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Bachelor of Medical Science

Degree 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 some of Australia's leading biomedical scientists and health professionals, who are working to develop new cancer vaccines or ground-breaking treatments for autoimmune diseases.

What you'll learn

This 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.

Student experience

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Making a contribution to medical science

Upon realising the joy and impact of working in the lab, Sam left behind his study in business and accounting to pursue medical science.

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See our facilities

Go behind the scenes to discover our world-leading research facilities that also enrich your education.

 Virtual tour

Explore ANU science places, classrooms, laboratories and more through our interactive virtual tour.

Meet some of 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 first year 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.


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. 

The Australian National University has been ranked as the top university for graduate employability in Australia in the Global University Employability Ranking 2020. As a student at ANU, you gain access to the ANU CareerHub – an online career development and employability tool that includes a jobs board and careers resources. You also have access to drop-in chats with a career consultant and to attend our career fairs to meet potential employers.

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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.

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

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You can apply at any time throughout the year. Most applications submitted before the 15th day of each month will be considered for an offer on the 1st day of the following month.

You can change your degree preference between the 9th and 15th day of each month. You will have two months to accept your offer from ANU.

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