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CG93 - Bachelor of Medical Science (Specialisation)

About Medical Science

Do you want to work in medical diagnostic measurement and monitoring? Would you like to provide advice and assistance to your local community about their nutritional health? Do you see yourself in a medical research role investigating disease?

The Bachelor of Medical Science opens up opportunities for you to have an exciting and rewarding career in any of these areas. You don't need to decide on your specialist interest area until the end of your first year and by then you will have had plenty of exposure (including 2 weeks clinical placement) to the different career paths to help you decide.  The first year of the program provides foundation knowledge in sciences, study and research skills and health professional practice.  Once you have successfully completed the first year of the program, you select from the Pathology, Clinical Investigation, Biotechnology or Nutrition specialisation to study for the final two years.  In each of these specialist areas health professionals and health-related scientists explore health and disease.

Medical Laboratory Scientists (Pathology) examine blood, tissue and urine samples to confirm that all cells and components are within a normal range or investigate the pattern of abnormality to assist in making a diagnosis.  Clinical Physiologists (Clinical Investigation) measure function within the cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous system to exclude or confirm disease and then monitor progress in response to therapy.  Nutritionists provide advice on healthy eating practices and help people modify eating behaviour when needed. Biotechnologists will work out how to use living things and their molecular constituents to design new diagnostic devices, synthesise important drugs, or make our environment more healthy.

You can exit with an Associate Degree after successful completion of the first 16 courses (2 years full time study) and seek employment as a Health Technician or Laboratory Technician, or continue on to qualify as a health scientist or work in public health areas such as the BioPharma industry or undertake postgraduate studies.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Medical Science program from CQUniversity have developed the expertise and skills to work as health professionals in pathology, clinical investigation, biotechnology or nutritional areas.  The pathology specialisation will prepare students for employment in diagnostic medical laboratories where haematological, biochemical, microbiological and histological analysis of human blood, urine and tissue samples is conducted.  The clinical investigation specialisation is designed to equip students for diagnostic physiological measurement, particularly in the respiratory, cardiovascular and neurophysiology discipline areas.  The nutrition specialisation is targeted at students who will pursue a career in nutritional health promotion and physical well being and will provide a pathway for progression into dietetics. The biotechnology specialisation will explore the ways in which living things and their molecular constituents are used as tools. With an emphasis on medical applications the student is ideally placed to pursue a career in the BioPharma industry and medical diagnostics.   Students may exit with an interim award of Associate Degree in their area of specialisation on successful completion of the 2nd year of the program.  Work integrated learning courses are included in each specialisation to facilitate work readiness of graduates. 

Course Overview At A Glance

Program at a glance
Duration 3 years full-time; 6 years part-time 
Availability/Campus Contact Domestic - ROK; External
International - MLR; ROK; External
Courses/Units of Credit 24 courses/144 units of credit
Faculty Sciences, Engineering & Health
How to Apply

Domestic students - QTAC

QTAC codes: 851701 Rockhampton; 851705 External

International students - direct to the University - ONLINE

Entry Requirements

Recommended study - English (4, SA), Maths B (4, SA), Chemistry, Biology, Science

International students - refer to the International Student Section

Professional Accreditation

Accreditation for the Pathology specialisation of the Bachelor of Medical Science has been designed to meet the accreditation requirements of the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS), and accreditation is pending.. The Clinical Investigation specialisation plan has been developed in conjunction with the relevant professional Societies (ANZSRS, ANTA, QPICS). The Nutrition specialisation plan has been developed in accordance with guidelines of the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA).

Residential School

There are several compulsory residential schools/workshops attached to the following program when taken in the EXTERNAL mode. See More Details for more information.

Practicum/Work placement

Students will be required to undertake up to 480 hours of compulsory experience during the three years of the program.

Exit Awards not applicable
Interim Awards Associate Degree of Medical Science (Specialisation)
Post Nominal BMedSci (Path); BMedSci (Clin Inv); BMedSci (Nutr); BMEDSci(Biotech) 
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CRICOS Codes 072157E - null

Program Aims

The Bachelor of Medical Sciences aims to develop graduates who are able to apply knowledge of pathology, clinical investigation or nutrition to clinical practice in a  health professional role, or biotechnology in support industries.  To enable this ability in graduates, the program is designed to build a high level of technical and evaluative skill so graduates can assess and implement recommendations for best practice in patient testing, monitoring and education.  The program also aims to develop high level communication skills so that graduates can interact positively with patients and other health professionals and are ready for the clinical or scientific work environment.  Clinical decision making and problem solving ability will be promoted in graduates through opportunities to build skills in designing, conducting and interpreting medical research.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • 1. Apply knowledge of pathology, clinical investigation, biotechnology or nutrition to practice in the context of their professional role.
  • 2. Respond appropriately during interactions with patients and other health professionals
  • 3. Evaluate recommendations for best practice in patient testing, monitoring and education within the context of their clinical discipline.
  • 4. Develop new testing procedures to increase efficacy of patient diagnostic testing.
  • 5. Develop new strategies to effect therapeutic behavioural change in patients
  • 6. Participate actively in discussion of topics relevant to their professional practice
  • 7. Adapt standard protocols effectively to meet novel requirements.
  • 8. Demonstrate skills in research design, application and interpretation

