University of Technology Sydney

C09086v2 Bachelor of Medical Science Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Award(s): Bachelor of Medical Science in Pathology (BMedSc)
Bachelor of Medical Science in Medical and Health-related Sciences (BMedSc)
Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSc)
Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (LLB(Hons))

Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 240
Course EFTSL: 5
Location: City campus


This is an exit-only course. There is no direct admission to it. Current UTS students may be able to submit an Internal Course Transfer (Graduating) application to exit with this course. See the Course transfer page for further details.

Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Inherent requirements
Assumed knowledge
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course diagram
Course program
Levels of award
Professional recognition
Other information


Laws are of special importance in many areas of medical science, including medical and health practice, medical and biological research, and industrial and commercial enterprise. The Bachelor of Medical Science Bachelor of Laws (Honours) is offered jointly by UTS Law and UTS Science. Honours relates to the law component only and students must successfully complete both of the research subjects: 76090 Research Methodology and 76040 Research Thesis. Strong research skills are valued highly in contemporary professional practice.

Medical Scientists with Law training have careers that are dynamic and involve an exciting range of professions from research and development, policy and practice in the medical and Health and Sciences, government, industrial and commercial applications of medical science and law. Medical Scientists at UTS can chose to major in Medical and Health-related Sciences or Pathology, allowing them to have a speciality relevant to their career choices and interests. In the Medical and Health-related Science major students learn the body through the study of tissues, organs and cellular facets both in health and disease, medical devices, how medicines work, as well as public health policies and clinical trials. In the Pathology major students learn how diseases trigger biochemical or cellular changes in the body and how to best diagnose and treat these diseases. Students also learn how to identify infectious agents and the latest approaches to prevent, treat infections and limit their impact on society. Students learn by applying and investigating scientific approaches in world class laboratories with up-to-date scientific technologies and equipment in line with those used in the industry. This hands-on learning is accompanied by development of professional skills such as communication, problem solving, critical thinking, and innovation.

The program provides full-time study for students wishing to obtain a professional legal qualification that satisfies the academic requirements only for admission as a lawyer together with specialisation in medical science.

The course addresses the increasing need for medical science expertise among lawyers. Graduates develop critical and analytical skills inherent to an understanding of the complex links between medical science and the law, thus increasing their employment opportunities and career choices. Students have the opportunity to engage in deeper study of the law by studying 76090 Research Methodology and undertaking 76040 Research Thesis. This course can be a pathway to higher degree research programs.

Career options

Career options include lawyer in areas where a strong background in human biology, medical diagnostics, neuroscience or pharmacology is valued; manager, officer or researcher in private or public health administration.

Course intended learning outcomes

LAW.1.1 A coherent and advanced understanding of fundamental areas of legal knowledge including:
a. The Australian colonial and post-colonial legal system, international and comparative contexts, theoretical and technical knowledge;
b. The broader contexts within which legal issues arise and the law operates including cultural awareness, social justice and policy;
c. The impact of Anglo-Australian laws on Indigenous peoples, including their historical origins in the process of colonisation and ongoing impact;
d. The principles and values of justice and ethical practices in lawyers' roles; and
e. Advanced theoretical and technical knowledge of underlying legal principles and concepts in one or more areas of practice or inquiry.
LAW.2.1 A capacity to value and promote honesty, integrity, accountability, public service and ethical standards including:
a. An understanding of approaches to ethical decision making and professional responsibility;
b. An ability to recognise, reflect upon and respond to ethical issues likely to arise in professional contexts in ways that evidence professional judgment, promote justice and serve the community; and
c. An ability to reflect on and engage constructively with diversity in practice.
LAW.3.1 An advanced capacity to think critically, strategically and creatively, including the ability to:
a. Identify and articulate legal issues in context, including the skill of critical reading and writing;
b. Apply reasoning and research to generate appropriate responses to sometimes complex legal problems;
c. Engage in critical analysis and make a reasoned choice amongst alternatives; and
d. Think creatively in approaching legal issues and generating appropriate responses.
LAW.4.1 Well-developed cognitive and practical skills necessary to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues; advanced knowledge of legal research principles and different methodologies, and technical and planning skills to design and apply research to a significant scholarly piece of work.
LAW.5.1 Effective and appropriate communication skills including:
a. Highly effective use of the English language to convey legal ideas and views to different and diverse audiences and environments;
b. An ability to communicate to inform, analyse, report and persuade;
c. An ability to strategically select an appropriate medium and message;
d. An ability to assess how messages are received and alter communication strategies accordingly;
e. An ability to be responsive and adaptive to the perspectives of collaborators, clients, counter parties and others; and
f. An ability to communicate a clear and coherent exposition of legal research and scholarship orally and in writing.
LAW.6.1 Effective and appropriate collaboration skills in working together to achieve a common goal in a group learning environment or the workplace including:
a. An ability to give and receive feedback;
b. Appropriate professional and interpersonal skills in working collaboratively;
c. A capacity to develop strategies to successfully negotiate group challenges; and
d. An ability to be responsive and adaptive to the perspectives of collaborators, clients, counter parties and others.
LAW.7.1 Bachelor of Laws (Honours) graduates will:
a. Apply knowledge and skills to develop professional capabilities to work effectively with and for Indigenous peoples and communities across the law profession; and
b. Critically reflect on ethical Indigenous research practices to work with and for Indigenous peoples across the legal community sectors.
LAW.8.1 The ability to implement appropriate self-management and lifelong learning strategies including:
a. An ability to undertake and initiate self-directed work and learning, including authorship of a significant piece of work;
b. Well-developed judgment and responsibility as a legal professional in a broader social context;
c. The ability to support personal and professional development by:
I. Reflecting on and assessing their own capabilities, wellbeing and performance;
II. Making use of feedback as appropriate;
III. Identifying and accessing appropriate resources and assistance;
IV. Making use of resources and support in developing resilience; and
d. A capacity to adapt to and embrace change and a commitment to ongoing learning.
SCI.1.1 Explain how diseases arise and disrupt normal physiological function and appraise the technologies used to diagnose, treat, and cure diseases.
SCI.2.1 Collect, accurately record, interpret, and draw conclusions from data to solve real-world medical problems, and infer how the results of medical research can be translated to improve patient outcomes.
SCI.3.1 Evaluate ethical, social, and cultural issues in medical science in local and global contexts and work responsibly, safely and with respect to diversity and regulatory frameworks.
SCI.4.1 Reflect upon, independently evaluate, and critically appraise current evidence-based literature to identify medical problems or unmet medical needs and creatively translate medical research results to improve the clinical care of patients.
SCI.5.1 Effectively communicate medical science knowledge and research information, and the importance thereof, to a range of audiences using a variety of modes, independently and collaboratively.
SCI.6.1 Acquire or Develop knowledge of Indigenous Australian contexts to inform professional cultural capability to work effectively with and for, Indigenous Australians within the medical science context.


