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Medical Sciences

Interested in Medical Sciences?

Study at the No.1 University in South Australia for careers and teaching quality in Science and Mathematics1.

Explore the complex world of human health and disease with UniSA’s flexible Bachelor of Medical Science, which will prepare you with the skills and knowledge to work in health and medical research, and biotechnology. Through a wide range of elective courses, you’ll be able to align your studies with your career aspirations.

You will also gain extensive practical experience in our on-campus laboratories, where you can undertake a research project during your final year. 

1QILT: Graduate Outcomes Survey Course Experience Questionnaire 2016-18 – Full-time Employment and Teaching Quality Indicators (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

Key features

  • Gain the skills and knowledge needed to work in health and medical research, and biotechnology.
  • Study at the No.1 University in South Australia for careers and teaching quality in Science and Mathematics1.
  • Gain practical experience in on-campus, purpose-built laboratories.
  • Benefit from choosing to participate in research projects with one of our internationally-renowned research groupsUniSA Cancer Research Institute or Centre for Cancer Biology.
  • Align your studies with your career ambitions through a range of elective subjects. 

1QILT: Graduate Outcomes Survey Course Experience Questionnaire 2016-18 – Full-time Employment and Teaching Quality Indicators (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

Why UniSA?

UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities,1 we’ll ensure you get the experience your future profession demands so it’ll feel like you’re studying one minute and in a career the next.

Gain extensive practical experience in our on-campus laboratories, where you can undertake a research project during your final year. 

Health research at UniSA brings together internationally recognised researchers in the areas of cancer, pharmaceuticals, clinical neuroscience and mental health, healthy lifestyles, population health, and Aboriginal health. You will have the opportunity to be involved in these areas of research, work closely with industry professionals and gain valuable practical experience. 

We are No.1 in Australia for research impact and engagement2 and this excellence shines through our teaching, where you’ll learn from world-class researchers, industry professionals and experienced clinicians.

1Ranked #26, 2019 THE Young University Rankings; Ranked #30, 2020 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50

22018 ARC Engagement and Impact Assessment (EI), Combined Impact – Approach to Impact and Engagement on Assessed Fields. 

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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

The Bachelor of Medical Science is a flexible degree that exposes you to the disciplines central to understanding human health and disease. 

You will have an interest in science and how the human body works at all levels, including how different body systems interact with each other and the environment. You will need to be a problem solver, critical thinker, as well as analytical.

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

  • medical or biomedical 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
  • medical sales representative: promote and sell a company’s products; must establish and maintain relationships with customers and stay informed of new medical developments

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) degree and, depending on results, may also be eligible to proceed to further postgraduate study. You could take your career to the next level with postgraduate research study including a Masters by Research or a PhD.

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

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Employment for medical laboratory scientists is projected to increase by 6.3 per cent by May 2023.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2018

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To May 2023, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 250,300 jobs.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2018

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Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2018

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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:

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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.

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Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*QILT: Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-18 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

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A five star university

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