Bachelor of Medical Research with Honours (54E)

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Overview  2021

Entry Requirements

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Duration

Minimum 4 Years, up to a maximum of 9 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the International Online Course Guide (PDF 809KB) for courses that are offered to international students

The diversity of the Bachelor of Medical Research enabled me to explore my interests in all fields, build upon and make connections between different areas of study. It also gave me knowledge and a greater understanding of the sciences that serve as a platform for further studies in Medicine.

Jessica Teoh, Bachelor of Medical Research Alumni
The Bachelor of Medical Research Honours is a research-led course, providing a strong foundation in medical research. It is designed to help you develop the skills to push the boundaries of what science knows about human health. If you've got a passion for saving lives, helping people and conducting scientific experiments, then this is the degree program for you.

At its core are the concepts and principles underlying human health and disease, as well as an understanding of the technologies, strategies and tools used to address medical research problems.

In choosing the Bachelor of Medical Research Honours you will:

  • Build a degree that is tailored to your own interests: your choices for a Major are Biochemistry, Neuroscience, Pathology or Anatomy and Physiology
  • Learn from active research scientists who are well equipped to teach research methods and skills as they apply to their disciplines.
  • Acquire transferable skills – teamwork, critical thinking and the ability to communicate clearly - that will equip you for lifelong learning
  • Enjoy practical real-world learning experiences such as laboratory work and participation in project-based research

In your first year of study you will learn the fundamentals of cells and the systems of the body. The following year, you will start to navigate the interacting systems that make up the human body – including exploring biochemical pathways and physiological systems fundamental to human health and disease.

In your third and final year, you will specialise in an area of interest and gain invaluable real-world experience in medical research. This course emphasises the acquisition of research skills and students will have exposure throughout the course to scientists actively involved in medical research, who are investigating current research questions in a range of fields.

In your fourth year you will have the choice of completing a Research (has performance criteria) or Applied Honours. The Honours year will provide the opportunity to gain real-world medical research experience.

As well as an in-depth knowledge of the disciplines that underpin Biomedicine, students develop important attributes, including:

  • Effective communication skills.
  • Critical and creative thought and problem solving skills.
  • Ethical and social understanding
  • Global perspectives
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge in one or more disciplines(s) and identify research questions in specific topics in health and disease
  • Design and conduct experiments, critically evaluate, analyse and interpret scientific research data and develop new understanding of research problems
  • Source, critically analyse, consolidate and synthesize information from a range of sources to provide solutions to research problems related to health and disease
  • Demonstrate the technical skills required to conduct experiments and collect data to address research questions or test hypotheses
  • Effectively communicate discipline-specific information to a variety of audiences
  • Describe the global importance and impact of medical research
  • Conduct work in a legally, ethically, socially and culturally responsible manner

The Bachelor of Medical Research program includes real-world learning experiences such as laboratory work and participation in project-based research.

Career outcomes

This vital field of medical work requires its practitioners to have a strong aptitude for science, the ability to make clear and precise observations, to work accurately under pressure, and be able to identify and analyse problems and develop practical solutions.

What do medical researchers do?

Medical research incorporates the work of Biomedical Scientists, Clinical Research Scientists, Geneticists, Pharmacologists and many other medical science professionals. Medical researchers work alongside other scientists, conducting tests and experiments and carrying out research projects in order to address problems relevant to human health.

Where do medical researchers work?

Medical Researchers use their skills in a range of careers including:

  • Research Institutes
  • University Departments
  • Hospitals
  • Pathology Laboratories
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Biomedical companies and Government Departments

Careers in Medical Research

Medical researchers apply their expert scientific skills and research findings to develop a better understanding of illnesses and other medical problems. They work towards practical solutions, developing new medicines, finessing existing drugs, testing new products and figuring out measures to prevent and combat diseases.

This course will give you the necessary skills to work in medical research across a range of industries, including the pharmaceutical and biomedical sectors, research institutes, hospitals, and universities.

"The medical research programme provides a wide breadth of study opportunities. The insights I've gained moving to Tasmania and completing a degree prior to my medical degree have proved an exceptional asset."

