University of Technology Sydney

C09086v1 Bachelor of Medical Science Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Award(s): 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. Check with your faculty's student centre.

Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
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.

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 understanding of fundamental areas of legal knowledge, including: the Australian legal system, international and comparative contexts, theoretical and technical knowledge; the broader contexts within which legal issues arise and the law operates, including cultural awareness, social justice and policy; and the principles and values of justice and ethical practices in lawyers' roles
LAW.2.1 A capacity to value and promote honesty, integrity, accountability, public service and ethical standards, including: an understanding of approaches to ethical decision-making and professional responsibility; and 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
LAW.3.1 A capacity to think critically, strategically and creatively, including the ability to: identify and articulate legal issues in context; apply reasoning and research to generate appropriate responses; engage in critical analysis and make a reasoned choice among alternatives; and 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
LAW.5.1 Effective and appropriate communication skills, including: highly effective use of the English language to convey legal ideas and views to different audiences and environments; an ability to communicate to inform, analyse, report and persuade; an ability to strategically select an appropriate medium and message; an ability to assess how messages are received and alter communication strategies accordingly; an ability to be responsive and adaptive to the perspectives of collaborators, clients, counter parties and others; and an ability to generate a sustained and logical argument
LAW.6.1 The ability to implement appropriate self-management and lifelong learning strategies, including: an ability to undertake and initiate self-directed work and learning; well-developed judgment and responsibility as a legal professional in a broader social context; the ability to support personal and professional development by reflecting on and assessing their own capabilities, wellbeing and performance, by making use of feedback as appropriate, by identifying and accessing appropriate resources and assistance, and by making use of resources and support in developing resilience; a capacity to adapt to and embrace change and a commitment to ongoing learning
SCI.1.0 An understanding of the nature, practice and application of the chosen science discipline
SCI.1.1 Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of how the body works at the cellular and organ system level
SCI.1.2 Understand how disease can arise and disrupt normal physiological function.
SCI.1.3 Gain specialist knowledge and skills in the laboratory diagnosis of disease
SCI.1.4 Conduct research on the causes of disease, or the prevention and treatment of disease
SCI.1.5 Understand experimental design and data analysis techniques using environmental models
SCI.1.6 Develop knowledge in specialist strands such as diagnostic pathology, biochemistry, haematology, microbiology and parasitology, transfusion science and blood banking, anatomical pathology, immunology and molecular biology
SCI.1.7 Develop hands-on laboratory skills using modern equipment and IT facilities
SCI.2.0 Encompasses problem-solving, critical thinking and analysis attributes and an understanding of the scientific method knowledge acquisition
SCI.2.1 Gather data and evidence to support or refute an idea or contention
SCI.2.2 Conduct environmental study using sampling and statistical methods, and statistically analyse data
SCI.2.3 Demonstrate analytical thinking when planning experiments and testing hypotheses
SCI.2.4 Identify, scope and investigate problems and make logical deductions from the evidence
SCI.2.5 Foster curiosity and inquisitiveness for experimentation by solving problems and case scenarios
SCI.2.6 Become adept at data collection, and literature and database searches
SCI.2.7 Work on a tailored project under supervision to hone and practise inquiry and analysis skills
SCI.2.8 Work independently or as part of multidisciplinary teams
SCI.3.0 The ability to acquire, develop, employ and integrate a range of technical, practical and professional skills in appropriate and ethical ways within a professional context, autonomously and collaboratively and across a range of disciplinary and professional areas, e.g. time management skills, personal organisation skills, teamwork skills, computing skills, laboratory skills, data handling, quantitative and graphical literacy skills
SCI.3.1 Operate with knowledge, rigour and objectivity in an ethical, cooperative and honest fashion to creatively and methodically address biomedical questions
SCI.3.2 Build networks through interacting with external experts in the mid and later parts of the course and identify career opportunities
SCI.3.3 Work in laboratories and other external organisations by doing work experience or research placements
SCI.3.4 Develop the ability to perform the duties of one's profession to an acceptable quality, including the development of up-to-date technical skills
SCI.4.0 The capacity to engage in reflection and learning beyond formal educational contexts that is based on the ability to make effective judgments about one's own work. The capacity to learn in and from new disciplines to enhance the application of scientific knowledge and skills in professional contexts
SCI.4.1 Become a lifelong learner and acquire the tools and aptitudes that allow you to adapt to change
SCI.4.2 Interrogate a variety of different databases and information sources
SCI.5.0 An awareness of the role of science within a global culture and willingness to contribute actively to the shaping of community views on complex issues where the methods and findings of science are relevant
SCI.5.1 Develop professional skills for laboratory diagnosis, public health, education, medicine, etc.
SCI.5.2 Participate in community dialogues on health and scientific issues
SCI.6.0 An understanding of the different forms of communication - writing, reading, speaking, listening - including visual and graphical, within science and beyond and the ability to apply these appropriately and effectively for different audiences
SCI.6.1 Write and speak knowledgeably on biomedical science in both lay and professional settings
SCI.6.2 Develop confidence and skills in communicating biomedical science, to a variety of audiences, including graphical literacy and report writing
SCI.6.3 Develop skills in oral presentations and active listening.
SCI.6.4 Participate in debates and workshops to build confidence and self-assuredness
SCI.7.0 An ability to think and work creatively, including the capacity for self-starting and the ability to apply science skills to unfamiliar applications
SCI.7.1 Identify opportunities in the rapidly evolving biomedical sciences sector
SCI.7.2 Show initiative and creativity, both theoretical and practical, in designing experiments or lab protocols.
SCI.7.3 Volunteer for opportunities to do work experience or research mini-projects
SCI.7.4 Demonstrate creative and lateral thinking


