2018 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Medical and Health Sciences | 2018

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Medical and Health Sciences



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 / 757630


The Bachelor of Medical & Health Sciences is a 3-year flexible program designed specifically for students who wish to study the scientific basis of human structure, function and health.

The qualification provides a basis for a wide range of careers or further study in the medical and health sciences, including higher degree research and postgraduate studies in medicine and the allied health professions.

The course is built upon core science subjects in first year, which provide foundation knowledge in the sciences underpinning human structure, function and health. Students will receive rigorous training in human anatomy, physiology and biochemistry, linked with electives in diverse areas such as biology, biotechnology, chemistry, neuroscience, nutrition, psychology and public health.

As the degree progresses, there are increasing opportunities for students to customise their program of study that may include a broad range of subjects ranging from chemistry to those related to the human body and health, plus the option of acquiring a minor in an area of choice.

Entry Requirements and Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

CLO Description
1 Critically review, analyse and synthesise information;
2 Explain principles and concepts of science that underpin medical science and apply to human health.
3 Apply how scientific knowledge and skills in the area of medical science and health as it relates to professional practice and/or scholarship.
4 Integrate and apply specific knowledge and skills in a number of specialised areas within medical and health sciences that can include anatomy, chemistry, biochemistry, histology, neuroscience, physiology, pathology and medical research.
5 Exercise critical thinking and independent problem solving.
6 Communicate knowledge in the area of medical science and health clearly and coherently to others.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree, the Bachelor of Medical and Health Sciences, a candidate must successfully complete at least 144 credit points in accordance with the course structure and recommended subject progression table below.

Please note:

  • The course should not contain any more than 60 credit points at Level 100. 
    Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
    Year 1
    MEDI111Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology I6Autumn
    Select one of the following two subjects:
    Note: Students who have achieved a mark of 65% or more in NSW HSC Chemistry or equivalent must select CHEM101 and CHEM102. All other students must select CHEM104 and CHEM105.
    CHEM101Chemistry IA: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry6Autumn
    CHEM104Foundation Chemistry: Properties of Matter6Autumn
    Plus two subjects from the following list:
    HAS 130Social Determinants of Health6Autumn
    PHYS154Energy, Climate Change and Human Society6Autumn
    BIOL105Functional Biology of Animals and Plants6Autumn
    PSYC101Introduction to Behavioural Science6Autumn, Summer 2020/2021
    Or other subjects approved by the Course Coordinator
    BIOL103Molecules, Cells and Organisms6Spring
    MEDI112Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology II6Spring
    Select one of the following subjects:
    CHEM102Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life6Spring
    CHEM105Foundation Chemistry: Reactions and Structures6Spring
    Plus one subject from the following list:
    ECON100Economic Essentials for Business6Autumn, Spring
    EESC102Earth's Interconnected Spheres6Spring
    GEOG122Living in a Material World6Spring
    INDS150Introduction to Indigenous Australia6Autumn
    PHYS155Introduction to Biomedical Physics6Spring
    MEDI150Fundamental Concepts in Food and Nutrition6Autumn
    STS 112Changing Perceptions of Nature6Autumn
    Or other subject approved by the Course Coordinator.
    Year 2
    BIOL213Principles of Biochemistry6Autumn
    MEDI211Control Mechanisms Physiology6Autumn
    Plus 12 credit points of subjects from the following list:
    CHEM212Organic Chemistry II6Autumn
    MEDI240Current Services in Indigenous Health6Spring
    MEDI222Foundations of Biomechanics6Autumn
    HAS 230Contemporary Public Health Issues6Not available in 2020
    HAS 231Promoting the Public's Health6Autumn
    MEDI243Comparative Indigenous Health Issues6Not available in 2020
    Or other subjects approved by the Course Coordinator.
    BIOL214The Biochemistry of Energy and Metabolism6Spring
    MEDI304Research Methods and Analysis6Spring
    Plus 12 credit points of subjects from the following list:
    BIOL215Introductory Genetics6Spring
    MEDI212Introduction to Pathophysiology6Spring
    MEDI220Musculoskeletal Functional Anatomy6Spring
    MEDI221Exercise Physiology6Spring
    HAS 251Introduction to Epidemiology6Spring
    STS 209Science and Culture6Autumn
    Or other subjects approved by the Course Coordinator.
    Year 3
    MEDI312Fundamentals of Neuroscience6Autumn
    Plus 18 credit points of subjects from the following list:
    BIOL340Cell and Molecular Biology6Autumn
    MEDI350Research Projects12Autumn, Spring
    MEDI322Advanced Exercise Physiology and Metabolism6Autumn
    MEDI361Nutrients & Metabolism6Not available in 2020
    Or other subjects that approved by the Course Coordinator.
    Select 24 credit points of subjects from the following list:
    BIOL341Immunity and Infection6Spring
    CHEM325Bioinformatics:Genome, Genes and Biomolecules6Spring
    MEDI314Regional Anatomy6Spring
    MEDI350Research Projects12Autumn, Spring
    MEDI323Cardiorespiratory Studies6Spring
    MEDI382Nature and Nurture in Human Disease6Spring
    Or other subjects approved by the Course Coordinator.



Students may also wish to complete a minor using some of their elective subjects. Some currently approved minors are listed below. A full list is available on the General Schedule of Minors.     

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts

Faculty of Business

Faculty of Social Sciences

Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences

Indigenous Health Studies


Earth and Environmental Science


Physical Geography


Science and Technology

Creative Writing

Philosophy of Psychology

Digital Media and Communication



Cultural Studies



Business Information Systems

Business Law


Human Resource Management


Public Relations


Work, Health and Safety

Social Policy

Introduction to Public Health


Human Geography

Social Marketing




Energy and Climate



General Physics



Successful completion of the Bachelor of Medical and Health Sciences with a credit grade average enables students to apply for entry into the Bachelor of Medical and Health Sciences (Honours). For further information refer to the separate entry for Bachelor of Medical and Health Sciences (Honours)

Other Information

For further information please email: smah-students@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 23 September, 2019