2018 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Pre-Medicine, Science and Health | 2018

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


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.

Students can also select a minor from the General Schedule of such as Informatics, Physics, Indigenous Studies or Psychology.

Entry Requirements

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 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

To qualify for award of the degree, the Bachelor of Pre-Medicine, Science and Health, a candidate must successfully complete at least 144 credit points, comprised of:

  • 102 credit points of core subjects, including a largely common first year.
  • 42 credit points of subjects leading either to a major or minor study, to be completed in second and third year

Please note:

  • 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
    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, CHEM105 and CHEM106. Please note, CHEM106 is only offered in Summer Session.
    CHEM101Chemistry IA: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry6Autumn
    CHEM104Foundation Chemistry: Properties of Matter6Autumn
    Plus one subject from the following list;
    HAS 130Social Determinants of Health6Autumn
    INDS150Introduction to Indigenous Australia6Autumn
    MATH187Mathematics 1: Algebra and Differential Calculus6Autumn
    MGNT208Introduction to Management for Professionals A6Autumn
    PHYS141Fundamentals of Physics A6Autumn
    PSYC101Introduction to Behavioural Science6Autumn, Summer 2020/2021
    STS 112Changing Perceptions of Nature6Autumn
    Or other subject approved by the Course Coordinator
    * PSYC101 is recommended for the Exercise Science and Nutrition majors.
    ^ MATH187 is compulsory for the Medical Radiation Physics minor.
    BIOL103Molecules, Cells and Organisms6Spring
    MEDI112Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology II6Spring
    MEDI128Reasoning in Medical Ethics and Physical Sciences6Spring
    Select one of the following subjects:   
    CHEM102Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life6Spring
    CHEM105Foundation Chemistry: Reactions and Structures6Spring
    CHEM106Foundation Chemistry: Properties and Reactivity of Matter6Summer 2020/2021
    Year 2
    BIOL213Principles of Biochemistry6Autumn
    CHEM212Organic Chemistry II6Autumn
    MEDI211Control Mechanisms Physiology6Autumn
    Plus one subject in Autumn session from the chosen major/minor
    BIOL214The Biochemistry of Energy and Metabolism6Spring
    BIOL215Introductory Genetics6Spring
    Plus two subjects in Spring session from the chosen major/minor
    Year 3
    MEDI381Molecular Basis of Human Disease6Autumn
    Plus two subjects in Autumn session from the chosen major/minor
    BIOL341Immunity and Infection6Spring
    MEDI382Nature and Nurture in Human Disease6Spring
    Plus two subjects in Spring Session from the chosen major/minor


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.

Other Information

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

Last reviewed: 23 September, 2019