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

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
STM90349 Core subjects (Medical Science) 96cp
Total 240cp

Course diagram

Course diagram: C09086

Course program

The standard program shown is for a full-time student with law options.

All options shown are law options and are to be drawn from those on offer in CBK91100.

Students wishing to study the new 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.

Year 1
Autumn session
70102 Foundations of Law   8cp
70103 Ethics Law and Justice   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
Spring session
70311 Torts   8cp
70114 Criminal Law and Procedure   8cp
91400 Human Anatomy and Physiology   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
70211 Contracts   8cp
70616 Australian Constitutional Law   8cp
33116 Statistical Design and Analysis   6cp
Spring session
70104 Civil Practice   6cp
65212 Chemistry 2   6cp
68041 Physical Aspects of Nature   6cp
91239 Human Pathophysiology   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
70327 Introduction to Property and Commercial Law   6cp
70317 Real Property   8cp
71116 Remedies   6cp
91703 Physiological Systems   6cp
Spring session
70109 Evidence   6cp
91705 Medical Devices and Diagnostics   6cp
70617 Administrative Law   8cp
91175 Evidence-based Medical Science   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
91707 Pharmacology 1   6cp
91320 Metabolic Biochemistry   6cp
70517 Equity and Trusts   8cp
Spring session
91176 Case Studies in Medical Science   6cp
91709 Pharmacology 2   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
76008 Jurisprudence 6cp  
76033 Animal Law and Policy in Australia 6cp  
76057 Judgment and the Rule of Law 6cp  
76081 Gender and Law 6cp  
78039 Wickedness and Vice 6cp  
76902 Law and Literature 6cp  
76012 Criminology 6cp  
76092 Advanced Property 6cp  
76068 Indigenous Peoples and the Law 6cp  
76090 Research Methodology   6cp
Year 5
Autumn session
70108 Public International Law   6cp
70417 Corporate Law   8cp
91706 Neuroscience   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
91335 Molecular Biology 2 6cp  
91338 Clinical Bacteriology 6cp  
91344 Medical and Diagnostic Biochemistry 6cp  
91358 Haematology 2 6cp  
91359 Immunology 2 6cp  
91403 Medical Imaging 6cp  
Spring session
76040 Research Thesis   6cp
Select 18 credit points from the following:   18cp
CBK91100 Options (Honours) 18cp  

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 and 76040 Research Thesis 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