Bachelor of Medical Science with Honours

Course Code





Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Candidates must have successfully completed the first three years of the MBBS program with grades in the top 25% of their cohort over the three preceding years.

Entry requirements for this course are consistent with the Pathways to Qualifications in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 8) Guidelines for Bachelor degrees.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students of non English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  The IELTS score required for admission to this course can be found in Schedule II of the JCU Admissions policy.

Additional selection requirements

By invitation of the Head of School.

Special admission requirements

A quota on entry into the Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) program may be applied depending on the availability of supervisors and other resources.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points as per course structure.

Additional course rules

Candidates must attend components of coursework usually completed by honours students within the discipline.

Additional completion requirements

Candidates must attend research seminars of the School of Medicine and Dentistry and the discipline in which the research is conducted.

Learning outcomes

Characteristics of learning outcomes for this course are consistent with those outlined in the Bachelor degree Guideline in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 8).

Course Structure

Core Subjects

MD4110:12  Medical Science Honours Part 1 of 2

MD4120:12  Medical Science Honours Part 2 of 2







Expected time to complete

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites

Candidates must complete relevant safety/training courses, e.g. laboratory safety for lab-based programs, before commencing their research.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements

Candidates are required to address relevant animal or human ethics issues through applying to the University’s Ethics Committee for permission to conduct their project.

Accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Not applicable

Maximum allowed

Not applicable


Not applicable


Not applicable

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable