Honours Degree of Bachelor of Medical Science

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The Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) program is only available to students who have passed the Third Year Examination of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. The Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) program is a research based degree. The main component of the program is a research project, leading to the production of a research report or thesis.

Students who pursue the Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) program, should develop an insight into the research culture, practice in scientific thinking, understanding of scientific methods and skills in verbal and written scientific communication.

There are two study options for obtaining a Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours): (a) full-time study with intermission from the MBBS program; or (b) part-time study concurrent with the MBBS program.

Students who opt to study the Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) program full time benefit from being ‘immersed’ into research activities without having other study commitments. 

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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 and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Degree Structure

The Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) has a standard full-time duration of 1 year. To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours), a student must complete satisfactorily a program of study from one of the specialisations listed below, with a combined total of not less than 24 units.

Academic Program Rules

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Areas of Specialisation

  • Acute Care Medicine
  • Anatomical Sciences
  • Dentistry
  • General Practice
  • Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
  • Orthopaedics and Trauma
  • Paediatrics
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Psychiatry
  • Public Health
  • Rural Health
  • Surgery

Example Study Plan

The Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) program is only available to students who have passed the Third Year Examination of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours), a student must complete satisfactorily a program of study from one of the following specialisations:

Acute Care Medicine
Core Course
MEDICINE 4003 Honours Research Skills

Research Project
ACUCARE 4400A Honours Acute Care Medicine Research Project Part 1
ACUCARE 4400B Honours Acute Care Medicine Research Project Part 2
In the case of a part-time enrolment the following two courses must be completed in two consecutive years:
ACUCARE 4410A Honours Acute Care Medicine Research Project (Part-time) Continuing
ACUCARE 4410B Honours Acute Care Medicine Research Project (Part-time) Final

Anatomical Sciences
Core Course
HLTH SC 4003 Honours Research Skills

Research Project
ANAT SC 4400A Honours Anatomical Sciences Research Project Part 1
ANAT SC 4400B Honours Anatomical Sciences Research Project Part 2
In the case of a part-time enrolment the following two courses must be completed in two consecutive years:
ANAT SC 4410A Honours Anatomical Sciences Research Project (Part-time) Continuing
ANAT SC 4410B Honours Anatomical Sciences Research Project (Part-time) Final

Dentistry
Core course
DENT 4005 Research Methods and Ethics

Research Project
DENT 4400A Honours Dental Science Part 1
DENT 4400B Honours Dental Science Part 2
In the case of a part-time enrolment the following two courses must be completed in two consecutive years:
DENT 4410A Honours Dental Science Two Year Continuing
DENT 4410B Honours Dental Science Two Year Final

General Practice
Core course
MEDICINE 4003 Honours Research Skills

Research Project
GEN PRAC 4400A Honours General Practice Research Project Part 1
GEN PRAC 4400B Honours General Practice Research Project Part 2
In the case of a part-time enrolment the following two courses must be completed in two consecutive years:
GEN PRAC 4410A Honours General Practice Research Project (Part-time) Continuing
GEN PRAC 4410B Honours General Practice Research Project (Part-time) Final

Medicine
Core course
MEDICINE 4003 Honours Research Skills

Research Project
MEDICINE 4400A Honours Medicine Research Project Part 1
MEDICINE 4400B Honours Medicine Research Project Part 2
In the case of a part-time enrolment the following two courses must be completed in two consecutive years:
MEDICINE 4410A Honours Medicine Research Project (Part-time) Continuing
MEDICINE 4410B Honours Medicine Research Project (Part-time) Final

Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Core courses
SPRH 4002 Literature Review - Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Paediatrics
SPRH 4300 Honours Paediatrics and Reproductive Research Skills

Research Project
OB&GYNAE 4400A Honours Research Project - Obstetrics & Gynaecology Part 1
OB&GYNAE 4400B Honours Research Project - Obstetrics & Gynaecology Part 2
In the case of a part-time enrolment the following two courses must be completed in two consecutive years:
OB&GYNAE 4410A Honours Research Project - Obstetrics & Gynaecology  (Part-time) Continuing
OB&GYNAE 4410B Honours Research Project - Obstetrics & Gynaecology  (Part-time) Final

Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Core course
MEDICINE 4003 Honours Research Skills

Research Project
OPHTHAL 4400A Honours Ophthalmology Research Project part 1
OPHTHAL 4400B Honours Ophthalmology Research Project part 2
In the case of a part-time enrolment the following two courses must be completed in two consecutive years:
OPHTHAL 4410A Honours Ophthalmology Research Project (Part-time) Continuing
OPHTHAL 4410B Honours Ophthalmology Research Project (Part-time) Final

