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Bachelor of Medical Science (with specialisations)

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

  • Start date:

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates

  • Awarded by:

    Charles Sturt University

  • Location:


  • Career Outcomes:

    Medical Scientist | Health Administrator | Biotechnologist | Pathologist | View all

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About this course

Imagine you could play a part in developing a cure for a disease or improving the quality of life through your research. It all starts with a Bachelor of Medical Science (with specialisations) from Charles Sturt University.

This globally recognised degree has been qualifying students for over 20 years and offers them the opportunity to enter the rewarding field of health and medicine. Study online or on campus at CSU and learn about medical research with the option to specialise in pathology, biotechnology or clinical physiology.

Get the right qualification, skills and training to become an innovator and launch your career as a medical scientist.


To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Completed High School Certificate with an ATAR of 70 (including adjustment factors) or equivalent; OR
  • Successful completion of two university level subjects (AQF level Associate Degree or higher) demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success through the Grade Point Average (GPA) gained in these studies; OR
  • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher level qualification; OR
  • 50% completion of an AQF Diploma level qualification; OR
  • Completed Tertiary Preparation Course from an Australian University or an accredited provider demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success through the Grade Point Average (GPA) gained in these studies; AND
  • Meet standard English Language Proficiency requirements.

Residential School Requirements
This courses may include a residential school component where you will attend a Charles Sturt University campus during certain sessions throughout your course.

Areas of study

The course includes course subject, plus electives or the option to choose a specialisation. In this medical science course the subject you may study include:

Core Subjects

  • Indigenous Health
  • Foundations and Techniques of Biochemistry
  • Science Communication and Methodology
  • Physiological Sciences 1
  • Physiological Sciences 2
  • Human Molecular Genetics
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Immunology
  • Chemistry 1A
  • Chemistry 1B
  • Introduction to Microbiology
  • Scientific Statistics

Elective Subjects

  • Human Nutrition
    Nutritional Physiology
  • Nutrition, Metabolism & Human Disease
  • Exercise Science for Health Practice
  • Medicinal and Indigenous Foods
  • Human Reproductive Biology
  • Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services
  • International Practical Experience
  • Health Psychology

Biotechnology Specialisation

  • Food and Beverage Biotechnology
  • Foundations of Biotechnology
  • Microbial Biotechnology
  • Protein Biochemistry
  • Integrated Clinical Placement 1
  • Fundamentals of DNA fingerprinting
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Biotechnology and Industry (16)
  • Molecular Immunology
  • Therapeutic Proteins
  • Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics

Pathology Specialisation

  • Clinical Biochemistry 1
  • Introductory Haematology
  • Histopathology 1
  • Integrated Clinical Placement 1
  • Molecular Pathology
  • Clinical Biochemistry 2
  • Histopathology 2
  • Clinical Bacteriology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Advanced Haematology
  • Immunohaematology and Blood Transfusion
  • Integrated Clinical Placement 2

Clinical Physiology

  • Clinical Measurement
  • Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 1
  • Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 2
  • Medical Science Special Topic
  • Clinical Neuroscience
  • Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Clinical Cardiovascular Physiology
  • Integrated Clinical Placement 1
  • Cardiorespiratory Anatomy and Physiology
  • Asthma Management
  • Advanced Pulmonary Function Testing
  • Advanced Respiratory Laboratory Diagnostics
Charles Sturt University One of the first universities to adopt distance education study, Charles Sturt University (CSU) is Australia's leading university in online education and continues to strive for innovation and excellence in higher learning. With a track record in graduate employment and strong industry contacts, CSU offers relevant training and workplace skills at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. CSU specialises in a range of industries such as agriculture, viticulture, education, librarianship, allied health and criminology.

Charles Sturt has 16 campuses in the eastern states of Australia. All CSU students can attend any campus for support and to use available facilities. Campus locations include: Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga.
CSU offers a range of student support services, academic learning support and skills development for all its distance education students. Studying with CSU, you will have access to your online subjects, Student Services, the CSU Library, forums and your exam results through student.csu, a personalised online portal.

You will also have entry into CSU Interact, a scholarly environment that connects students and staff online. Each subject you’re enrolled in will have its own subject site housed within CSU Interact, giving you access to learning content, tools and subject forums.

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

You can also choose to study this course entirely online.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Bachelor of Medical Science (with specialisations) from Charles Sturt University.

Armed with your new qualification and abundant new skills you could start a rewarding and interesting career in public health or health administration. Based on your specialisation can go on to work in pathology, biotechnology or clinical physiology. Jobs you can pursue include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for the Australian government's HECS-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Charles Sturt University also offers an upfront payment option.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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