single degree

Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours)

A single one year undergraduate award offered by the ANU College of Science

  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan HMEDS
  • Post Nominal
  • CRICOS code 036678A
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Medical Science
  • Academic contact
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan HMEDS
  • Post Nominal
  • CRICOS code 036678A
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Medical Science
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

48 units from completion of one of the following Honours specialisations:

ASTR-HSPC Astronomy and Astrophysics

BIAN-HSPC Biological Anthropology


CHEM-HSPC Chemistry

COMP-HSPC Computer Science

EMSC-HSPC Earth and Marine Science

ENVI-HSPC Environment

MATH-HSPC Mathematics

MEDR-HSPC Medical Research


POTE-HSPC Physics of the Earth

POPH-HSPC Population Health


SCOM-HSPC Science Communication

STAT-HSPC Statistics

For students undertaking this Honours plan, the Honours research project must be in the field of Medical Science, and must have the approval from the relevant Delegated Authority within the College of Science.


Elective Study

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

Admission Requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to ANU is on a competitive basis as the number of places available in a program is limited. Admission to Honours is also subject to supervisory capacity and approval from the relevant Delegated Authority within the Academic College.


An AQF Level 7 Bachelor of Medical Science Degree, or equivalent, completed within the last two years:

  • with a weighted average mark equivalent to an ANU 70 per cent calculated from the 36 units (i.e. 0.75 EFTSL) of courses in the discipline cognate to the honours specialisation, excluding 1000-level courses (i.e. introductory undergraduate courses), with the highest marks. 
  • And the satisfaction of any admission requirements described in the relevant honours specialisation


Cognate Disciplines

Cognate disciplines are detailed in the honours specialisations available for this honours plan.


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Adjustment Factors

Adjustment Factors do not apply to 1 year honours programs. They do not apply to this program.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

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Annual indicative fee for international students

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Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

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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.

The Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) degree exemplifies a commitment to research-led education. Building on the Bachelor of Medical Science, which brings together the disciplines of genetics, immunology, nutrition, physiology, microbiology, biochemistry and anatomy. Honours allows the exploration of research possibilities related to medical science from a diverse range of complementary disciplines including biology, neuroscience, chemistry and population health (to name just a few). It gives you preparation for professional life or a higher degree by research through the development of an advanced knowledge of the research principles and methods and theoretical concepts of your discipline, and through the design and implementation of a research project, which develops new understandings or provides solutions to complex problems. Honours Specialisations are available that mirror the teaching and research strengths at the ANU in science, medicine and health.

Career Options

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Plan and engage in an independent and sustained critical investigation of a chosen research topic to generate new knowledge.
  2. Systematically evaluate relevant theory and concepts, relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence and draw appropriate conclusions.
  3. Analyse and interpret original research data with statistical or other evaluative processes where appropriate.
  4. Demonstrate sufficient mastery to understand and apply relevant experimental techniques and methods to collect original research data
  5. Communicate and justify complex concepts and results clearly and effectively to a variety of audiences.

Inherent Requirements

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