Bachelor of Medical Science

Overview

Do you want to know how the human body works?

The Bachelor of Medical Science brings the disciplines of genetics, immunology, nutrition, physiology, microbiology, biochemistry and anatomy into a single degree.

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.

The flexibility of the degree allows you to choose additional subjects in complementary disciplines such as neuroscience, psychology, molecular biology and ethics in order to develop your interests further.

Learn directly from biomedical scientists and health professionals, who are working to develop new cancer vaccines or ground-breaking treatments for autoimmune diseases.

Program details

Do you want to know how the human body works?

The ANU Bachelor of Medical Science brings the disciplines of genetics, immunology, nutrition, physiology, microbiology, biochemistry and anatomy into a single degree.

Our well-regarded program will provide you with a fundamental knowledge of the medical sciences -giving you a platform from which to undertake further study in medicine, pharmacology, physiotherapy, nutrition, dietetics or forensic science.

This flexible degree also lets you choose additional subjects in complementary disciplines such as neuroscience, psychology, molecular biology and ethics in order to develop your interests further.

You will learn about the real applications of medical science by having the opportunity to interact with various health professionals through seminars, work place visits and interviews.

This program is a “named” degree so you do not need to nominate any majors or minors as the focus of your studies is inherent in the name. You will have the option of applying for an Honours year towards the end of your third year of study.

Learning experience

Why I chose Science at ANU

Fourth year science student, Elmie shares some of her reasons for choosing ANU and why she thinks Canberra is the hidden gem of Australia.

Canberra Hospital clinical and academic units

Canberra Hospital hosts a number of ANU clinical and academic units, as well as oncological clinical trials.

Science precinct

Our new $240-million science precinct on the ANU campus has state-of-the-art biological and chemical research laboratories, as well as a teaching hub.

Meet your teachers

Professor Susan Howitt

Professor Susan Howitt, Program convener

Susan completed her PhD at ANU, working on the genetics of symbiotic nitrogen-fixing bacteria. She then moved to the John Curtin School of Medical Research to work first on the E. coli ATP synthase and later becoming involved in a project on the GABAA receptor. Her current research interests are in the area of student learning, in particular relating to conceptual learning and learning about research. She lectures in Genes: Replication and Expression.

She is also the Senior Tuckwell Fellow, with responsibility for developing and coordinating a program for the Tuckwell Scholars.

Dr Andras Keszei

Dr Andras Keszei, First year course convener

Andras's areas of expertise are Population, Ecological And Evolutionary Genetics, Terrestrial Ecology, Genome Structure And Regulation, Plant Cell And Molecular Biology, Structural Biology (including Macromolecular Modelling), Natural Products Chemistry, Analytical Spectrometry, and Separation Science. He lectures Molecular and Cell Biology.

Andras was awarded the Commendation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning in 2011.

Dr Mark Ellison, First year course convener

Mark is a senior lecturer and firstyear Chemistry coordinator in the Research School of Chemistry and the Associate Director (Education).

Mark was awarded the Pearson/RACI Centenary of Federation Educator of the year in 2011. He was also awarded a 2012 citation for outstanding contributions to student learning in the Australian Government awards for University Teaching.

Careers

A Bachelor of Medical Science will give you a 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.

You can also pursue a career in pharmacy, physiotherapy, nutrition, dietetics, forensic science or health administration in the public or private sectors. 

Fees & scholarships

Tuition fees: Tuition fees

Visit the handbook to see indicative fees and Commonwealth supported places for this degree.

Scholarships: Scholarships

ANU offers many scholarships both to overcome disadvantage and to recognise academic merit.

How to apply

Understand the entry requirements

Meet the co-curricular or service requirement

In addition to meeting academic requirements, we have introduced a compulsory co-curricular or service requirement.

Make sure you have met the co-curricular or service requirement and provide the appropriate documentation.

Gather supporting documents

When you apply to ANU, it's important to attach any requested supporting documentation, otherwise your application could be delayed.

Submit your application

Tick your application off your list so it's one less thing you need to think about.There are different ways to apply to ANU, the best way for you to apply depends on your circumstances.

Receiving a conditional offer

If your application is successful you will receive an early conditional offer.  A conditional offer will be converted to a full offer when you meet the academic requirements for your program and any other conditions included in your conditional offer.

Accept your confirmed final offer

Upon meeting the conditions of your conditional offer, you will receive a final offer.  Accept the offer and enrol at ANU!

Understand the entry requirements

Prepare entry requirements & support documents

When you apply to ANU, you must be prepared to provide specific documents that we need to assess your application.

Submit your application

Visit the International applications - ANU Undergraduate to start your application.

Receive an offer

There are three assessment rounds in each semester. Applying in the first round will give you three opportunities to be assessed and accepted, giving you the best chance of being offered a place at ANU.

Accept your offer

Accept the offer and enrol at ANU!

 Virtual tour

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