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Medical Sciences

Interested in Medical Sciences?

Gain the skills and knowledge needed to work in diagnostic pathology, biotechnology, forensics or research when you study a medical science degree at UniSA. 

Align your studies with your career ambitions when you choose from a diverse range of advanced specialisations, and gain valuable practical experience in our state-of-the-art on-campus laboratories. 

You will benefit from our strong links with the Sansom Institute for Health Research and the Centre for Cancer Biology, which offer you the opportunity to work alongside experienced industry professionals, award-winning researchers and acclaimed academics. This is a great opportunity for you to build important relationships and networks, which may be vital to your career progression as a graduate. 

Key features

Why UniSA?

We are committed to growing your career, and our graduates have the best career outcomes in South Australia1

As a Medical Science student you will have the opportunity to participate in research projects at the University’s Sansom Institute for Health Research and Centre for Cancer Biology and will be taught by industry professionals. Our teachers have a very practical approach to learning, which means you’ll be able to experience working on real-projects and gain valuable hands-on experience. 

We’ve also invested millions of dollars in new buildings and facilities, so you’ll use the latest technologies and learn in ultra-modern teaching spaces.

UniSA is Australia’s youngest university to receive five-stars in research2 and this excellence shines through our teaching. We are inspired by challenges and opportunities, and partner with local icons and international organisations to deliver impact and change.

1QILT: Graduate Destinations Survey, 2014 – 2016 Full-Time Employment Indicator
22017 QS Stars Rankings

UniSA offers 5 Medical Sciences degrees

Choose your level of study

Short programs

Are you after a career change or looking to upgrade your existing skills? Or perhaps you just have an interest in a particular subject area and want to further your experience, skills and knowledge. We offer a suite of short programs that will allow you to build your knowledge and skill set.

Designed in collaboration with expert academics, program content is industry-relevant and up-to-date. Short programs include:

World-class partners for a world-class university

We are a globally connected university with over 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

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Your career

There is a diverse range of opportunities available for medical science graduates, both in Australia and overseas. Employment opportunities are diverse and you will be qualified to work in:

  • medical research: devise and conduct experiments to increase scientific knowledge
  • biotechnology: modify or manipulate living organisms to develop new products, such as pharmaceuticals or biofuels
  • forensic science: compare, analyse and interpret physical evidence retrieved by crime scene investigators
  • medical informatics: develop, maintain and facilitate medical health records for healthcare organisations 

If you finish your undergraduate degree with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 or above, you may also be eligible for our one-year Bachelor of Biomedical Research (Honours) where you can further develop your research skills and prepare for a career in research.

Your Career

Global networks

We are a globally connected university, our staff and students come from over 90 countries. We have more than 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

Industry facts


Employment for medical technicians in Australia is projected to increase by 8,800 (or 29.1 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015 


To November 2020, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia - an increase of 250,200 jobs1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017


Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017


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What others are saying

A curiosity for human health and science led me to explore the field of medical science. I'm interested in the relationship between human health and impact, and environmental sustainability and plan to pursue a career in research.

Hamish Morelli

Bachelor of Medical Science

Hamish Morelli

Hamish Morelli

Bachelor of Medical Science

I chose UniSA because it has one of the best allied health programs in Australia, and great honours and PhD projects that I can pursue in my prospective field. I’m also a recipient of the International Undergraduate Scholarship offered by the University, which is a great privilege.

Kay Khine Myo Min

Bachelor of Medical Science

Kay Khine Myo Min

Kay Khine Myo Min

Bachelor of Medical Science

Biology and chemistry were my favourite subjects. I was always fascinated with how the human body works, so when I was deciding what to study at university, Medical Science was the perfect fit.

Courtney Moore

Bachelor of Medical Science

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Courtney Moore

Bachelor of Medical Science

Why study at UniSA?

As one of the most innovative universities in Australia and Asia, there are many reasons to study with us. Here are just three:


Accessible, helpful and flexible

We have six campuses, a 24/7 online learning environment, and we offer flexible study options like online and evening courses.


Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*QILT: Graduate Destinations Survey 2015 and Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-17 – Full-time Employment Indicator. Public SA-founded universities only.


A five star university

Five stars for research, teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, social responsibility and inclusiveness.*
*QS Stars rankings 2017