Professional Recognition

The Bachelor of Medical Research Honours is not limited to a single professional discipline but designed to provide a basis for medical research in a variety of settings.

Course structure

The Bachelor of Medical Research with Honours consists of:

  • Ten Core units: 4 introductory, 2 intermediate, 4 advanced units
  • A discipline-specific major of 8 units: 2 introductory, 2 intermediate, 4 advanced units
  • A minor of 4 units: 2 introductory, 2 intermediate units
  • Two elective units consisting of 1 degree elective and 1 breadth unit.
  • An Honours year (100 credit points).  Students can choose either a Research Honours or Applied Honours specialisation.

Please note that the first year of the degree may be studied on the Newnham campus in Launceston.

Years One to Three


Please note that the first year of the degree may be studied on the Newnham campus in Launceston.

YEAR 1

Undertaking medical research requires a range of skills and knowledge related to the ways information is generated, evaluated and communicated. Processes like peer review and open evaluation are essential to ensure that the knowledge underpinning medicine, health care and medical…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will examine the basic principles and mechanisms underlying disease processes. Student will explore the relationship between environmental and genetic factors which contribute to disease, the cellular processes which lead to cell injury or death and the cellular adaptations…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit equips you with introductory level clinical laboratory skills and theoretical knowledge in the disciplines of Haematology, Clinical Chemistry and Microbiology. At the end of this unit, you will be competent in a range of basic laboratory techniques, using…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is designed to introduce students to human cells and tissues and the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary, defence, musculoskeletal and neuroendocrine systems in the human body. The unit will include: (a) the basic facts and concepts relating…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is designed to introduce you to the anatomy and physiology of the reproductive, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, and digestive systems of the human body. The regulation of body temperature will also be studied in the unit. The unit will…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit you will examine research methods that will help you design studies to investigate questions about relationships and differences among a variety of behavioural and health‐related variables. You will learn when and how to use data analysis methods…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Plus two elective units
   
YEAR 2
     

This unit is designed to provide an overview of the key research skills that are necessary for medical research. This unit will allow students to develop these skills in a collaborative and supportive environment through interactive group activities and engagement…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit focuses on the key elements of experimental design and data analysis in the context of medical research. In this unit, students develop and apply their skills as they are guided through the design, planning, data collection, statistical analysis,…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Provides students with a broad introduction to metabolic and nutritional aspects of biochemistry, and laboratory techniques in biochemical analysis of tissues and enzymes. Major topics include structure, function and metabolism of amino acids, carbohydrates and lipids; the integration and control…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides students with a broad introduction to molecular biology and how it can be used to investigate health & disease. The focus of this unit is primarily on humans and other mammals, but most of the matters discussed…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Human Physiology A (CHP207) builds on first year Biology-based units and gives students an understanding of the function of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems and their integration and interaction in the human body. Students will learn how to collect and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will provide students with the foundation knowledge of pathology by gaining an understanding of the fundamental processes that occur when the human organism undergoes disturbance of its homeostasis. They will gain an appreciation of the ‘one health’ concept…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Plus two elective units
     
YEAR 3

This unit provides students with an understanding of how contemporary approaches in molecular biology are being used to address problems in human health and wellbeing. This includes an introduction to genomics and proteomics. The use of molecular biology and protein…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit provides students with an understanding of how systems-based approaches are being used to address problems in human health and wellbeing. Students will plan and undertake experiments investigating disease mechanism using systems-based tools and approaches to data collection and…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit provides students with ‘hands‐on’ experience in research in an area of biomedical science. Students will be provided with the opportunity to develop their research skills, including experiment planning and design, conducting a research project and analysing data. In…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit provides students with ‘hands‐on’ experience in research in an area of biomedical science. Students will be provided with the opportunity to develop their research skills, including experiment planning and design, conducting a research project and analysing data. In…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Plus four elective units

                                        

Students may complete two elective units in both Year One and Year Two, and four elective units in Year Three;  OR choose to undertake an optional major (8 units) in place of electives.

