2020 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Medical and Health Sciences (Honours) (Dean's Scholar) | 2020

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Medical and Health Sciences (Honours) (Dean's Scholar)



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4 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

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Delivery Campus/UAC Code:

Wollongong / 757631


The Bachelor of Medical and Health Sciences (Honours) (Deans Scholar) degree is a 4-year flexible program designed specifically for high-achieving 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 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, together with electives in a variety of areas such as biology, biotechnology, chemistry, neuroscience, nutrition, psychology and public health. The flexible nature of the degree provides the opportunity for students to customise their program of study, which 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.

The program provides students with opportunities to develop their research knowledge and skills throughout their degree, and the chance to participate in a variety of research enrichment activities with options to gain hands-on experience in the diverse range of research laboratories located within the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health.

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:

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 Plan and execute a substantial scholarly/research activity in the area of Medical and Health Sciences.
7 Clearly communicate, discuss and debate extensive knowledge and ideas about an area of medical and health sciences to others.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree, the Bachelor of Medical and Health Sciences (Honours) (Dean's Scholar), a candidate must satisfactorily complete 192 credit points in accordance with the table below.


  • No more than 60 credit points can be completed at the 100-level.
    Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
    Year 1
    MEDI111 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology I 6 Autumn
    MEDI160 Scientific Literacy 6 Autumn
    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 CHEM 104 and CHEM105 
    CHEM101 Chemistry IA: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry 6 Autumn
    CHEM104 Foundation Chemistry: Properties of Matter 6 Autumn
    Plus one subject from the following list:
    HAS 130 Social Determinants of Health 6 Autumn
    MEDI150 Fundamental Concepts in Food and Nutrition 6 Autumn
    INDS150 Introduction to Indigenous Australia 6 Autumn
    PHYS154 Energy, Climate Change and Human Society 6 Autumn
    BIOL105 Functional Biology of Animals and Plants 6 Autumn
    PSYC101 Introduction to Behavioural Science 6 Autumn, Summer 2020/2021
    BIOL103 Molecules, Cells and Organisms 6 Spring
    MEDI112 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology II 6 Spring
    Select one of the following subjects:
    CHEM102 Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life 6 Spring
    CHEM105 Foundation Chemistry: Reactions and Structures 6 Spring
    Plus one subject from the following list:
    ECON100 Economic Essentials for Business 6 Autumn, Spring
    EESC102 Earth's Interconnected Spheres 6 Spring
    GEOG122 Living in a Material World 6 Spring
    INDS150 Introduction to Indigenous Australia 6 Autumn
    PHYS155 Introduction to Biomedical Physics 6 Spring
    MEDI151 Healthy Ageing 6 Spring
    STS 112 Changing Perceptions of Nature 6 Autumn
    Year 2
    BIOL213 Principles of Biochemistry 6 Autumn
    MEDI211 Control Mechanisms Physiology 6 Autumn
    Plus 12 credit points of subjects from the following list:
    CHEM212 Organic Chemistry II 6 Autumn
    MEDI240 Current Services in Indigenous Health 6 Spring
    MEDI210 Histology 6 Autumn
    MEDI222 Foundations of Biomechanics 6 Autumn
    HAS 230 Contemporary Public Health Issues 6 Not available in 2020
    HAS 231 Promoting the Public's Health 6 Autumn
    MEDI243 Comparative Indigenous Health Issues 6 Not available in 2020
    BIOL214 The Biochemistry of Energy and Metabolism 6 Spring
    MEDI304 Research Methods and Analysis 6 Spring
    Select 12 credit points of subjects from the following list:
    BIOL215 Introductory Genetics 6 Spring
    MEDI212 Introduction to Pathophysiology 6 Spring
    MEDI220 Musculoskeletal Functional Anatomy 6 Spring
    MEDI221 Exercise Physiology 6 Spring
    HAS 251 Introduction to Epidemiology 6 Spring
    STS 209 Science and Culture 6 Autumn
    Year 3
    MEDI350 Research Projects 12 Autumn, Spring
    MEDI382 Nature and Nurture in Human Disease 6 Spring
    MEDI312 Fundamentals of Neuroscience 6 Autumn
    Plus 18 credit points of subjects from the following list, 6 credit points if doing MEDI350 in Autumn
    BIOL340 Cell and Molecular Biology 6 Autumn
    CHEM358 Pharmacology 6 Autumn
    MEDI322 Advanced Exercise Physiology and Metabolism 6 Autumn
    MEDI361 Nutrients & Metabolism 6 Not available in 2020
    PHIL326 Bioethics 6 Autumn
    Select 24 credit points of subjects from the following list, or 18 credit points if doing MEDI382 in Spring, of subjects from the following list:
    BIOL341 Immunity and Infection 6 Spring
    CHEM325 Bioinformatics:Genome, Genes and Biomolecules 6 Spring
    MEDI314 Regional Anatomy 6 Spring
    MEDI323 Cardiorespiratory Studies 6 Spring
    Year 4
    MEDI400 Honours 48 Not available in 2020



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

Progression Requirements

Students must have a distinction average in each session of study as an enrolment requirement for course progression. Students who do not maintain a distinction average in each session will be required to transfer into the Bachelor of Medical and Health Sciences. In the final year of the course, MEDI400 does not have graded assessment in Autumn session. The final Honours grade will be calculated in accordance with Method 1, for further information refer to Coursework Rules

Other Information

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

Last reviewed: 15 January, 2020