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Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Honours)

Bachelor honours degree

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  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Honours)
  • Duration
    1 year full-time
  • Credit
  • Location
    Curtin Perth
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This is an intercalated course designed to enable Curtin Medical School (CMS) Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) students gain experience of research and to achieve an AQF level 8 qualification. This will enable students to be eligible to progress to a higher degree by research through the PhD pathway. This is a stepping stone for medical students to pursue a clinician scientist pathway, post-internship. Students will develop critical thinking skills and application to their field of research. Independent and supervisor guided learning relevant to the research project will enable students to develop subject specific knowledge and research skills. Students will work with a supervisor to develop their research protocol and complete their research activities and data collection, analyse their results and write up the research.

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What you'll learn

  • justify a research approach using epidemiological, sociological, health services research or biomedical principles and concepts
  • design solutions or strategies for problems identified within a field of research
  • communicate research findings to a variety of audiences such as experts in the field and communities
  • demonstrate national and international research standards relevant to the research process and ethical reasoning
  • demonstrate knowledge of issues related to cultural safety and equity in relation to the research process and research outcomes
  • interpret findings of research within the context of quality of patient care or healthy communities
  • demonstrate proficiency in conducting an ethical approach to clinical research

Admission criteria

This is an intercalated course, designed to be undertaken by Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (B-MBBS) students at the end of Year 3 and before Year 4 of the MBBS course. Students eligible for entry into the BMedSci (Hons) must be enrolled in Curtin University's Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and have successfully completed Years 1 -3 of the course. Applicants are expected to attain a CWA average of ≥ 65 in Year 2 and Year 3 of the MBBS course. Applicants are also required to have the agreement in principle of a member of academic staff to act as supervisor, and admission into honours is subject to an appropriate supervisor and project being available. Students will select an appropriate project from an advertised list. 


Applicants would require approval from the Head of School and the Course Coordinator of the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (B-MBBS) program to take a Leave of Absence from their medical studies and enrol in the Honours course.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

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Full Year - Honours
  • On campus


Full Year - Honours
  • On campus


Full Year - Honours
  • On campus

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  • Curtin course code: BH-MEDSCI
  • CRICOS code: 107687H
  • Last updated on: 24/09/2022