Bachelor of Medical and Health Sciences (Honours) (Dean's Scholar)

Course summary

Medical and health science provides in-depth insight into the structure and function of the human body at all levels of organisation. This knowledge can be used directly to work alongside other health professionals within the medical research and clinical health fields in both private industry and hospital settings. It can also be used as an underpinning set of knowledge for postgraduate medicine, dentistry and most other allied health professional areas. It is the Medical and Health professionals in their various roles that are involved in the development of therapies, application of diagnostic methods and treatments associated with health and disease.

This degree includes opportunities for you to develop your research knowledge and skills throughout the degree, and the chance to participate in a variety of research enrichment activities with options to gain hands-on experience in the diverse range of research laboratories. This degree will ensure you are ready for a career as a  research scientist, medical scientist, laboratory manager, technical writer or pharmaceutical scientist or prepare you for other postgraduate options.

The first years cover the core sciences including Human and General Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physiology, and Anatomy. You then have the opportunity to customise individual programs of study with a wide selection of elective subjects that include, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Histology, Exercise and Cardio-Respiratory Physiology, more advanced Physiology and Anatomy subjects, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Immunology, Bioethics, Philosophy,  Indigenous Studies, Public Health, Work Health and Safety and all specialised areas within chemistry, with potential to also create minors in many of these and other areas. You will also develop an understanding of and demonstrate practical applications of medical research via Medical Science Research Project opportunities and the final year Honours subject.

Course information

Study area

Health & Medicine

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

1702

ATAR-SR

93

IB Score

35

Duration

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

089656B

UAC Code

757631

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

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, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

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

Recent Secondary Education Admission Criteria These criteria may be used to gain admission to this course for students who are currently in year 12 or have recently completed their secondary education.

Recent secondary education students can gain admission to this course via non-ATAR or ATAR-based options.

NON-ATAR ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options students may be admitted on the basis of criteria other than ATAR.

Non-ATAR admissions at UOW take an individual approach to understanding potential for academic success. Each student is assessed based on key qualities across academic readiness, motivation & passion, planning & persistence, and communication & collaboration.

Early Admission

Students may be admitted to this course via Early Admission.

ATAR-BASED ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options, students may be admitted on the basis of ATAR or ATAR plus additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

Guaranteed entry selection ranks

The minimum score for guaranteed entry (or for consideration if this course has limited places) is an ATAR-Selection Rank of 93 or an IB of 35. This includes the effect of adjustment factors.

Adjustment factors

Adjustment factors, such as the subjects you are studying, the area in which you live or equity and access schemes, are taken into consideration and these will be combined with your ATAR to adjust your selection rank and make it higher than your ATAR. Find out more about UOW's adjustment factors.

Other Admission Criteria

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION & TRAINING Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

HIGHER EDUCATION STUDY Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

WORK & LIFE EXPERIENCE Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

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

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.

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

ENTRY 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)

86

18

18

17

17

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 FOR PRIOR LEARNING

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

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.

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$16,056 (2021)

$128,448 (2021)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

Admission Profile


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



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 2019.

Applicant background

2019 intake

2019 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

-

-

Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

-

-

Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

-

-

Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).

-

-

International students All other students.

-

-

All students

-

-

< 5: 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)


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2019

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

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

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2021 Autumn

Wollongong

Orientation: 23 - 25 February 2021
Session: 1 March – 24 June 2021

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): 30 September 2020 (early bird), 5 February 2021 (final) (see UAC Key Dates).
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 24 December 2020*
  • International Applicants: 24 December 2020*

*Complete applications (with all required documentation) received by these dates will receive an outcome prior to the start of session.
Applications received after these dates will continue to be assessed for the requested session until 3 weeks prior to session (international), and start of session (domestic). Late applications may be assessed for future sessions if an outcome for the requested session is not possible.

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Critically review, analyse and synthesise information;
2 Explain principles and concepts of science that underpin medical science and apply to human health.
3 Apply how scientific knowledge and skills in the area of medical science and health as it relates to professional practice and/or scholarship.
4 Integrate and 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 Plan and execute a substantial scholarly/research activity in the area of Medical and Health Sciences.
7 Clearly communicate, discuss and debate extensive knowledge and ideas about an area of medical and health sciences to others.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree, the Bachelor of Medical and Health Sciences (Honours) (Dean's Scholar), a candidate must satisfactorily complete 192 credit points in accordance with the table below.

