Science

Medical Science

The Bachelor of Medical Science underpins the study of medicine, allowing you to learn about the human body. This degree incorporates the study of structure and chemistry of the cells that make up living organisms with particular reference to humans, and specifically of the structure and function of the human body.

 

Degree Structure

The Bachelor of Medical Science degree is quite structured and will allow you to follow an area of specialisation as you move through the degree.

Please refer to the Online Handbook for information about which courses to take in your first year.

If you still have questions about your Medical Science degree after reading the Online Handbook, please contact the School of Medical Science.

After you have chosen which courses you want to take, check the timetable website to see when they're offered before enrolling via myUNSW.

 

Terminology

 

     
 Program   
     
   
 A program at UNSW is your degree and will have a four-digit program code (e.g. 3970 Bachelor of Science). 
   

 

     
 Major   
     
   
 A major is a defined sequence of study within a program (e.g. Bachelor of Science with a Major in Chemistry). In some programs, it's possible to do more than one major. 
   

 

     
 Courses   
     
   
 All programs and majors at UNSW are made up of courses. Courses are like subjects at school. Each course has an 8-digit course code (e.g. CHEM1011) and usually involve lectures, tutorials and labs. In Science there are 5 types of courses: 
   

 

     
   Core Courses are compulsory courses that must be taken for a program or major. 
     
 
     
   Science Electives are courses that start with the codes listed on Table 1. 
     
 
     
   Free Electives are courses that may be taken from anywhere across the university; either from Science or another Faculty. 
     
 
     
   Recommended Electives are not compulsory but are considered good complimentary courses for a program or major. 
     
 
     
   General Education Courses are courses that must be taken from outside the Faculty of Science (i.e. no courses listed on Table 1 can count as General Education). 
     

 

     
 Science Schools   
     
   
   
 Within each Faculty at UNSW are a number of schools who teach the courses in their area of expertise. In Science, there are 9 schools: 
   
 
  • Aviation
  • Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences (BEES)
  • Biotechnology & Biomolecular Sciences (BABS)
  • Chemistry
  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Optometry & Vision Science
  • Physics
  • Psychology
 
   
 The School of Medical Science (which is part of the Faculty of Medicine) also teaches many courses in Science. 
   

 

     
 Units of Credit (UoC)   
     
   
 Courses, majors and programs at UNSW are measured in Units of Credit (UoC). Most courses in Science are worth 6 UoC each, and a full-time load is 24 UoC per semester (i.e. 4 x courses). 
   

 

     
 Prerequisites   
     
   
 A prerequisite is a course that must be taken before you can enrol in another course. A co-requisite is a course that must be taken at the same time as another course. 
   

 

     
 Assumed Knolwedge   
     
   
 Assumed Knowledge is the level of understanding you are expected to have before taking a course. Nobody will check that you have the correct level of assumed knowledge, but you will be at a disadvantage if you don't. 
   
 Bridging Courses are available to if you don’t have sufficient assumed knowledge for the course you want to take.