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Bachelor of Medical Science

A single three year undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment

  • Length 3 years full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Length 3 years full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.

Understand how the human body works by studying a Bachelor of Medical Science. This degree lets you delve into genetics, immunology, nutrition, physiology, microbiology, biochemistry and anatomy.

You’ll gain the fundamental knowledge of the medical sciences required to continue with further study in medicine or pursue a career in areas such as medical research, pharmacy, physiotherapy, nutrition, dietetics and forensic science.

This is a practical degree that gives you the chance to interact with biomedical scientists and health professionals so you can gain an understanding of different professions.

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This program is not available for Semester 2 commencement.

Career Options

Employment Opportunities

The Bachelor of Medical Science is designed for students who are interested in how the human body works and for those who may plan graduate entry into medicine, other health professions, forensic science or medical research  ANU Bachelor of Medical Science graduates compete successfully at jobs requiring knowledge of modern molecular, cellular and biotechnological techniques. This degree will also give students who have an interest in health administration in both government and private sectors a sound basis for entry into this discipline.

Learning Outcomes

Learning outcome Bachelor of Medical Science

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • develop, apply, integrate and generate scientific knowledge in educational and professional contexts;
  • use a range of skills and methods to identify, analyse and respond to problems and issues;
  • convey and relate professional and disciplinary information and ideas to diverse audiences in effective and appropriate ways;
  • work in both independent and collaborative ways with others to encompass diverse abilities and perspectives; and
  • exercise personal, professional and social responsibility as a global citizen.

Learning outcomes Bachelor of Medical Science Honours Year

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Specific learning outcomes will depend on the nature of the research project. In general, on satisfactory completion of the program students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  • Plan and engage in an independent and sustained critical investigation and evaluation of a research topic in the field of biomedical sciences
  • Systematically identify relevant theory and concepts in the field of biomedical sciences, relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence, and draw appropriate conclusions
  • Engage in critical review of appropriate and relevant information sources
  • Understand and apply principles of laboratory safety and relevant laboratory techniques.
  • Communicate concepts and results clearly and effectively both in writing and orally
  • Record original data and apply statistical or other evaluation processes to original data when appropriate

Further Information

Students undertaking the Bachelor of Medical Science as part of a flexible double degree will need to take care when selecting 2000 level BIOL courses for a smooth progression into 3000 level BIOL courses. For advice, please book an appointment with the Science Sub Dean by calling 02 6125 2809.

Admission Requirements

Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis. Admission to undergraduate degrees is based on meeting the ATAR requirement or an equivalent rank derived from the following qualifications:

• An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR
• A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate or international equivalent; OR
• At least one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree level study at an Australian higher education institution or international equivalent; OR
• An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.

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The table below is a guide to the entry level required for domestic applicants. Exact entry level will be set at time of offer.

QLD Band:
International Baccalaureate:

Domestic applicant entry requirements

Queensland Band equivalents are a guide only - selection is made on a UAI equivalent that is not available to students.

International applicant entry requirements

International applicants may view further information on admissions requirements at Entry Requirements for International Undergraduate Applicants

The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs as required.


ACT major in Chemistry or NSW HSC Chemistry or equivalent.

Students who do not meet the chemistry requirement may be admitted into the program via a different pathway. Students who:

  • Have an ATAR score of 90 or higher, and
  • Commence the Bachelor of Science program after completion of the chemistry bridging course available in February through the ANU Research School of Chemistry (or equivalent) and complete CHEM1101 and BIOL1003 with a minimum average of 65%, may then apply to transfer to the Bachelor of the Medical Science program.

Bonus Points

The National Access Scheme 2014

ANU offers bonus points for nationally strategic senior secondary subjects, and in recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. 

Bonus points are applied to all applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedule, and no more than 10 points (maximum 5 academic points and maximum 5 equity points) will be awarded.

Bonus points do not apply to programs with an ATAR cutoff of 98 or higher.

Bonus Points are only awarded to domestic applicants applying for admission through UAC who have not previously attempted tertiary study.

How to apply

Academic Bonus Points: senior secondary students do not need to apply for ANU academic bonus points. They are automatically added in accordance with the schedule.

Educational Access Scheme: senior secondary students do not need to apply if their school is part of the Priority School Funding Program or Country Areas Program. All other applicants should refer to  for more information.

