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Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences (Advanced)

Degree Type Bachelor

Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 324961

CRICOS 090815D

For students who want to lead the way on health issues, the Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences (Advanced) is an innovative degree with a global health focus that prepares them to improve the health of individuals and populations. With an emphasis on innovation, entrepreneurship, and hands-on clinical and research skills, the degree offers a strong foundation in a wide range of health related areas and provides graduates with the knowledge and leadership skills suited to a variety of careers in health.

Students are taught by award-winning academics to develop clinical skills with a medical focus. A unique course in hacking health offers the chance to explore solutions to frontline healthcare problems. With a choice of seven majors in Clinical Trials, Medical Sciences, Neurosciences, Addiction and Mental Health, Nutritional Health, Public Health, and Reproductive and Childhood Health; as well as flexible online and part-time learning options, students can shape their studies to match their interests, career aspirations and lifestyle. A year-long research placement provides the opportunity to gain practical experience and build professional networks, and overseas study is available to help students gain a global perspective of health issues.

The Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences (Advanced) is designed to produce graduates who have the confidence, initiative and leadership skills to work in a range of health settings. Depending on the major chosen, students may choose to develop careers in research environments, government, industry, business, community organisations and academia; or go on to further study at honours or postgraduate level.
  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 324961
    2017 CSP ATAR 95
    2017 CSP IB 35
    2017 Adelaide Approved Score 95
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Mid-year entry Subject to availability
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 Applicants You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).
    Additional Entry Requirements
    Year 12 applicants must obtain an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 95 or higher (or equivalent).

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent university study. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA. GPAs earned from non-award study within the Faculty of Arts are also considered.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2018. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2018 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2017 or 2016), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2016). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 324961

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 090815D
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications International ATAR 95
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 34
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 21
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 5
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 13
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 90
    ISC & CBSE [India] 90%
    ISBE [India] 95%
    SAT [US] 1520
    Abitur 1.6
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 3.7
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 9.5
    STPM or Matrikulasi 3.55
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 88
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 430
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Phillipines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Admissions Information - Academic Requirements
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  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $37,500


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    This degree has been developed in consultation with industry partners and employers who are seeking graduates with a broad range of skills and an understanding of health. Students will be given the foundation to develop the professional skills required to succeed in a future career in the health industry. Career opportunities for the Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences (Advanced) graduates vary depending on specific interests and the major selected, but may include:

    • Medical/research/clinical/nutrition scientists in research institutes, hospitals, diagnostic and pathology laboratories, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and universities
    • Health information and promotion officers, health policy advisors and planners; community health workers.
    • Further Masters and Postgraduate study to gain qualification in a health profession such as Medicine, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Nutrition and Dietetics etc.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Potential careers

    Laboratory Manager, Laboratory Technician, Medical Research, Medical Scientist, Medical Technician, Biomedical Scientist, Ministerial Adviser, Biostatistician, Molecular Biology, Neuroscientist, Non Government Organisation Worker, Clinical Scientist, Clinical Studies Coordinator, Occupational Health and Safety Manager, Occupational Health and Safety Officer, Occupational Health and Safety Professionals, Community Development Officer, Pharmaceutical Scientist, Pharmaceutical and Medical Supplies Representative, Pharmaceutical and Scientific Equipment Sales Representative, Policy Adviser, Political Adviser, ...

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

    Global Learning Experience

    The Study Abroad and Student Exchange opportunities at second and third year will give students a global perspective on major health challenges, as well as improve career paths and develop intercultural and personal skills and confidence. Study tours are available in some majors. See example study plan.

  • Degree Structure

    Providing general foundation studies in a broad range of areas in Health and Medical Sciences, the degree structure requires students to undertake a major, leading to an in-depth understanding in one specialised health-related area.

    The degree offers majors in one of two streams.

    The Medical Health stream offers majors in:
    • Clinical Trials
    • Medical Sciences
    • Neurosciences
    The Lifespan Health stream offers majors in:
    • Addiction and Mental Health
    • Nutritional Health
    • Public Health
    • Reproductive and Childhood Health
    The degree structure permits students to complement this focus with a choice of broadening electives, as well as providing an opportunity for an international study experience. Unique to this degree are three courses which will develop skills for professional engagement in the workplace, as well as fostering leadership and initiative:
    • Clinical Skills and Simulation
    • Hacking Health
    • Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Health

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Areas of Specialisation

    Students are required to undertake a major in one of two streams: Medical Health and Lifespan Health.

    Medical Health majors
    Clinical Trials
    Are you interested in working with patients to advance human health? Clinical research is the process by which new therapies (medications, biological agents, and devices) are tested with patients prior to approval and marketing. The Clinical Trials major will allow you to acquire the expertise needed to design, develop, lead and conduct clinical trials in hospitals, research organisations/institutes and pharmaceutical companies.

    Medical Sciences
    Are you keen to learn how our bodies work? Our bodies are complex, but amazing biological machines. The Medical Sciences major will enable you to understand how the human body functions in health and disease, and how treatments for disease are developed. You will gain an understanding of the fundamental medical science disciplines of anatomy, physiology, and pathology.

    Are you fascinated by the inner workings of the brain? Neuroscience is a rapidly growing, interdisciplinary field that explores how our 100 billion plus nerve cells grow, connect and function. The Neurosciences major will equip you with an understanding of how the nervous system regulates the body and behaviour with a view to finding ways to prevent or cure neurological disorders.

    Lifespan Health majors

    Addiction and Mental Health
    Are you keen to understand the link between addiction and mental health? Drug addiction changes the brain in fundamental ways. The Addiction and Mental Health major will give you an understanding of the scientific basis of substance abuse and mental health, and review interventions (pharmacological, psychosocial, and public health) used in addiction and mental health fields.

    Nutritional Health
    Are you passionate about nutrition, diet and healthy eating? Consuming the right food can promote good health and impact on the development of diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. The Nutritional Health major will explore our body’s mechanical and physiological responses to food including how we use energy and nutrients from the food we eat.

    Public Health
    Are you keen to promote optimal health through individual and community change? In the Public Health major, you will learn how to measure the health of populations, understand how social, cultural and economic factors influence contemporary health problems in Australia and internationally, and develop practical skills in health promotion and health educational strategies.

    Reproductive and Childhood Health
    Are you fascinated by the creation of new life? Reproduction is a fundamental process of life, but reproductive success (the birth of a baby that will enjoy a long and healthy life) is a multistep process that begins well before fertilisation. The Reproductive and Childhood Health major will equip you with knowledge about fertility, conception, pregnancy and birth. You will also learn about key health issues that affect children and adolescents.

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Year 1  Clinical Skills and Simulation
    Electives (7)
    Year 2  Hacking Health
    Major (2)
    Electives (5)
    Year 3 Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Health
    Major Research Project (extends over the year)
    Major courses (4)
    Electives (1)
    View the indicative study plan for First Year students.

    Clinical Skills and Simulation: Assess, troubleshoot, propose and perform the correct treatment and procedures in a given scenario using high tech manikins and actors. This course is designed to develop and demonstrate knowledge and skills in observation, communication, clinical reasoning and procedural skills. Students will assess, troubleshoot, propose and perform correct treatments and procedures in a range of different health scenarios using state of the art technology.

    Hacking Health: Collaborate with healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses, and clinicians), industry professionals and patients to investigate and co-create solutions to pressing healthcare challenges. In this course, Advanced students will partner with students from across the Faculty (Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing etc.), healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses, researchers), industry professionals and even patients to investigate and co-create solutions to pressing healthcare challenges through the use of emerging technology.

    Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Health: An introduction to problem identification, solution design and entrepreneurial opportunities within the complex world of healthcare. This course will equip students with the knowledge and skills required to bring their Hacking Health ideas to fruition. Students will understand the concepts of entrepreneurship and innovation in health, and demonstrate an awareness of the challenges and opportunities to improve healthcare delivery

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Last updated: Tuesday, 15 Aug 2017