Program Structure

Students must complete 24 courses (144 units of credit). Students choose from the Pathology, Clinical Investigation, Biotechnology or Nutrition specialisations on successful completion of the first 8 courses (48 units of credit) of study (See Courses for detailed study plan).

Recommended study schedules

The detailed study plan is designed for full-time students who usually enrol in 4 courses per term (24 units of credit). Part-time students should therefore modify this schedule to suit their own needs. The normal study load for part-time students is 2 courses per term (12 units of credit).

Interim award

Students wishing to gain employment at Health Technician level may apply for the interim award of Associate Degree on successful completion of the compulsory 16 courses (96 units of credit) that comprise the first and second year of the program and a minimum of 5 weeks work placement (see More Details for further information about work placement).  Students with advanced standing in any degree must complete 50% and at least 1 year equivalent of full time study (48 units of credit).

Students requiring an interim award of the Associate Degree of Medical Science (Specialisation) will be required to contact their Program Advisor http://www.cqu.edu.au/programadvisor. Students are required to contact their Program Advisor in the year they are eligible for the award.

Courses Offered

Program Structure

Students must complete:

  • 8 core courses
  • 16 specialisation courses from one of the following specialisations:
    • Pathology;
    • Clinical Investigation;
    • Nutrition; or
    • Biotechnology

Please note that whilst individual courses may be available across more than one campus, students enrolled on the Bachelor Medical Sciences can only select the Rockhampton or Flexible Learning campus option.

Core Courses
Year 1
Course Code Course Name
Term 1
BMSC11001 Human Body Systems 1
BMSC11003 Introduction to Medical Sciences
CHEM11041 Chemistry for the Life Sciences
ESSC11004 Study and Research Skills for Health Science
Term 2
BMED19010 Macromolecules and Cell Function
BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2
MEDI11002 Physics for Health Sciences
MEDI11004 Professional Practice
Pathology Specialisation
Year 2
Course Code Course Name
Term 1
BIOH12008 Human Pathophysiology
BMSC12002 Work Integrated Learning 1
BMSC12003 Haematology
MBIO19012 Microbiology
Term 2
BMED19003 Clinical Biochemistry
BMSC12001 Histological and Cytological Techniques
BMSC12004 Immunohaematology
BMSC12005 Work Integrated Learning 2
Year 3
Course Code Course Name
Term 1
BIOL12106 Molecular Biology & Cell Culture
BMSC13001 Advanced Haematology
BMSC13002 Advanced Clinical Biochemistry
BMSC13003 Advanced Clinical Microbiology
Term 2
BMED19005 Immunology
BMSC13004 Advanced Histopathology
BMSC19001 Advanced Work Integrated Learning
CHEM13032 Research Project
Clinical Investigation Specialisation
Year 2
Course Code Course Name
Term 1
BIOH12008 Human Pathophysiology
BMSC12006 Cardiorespiratory Physiology & Measurement
BMSC12007 Neurological Physiology & Measurement
MBIO19012 Microbiology
Term 2
BMED19003 Clinical Biochemistry
BMSC12005 Work Integrated Learning 2
BMSC12008 Advanced Respiratory Measurement
BMSC12009 Sleep Physiology and Measurement
Year 3
Course Code Course Name
Term 1
BIOL12106 Molecular Biology & Cell Culture
BMSC13005 Advanced Cardiovascular Measurement
BMSC13007 Molecular Pathophysiology
PHRM19001 Pharmacology and Toxicology
Term 2
BMED19005 Immunology
BMSC13006 Advanced Neurophysiological Measurement
BMSC19001 Advanced Work Integrated Learning
CHEM13032 Research Project
Nutrition Specialisation
Year 2
Course Code Course Name
Term 1
BIOH12008 Human Pathophysiology
ESSC11001 Physical Activity, Fitness and Health
HLTH11028 Community Needs Assessment
NUTR12001 Human Nutrition
Term 2
BMED19003 Clinical Biochemistry
BMED19006 Nutrition in Practice
HLTH12028 Health Promotion Strategies
NURS11153 Health and Behaviour
Year 3
Course Code Course Name
Term 1
HLTH13031 Population Health Epidemiology
MBIO19012 Microbiology
NUTR13001 Public Health Nutrition
PHRM19001 <

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