Orthopaedics & Trauma
Core course
MEDICINE 4003 Honours Research Skills

Research Project
ORT&TRAU 4400A Honours Orthopaedics & Trauma Research Project Part 1
ORT&TRAU 4400B Honours Orthopaedics & Trauma Research Project Part 2
In the case of a part-time enrolment the following two courses must be completed in two consecutive years:
ORT&TRAU 4410A Honours Orthopaedics & Trauma Research Project (Part-time) Continuing
ORT&TRAU 4410B Honours Orthopaedics & Trauma Research Project (Part-time) Final

Paediatrics
Core courses
SPRH 4002 Literature Review - Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Paediatrics
SPRH 4300 Honours Paediatrics and Reproductive Research Skills

Research Project
PAEDIAT 4400A Honours Research Project - Paediatrics Part 1
PAEDIAT 4400B Honours Research Project - Paediatrics Part 2
In the case of a part-time enrolment the following two courses must be completed in two consecutive years:
PAEDIAT 4410A Honours Paediatrics Research Project (Part-time) Continuing
PAEDIAT 4410B Honours Paediatrics Research Project (Part-time) Final

Pathology
Core course
HLTH SC 4003 Honours Research Skills

Research Project
PATHOL 4400A Honours Pathology Research Project Part 1
PATHOL 4400B Honours Pathology Research Project Part 2
In the case of a part-time enrolment the following two courses must be completed in two consecutive years:
PATHOL 4410A Honours Pathology Research Project (Part-time) Continuing
PATHOL 4410B Honours Pathology Research Project (Part-time) Final

Pharmacology
Core course
HLTH SC 4003 Honours Research Skills

Research Project
PHARM 4400A Honours Pharmacology Research Project Part 1
PHARM 4400B Honours Pharmacology Research Project Part 2
In the case of a part-time enrolment the following two courses must be completed in two consecutive years:
PHARM 4410A Honours Pharmacology Research Project (Part-time) Continuing
PHARM 4410B Honours Pharmacology Research Project (Part-time) Final

Physiology
Core course
HLTH SC 4003 Honours Research Skills

Research Project
PHYSIOL 4400A Honours Physiology Research Project Part 1
PHYSIOL 4400B Honours Physiology Research Project Part 2
In the case of a part-time enrolment the following two courses must be completed in two consecutive years:
PHYSIOL 4410A Honours Physiology Research Project (Part-time) Continuing
PHYSIOL 4410B Honours Physiology Research Project (Part-time) Final

Psychiatry
Core course
MEDICINE 4003 Honours Research Skills

Research Project
PSYCHIAT 4400A Honours Psychiatry Research Project Part 1
PSYCHIAT 4400B Honours Psychiatry Research Project Part 2
In the case of a part-time enrolment the following two courses must be completed in two consecutive years:
PSYCHIAT 4410A Honours Psychiatry Research Project (Part-time) Continuing
PSYCHIAT 4410B Honours Psychiatry Research Project (Part-time) Final

Public Health
Core course
PUB HLTH 4300OL Developing a Research Proposal

Elective courses
Courses to the value of 9 units from the following:
PUB HLTH 4073 Indigenous Health
PUB HLTH 4074 Introduction to Biostatistics
PUB HLTH 4075 Introduction to Epidemiology
PUB HLTH 4076 Health Policy and Public Health Interventions
PUB HLTH 4078 Qualitative Research Methods in Health
PUB HLTH 4081 Health Economics
PUB HLTH 4108 Public Health Ethics
PUB HLTH 4113 Environmental and Occupational Health
PUB HLTH 4147 Health Technology Assessment

Research Project
PUB HLTH 4200A Honours Thesis Part 1
PUB HLTH 4200B Honours Thesis Part 2
In the case of a part-time enrolment the following courses must be completed in two consecutive years:
PUB HLTH 4210A Honours Thesis Part 1 Two Year Continuing
PUB HLTH 4210B Honours Thesis Part 2 Two Year Final

Rural Health
Core course
MEDICINE 4003 Honours Research Skills

Research Project
RUR HLTH 4400A Honours Rural Health Research Project Part 1
RUR HLTH 4400B Honours Rural Health Research Project Part 2
In the case of a part-time enrolment the following two courses must be completed in two consecutive years:
RUR HLTH 4410A Honours Rural Health Research Project (Part-time) Continuing
RUR HLTH 4410B Honours Rural Health Research Project (Part-time) Final

Surgery
Core course
MEDICINE 4003 Honours Research Skills

Research Project
SURGERY 4400A Honours Surgery Research Project Part 1
SURGERY 4400B Honours Surgery Research Project Part 2
In the case of a part-time enrolment the following two courses must be completed in two consecutive years:
SURGERY 4410A Honours Surgery Research Project (Part-time) Continuing
SURGERY 4410B Honours Surgery Research Project (Part-time) Final







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