2017 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Pre-Medicine, Science and Health | 2017

This information is for students commencing their course in 2017. Students follow the rules and requirements for the year they commenced their course. Please refer to the Archives link in the menu for years prior to 2017.

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Pre-Medicine, Science and Health



UOW Course Code:




Total Credit Points:



3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

Intake Session(s):


Delivery Mode:


Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

Wollongong/ 757500

Additional Information:

Course Finder


The Bachelor of Pre-Medicine, Science and Health is a 3-year degree that provides a solid foundation for those students aspiring to undertake postgraduate study or professional practice in medicine or other health or science related fields. The course aims to prepare students to be competitive to study postgraduate medicine. However, it is recognised that not every student will articulate straight into a postgraduate medicine degree; as such the course will expose students to a range of pathways to further postgraduate education and professional practice opportunities.

The course is structured to provide foundational knowledge and skills in health and the sciences with core subjects in anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology and organic chemistry. The core subjects are linked later in the course with a range of focused specialisations that enable students to gain a major in Biomedical Research, Exercise Science, Health Practice, Medical Science, Molecular Medicine or Nutrition; or a minor in Health Informatics or Medical Radiation Physics.

Entry Requirements

Academic requirements and English requirements are available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Bachelor of Pre-Medicine, Science and Health will be able to:

  1. Evaluate and review critically broad and coherent knowledge in the principles and concepts associated with evidence-based medical science and health practice and research.
  2. Recognise and respond to the principles and concepts associated with professional practice (including legal and ethical practice).
  3. Critically review, analyse, interpret, synthesise and create information.
  4. Exercise critical thinking, reflective practice and independent problem solving.
  5. Communicate concepts and ideas clearly and coherently to others.
  6. Demonstrate skills in working effectively in interdisciplinary teams.
  7. Apply knowledge of the principles and concepts associated with medical related scientific research. 
  8. Evaluate how medicine, science and health knowledge and skills can be applied in professional practice.

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Pre-Medicine, Science and Health is a specialist interdisciplinary degree comprising 102 credit points of core subjects, including a common first year. In their second and third year, in addition to their core subjects, students will complete 42 credit points of subjects leading either to a major or minor study.

This is a prescribed program of study requiring the successful completion of 144 credit points in total, in accordance with the tables below. Students wishing to complete double majors within the course should contact the Course Coordinator.

The major and minor pages include the common core second and third year subjects within the course structure.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
CHEM101 Chemistry IA: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry 6 Autumn
MEDI110 Human Growth Nutrition and Exercise 6 Autumn
MEDI111 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology I 6 Autumn
NMIH101 Effective Communication in Health Care Relationships 6 Autumn
BIOL103 Molecules, Cells and Organisms 6 Spring
CHEM102 Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life 6 Spring
MEDI112 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology II 6 Spring
MEDI128 Foundations for GAMSAT 6 Spring
Year 2
BIOL213 Principles of Biochemistry 6 Autumn
CHEM212 Organic Chemistry II 6 Autumn
MEDI211 Control Mechanisms Physiology 6 Autumn
Plus one subject in Autumn session from the chosen major/minor
BIOL215 Introductory Genetics 6 Spring
NMIH205 Cultural Competence in Health Care Practice 6 Spring
Plus two subjects in Spring session from the chosen major/minor
Year 3
CHEM358 Pharmacology 6 Autumn. First offered in 2018
Plus two subjects in Autumn session from the chosen major/minor
BIOL341 Immunity and Infection 6 Spring. First offered in 2018
Plus two subjects in Spring Session from the chosen major/minor
MEDI380 Integrated Science in Medicine (iSIM) 12 Annual. First offered in 2018

Major Study Areas

Minor Study Areas


Students with a good academic record, particularly in their third year, are encouraged to consider an Honours year in the discipline of their major study. The Honours year is a fourth year of study that provides training in independent research.

For further information contact the Course Director.

Credit Arrangements

Credit and articulation arrangements are available from the Course Finder. Refer to UOW's credit arrangements for information on how to apply for credit.

Other Information

Further information is available at:
UOW Course Finder
Email: smah-students@uow.edu.au 

Last reviewed: 9 November, 2016