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


For international students, mid-year (July/August) intake may be considered on a case-by-case basis by the faculty.

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

1.0 An understanding of the nature, practice and application of the chosen science discipline.
1.1 Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of how the body works at the cellular and organ system level
1.2 Understand how disease can arise and disrupt normal physiological function
1.3 Gain specialist knowledge and skills in the laboratory diagnosis of disease
1.4 Conduct research on the causes of disease, or the prevention and treatment of disease.
1.5 Understand experimental design and data analysis techniques using environmental (?) models.
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.
1.7 Develop hands-on laboratory skills using modern equipment and IT facilities
2.0 Encompasses problem solving, critical thinking and analysis attributes and an understanding of the scientific method knowledge acquisition.
2.1 Gather data and evidence to support or refute an idea or contention
2.2 Conduct environmental study using sampling and statistical methods, and statistically analyse data
2.3 2.3 Demonstrate analytical thinking when planning experiments and testing hypotheses
2.4 Identify, scope and investigate problems and make logical deductions from the evidence
2.5 Foster curiosity and inquisitiveness for experimentation by solving problems and case scenarios
2.6 Become adept at data collection, and literature and database searches
2.7 Work on a tailored project under supervision to hone and practise enquiry and analysis skills.
2.8 Work independently or as part of multi-disciplinary teams
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.
3.1 Operate with knowledge, rigour and objectivity in an ethical, cooperative and honest fashion to creatively and methodically address biomedical questions
3.2 Build networks through interacting with external experts in the mid and later parts of the course and identify career opportunities
3.3 Work in laboratories and other external organizations by doing work experience or research placements
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
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.
4.1 Become a lifelong learner and acquire the tools and aptitudes that allow you to adapt to change
4.2 Interrogate a variety of different databases and information sources
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.
5.1 Develop professional skills for laboratory diagnosis, public health, education, medicine etc
5.2 Participate in community dialogues on health and scientific issues.
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.
6.1 Write and speak knowledgeably on biomedical science in both lay and professional settings.
6.2 Develop confidence and skills in communicating biomedical science, to a variety of audiences, including graphical literacy and report writing
6.3 Develop skills in oral presentations and active listening
6.4 Participate in debates and workshops to build confidence and self-assuredness
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.
7.1 Identify opportunities in the rapidly-evolving biomedical sciences sector
7.2 Show initiative and creativity, both theoretical and practical, in designing experiments or lab protocols
7.3 Volunteer for opportunities to do work experience or research mini-projects
7.4 Demonstrate creative and lateral thinking
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