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CG93 - Bachelor of Medical Science (Specialisation)


At a glance

Explore health and disease issues and equip yourself with practical skills by studying the Bachelor of Medical Science (Specialisation).

Study modes On-Campus, Distance
Rank OP: 16 SR: 65 ATAR: 60.45
Courses/units 24/144

Biotechnology | Clinical Measurement, Nutrition, Pathology

Availability RockhamptonDistance Education 
Duration 3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Recommended study English (4,SA), Maths B (4,SA), Chemistry, Biology, Science
Intake dates March, July
QTAC Code ROK: 851701; Distance: 851705
VTAC Code Distance: 1700110491
UAC Code Distance: 160491
CRICOS 072157E

* OP/SR/ATAR details provided on this page are from Term 1, 2017. Entry ranks are to be used as a guide only as they are subject to change each year.

  • You are required to attend compulsory residential schools at CQUniversity Rockhampton.
  • Term 2 intake is only available for part-time study in your first term.

Career opportunities

Completing the Bachelor of Medical Science (Specialisation) is your gateway to a wide variety of health professional roles. Depending on your chosen specialisation you will be qualified to work in roles such as:

  • Clinical Physiologist
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist
  • Nutritionist.

Professional recognition

The Clinical Investigation specialisation plan has been developed in conjunction with the relevant professional societies including the Australian and New Zealand Society of Respiratory Science, Australian Neorophysiology Technologists of Australia and Professionals in Cardiac Sciences of Australia. The Nutrition specialisation has been developed in accordance with guidelines from the Nutrition Society of Australia.



The Bachelor of Medical Science (Specialisation) is a practical course designed to ensure you graduate with knowledge in sciences, study and research skills and professional health experience.

While studying this course you will have the flexibility to specialise and pursue career opportunities in Clinical Investigation, Nutrition or Pathology.

The work of Clinical Investigation Scientists centres around four primary disciplines - cardiac sciences, neurophysiology, respiratory sciences and sleep sciences.

Choosing to study the Nutrition specialisation will enable you to work with individuals or communities to promote healthy lifestyle choices and prevent diet-related disease.

If you decide to study the Pathology specialisation you will gain the technical skills needed to pursue a career as a Medical Laboratory Scientist and be equipped to examine bodily samples to assist in making a diagnosis regarding a patient's medical condition.

This unique program has been developed alongside industry professionals and gives you the opportunity to complete placements in real-world settings, allowing you to further enhance your employability and put your learning into practice.

Why Study Health at CQUniversity

Our Health courses and units have been developed to meet the ever-increasing needs of our communities both in Australia and internationally.

Broad range of options
Whether you are currently working in the industry seeking to advance your skills, or looking to kick start a new career in health, our broad and ever-growing range of health courses and units give you the choice to be what you want to be. Choose from the key areas of allied health, medical and exercise sciences, community and health services, and transport and safety sciences.

Study your way
A number of our health courses and units provide allow you to choose between on-campus or distance education, while some provide a mix of on-campus and online delivery methods. CQUniversity is an established provider of distance education and is able to offer a number courses and units in this mode that have not traditionally been available, such as nursing, medical science, exercise and sport sciences, accident forensics, paramedic science and more.

Up-to-date and industry relevant
Our courses and units are constantly being reviewed and updated in consultation with industry, accrediting bodies and other stakeholders to ensure they are relevant and up-to-date. In fact, our offerings are a response to industry demand for people with specialised industry expertise.

Work integrated learning
CQUniversity's health courses and units feature work integrated learning, or learning on the job. For some courses this may be referred to as clinical placement.

You may be required to complete units undertakings in real-life workplaces, allowing you to put learning directly into practice. This hands-on, project-based learning is one reason CQUniversity graduates are in such high demand by employers.

Purpose-built facilities
Quality facilities ensure learning is delivered in context, taught in a similar setting to real-world situations including exceptional simulation environments. New facilities including state-of-the-art technology for fitness and body function testing offer exercise and sport sciences students sophisticated training. Nursing students have access to fully equipped labs replicating a real hospital ward, while medical imaging and medical sonography are taught from new purpose-built multi-million dollar labs. The new CQUniversity Health Clinic at CQUniversity Rockhampton also provides clinical learning experiences to students.



The biotechnology specialisation will explore the ways in which living things and their molecular constituents are used as tools.

With an emphasis on medical applications you will be ideally placed to pursue a career in the BioPharma industry and medical diagnostics.

