The Bachelor of Medical Science Bachelor of Business is designed to produce graduates who are prepared for scientific practice or business and management in health and medical businesses or institutions. Medical Scientists with Business strengths are the leaders of creating, and developing and taking to the public or market, solutions to health and medical problems. Medical Scientists careers are dynamic and involve an exciting range of professions from research and development, business, writing and implementing policy and practice in the medical and health sciences, and communicating science. In the medical scientists component of this degree students choose to major in Medical and Health-related Sciences or Pathology, allowing them to have speciality relevant to their career choices and interests. In the Medical and Health-related Science major students learn the body through the study of tissues, organs and cellular facets both in health and disease, medical devices, how medicines work, as well as public health policies and clinical trials. In the Pathology major students learn how diseases trigger biochemical or cellular changes in the body and how to best diagnose and treat these diseases. Students learn by applying and investigating scientific approaches in world class laboratories with up-to-date scientific technologies and equipment in line with those used in the industry. This hands-on learning is accompanied by development of professional skills such as communication, problem solving, critical thinking, and innovation that means the students are ideally placed for a range of professions.
The aim of this combined degree is to produce graduates with professional qualifications in both medical science and business, to enable them to practise in both areas. Graduates who can cross the divide between medical science and business are highly sought after by employers because they not only have scientific and business skills, but also have transferable skills such as analytical, critical thinking and communication skills.
Graduates are able to tap into both industries and job markets. Examples include hospital scientist, lab and medical pathologist, medical research and development, medical and pharmaceutical business roles, clinical trial and tissue bank roles, medical or science writer, marketer, analyst, and economist. Potential employers include IT companies, business consultancy firms, financial institutions, market research firms, risk management organisations, government, and regulatory agencies.
Course structure explained
Students are required to complete 192 credit points of study, comprising 96 credit points of medical science subjects and 96 credit points of business subjects. Refer to the Bachelor of Business (C10026) entry for the major areas of study.
Graduation from the medical science component of the combined degree is not possible prior to completion of all components of the combined degree. Students wishing to graduate with a Bachelor of Medical Science prior to completion of the business component of the combined degree must apply for transfer to the Bachelor of Medical Science (C10184) single degree program where they must complete all requirements for the stand-alone single degree version.
Similarly, if a student wishes to graduate from the business component of the combined degree prior to completion of the science component they must apply for transfer to the Bachelor of Business (C10026) single degree program where they must complete all requirements for the stand-alone single degree version.