Undergraduate

Medical Sciences

Medical Sciences integrates knowledge of how the human body functions, how it reacts to disease and pharmacological treatment for disease, with the skills needed to enter a range of clinical and academic health professions.

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Address

Student Central

The University of Western Australia(M355) 35 Stirling Highway Perth Western Australia 6009

Telephone

(+61 8) 6488 3939

International

1800 653 050

Hours

8.30am – 5pm AWST, Monday – Friday

Frequently asked questions

Careers and further study

This major opens up a world of future study pathways and career opportunities.

Career Pathways

The Medical Sciences major ensures you gain a strong and thorough knowledge base from a range of essential disciplines including anatomy, biochemistry, microbiology, pathology, genetics, pharmacology, population health and physiology. This knowledge base is easily and flexibly applied to potential postgraduate education pathways in health and science and numerous professional-related career paths. Medical Sciences graduates will have careers that span research, education, health administration and policy, and clinical practice. The diversity and widely applicable nature of the content of the major ensures graduates have a strong foundation from which to be our future researchers, clinicians, advocates, policy makers and educators.
The Medical Sciences major ensures you gain a strong and thorough knowledge base from a range of essential disciplines including anatomy, biochemistry, microbiology, pathology, genetics, pharmacology, population health and physiology. This knowledge base is easily and flexibly applied to potential postgraduate education pathways in health and science and numerous professional-related career paths. Medical Sciences graduates will have careers that span research, education, health administration and policy, and clinical practice. The diversity and widely applicable nature of the content of the major ensures graduates have a strong foundation from which to be our future researchers, clinicians, advocates, policy makers and educators.

Further Study

The Medical Sciences major provides students with a solid foundation in the medical sciences and a basis for future learning in postgraduate courses such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, podiatry, population health and pathology at UWA. Students who successfully complete the major will be granted admission credit of 48 points (1 year) towards UWA’s Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Dental Medicine.
The Medical Sciences major provides students with a solid foundation in the medical sciences and a basis for future learning in postgraduate courses such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, podiatry, population health and pathology at UWA. Students who successfully complete the major will be granted admission credit of 48 points (1 year) towards UWA’s Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Dental Medicine.

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this major. For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page. You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or your desired course.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

The University of Western Australia welcomes applications from international and domestic school-leavers, mature-age applicants and those with previous tertiary study. If you’re interested in studying this major, find out the admission details below.

Minimum entry requirements

Below you’ll find a list of admission equivalencies for UWA bachelor’s degrees with a required Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 80.00.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for school-leaver entry to UWA you are required to achieve the Western Australian Certificate of Education and obtain the minimum ATAR to gain a place in your chosen degree.

Mathematics requirement

This major requires a certain level of Mathematics. If you do not meet this level, you may be able to take additional Mathematics units in your first year to satisfy this requirement.

WACE prerequisite: Mathematics Methods ATAR and Chemistry ATAR

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.

How to apply

Ready to apply for this major? Follow the steps and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.

Course details

Developed with leading clinical practitioners and educators, this major equips students with a strong foundation in medical sciences. Units include information on normal body structure and function, leading to mechanisms of disease from all the pre-clinical scientific disciplines including anatomy, biochemistry, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, physiology and public health.

About The Course

Through the integration of theory and practical laboratory experiments, you'll develop critical skills and knowledge across pre-clinical scientific disciplines. You'll also be introduced to key concepts and methods used in clinical epidemiology, research study design and statistical reasoning.
Medical Sciences

Quick Details

Status
  • Available 2017
Locations
  • Perth
Attendance
  • Full-time only
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1
Weekly contact time
  • 16-25 hours teaching time, plus your own study time
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-MEDSC
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years (BBiomedSc), 4 years (BBiomedSc[Hons])
Medical Sciences
Status
  • Available 2017
Locations
  • Perth
Attendance
  • Full-time only
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1
Weekly contact time
  • 16-25 hours teaching time, plus your own study time
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-MEDSC
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years (BBiomedSc), 4 years (BBiomedSc[Hons])
TISC Codes
Degrees course is available in
  • Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Faculty
  • Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences

Course Structure

Our undergraduate degrees offer you a broad range of options allowing you to combine subjects in a way that matches your career goals and personal interests.

Popular combinations

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Offered as a major within these undergraduate degrees

Direct Pathways

If you’re interested in this area of study, gain an advantage by choosing to complete a Direct Pathway which sees you combine your first degree with your second.