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Study Science at the University of Sydney

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Overview

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in 2021 and 2022.

Students commencing some subject areas in this course in 2021 and 2022 are required to commence their studies in-person on campus. Remote study is not available for the following subject area:

  • Theatre and Performance Studies 

Applicants will be eligible for admission for these subject areas only if they are able to demonstrate they are physically present in Australia on the date specified in the offer made to them by the University.

About this course

The broad medical and health sciences sectors are expanding and with this comes greater employment prospects. The Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Medical Science) will give you the essential foundation for a rewarding career in healthcare or medical research.

This four-year course will develop your knowledge of the structure and function of the human body, from the molecular level all the way to whole systems. It will allow you to launch straight into graduate research in medical science, and will give you an excellent foundation of knowledge if you wish to undertake the University of Sydney's graduate medicine or dentistry programs.

In first year we will cover the basic sciences: chemistry, biology and mathematics, plus electives. These units will give you the fundamental knowledge needed for the clinical subjects you will undertake in second and third years.

In second year, you will complete core medical science units in physiology, pharmacology, biochemistry, anatomy, immunobiology and pathology. You will also be able to take science or non-science electives.

In your third and fourth years, you will choose from medical science units and complete an interdisciplinary capstone project.

During the four years of the Bachelor of Advanced Studies you will complete a second major (see below) as well as studies from a range of disciplines. This will involve advanced coursework and opportunities to get involved in a cross-disciplinary community, as well as professional, research or entrepreneurial project work.

After completing this course you will have the ideal base for research in medical science. If you are planning a career in medical research, you should plan to undertake an honours year (or its replacement), followed by research via a PhD program.

For your second major you may select your subjects from those offered by our academic schools:

In the final year of your degree, you have two options, Advanced Coursework OR Honours: 

  • Advanced Coursework: Enhance your leadership, critical thinking and problem-solving skills and increase your employment prospects. You will undertake challenging coursework and experience work outside the classroom by collaborating with other students on a substantial real-world project.
  • Honours: Develop deep analytical skills and prepare yourself for further research opportunities, such as pursuing a PhD. You will undertake a supervised but independent research project as well as connected discipline-based and/or research-focused coursework. Admission to the honours pathway is subject to meeting the specified WAM and additional entry requirements. Check with your faculty for details.

Subject areas

You are required to complete a program in Medical Science including a major in Medical Science and a second major from the faculty options below or from our shared pool of majors.

Honours subject areas: Only available to students who meet the eligibility criteria for the honours pathway. Minimum WAM and additional entry requirements apply.

Shared pool

Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

Your fee

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth supported place . Refer to the UAC website for key dates. Separate scholarship deadlines apply, visit the scholarships website for details.

For other useful information, visit our How to apply page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor's degree must apply through UAC.

Refer to the UAC website . Separate Scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

Visit the How to apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). If you are a direct applicant, when you are ready to apply select the `Apply’ button on this course page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Standard closing dates:

Direct applicants:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year.
Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year.

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

UAC Applicants: Refer to the UAC website

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

This course provides flexible pathways into broad medical science careers. The stream emphasises the interdisciplinary nature of medical sciences whilst providing depth and breadth. It provides a disctinctive cohort experience. The Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Medical Science) may be undertaken over four years full-time or eight years part-time. Full-time students enrol in units of study to the value of 48 credit points (cp) in each year.

In first year you will complete 48 cp including mathamatics degree core units, Biology, Chemistry and Medical Sciences. In second year you will take 48 cp, comprised of five integrated Medical Science units covering areas such as physiology, pharmacology, cellular and molecular biology, and anatomy. In third year you will complete 48 cp, including a capstone interdisciplinary experience and three medical science electives. During the course you will also take a minor or second major, and 12 cp of Open Learning Environment units.

For your fourth year you can either undertake an Honours year, if you qualify, or take the coursework pathway, which consists of 4x4000-level coursework units that deepen your knowledge of your discipline area(s), and provides further experiential opportunities such as research, industry, or community related projects.

Units of Study

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Medical Science)

Year Sem Unit of study
1 1 Human Biology** Chemistry 1A Mathematics Major
  2 From Molecules to Ecosystems Open Learning Environment unit Mathematics Major
2 1 Key Concepts in Physiology** Key Concepts in Pharmacology** Biochemistry and Molecular Biology** Major
  2 Microbes, Infection and Immunity** Human Anatomy and Histology** Open Learning Environment unit Major
3 1 Medical Science selective units* Medical Science selective units* Major Major
  2 Medical Science Interdisciplinary Project Medical Science selective units* Major Major
4 1 Project Project Project Advanced Coursework
  2 Project Project Project Advanced Coursework

* Medical Science selective units: Anatomy and Histology; Applied Medical Science; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Cell Pathology; Immunology; Infectious Diseases; Microbiology; Neuroscience; Pharmacology; Physiology; Virology.

** Students in the Medical Science stream enrol in cohort-specific, Medical Science only versions of these units with the prefix MEDS.

Assumed knowledge

Until 2024: Mathematics Advanced and/or higher (depending on units of study selected), Chemistry and either Physics or Biology, other assumed knowledge depends on majors or units of study chosen.

From 2024: Mathematics Advanced and/or higher (depending on units of study selected), Chemistry, Biology, other assumed knowledge depends on majors or units of study chosen.

Admission criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Prerequisites

Mathematics Advanced (Band 4) or Mathematics Extension 1 or 2 (Band E3). For details on the prerequisite, and how it applies to you, visit: Mathematics course prerequisites.

Credit for previous study

For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.

Course opportunities

If you have a high ATAR you may be invited to join our Dalyell Scholars program.

Career Pathways

  • Medical researcher
  • Pathologist
  • Doctor (with further study)
  • Dentist (with further study)
  • Histologist
  • Physiologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Biochemist
  • Biomedical device designer

We’ve reimagined the Sydney Undergraduate Experience – the way we teach and the way you’ll learn – to prepare you for a future full of possibilities.

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