Bachelor of Medical Mathematics

Course summary

The rapid development of medical technology and treatments has created a niche sector which relies on the skill sets of mathematicians and statisticians. Mathematical and statistical modelling and analysis is the key to future breakthroughs in areas including the understanding of biological systems, the treatment of diseases, drug development, and targeted clinical trials. This is because mathematics and statistics enable us to design meaningful yet streamlined experiments, find structure in data, and construct models that help to predict, and therefore control, future outcomes.

This degree

The Bachelor of Medical Mathematics was created by UOW in response to the needs identified by the medical and health sectors. You will be able to pursue careers in mathematics, statistics and medical research and you will be prepared for postgraduate studies in medicine, mathematics, allied health professions and medical organisations. These include hospitals, CSIRO, Australian Bureau of Statistics, forensic research and universities.

Other opportunities include summer scholarships and undergraduate research projects with academic staff, access to programs of the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) and inter-university courses via our Access Grid Room.

What you will study

The Bachelor of Medical Mathematics provides the tools and develops the skills required for advanced modelling and analysis in the medical and health sciences sector. The program includes a combination of mathematics, statistics, chemistry, biosciences, population health, medical imaging, physiology and psychology.

You will gain the skills needed to pursue careers in mathematics, statistics, medical research and industry, in areas such as genetics, epidemiology, medical imaging, drug delivery, neurophysiology, and pharmacokinetics.

Course information

Study area

Health & Medicine, Mathematics & Statistics

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

1850

ATAR-SR

85

IB Score

30-31

Duration

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

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

072790B

UAC Code

756530

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 (where year 12 students are assessed on a combination of their results so far, and a personal interview with UOW staff).

Students with results indicated below will gain an Early Admissions interview for this course.

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 85 or an IB of 30-31. 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. These adjustments used to be called ‘bonus points’. 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.

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

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

79

18

18

18

18

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Pass (weighted average mark of 50 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

$16,584 (2019)

$99,504 (2019)

* 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 2017.

Applicant background

2017 intake

2017 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 2017

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 25 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

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

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2019 Autumn

Wollongong

Enrolment and Orientation: 26 - 28 February 2019
Session: 4 March – 27 June 2019

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): 28 September 2018. Late applications will not be considered.
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 26 October 2018. Late applications may be considered.
  • International Applicants: 15 February 2019. Late applications may be considered.

2019 Spring

Wollongong

Enrolment and Orientation: 22 July 2019
Session: 29 July – 21 November 2019

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): 16 July 2019. Late applications will not be considered.
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 30 June 2019. Late applications may be considered.
  • International Applicants: 12 July 2019. Late applications may be considered.

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 demonstrate:

CLO Description
1 Demonstrate a coherent core understanding of the fundamentals of both the mathematical and statistical disciplines;
2 Exhibit depth and breadth of knowledge in one or more of the discipline areas of applied mathematics and statistics;
3 Integrate knowledge derived from the medical, biological, physical and behavioural sciences;
4 Investigate, solve and critically interpret practical and/or abstract problems using mathematical and/or statistical methods, including appropriate software tools;
5 Appropriately communicate mathematical and/or statistical reasoning and conclusions to different audiences, using various delivery modes; and
6 Apply professional, social and ethical approaches in learning to extend existing knowledge and work effectively and responsibly as an individual or in a team context.

Course Structure

Students who enrol in the Bachelor of Medical Mathematics shall satisfactorily complete at least 144 credit points of prescribed subjects plus electives in accordance with the table below.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
Autumn
Students must choose ONE of the following two subjects:
CHEM101 Chemistry IA: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry 6 Autumn
CHEM104 Foundation Chemistry: Properties of Matter 6 Autumn
Note: Students who have achieved a mark of 65% or more in NSW HSC Chemistry (or equivalent) must select CHEM101. All other students must enrol in CHEM104.
PSYC101 Introduction to Behavioural Science 6 Autumn, Summer 2017/2018
MATH187 Mathematics 1: Algebra and Differential Calculus 6 Autumn
MEDI100 Human Structure and Function 6 Autumn
Spring
Students must choose ONE of the following two subjects:
CHEM102 Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life 6 Spring
CHEM105 Foundation Chemistry: Reactions and Structures 6 Spring
Note: Students who have achieved a mark of 65% or more in NSW HSC Chemistry (or equivalent) must select CHEM102. All other students must enrol in CHEM105.
BIOL103 Molecules, Cells and Organisms 6 Spring
MATH188 Mathematics 2: Series and Integral Calculus 6 Spring
PHYS155 Introduction to Biomedical Physics 6 Spring
Year 2
Autumn
MATH201 Multivariate and Vector Calculus 6 Autumn
MATH203 Linear Algebra 6 Autumn
BIOL213 Principles of Biochemistry 6 Autumn
STAT231 Probability and Random Variables 6 Autumn
Spring
MATH202 Differential Equations 2 6 Spring
MATH212 Applied Mathematical Modelling 2 6 Spring
BIOL215 Introductory Genetics 6 Spring
STAT232 Estimation and Hypothesis Testing 6 Spring
Year 3
Autumn
MATH302 Differential Equations 3 6 Autumn
MATH329 Medical Mathematics and Applications 6 Autumn
STAT335 Sample Surveys and Experimental Design 6 Autumn
Elective chosen from the list below 6 Autumn
Spring
MATH305 Partial Differential Equations 6 Spring
MATH321 Numerical Analysis 6 Spring
STAT332 Linear and Generalised Linear Models 6 Spring
Elective chosen from the list below 6 Spring

Electives

The following subjects are approved for inclusion in the Bachelor of Medical Mathematics degree.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
MATH222 Continuous Mathematics 6 Autumn
MATH204 Complex Variables and Group Theory 6 Spring
STAT333 Statistical Inference 6 Spring
MATH345 Mathematics Project B 6 Autumn, Spring
Or any other MATH, STAT, BIOL or CHEM subject at 300 level, and any subject from the General Schedule.
Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

The UOW School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics spans pure mathematics, applied mathematics, financial mathematics and statistics. We enjoy an international reputation in areas including survey and census design and analysis, operator algebra, geometric analysis, spatial statistics, biometrics, partial differential equations, the modelling of chemical reactions and nanoscale phenomena.

Our graduates are in demand across a range of industries including finance, defence and security, health care, and the IT sector.

The Excellence in Research for Australia rankings classifies the UOW School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics 'above world standard', and our staff have won national awards for their teaching excellence.

When you study at UOW you become part of a learning and research environment supported by highly qualified academic staff with expertise across a range of disciplines from pure to applied mathematics and statistics.

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