Bachelor of Medical Science (with specialisations)

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be availableUpfront payment

  • Duration:

    3 years full time; 6 years part time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Charles Sturt University

  • Location


  • Career Outcomes:

    Medical Scientist | Medical Researcher | Medical Biotechnologist | Physiologist | Pathology Technician | View All

Course Rundown

Launch your career as a medical scientist with the skills and knowledge gained in this Bachelor of Medical Science (with specialisations) from Charles Sturt University.

Study subjects that interest you! Choose from three specialisation options or pursue a generalist course of study that will help you achieve your personal career goals. Build on the foundational information you’ll develop in this course with a specialisation in pathology, biotechnology or clinical physiology, giving you skills tailored to the job you want.

Whether your passion is in the laboratory or at the cutting edge of biotechnology research, this qualification can help you move towards your goals. This course provides you with a broad understanding of medical science and public health, develop your research and technical skills and provide you with insight into the healthcare system. You’ll exit the course with the skills to work in a clinical or research setting, with a wide range of opportunities for employment in the healthcare industry in the public or private sectors or related industries.

Studying Medical Science at CSU


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

  • A 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
  • A completed AQF Certificate IV or higher level qualification; OR
  • 50% completion of an AQF Diploma level qualification; OR
  • A 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

What You’ll Learn

In this medical science course, subjects 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

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 specialisation:

  • 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

Why study with 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 6 campuses in NSW, 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.

Student Support

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.

You'll develop general medical science research skills essential to your profession and you'll also have the opportunity to pursue a specialisation in Biotechnology, Pathology, Clinical Physiology, allowing you to pursue interesting job opportunities.

Curious about where a career in medical could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

Charles Sturt University offers up front payment for this course. You may also be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place if you meet citizenship and residency requirements, allowing you to defer part or all of your course fees.

Enquire now to find out more about your options.

HECS-HELP 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, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider 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.