University of Technology Sydney

C10419v1 Bachelor of Medical Science Bachelor of Languages and Cultures

Award(s): Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSc)
Bachelor of Languages and Cultures (BLangCultures)

CRICOS code: 103102D
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 240
Course EFTSL: 5
Location: City campus


There is no direct admission into this course. Current UTS students in combined Bachelor of Arts in International Studies courses may be able to submit an Internal Course Transfer (Continuing) application to transfer into this course. Check with the Student Centre.

Career options
Innovation and Transdisciplinary program
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Other information


The Bachelor of Languages and Cultures offers students studies in languages other than English, culture and society focused on developing their intercultural and linguistic capabilities. It also offers a capstone subject that allows students to design and carry out a small-scale research project that requires them to apply their linguistic skills and cultural knowledge.

The combined Bachelor of Medical Science Bachelor of Languages and Cultures provides students with intercultural and linguistic skills that raise their awareness of the international implications of Medical Science. Students develop an understanding and awareness of a language other than English languages and another culture and refine their intercultural skills. Students also develop their professional skills in writing, research and evaluation.

Career options

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

Innovation and Transdisciplinary program

Transdisciplinarity and Innovation at UTS

All UTS students have the opportunity to develop distinctive capabilities around transdisciplinary thinking and innovation through the TD School. Transdisciplinary education at UTS brings together great minds from different disciplines to explore ideas that improve the way we live and work in the world. These offerings are unique to UTS and directly translate to many existing and emerging roles and careers.

Diploma in Innovation

The Diploma in Innovation (C20060) teaches innovation, supports personal transformation and provides the hard skills needed to support the inventors and inventions of the future. Students come out of the Diploma in Innovation, with the hard skills to create and support sectoral and societal transformation. Graduates are able to fluently integrate ideas, across professional disciplines and are inventors of the future.

All UTS undergraduate students (with the exception of students concurrently enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation) can apply for the Diploma in Innovation upon admission in their chosen undergraduate degree. It is a complete degree program that runs in parallel to any undergraduate degree. The course is offered on a three-year, part-time basis, with subjects running in 3-week long intensive blocks in July, December and February sessions. More information including a link to apply is available at

Transdisciplinary electives program

Transdisciplinary electives broaden students' horizons and supercharge their problem-solving skills, helping them to learn outside, beyond and across their degrees. In 2022, students enrolled in an undergraduate course that includes electives can choose to take a transdisciplinary subject (with the exception of students concurrently enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation). From 2023, all students enrolled in most undergraduate courses will complete a transdisciplinary subject as part of their course of study. More information about the TD Electives program is available here.

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.
LC1.1 Employ effective intercultural strategies to operate within professional settings
LC2.1 Conduct independent research into contemporary societies and cultures
LC2.2 Evaluate research findings and creatively use research methods for international and intercultural studies
LC3.1 Reflect on and use knowledge of contemporary societies to engage with diverse cultures
LC3.2 Communicate effectively for everyday and/or professional purposes in an additional language
LC4.1 Value Indigenous knowledges, Language and sovereignty in Australian and international contexts
LC5.1 Develop capacity to engage ethically with current issues in Australian and international settings
LC6.1 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.

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 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169.

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.

Course duration and attendance

This course is offered over five years full time.

Course structure

Students must complete 240 credit points of study made up of 144 credit points of Medical Science and 96 credit points of Language major choice.

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 6cp
91239 Human Pathophysiology 6cp
STM90680 Foundation stream (Life Sciences) 48cp
91705 Medical Devices and Diagnostics 6cp
91707 Pharmacology 1 6cp
91148 Human Genetics and Precision Medicine 6cp
91709 Pharmacology 2 6cp
CBK91972 Language Major Choice 96cp
CBK90579 Elective 1 6cp
CBK90580 Elective 2 6cp
CBK90581 Elective 3 6cp
CBK90582 Elective 4 6cp
Total 240cp

Course program

Typical course programs are shown below.

Year 1
Autumn session
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
33116 Design, Data, and Decisions   6cp
Spring session
65212 Chemistry 2   6cp
91123 Nature and Evolution   6cp
91400 Human Anatomy and Physiology   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   6cp
97602 German Language and Culture 2   8cp
91239 Human Pathophysiology   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
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
Year 4
Autumn session
99218 Intercultural Communication   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91976 Elective 8cp  
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91975 Language Choice 16cp  
Spring session
992219 Languages and Cultures Capstone Project   16cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91975 Language Choice 16cp  
Year 5
Autumn session
91707 Pharmacology 1   6cp
CBK90580 Elective 2   6cp
CBK90581 Elective 3   6cp
Spring session
91705 Medical Devices and Diagnostics   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