Clinical Investigation

Clinical Investigation involves diagnosing disease and fine tuning therapeutic management of already established disease by performing physiological tests such as electrocardiography (ECG) and 24 hour halter monitoring.

Upon completion of the Clinical Investigation specialisation you will be ready to pursue a role as a Medical Scientist in clinical measurement laboratories. Medical Scientists form a vital link in the chain of medical services and assess the physiological functioning of the cardiovascular, nervous and respiratory systems.


Nutrition is an important and diverse field in today's society. Choosing to study the Nutrition specialisation will enable you to work with individuals or communities to promote healthy lifestyle choices and prevent diet-related disease.

Completing the Nutrition specialisation will prepare you for a career in nutrition education, advocacy, food advertising and communication, research, nutrition science, nutrition behaviour, sport and exercise and biomedical nutrition.


Upon completion of the Pathology specialisation you will be prepared to become a generalist working in all fields of pathology in rural, regional and suburban laboratories, or you may choose to specialise in a niche field. You may choose to specialise in the fields of Clinical Biochemistry, Haematology, Clinical Microbiology (infectious Diseases), Histopathology, Cytology, Transfusion medicine, Molecular Biology and Cytogenetics.

The Pathology specialisation has interim Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS) accreditation.

Structure and assessment

Program Structure

You are required to complete 24 units, comprising of eight core units and 16 specialisation units.

Course information

For example units you could study as part of the Bachelor of Medical Science (Specialisation) course please click here.

If you have any questions regarding this course, call 13 27 86.

Work integrated Learning

You are required to undertake a minimum of 8 weeks of work placement (including 2 weeks in the first year) in health industry professional discipline areas relevant to your specialisation (pathology, clinical investigation or nutrition).

Residential Schools

There are several compulsory residential schools/workshops for students studying via distance education. Click here to view Residential Schools for all units.

Entry requirements

OP: 16 , SR: 65 , ATAR: 60.45

OP = Overall Position (QLD school leavers), SR = Selection Rank (mature age students), ATAR = Australian Tertiary Admission Rank

English Requirements

If you have English as your second language (international or domestic students born outside of Australia, Canada, NZ, UK, Ireland, South Africa or USA), you need to meet different English language proficiency requirements depending on the level of study and/or course you wish to undertake. Click here for more details.

Fees and scholarships


Degree-level students should check their Offer Letter to confirm the type of place they have been offered as this determines which fees apply to their enrolment. Students offered

  • Commonwealth supported places are liable to pay Student Contributions;
  • domestic full-fee places are liable to pay Tuition Fees;
  • international full-fee places are liable to pay International Tuition Fees.

In addition to these fees, degree-level students pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee. NOTE: Some students who are exempt from paying Student Contributions and Tuition Fees, e.g. Research Higher Degree candidates, will be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee.

Fees are calculated upon enrolment, and recalculated after any enrolment change made prior to census date. Fees are also recalculated after administrative changes or updates are made to a student record, e.g. changes to citizenship status or Fee Liability Category.

Once calculated, fees can be viewed by logging into MyCentre, which also allows students to view and print Fee Notices on demand. The due date for payment is detailed on the Fee Notice.

PLEASE NOTE that paper Fee Notices are not issued by CQUniversity – students must access their Fee Notices in MyCentre.

For current degree-level fee schedules and information about HELP schemes, please select from the following:


Please see our Scholarships site for scholarships that you may be interested in.

How to Apply


You've made an excellent choice. Now that you've decided to train or study at CQUniversity, the next step is to apply, and we're here to assist you every step of the way.

You can lodge your application to study at CQUniversity via one of the following Tertiary Admission Centres:

  • Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC)
  • South Australia Tertiary Admission Centre (SATAC)
  • Universities Admission Centre (UAC)
  • Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC)
  • Western Australia (Apply WA).

Use the table below to find your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre depending on where you live, and where/how you wish to study:

Should you require assistance please contact our Student Advice team.

  QLD NSW SA VIC WA Distance
Undergraduate Apply through QTAC Apply through UAC Apply through SATAC Apply through VTAC Apply through Apply WA Apply through your state tertiary admissions centre, if the program is not listed, apply through QTAC

For more information on applying for Bachelor of Medical Science (Specialisation), please click here.

For further information

If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 13 27 86.

You can also register your interest to stay up-to-date with course developments, application timelines and events happening in your area.

Register your interest

Key dates

09 APR
Tertiary Studies & Careers Expo Adelaide (TSCEA)
21 APR
STEPS Information Session
04 MAY
VCE and Careers Expo
09 MAY
Online Chat Session