Principles of Biochemistry6Autumn
MEDI211Control Mechanisms Physiology6Autumn
Plus 12 credit points of subjects from the following list:
CHEM212Organic Chemistry II6Autumn
MEDI240Current Services in Indigenous Health6Autumn 
MEDI210Histology6Autumn
MEDI222Foundations of Biomechanics6Autumn
HAS 230Contemporary Public Health Issues6Autumn
HAS 231Health Promotion6Autumn
MEDI243Comparative Indigenous Health Issues6Not available in 2017
Or other subjects approved by the Course Coordinator.
Spring
BIOL214The Biochemistry of Energy and Metabolism6Spring
MEDI304Research Methods and Analysis6Spring. First offered in 2018
Plus 12 credit points of subjects from the following list:
BIOL215Introductory Genetics6Spring
MEDI212Introduction to Pathophysiology6Spring
MEDI220Musculoskeletal Functional Anatomy6Spring
MEDI221Exercise Physiology6Spring
HAS 251Introduction to Epidemiology6Spring
STS 209Sociology of Knowledge: Theories, methods & practices in the sciences6Spring
Or other subjects approved by the Course Coordinator.
Year 3
Autumn
MEDI312Fundamentals of Neuroscience6Autumn. First offered in 2018
Plus 18 credit points of subjects from the following list:
BIOL340Cell and Molecular Biology6Autumn. First offered in 2018
CHEM358Pharmacology6Autumn. First offered in 2018
MEDI350Research Projects12Annual, Autumn, Spring. First offered in 2018
MEDI322Advanced Studies in Exercise Physiology6Autumn. First offered in 2018
MEDI361Nutrients & Metabolism6Autumn. First offered in 2018
PHIL326Bioethics6Autumn. First offered in 2018
Or other subjects that approved by the Course Coordinator.
Spring
Select 24 credit points of subjects from the following list:
BIOL341Immunity and Infection6Spring. First offered in 2018
CHEM325Bioinformatics:Genome, Genes and Biomolecules6Spring. First offered in 2018
MEDI314Regional Anatomy6Spring. First offered in 2018
MEDI350Research Projects12Annual, Autumn, Spring. First offered in 2018
MEDI323Cardiorespiratory Studies6Spring. First offered in 2018
Or other subjects approved by the Course Coordinator.

Honours 

Successful completion of the Bachelor of Medical and Health Sciences with a credit grade average enables students to apply for entry into the Bachelor of Medical and Health Sciences (Honours). For further information refer to the separate entry for Bachelor of Medical and Health Sciences (Honours).

 

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

Medical and Health Care Services has been the primary provider of new jobs within Australia and is projected to make the largest contribution of 23.2% to employment growth from 2015 to 2020. With this, brings exciting employment opportunities and career options. Source: Employment Projections

Working in health requires real-world practical skills and contemporary knowledge. At UOW we're committed to 'enquiry-based learning' that teaches you to constantly seek out knowledge, analyse it and apply it in your chosen profession. We integrate technology into all our learning and teaching to ensure that you graduate equipped to excel in a constantly changing and technologically advanced world.

Our courses are taught by professionals who are world-leading researchers and experienced clinicians, so the skills and knowledge you acquire can be applied to real-world challenges today and in the future. Our professional health degrees are accredited by industry, so the qualifications you earn will be recognised and highly sought after when you graduate.

Career opportunities
  • Biomedical Researcher
  • Community or Registered Nurse
  • Counsellor
  • Dietitian
  • Doctor
  • Exercise Scientist/Physiologist
  • General Practitioner
  • Health Administrator
  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Health Worker
  • Industry Health Worker
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Nutritionist
  • Sports Administrator
  • Psychologist
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Sports Rehabilitator
  • Sports Scientist
  • Scientific Researcher
  • Allied Health Professional
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