Bachelor of Medical Science

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Bachelor of Medical Science


Applications closed for 2019

Program summary

Professor John Lowe
Program coordinator

Professor John Lowe

Take your first step towards becoming a doctor

Is your dream to become a doctor? USC's Bachelor of Medical Science is your first step. This highly competitive program provides provisional direct entry (subject to entry requirements) to Griffith University's Doctor of Medicine program - and to your future medical career.

  • Understand how the human body works and what happens when diseases, infections and clinical disorders occur
  • Study the foundations of medical science, including pathophysiology, biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, immunology and pharmacology
  • Gain provisional direct entry (subject to entry requirements) to Griffith University’s Doctor of Medicine program at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital *
  • Build hands-on clinical knowledge and skills in a small group of like-minded students
Special selection criteria

The Bachelor of Medical Science program is restricted to high-achieving secondary school students who have completed Year 12 no more than three (3) years before admission. Applicants must not have previously attempted any tertiary study at diploma level or higher since completing year 12. Students with prior tertiary study after year 12 are not eligible to apply for this program. Enrolments into the program will be capped at 20 places each year.

Students in the Bachelor of Medical Science are not eligible to apply for credit transfer.

Career opportunities

Primary-care and rural medicine; clinical practice; health-care service and administration; medical research and education.

Post-admission requirements

Students must comply with the following requirements before the start of the last semester of study.

  • Hold a valid Blue Card (Working with Children Check) from QLD Government Blue Card Services. You should allow 12 weeks for Blue Card Services to issue the card.
  • Comply with QLD Health vaccination requirements.
  • Complete the QLD Health student orientation requirements.
Professional membership/Accreditation

Graduates who gain a GPA of 5.0 or better will be offered provisional direct entry into the Griffith University Doctor of Medicine (MD) graduate-entry program to become accredited medical practitioners. In addition, graduates are eligible to apply for membership to the following scientific societies:

Australian Society for Biotechnology; Australian Society for Immunology; Australian Society for Microbiology; Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Public Health Association of Australia.

Application and admission advice

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What will I study

Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.

Recommended study sequence

This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 288 units as outlined in the Program Structure
Program notes
  • Courses within the program incorporate a range of assessment regimes that match the learning outcomes for the course, and also the program. They include the use of assignments, reviews, technical reports, standard and on-line review quizzes, seminar and poster presentations (individual and group), creative project work, research projects and final examinations.
  • Students will be required to purchase personal protection equipment (laboratory coat, safety glasses, closed footwear) for use during the practical work at USC. There will be costs associated to the purchase of course text books and readers. Possible cost of travel to clinical sites for students choosing an elective course in work integrated learning.
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
  • The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students 

Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?

More information

How to enrol

New to USC?

Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in the correct courses (subjects).

Continuing students

Before you enrol it's important to check your commencing program structure and the published recommended study sequence to make sure you study the right courses at the right time and will be ready to graduate from your degree when you plan to.

To better understand your program structure and for instructions on how to review your progress and plan your remaining courses, visit the Managing your progression page.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

Need assistance?

View step-by-step instructions to enrol at How do I enrol?

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates, including the last day to add, drop or swap a course or class and Census dates.

Search for answers and ask questions about enrolling or contact Student Central.

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