Year 1

This unit introduces students to the foundation knowledge, skills and conceptual frameworks that underpin contemporary public health practice. It explores the biological, social, economic and environmental determinants of health and wellbeing as a basis for developing strategies and systems that…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Cell biology, genetics and evolution are fundamental to an understanding of the processes of life. In this unit, we examine the structure and function of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, including a discussion of the energy flow in photosynthesis, respiration and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    
Year 2

This unit will explore communicable diseases of humans from an epidemiological perspective. It will provide an introductory overview of the basic biological knowledge needed to understand the interactions within and between populations of microbes, human and other animals. Students will…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Chronic health conditions are the leading cause of illness, disability and death in Australia. This unit will explore the aetiology and epidemiology of the most common chronic diseases, exploring the risk factors which contribute to disease, the underlying mechanisms which…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

    
Year 3
Choose four of the following units:
   

This unit provides an opportunity for you to study the topographical and systems macroscopic anatomy of the human limbs and trunk. Emphasis is placed upon the identification and description of structures and the correlation of structure with function. This includes…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit discusses human disease and provides students with an understanding of recent advances and innovation in the areas of inflammation, medical microbiology, and immunology. In addition, the unit is designed to enable students to develop skills to become effective…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit provides students with an understanding of recent developments and contemporary issues in the areas of biochemistry and molecular biology. Areas covered include topics related to hormones and signal transduction, gene regulation and epigenetics, stem cells, transgenic animals and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Genetics forms the nexus between human biology and the environment with almost every human disease having a genetic component. This course covers the basic tenets of human genetics, introducing genetic concepts and building on these throughout the course. This will…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit follows on directly from CHP311 Neuroscience A. The unit provides an understanding of contemporary neuroscience research topics in neural development, biology of neuronal disorders and cellular and molecular neurobiology. The unit emphasises experimental techniques and the evidence on…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is an elective option within the Medical Science Major within the Bachelor of Medical Research. It is designed to for students who have completed introductory pharmacology modules in Year 2 of the course. In this unit, students will…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

      

Year Four

Research Honours

Aims: (i) to provide a year's training in research, in order to give students a competitive edge in seeking employment in biomedical research laboratories and departments requiring skills in epidemiological and population health research; and (ii) to provide students with…

Credit Points: 50

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Aims: i) to provide a year's training in research, in order to give students a competitive edge in seeking employment in biomedical research laboratories and departments requiring skills in epidemiological and population health research; and ii) to provide students with…

Credit Points: 50

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

   
OR
    

Applied Honours

Four coursework units (50%) and one group project work unit (50%).

Entry requirements

If you're interested in studying the Bachelor of Medical Research (Honours) you will need to meet the following requirements:

If you've just finished school

An ATAR score of 85 or higher, and have completed the following pre-requisite subjects (or equivalent) at AQF level 3:

  • Chemistry (CHM315114)

Mathematics is not a prerequisite subject however we strongly recommend having a background in:

  • General Mathematics MTG315115 or
  • Mathematics Methods MTM415117
If you are a tertiary applicant or completed secondary studies more than 5 years ago

Previous tertiary study at Bachelor level or higher - complete or incomplete with a Credit (60%) average on the most recent 8 (Level 100 units or above) units studied (equivalent to 2 full semesters of study) over no more than 4 semesters, undertaken within the last five years, plus pre-requisites.

Applicants with less than the equivalent of 2 full semesters of study must have a Credit (60%) average on Level 100 units or above + ATAR of 90, or a Distinction (70%) average + ATAR of 85 or above. If study was taken more than 5 years ago, it must be relevant and the applicant engaged in relevant employment which has kept their knowledge up-to-date.

Credit for appropriate studies completed from other university courses may be granted. Please contact the University Admissions Team for further information.

Credit for appropriate studies completed in other university courses may be granted.

If you meet the minimum ATAR but haven't completed the required pre-requisite unit(s), we offer foundation units to help you bridge the gap:

  • Chemistry Foundation Unit (KRA001)

HECS scholarships may be available for Domestic Students run during spring and summer school so you can meet a prerequisite and not delay the start of your Bachelor level studies.

Detailed admissions information and advice for all undergraduate courses, including comprehensive, course-level student profiles, is available from UTAS Admissions.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at the Domestic Student Fees website, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

International students

2021 Total Course Fee (international students): $0 AUD*.

Course cost based on a rate of $29,000 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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