Bachelor of Medical Science

If you’d like to work on a new cancer vaccine or develop ground-breaking treatments for autoimmune diseases, the Bachelor of Medical Science will kick-start your career in medical research.

Bringing together the fundamentals of medical science including studies in genetics, immunology, nutrition, physiology, microbiology, biochemistry and anatomy, the program will prepare you for further studies in applied biomedical fields, as well as medical research, or can form an excellent foundation for graduate medicine. You will also have the flexibility to explore your interests by specialising in areas such as neuroscience, cancer biology, human genetics or immunology.

This is a practical degree that gives you the chance to interact with our world-leading biomedical researchers throughout your studies, and the option to work closely with them on a research project in your third year. You will also learn about applications of medical science in the workplace, with opportunities to visit hospitals, research and pathology labs and other workplaces.  

ANU is ranked the best university in Australia1 and is the only Australian university rated ‘well above world standard’ for public health and health service research in all three of the Excellence in Research for Australia evaluations. We have produced three Nobel Prize-winners in Physiology and Medicine and are home to Australia’s national medical research institute.

You can study this program as part of a Flexible Double Degree at ANU to extend your interests even further. Or, after 2.5 years of the Bachelor of Medical Science, you can join the Master of Diagnostic Pathology program at the University of Canberra and graduate with a Flexible Vertical Double Degree.

Studying medicine at ANU

The ANU Doctor of Medicine and Surgery (MChD) is a postgraduate, four-year degree. You cannot study medicine as an undergraduate at ANU. Further information on the admissions process and how to apply is available on the ANU Medical School website.

If you are looking for an undergraduate pathway to medicine without sitting the GAMSAT, you might like to consider the Bachelor of Health Science.

Career opportunities

With a Bachelor of Medical Science, you’ll gain the fundamental knowledge of the medical sciences and skills in modern molecular, cellular and biotechnological techniques required to continue with postgraduate study in medicine or research. Many of our students go on to Honours and a PhD in medical research. You can also pursue a career in pharmacy, physiotherapy, nutrition, dietetics, forensic science or health administration in the public or private sectors.

1 - QS World University Rankings 2018