LAW = Law course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)
SCI = Science course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

Inherent requirements

Inherent requirements are academic and non-academic requirements that are essential to the successful completion of a course. For more information about inherent requirements and where prospective and current students can get assistance and advice regarding these, see the UTS Inherent requirements page.

Prospective and current students should carefully read the Inherent Requirements Statement below and consider whether they might experience challenges in successfully completing this course.

UTS will make reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, professional experiences, course related work experience and other course activities to facilitate maximum participation by students with disabilities, carer responsibilities, and religious or cultural obligations in their courses.

For course specific information see the Faculty of Law Inherent (Essential) Requirements Statement.

Assumed knowledge

English proficiency; mathematics; and two science subjects.

Course duration and attendance

The course duration is five years of full-time study. Students who undertake the Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) (C09031) complete the course in six years of full-time study.

The law component requires attendance at 12–15 hours of lectures a week and timetable constraints may require attendance at daytime and evening classes. The science component requires attendance of approximately 10 hours a week at the university.

Course structure

The course comprises a total of 240 credit points and allows students to graduate with the separate degrees of Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSc) and Bachelor of Laws (LLB). The study components for course completion are as follows.

The law component of 144 credit points is made up of:

  • 108 credit points of compulsory core law subjects
  • a 6-credit-point legal theory option
  • a 30-credit-point law option, which includes either:
    • 18 credit points of law options, a 6-credit-point research methodology subject, a 6-credit-point research thesis subject, or
    • a 6-credit-point technology law, policy and ethics (Capstone 1) subject, a 6-credit-point applied project in law, innovation and technology (Capstone 2) subject, a 6-credit-point research methodology subject, a 6-credit-point research thesis subject, and either a disruptive technologies and the law subject or a local internship.

The medical science component comprises 96 credit points of core medical science subjects.

Students graduate from the BMedSc independently from the LLB. However, to be eligible for graduation from the BMedSc, students must complete a total of 96 credit points of science subjects plus at least 96 credit points of Bachelor of Laws subjects.

Graduation from the medical science component of the combined degree is not possible prior to completion of all components of the combined degree. Students wishing to graduate with a Bachelor of Medical Science prior to completion of the law component of the combined degree must apply for transfer to the Bachelor of Medical Science (C10184) single degree program where they must complete all requirements for the stand-alone single degree version.

Similarly, a student can graduate from the law component of the combined degree prior to completion of the medical science component, but if they wish to continue with the medical science component, they must apply for transfer to the Bachelor of Medical Science (C10184) single degree program where they need to complete all requirements for the stand-alone single degree version.

For a current listing of subjects in each course refer to the study package directory.

Industrial training/professional practice

To practise as a lawyer in NSW, students need to successfully complete an accredited legal academic qualification (e.g. Bachelor of Laws) and an accredited course of practical legal training (PLT), which UTS offers through its PLT program.

Students enrolled in this course may complete their practical legal training by undertaking a postgraduate course in PLT, such as the Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice (C11232).

Course completion requirements

STM91052 Law stream (Honours) 144cp
STM91714 Core Subjects (Medical Science) 24cp
CBK92146 Major choice (Medical Science) 72cp
Total 240cp

Course diagram

Course diagram: C09086

Course program

Please follow recommended course progression of C10131 Bachelor of Medical Science Bachelor of Laws

To qualify for honours, a student must complete subjects 76090 Research Methodology in their penultimate session and 76040 Research Thesis in their final session, as option subjects within the degree.

Students wishing to study the major MAJ09444 Legal Futures and Technology need to study 76106 Technology Law, Policy and Ethics (Capstone 1) in the Autumn session of their final year and 76107 Applied Project in Law, Innovation and Technology (Capstone 2) in their final Spring session.

Levels of award

The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) may be awarded with first or second class honours, which does not require an additional honours year. Honours candidates must complete 76090 Research Methodology in their penultimate session and 76040 Research Thesis in their final session within the course. The rules concerning the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) can be found in undergraduate course information.


The Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) (C09031) requires an additional year of study and is designed to introduce students to research work in medical science. It allows eligible students to continue with postgraduate studies if desired and enhances their employment prospects.

Professional recognition

This course satisfies the requirements for admission to the Supreme Court of NSW as a lawyer, provided students complete a practical legal training program, such as the Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice (C11232).

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222

Further information on the medical science component is available from:

Associate Professor Loraine Holley
Course director
telephone +61 2 9514 2180
fax +61 2 9514 2186