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Course and Subject Handbook 2022 Courses Undergraduate Courses Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) (End-on]

Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) (End-on]

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

Bachelor Honours Degree (AQF Level 8)


Division of Tropical Health and Medicine


College of Medicine and Dentistry

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Students must have successfully completed the first three years of the AQF Level 7 MBBS program at JCU with a minimum grade point average of 5.0 (i.e. credit average)in each of the years 2 and 3 of the MBBS course (excluding selective subjects) if commencing after completion of MBBS 3.  If commencing after completion of MBBS 4, a minimum grade point average of 5.0 in each of years 2, 3 and 4 (excluding selective subjects) is required. If commencing after completion of MBBS 5, a minimum grade point average of 5.0 in each of years 3, 4 and 5 (excluding selective subjects) is required.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3b Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Students also need to take note that in accordance with the National Registration Board’s requirement, they must hold a valid IELTS (academic module) minimum score of 7.0 in all components within 2 years prior to applying for registration.

Additional selection requirements

Application for entry to the program is by approval of the College Dean.

Quota restrictions on the number of honours places available may apply from time to time as determined by the College Dean.

Information published by JCU or otherwise made available to students when applying, may specify additional criteria to be considered in ranking applicants in order of merit if the number of applications exceeds a quota or other limit on the places made available for the course.  Information provided by applicants during the application process and any other information obtained by JCU in the application process may be used by JCU to rank applicants in order of merit by reference to those additional criteria.

Post admission requirements

Depending on the area of research and/or professional experience placement activities, students must comply with the relevant mandatory pre-placement requirements of the University and the Host facility. Students must complete all professional experience placement requirements by the prescribed deadlines and maintain currency of all requirements throughout their enrolment in the course.

You will find your course requirements here:

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

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

Additional completion requirements

Students must attend research seminars of the College of Medicine and Dentistry and the discipline in which the research is conducted.

Course learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) graduates will be able to:

  • Apply coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in medical science

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in quantitative and/or qualitative research approaches through critical analysis, evaluation and application of the relevant approach

  • Design and successfully conduct well designed research projects that are ethically and culturally safe and empowering in partnership with relevant collaborators

  • Critically evaluate own capabilities as developing researchers to enable structured further learning

  • Communicate a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences.

Course Structure


MD4111:03 Medical Science Honours Part 1 of 3

MD4112:09 Medical Science Honours Part 2 of 3

MD4113:12 Medical Science Honours Part 3 of 3




JCU Townsville



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


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements

Students 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



Not applicable

Maximum allowed

Not applicable


Not applicable


Not applicable

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable