University of Technology Sydney

C10167v4 Bachelor of Medical Science Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

Award(s): Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSc)
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (BA)

UAC code: 609255 (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 043287B
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 240
Course EFTSL: 5
Location: City campus

Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Pathway course
Assumed knowledge
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Other information


The Bachelor of Medical Science Bachelor of Arts in International Studies is a combined degree that integrates medical science with the immersion in another language and culture. The medical science program is designed to educate and train graduates for careers in medical and health-related sciences. It aims to produce medical scientists with highly adaptable, practical scientific skills and a thorough grounding in the structure and function of the human body and in disease processes at the cellular, whole organ and behavioural level.

The combination of medical science and international studies aims to produce graduates with an increased awareness of the international contexts of health and who are well prepared to pursue global health-related professional careers.

Multinational pharmaceutical companies look to medical science graduates to work in drug registration, clinical trials coordination, as technical or marketing representatives and as policy analysts.

Career options

Career options include positions in government departments, private and public hospitals and public health units, nationally and internationally.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Apply: Identify how disease can arise and disrupt normal physiological function.
1.2 Analyse: Select and appraise the technology and tools to detect and diagnose diseases.
1.3 Synthesise: Combine the principles of precision medicine and human genetics to solving problems and analysing case studies in the medical field.
2.1 Apply: Demonstrate experimental design and sampling to design appropriate studies to test hypotheses addressing medical science investigations.
2.2 Analyse: Examine and use appropriate scientific tools in the design and execution of medical science research.
2.3 Synthesise: Think and work creatively to bring new perspectives and solutions to current and emerging medical science challenges.
3.1 Apply: Identify health and medical solutions for local and the global communities.
3.2 Analyse: Demonstrate ethical practice in medical science sector.
3.3 Synthesise: Work responsibly, safely, and with respect to diversity, within ethical, academic, and regulatory frameworks relevant to medical science.
4.1 Apply: Engage in reflective practices as a lifelong learner and incorporate these into everyday practice as a medical scientist.
4.2 Analyse: Evaluate and critically appraise current evidence-based literature to determine best practices, and gaps in medical research and knowledge.
4.3 Synthesise: Work creatively to translate the results of medical research to improve the clinical care of patients and/or the mechanisms of disease.
5.1 Apply: Communicate medical science effectively in a number of multimedia forms to a wide range of audiences.
5.2 Analyse: Establish high-quality writing and oral skills to effectively communicate reports and other relevant ideas to a range of audiences.
5.3 Synthesise: Practice the requirements for presentation of research data through preparation of oral and written works.
6.1 Apply: Identify how diagnostic procedures impact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.
6.2 Analyse: Examine the unique health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
6.3 Synthesise: Incorporate knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities when engaging as professionals in the health sector, as technicians, practitioners, and colleagues.
INT.1.1 Employ effective cultural strategies to operate within professional settings in Australia and internationally.
INT.2.1 Conduct independent research into contemporary societies and cultures.
INT.2.2 Evaluate research findings and creatively use research methods in International Studies.
INT.3.1 Reflect on and use knowledge of contemporary societies to engage with diverse cultures.
INT.3.2 Communicate effectively for everyday and/or professional purposes in an additional language.
INT.4.1 Value Indigenous knowledges and sovereignty in Australian and international settings.
INT.5.1 Develop capacity to engage with current issues and to act ethically in Australian and international settings.
INT.6.1 Communicate clearly and effectively in written and spoken English.


INT = International Studies course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

Admission to the combined degree is on merit according to the admissions policy for the Bachelor of Medical Science (C10184). There is a range of entry levels to the various language and culture programs. Students are admitted to the international studies program with no guarantee of entry to a specific major, although every effort is made to meet students' preferences.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Pathway course

Successful completion of Insearch Diploma of Science (Life Science) guarantees entry into the course with 48 credit points of recognition of prior learning.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics; English; and two science subjects. There are no prior language requirements for the international studies program.

Course duration and attendance

This course is offered over five years full time. Attendance involves approximately 20 hours each week on campus. Students spend two sessions of study at a university or other higher education institution in the country of their major.

Course structure

Students must complete 240 credit points of study, comprising 144 credit points relating to medical science and 96 credit points relating to international studies. The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies requires undergraduates to study a region or country major over a minimum of three years. The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies is not offered as a separate degree, but is completed only in combination with the professional degree program.

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 international studies 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.

Overseas study

Students spend their fourth year of study at a university overseas.

Industrial training/professional practice

Students studying this course have an opportunity to undertake an internship subject and receive academic credit for their placement off campus (an external business or research institute) or on campus (UTS research institutes or departments), in a capacity relevant to their academic studies.

Course completion requirements

91320 Metabolic Biochemistry 6cp
91314 General Microbiology 6cp
91132 Molecular Biology 1 6cp
91239 Human Pathophysiology 6cp
STM90680 Foundation stream (Life Sciences) 48cp
91705 Medical Devices and Diagnostics 6cp
91706 Neuroscience 6cp
91707 Pharmacology 1 6cp
91148 Human Genetics and Precision Medicine 6cp
91175 Evidence-based Medical Science 6cp
91176 Case Studies in Medical Science 6cp
91709 Pharmacology 2 6cp
CBK90005 Country major choice 96cp
91703 Physiological Systems 6cp
CBK90579 Elective 1 6cp
CBK90580 Elective 2 6cp
CBK90581 Elective 3 6cp
CBK90582 Elective 4 6cp
Total 240cp

Course program

The example program shown is for a student who has chosen the Germany major as the international studies major. Other countries may be chosen from the list of majors in CBK90005; the program has the same structure but with subjects specific to the chosen country major.

Year 1
Autumn session
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
33116 Statistical Design and Analysis   6cp
60001 Principles of Scientific Practice   6cp
Spring session
65212 Chemistry 2   6cp
91123 Biocomplexity   6cp
91400 Human Anatomy and Physiology   6cp
68041 Physical Aspects of Nature   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
976001 Foundations in International Studies   8cp
97601 German Language and Culture 1   8cp
91320 Metabolic Biochemistry   6cp
91314 General Microbiology   6cp
Spring session
91132 Molecular Biology 1   6cp
97602 German Language and Culture 2   8cp
91239 Human Pathophysiology   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
91703 Physiological Systems   6cp
97603 German Language and Culture 3   8cp
CBK90579 Elective 1   6cp
Spring session
97604 German Language and Culture 4   8cp
976421 Contemporary Germany   8cp
91148 Human Genetics and Precision Medicine   6cp
91175 Evidence-based Medical Science   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
977420 In-country Study and Fieldwork Project 1: Germany   24cp
Spring session
978420 In-country Study and Fieldwork Project 2: Germany   24cp
Year 5
Autumn session
91706 Neuroscience   6cp
91707 Pharmacology 1   6cp
CBK90580 Elective 2   6cp
CBK90581 Elective 3   6cp
Spring session
91705 Medical Devices and Diagnostics   6cp
91176 Case Studies in Medical Science   6cp
91709 Pharmacology 2   6cp
CBK90582 Elective 4   6cp


The Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) (C09031) is available as an additional year to meritorious students.

Other information

Further information is available from:

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