Note: 

  • No more than 60 credit points can be completed at the 100-level.
    Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
    Year 1
    Autumn
    MEDI111 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology I 6 Autumn
    MEDI160 Scientific Literacy 6 Autumn
    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 CHEM 104 and CHEM105 
    CHEM101 Chemistry IA: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry 6 Autumn
    Or      
    CHEM104 Foundation Chemistry: Properties of Matter 6 Autumn
    Plus one subject from the following list:
    HAS 130 Social Determinants of Health 6 Autumn
    MEDI150 Fundamental Concepts in Food and Nutrition 6 Autumn
    INDS150 Introduction to Indigenous Australia 6 Autumn
    PHYS154 Energy, Climate Change and Human Society 6 Autumn
    BIOL105 Functional Biology of Animals and Plants 6 Autumn
    PSYC101 Introduction to Behavioural Science 6 Autumn, Summer 2020/2021
    Spring
    BIOL103 Molecules, Cells and Organisms 6 Spring
    MEDI112 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology II 6 Spring
    Select one of the following subjects:
    CHEM102 Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life 6 Spring
    Or
    CHEM105 Foundation Chemistry: Reactions and Structures 6 Spring
    Plus one subject from the following list:
    ECON100 Economic Essentials for Business 6 Autumn, Spring
    EESC102 Earth's Interconnected Spheres 6 Spring
    GEOG122 Living in a Material World 6 Spring
    INDS150 Introduction to Indigenous Australia 6 Autumn
    PHYS155 Introduction to Biomedical Physics 6 Spring
    MEDI151 Healthy Ageing 6 Spring
    STS 112 Changing Perceptions of Nature 6 Autumn
    Year 2
    Autumn
    BIOL213 Principles of Biochemistry 6 Autumn
    MEDI211 Control Mechanisms Physiology 6 Autumn
    Plus 12 credit points of subjects from the following list:
    CHEM212 Organic Chemistry II 6 Autumn
    MEDI240 Current Services in Indigenous Health 6 Spring
    MEDI210 Histology 6 Autumn
    MEDI222 Foundations of Biomechanics 6 Autumn
    HAS 230 Contemporary Public Health Issues 6 Not available in 2020
    HAS 231 Promoting the Public's Health 6 Autumn
    MEDI243 Comparative Indigenous Health Issues 6 Not available in 2020
    Spring
    BIOL214 The Biochemistry of Energy and Metabolism 6 Spring
    MEDI304 Research Methods and Analysis 6 Spring
    Select 12 credit points of subjects from the following list:
    BIOL215 Introductory Genetics 6 Spring
    MEDI212 Introduction to Pathophysiology 6 Spring
    MEDI220 Musculoskeletal Functional Anatomy 6 Spring
    MEDI221 Exercise Physiology 6 Spring
    HAS 251 Introduction to Epidemiology 6 Spring
    STS 209 Science and Culture 6 Autumn
    Year 3
    Capstone
    MEDI350 Research Projects 12 Autumn, Spring
    OR
    MEDI382 Nature and Nurture in Human Disease 6 Spring
    Autumn
    MEDI312 Fundamentals of Neuroscience 6 Autumn
    Plus 18 credit points of subjects from the following list, 6 credit points if doing MEDI350 in Autumn
    BIOL340 Cell and Molecular Biology 6 Autumn
    CHEM358 Pharmacology 6 Autumn
    MEDI322 Advanced Exercise Physiology and Metabolism 6 Autumn
    MEDI361 Nutrients & Metabolism 6 Not available in 2020
    PHIL326 Bioethics 6 Autumn
    Spring
    Select 24 credit points of subjects from the following list, or 18 credit points if doing MEDI382 in Spring, of subjects from the following list:
    BIOL341 Immunity and Infection 6 Spring
    CHEM325 Bioinformatics:Genome, Genes and Biomolecules 6 Spring
    MEDI314 Regional Anatomy 6 Spring
    MEDI323 Cardiorespiratory Studies 6 Spring
    Year 4
    MEDI400 Honours 48 Not available in 2020

 

Minors

Students may also wish to complete a minor using some of their elective subjects. Some currently approved minors are listed below. A full list is available on the General Schedule of Minors

Progression Requirements

Students must have a distinction average in each session of study as an enrolment requirement for course progression. Students who do not maintain a distinction average in each session will be required to transfer into the Bachelor of Medical and Health Sciences. In the final year of the course, MEDI400 does not have graded assessment in Autumn session. The final Honours grade will be calculated in accordance with Method 1, for further information refer to Coursework Rules

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

Health Care and Social Assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs within Australia and is projected to make the largest contribution of 14.9% to employment growth from 2018 to 2023. 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. Many of our professional health degrees are accredited by industry, so the qualifications you earn will be recognised and highly sought after when you graduate.