Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences (Advanced) Mid-Year Entry

Degree Type Bachelor
Duration 3 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 324961
CRICOS 090815D

Be a health leader

Want to tackle humanity’s greatest health challenges? Aspire to be outstanding in your field? The Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences (Advanced) is a distinctive degree for students who want to excel.

What will you do?

Our advanced degree emphasises innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as applied clinical and research skills. You will:

  • explore health from cellular, system, individual and population perspectives
  • study solutions to frontline healthcare problems in a unique “hacking health” course
  • learn about health collaborations and get hands-on training in our state-of-the-art Adelaide Health Simulation
  • develop strategies for getting health discoveries into practice with the University’s Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre
  • learn from award-winning health researchers
  • undertake a year-long research placement or internship.

You’ll also pursue a specialisation in one of a diverse range of areas:

  • Neurosciences
  • Clinical Trials
  • Nutritional Health
  • Public Health
  • Medical Sciences
  • Reproductive and Childhood Health.

Where could it take you?

You’ll emerge with enhanced skills for either higher studies or leadership roles in your chosen career. You could lead programs to improve the health of vulnerable populations, develop policies to prevent obesity or tackle antimicrobial resistance. You might win the Nobel Prize in Medicine through ground-breaking research. Perhaps you’ll outsmart cancer with an innovative approach to treatment.

  • Entry Requirements

    For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.

    For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2021 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 324961
    2020 CSP ATAR 95
    2020 CSP IB 37
    Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 95
    Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 37
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team

    2020 Admissions Data for school leavers
    (raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
    Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 85.85
    Median ATAR to receive an offer 95.9
    Highest ATAR to receive an offer 99.95
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
    Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 95
    Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 98.8
    Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 99.95
    Minimum eligibility score 90
    Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
    Selection Criteria
    Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors). Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Additional Entry Requirements
    Year 12 applicants must obtain an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 95 or higher (or equivalent).
    Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). 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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2021. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2021 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2020 or 2019), 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 2019). 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 Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 324961

    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2020
    Number of students Percentage of all students
    (A) Higher Education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    15 15.2%
    (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study n/a N/A
    (C) Work and life experience
    (admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    N/A N/A
    (D) Recent secondary education:
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
      (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
    81 81.8%
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
      (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
    N/A N/A
    • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
      (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
    <5 N/A
    International students <5 N/A
    All students 99 100.0%

    International applicants

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    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
    Pearson Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    C1 Advanced 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
    More Information
    Secondary School Qualifications Selection Rank (International) 95
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 37
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 23
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 5
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 13
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 90%
    British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 6.4
    Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 96
    ISC & CBSE [India] 90%
    ISBE [India] 95%
    SAT (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 1520
    AP (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 13
    Abitur 1.6
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 3.7
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 9.5
    STPM or Matrikulasi 3.55
    Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 88
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 88
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 430
    ANU Foundation Studies 93%
    Monash Foundation Year 85%
    Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 86
    UNSW Foundation Year 9
    University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 8.0
    Western Australian Universities' Foundation Program (WAUFP) 75
    University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 6.0
    Non-Go8 Foundation Score 88
    SMA3 (in conjunction with National Final Examination Certificate) Not accepted
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines 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 Pathway Programs
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Domestic applicants

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    Indicative annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $8,746

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $39,000


    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

    Microbiologist, Physiologist, Forensic Anthropologist, Immunologist, Pharmacologist, Sports Nutritionist, 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, ...

  • 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:
    • 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)

    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: Saturday, 21 Nov 2020