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Bachelor of Clinical Science


Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Bachelor of Clinical Science (BClinSc)
English Language Proficiency:
IELTS of 7.0 overall with minimum 6.5 in each band, or equivalent
Study Mode:
Attendance Mode:
Candidature Length:
Full-time: 2 years
North Ryde — Session 1 (February)
Volume of Learning:
Equivalent to 3 years
General requirements:
Minimum number of credit points for the degree 72
Of your 72 credit points, complete a maximum of 30 credit points at 100 level
Minimum number of credit points at 200 level or above 42
Minimum number of credit points at 300 level or above 18
Completion of a designated People unit
Completion of a designated Planet unit
Completion of a designated PACE unit
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below
Students must complete one designated People unit and one designated Planet unit. Those units must be taken in two different Faculties. Any unit which is listed below will not satisfy the People unit requirement or Planet unit requirement.

In order to graduate students must ensure that they have satisfied all of the general requirements of the award.

Specific minimum requirements:

Credit points

100 level

Human Biology (3)
Introduction to Anatomy (3)
Biomolecules (3)
Professional Practice 1 (3)
Physics for Life Sciences (3)
Introductory Statistics (3)

200 level

Cardiorespiratory 1 (3)
Renal and Alimentary 1 (3)
Musculoskeletal 1 (3)
Neuroscience 1 (3)
Human Health and Disease Processes (3)
Professional Practice 2 (3)
Genetics and Genomics in Medicine (3)
Genetics and Genomics in Medicine (3)
3cp from
Professional Development 1 (3)
Laboratory Experience and Training 1 (3)

300 level

Health/Research Placement (3)
Cardiorespiratory 2 (3)
Renal and Alimentary 2 (3)
Neuroscience 2 (3)
Advanced Clinical Science (3)
Professional Practice 3 (3)
Biomechanics of Human Movement (3)
3cp from
Professional Development 2 (3)
Laboratory Experience and Training 2 (3)
Human Movement (3)

Balance of credit points required:



Units marked with a C are Capstone units.
Units marked with a P are PACE units.

AQF Level Level 7 Bachelor Degree
CRICOS Code 087679M
Overview and Aims of the Program The Bachelor of Clinical Science is a fast track program for high achieving students, which allows them to complete a bachelor degree in 2 years by utilising S1, S2 and T3, T0 of the 6x6 model. In the first year the degree includes units covering the fundamental principles that underpin biomedical science. A body systems based approach is then adopted, where topic areas are explored in a research and health related context. Students cover structure and function of body systems: anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, histology, genetics and embryology alongside abnormality and disease: pathology, immunology, pharmacology, microbiology, virology, diagnostics and imaging.
Key features of the program include:
• Systems based approach to learning
• Targeted preparation for students wishing to sit the GAMSAT.
• Professional practice units are integral throughout the program where students acquire knowledge and skills in for example; critical thinking, behavioural and social psychology, personal reflection, research skills, ethics, professional responsibility and management.
• High achieving students will have the opportunity to enrol in research specific units.
• The capstone/PACE unit allows the opportunity for students to gain experience in a health care setting or medical research facility. This choice of placement will depend on future career aspirations.

Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Program Learning Outcomes By the end of this program it is anticipated you should be able to:
1. Articulate a broad knowledge and understanding of the fundamental biological, chemical and physical sciences. K, P, C, A
2. Demonstrate a coherent, in depth knowledge of the structure and function of the human body. K, T, P, C, E, J
3. Evaluate and apply knowledge of the human body systems to facilitate understanding of disease processes. K, T, P, I, C, E, A, J
4. Explain the importance of evidence based health care and its role in clinical practice and medical research. K, T, P, I, C, E, A, L
5. Evaluate research methodologies including research design, data analysis and interpretation. K, T, P, C, J
6. Acquire technical capabilities relevant to working in a healthcare and medical research settings. K, P, C,J, L
7. Critically reflect on personal experiences and interactions within teams to facilitate the development of lifelong learning
strategies. K, T, P, I, C, E, A, J , L
8. Examine the impact of societal, cultural and global influences in healthcare and medical research settings. T, P, I, C, E, A
9. Apply critical thinking skills to independently solve clinically based problems. K, T, P, C,E, J
10. Apply non technical capabilities of communication, effective teamwork, medical and research ethics, patient and laboratory safety within healthcare and
medical research settings. K, T, P, C, E, A, J
Learning and Teaching Methods The Bachelor of Clinical Science program allows students to develop a sound understanding in the fundamentals of science. Students will apply this knowledge base to a human body system approach to learning where pathology is taught alongside normal physiology and anatomy. Professional practice develops skills in critical thinking, problem solving, research, psychology, communication and personal reflection, all of which help to prepare students for a career in health care or medical research. Formal lectures, e learning, tutorials, laboratory sessions practical projects and private study will help students acquire this foundational knowledge. As knowledge acquisition progresses, students will engage in simulation and scenario based learning. Students will increasingly work independently to develop their research and reflective practice skills.

These learning methods are supported through the development of an e portfolio, interaction with peers, research based work, discussion forums and practical tasks. The program has a work placement within its required PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) unit and this allows students to gain practical experience in a healthcare or medical research related activity. This opportunity further develops their team working and collaborative research skills through engagement in a research project related to the placement.
Assessment A range of methods will be used to assess progress and achievement and will be both formative and summative in their nature. Across the 2 years of the program assessment methods include:
• Online quizzes
• Group and individual presentations
• Essays
• Case study presentations
• Practical tests and examinations
• Critical appraisals
• Lab reports
• Research Projects
• Reflective Portfolio
• End of unit exams
Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit. 

Domestic Students
For undergraduate RPL information visit
For domestic postgraduate RPL information visit

International Students
For RPL information visit

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Graduate Destinations and Employability Graduates of the Bachelor of Clinical Science degree will have specific knowledge, problem solving, analytical and research skills. They will acquire skills necessary to be an effective communicator and to use their initiative to help inform personal and professional judgments. These skills will improve student capability to pursue a career in medicine, other related healthcare professions or medical research.
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit

Accreditation This is an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) accredited qualification.

Inherent requirements are the essential components of a course or program necessary for a student to successfully achieve the core learning outcomes of a course or program. Students must meet the inherent requirements to complete their Macquarie University course or program.

Inherent requirements for Macquarie University programs fall under the following categories:

Physical: The physical inherent requirement is to have the physical capabilities to safely and effectively perform the activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Cognition: The inherent requirement for cognition is possessing the intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative capabilities to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Communication: The inherent requirement for communication is the capacity to communicate information, thoughts and ideas through a variety of mediums and with a range of audiences.

Behavioural: The behavioural inherent requirement is the capacity to sustain appropriate behaviour over the duration of units of study to engage in activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

For more information see

2018 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
HSC Chinese, CHN113, CHN148