Course summary

The Bachelor of Pre-Medicine, Science and Health is a three-year undergraduate degree providing a solid foundation towards graduate medicine, dentistry, veterinary studies, optometry, podiatry, physiotherapy or pharmacy. Depending on which major/minor you choose, this course also leads to a wide range of postgraduate study or professional career options in the physical and life sciences, allied health or health informatics. High performing students from a diverse range of backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply, in particular, Indigenous and rural students.

This degree will explore core content for medical school entry including academic literacy, critical thinking skills and an understanding of what it takes to be a successful health practitioner. Extracurricular activities will demonstrate your leadership, dedication, and cooperation. From your first year, you will have opportunities to participate in a wide range of volunteer and enrichment activities in the community. These will assist you in developing real-world skills and ready for a career in health and medicine.

In the first year, you will study core foundational topics in anatomy, biology, chemistry, exercise physiology, and nutrition. In year two, under the guidance of the course coordinator, you can tailor your interests by selecting one of the following study areas:

  • Biomedical Research
  • Exercise Science
  • Health Informatics
  • Medical Radiation Physics
  • Medical Science
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Nutrition

In year three, a capstone subject examines medical case studies across topics in the same case-based learning format used by graduate medical schools across the world. The cases are explored and managed via patient-oriented evidence summaries, group video presentations, clinical trial critiques and debates on ethical issues.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Evaluate and review critically broad and coherent knowledge in the principles and concepts associated with evidence-based medical science and health practice and research.
  2. Recognise and respond to the principles and concepts associated with professional practice (including legal and ethical practice).
  3. Critically review, analyse, interpret, synthesise and create information
  4. Exercise critical thinking, reflective practice and independent problem-solving.
  5. Communicate concepts and ideas clearly and coherently to others
  6. Demonstrate skills in working effectively in interdisciplinary teams
  7. Apply knowledge of the principles and concepts associated with medical related scientific research
  8. Evaluate how medicine, science and health knowledge and skills can be applied in professional practice.

Course Structure

To qualify for an award of the degree, the Bachelor of Pre-Medicine, Science and Health, a candidate must successfully complete at least 144 credit points.

Please note:

  • Students completing a minor in Health Informatics or Medical Radiation Physics can complete no more than 72 credit points at 100-level. All other students can complete no more than 60 credit points at 100-level.
  • Students wishing to complete double majors within the course should contact the Course Coordinator.
  • The major and minor pages include the common core second and third-year subjects within the course structure.

Year 1

Autumn

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
MEDI150 Fundamental Concepts in Food and Nutrition 6 Autumn
MEDI111 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology I 6 Autumn

Select one of the following two subjects:

Note: Students who have achieved a mark of 65% or more in NSW HSC Chemistry or equivalent must select CHEM101 and CHEM102. All other students must select CHEM104, CHEM105 and CHEM106. Please note, CHEM106 is only offered in Summer Session.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
CHEM101 Chemistry IA: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry 6 Autumn
Or
CHEM104 Foundation Chemistry: Properties of Matter 6 Autumn

Plus one subject from the following list;

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
HAS 130 Social Determinants of Health 6 Autumn
INDS150 Introduction to Indigenous Australia 6 Autumn
MATH187 Mathematics 1: Algebra and Differential Calculus 6 Autumn
MGNT208 Introduction to Management for Professionals A 6 Autumn
PHYS141 Fundamentals of Physics A 6 Autumn
PSYC101 Introduction to Behavioural Science 6 Autumn, Summer 2019/2020
STS 112 The Scientific Revolution 6 Autumn
MEDI160 Scientific Literacy 6 Autumn

Or other subject approved by the Course Coordinator
* PSYC101 is recommended for the Exercise Science and Nutrition majors.
^ MATH187 is compulsory for the Medical Radiation Physics minor.

Spring

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
BIOL103 Molecules, Cells and Organisms 6 Spring
MEDI112 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology II 6 Spring
MEDI128 Reasoning in Medical Ethics and Physical Sciences 6 Spring

Select one of the following subjects:

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
CHEM102 Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life 6 Spring
Or
CHEM105 Foundation Chemistry: Reactions and Structures 6 Spring

Summer

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
CHEM106 Foundation Chemistry: Properties and Reactivity of Matter 6 Summer 2019/2020

Year 2

Autumn

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
BIOL213 Principles of Biochemistry 6 Autumn
CHEM212 Organic Chemistry II 6 Autumn
MEDI211 Control Mechanisms Physiology 6 Autumn

Plus one subject in Autumn session from the chosen major/minor

Spring

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
BIOL214 The Biochemistry of Energy and Metabolism 6 Spring
BIOL215 Introductory Genetics 6 Spring

Plus two subjects in Spring session from the chosen major/minor

Year 3

Autumn

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
CHEM358 Pharmacology 6 Autumn
BIOL340 Cell and Molecular Biology 6 Autumn

Plus one subject in Autumn session from the chosen major/minor

Spring

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
BIOL341 Immunity and Infection 6 Spring

Plus two subjects in Spring Session from the chosen major/minor

Annual

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
MEDI380 Integrated Science in Medicine (iSIM) 12 Annual

Major Study Areas

  • Biomedical Research
  • Exercise Science
  • Health Practice (Suspended 2019)
  • Medical Science
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Nutrition

Minor Study Areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Medical Radiation Physics

Honours

Students with a good academic record, particularly in their third year, are encouraged to consider an Honours year in the discipline of their major study. The Honours year is the fourth year of study that provides training in independent research.

For further information contact the Course Director.

Why choose this course

Health Care and Social Assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs within Australia and is projected to make the largest contribution of 14.9% to employment growth from 2018 to 2023. With this, brings exciting employment opportunities and career options. Source: Employment Projections

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills in Australia is becoming a fast-growing area creating new and increased job prospects. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services is projected to increase by 10.2% from 2018 to 2023 reflecting ongoing strength in demand for the services of qualified and highly educated workers. Source: Employment Projections

At UOW we're committed to 'inquiry-based learning' that teaches you to constantly seek out knowledge, analyse it and apply it in your chosen profession. We integrate technology into all our learning and teaching to ensure that you graduate equipped to excel in a constantly changing and technologically advanced world. Our courses are taught by professionals who are world-leading researchers and experienced clinicians so the skills and knowledge you acquire can be applied to real-world challenges today and in the future.

Career opportunities

  • Biomedical Researcher
  • Community or Registered Nurse
  • Counsellor
  • Dietitian
  • Doctor
  • Exercise Scientist/Physiologist
  • General Practitioner
  • Health Administrator
  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Health Worker
  • Industry Health Worker
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Nutritionist
  • Sports Administrator
  • Psychologist
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Sports Rehabilitator
  • Sports Scientist
  • Scientific Researcher
  • Allied Health Professional

Admission

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

Credit for Prior Learning

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

English Requirements for international students

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

IELTS Academic

  • Overall Score: 6.5
  • Reading: 6.0
  • Writing: 6.0
  • Listening: 6.0
  • Speaking: 6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

  • Overall Score: 86
  • Reading: 18
  • Writing: 18
  • Listening: 17
  • Speaking: 17

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 65 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated July 9, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Mar 2020
Duration
3 years
Full-time
Price
94,320 AUD
For Domestic Students: Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. For International Students: Session Fee is $15,720 per year and Course Fee is $94,320 per year.
Deadline
Sep 30, 2019
Domestic Applicants (UAC): 30 September 2019. Late applications will not be considered. International Applicants: 14 February 2020. Late applications may be considered.
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