Indicative Fees

Annual indicative fee for international students


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Medical Science requires completion of 144 units, of which:

A maximum of 60 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

The 144 units must include:

60 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

BIOL1003 Evolution, Ecology & Genetics

BIOL1004 Molecular & Cell Biology

BIOL2142 General Microbiology

BIOL2161 Genes: Replication and Expression

BIOL2171 Biochemistry and Nutrition

BIOL3006 Human Physiology

BIOL3141 Infection and Immunity

BIOL3190 Medical Science in the Workplace

CHEM1101 Chemistry 1

CHEM1201 Chemistry 2


6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

BIAN3014 Research Design and Analysis in Biological Anthropology

BIOL2001 Introduction to Quantitative Biology

BIOL2202 Experimental Design and Analysis in Biology

ENVS1003 Introduction to Environment and Social Research

PSYC2009 Quantitative Methods in Psychology


12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

BIOL2117 Cell Biology

BIOL2151 Genetics

BIOL2162 Molecular Gene Technology

BIOL2174 Cell Physiology in Health and Disease


18 units from completion of courses from the following list:

BIOL3107 Advances in Medical and Plant Biochemistry

BIOL3108 Hallmarks of Cancer

BIOL3142 Parasitology

BIOL3144 Advanced and Applied Immunology

BIOL3161 Genomics and its Applications

BIOL3186 Human Anatomy

BIOL3191 Biology, Society and Ethics

BIOL3193 Bacteria and Health: an Ecological and Evolutionary Perspective

BIOL3203 Histology and Advanced Microscopy

BIOL3204 Genetics of Human Disease 1

BIOL3205 Genetics of Human Disease 2

BIOL3208 Biology Research Projects

BIOL3209 Biology Research Projects (12u)

NEUR3101 Cellular Neuroscience

NEUR3112 Sensory Neuroscience

POPH3000 Introduction to Population Health

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU


Students must achieve a minimum 65% weighted average mark across all compulsory courses undertaken in each period (Summer/First Semester/Autumn and Winter/Second Semester/Spring) in order to continue in the Bachelor of Medical Science.


Students who do not achieve a minimum of 65% weighted average mark will be transferred to a different Science program.


The minimum requirements for admission to Honours program are:

1. the successful completion of 144 units including a minimum of 48 units of 2000 level science or 3000 level science courses relevant to the proposed field of Honours study, of which a minimum of 24 units must be 3000 level science courses

2. the attainment of an average of 2 for the 48 units, where HD = 4, D = 3, CR = 2, P = 0

3. the recommendation of the Head of School concerned, in the light of availability of resources and appropriate supervision.

Schools may have additional entry requirements and intending Honours students should contact the relevant Honours convener.

The work of the Honours year consists of advanced work in a selected field of study, details of which are provided by the individual Schools. The Honours program has specific dates which are advertised in the Honours Handbook. If you complete the requirements for the pass degree at the end of the first semester it is possible, subject to the approval of the School concerned, to commence the Honours program mid-year.

Graduates of other universities may be accepted for admission to Honours candidature provided that the undergraduate program and performance in the program are of a standard comparable to that applying in the relevant School.

Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective major,  minor or specialisation.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units BIOL1003 Biology 1: Evolution, Ecology and Genetics 6 units CHEM1101 Chemistry 1 6 units Science or non-Science elective 6 units Science or non-Science elective 6 units
BIOL1004 Biology 2: Molecular and Cell Biology 6 units CHEM1201 Chemistry 2 6 units Science or non-Science elective 6 units Science or non-Science elective 6 units
Year 2 48 units B.MedSc elective from list 6 units BIOL2161 Genes: Replication and Expression 6 units BIOL2171 Biochemistry and Nutrition 6 units Science or non-Science elective 6 units
BIOL2142 General Microbiology 6 units 2000 level B.MedSc elective from list 6 units 2000 level B.MedSc elective from list 6 units Science or non-Science elective 6 units
Year 3 48 units BIOL3141 Infection and Immunity 6 units BIOL3006 Human Physiology 6 units 3000 level B.MedSc elective from list 6 units Science or non-Science elective 6 units
BIOL3190 Medical Science in the Workplace 6 units 3000 level B.MedSc elective from list 6 units 3000 level Science elective 6 units Science or non-Science elective 6 units
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