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Science

Champion health and wellbeing

Medical science graduates use their extensive knowledge and practical skills to improve the wellbeing of others. Through ground-breaking research or direct patient care, medical professionals can cure illness and prevent or manage chronic disease.

However big the challenges of a career in health become, the opportunities and rewards are bigger.

Belong to one of the best

Our medicine degrees rank among the best in the world:

  • Exceptional graduate outcomes: In the 2020 Good Universities Guide, UOW ranked first in Australia for graduates in full-time employment for Medicine. UOW also ranked first in NSW for median starting salary, overall quality and teaching quality for Medicine
  • Number 1 in NSW: UOW ranked second in Australia and number one in NSW and ACT for Health Services and Support, in the Federal Government's Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)2020.
  • Top 250 in the World: UOW was rated among the top 250 universities in the world for Natural Sciences in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021.

A UOW medicine student stands in front of anatomy models

Go beyond the textbook:

  • Practical placements are built into our industry accredited degrees. Every clinical placement will develop the practical skills that you need to become a sought after graduate.
  • Human anatomy laboratory: Anatomy classes at UOW offer real-life experience with human cadavers.
  • Clinical learning labs: Our clinical learning laboratories use leading technology to give you the closest experience to seeing real patients.

UOW students work in the UOW Medicine Clinical Skills Simulation Lab

Discover your passion, then develop the specialist skills that employers want:

  • Common first year: Undergraduate students have the chance to try study areas before selecting a major in second year.
  • A choice of majors: Undergraduates studying the Bachelor of Pre-Medicine, Science and Health can choose to major in Biomedical Research, Medical Science, Molecular Medicine, Exercise Science or Nutrition.
  • Diverse graduates: At UOW, the skills you will learn are highly-transferable across a range of careers. We focus on producing graduates who can work in a diversity of health care settings including rural and regional Australian, as well as internationally.

UOW medicine lecturer shows a brain to students

A degree from UOW opens doors:

  • Industry collaboration: UOW has a strong research reputation in collaboration with industry. You'll study in the home of ground-breaking health and medicine research.
  • Access to experts: You'll learn first-hand from professional dietitians, nurses, doctors, exercise physiologists, medical scientists, health administrators and researchers.
  • Be rewarded: Earn an industry sponsored scholarship.
  • Give back: From your first year, you will have opportunities to participate in a wide range of volunteer and enrichment activities in the community. These will assist you in developing real-world skills and ready for a career in health and medicine.
  • Get noticed: Gain valuable real-world experience, and make professional connections that will help launch your career, with a professional health placement.

IHMRI Professors look at a test tube in a medical research laboratory

Earn a recognised qualification:

Students walking through campus in graduation gowns

 

Elevate your studies:

  • Challenge yourself: Medicine is potentially one of the most exciting and challenging of all professions. Our postgraduate curriculum reflects the latest approach to medical education, and incorporates extensive use of existing and emerging information technologies.
  • Doctor of Medicine: UOW undergraduate medicine degrees lead seamlessly on to our four year Doctor of Medicine program. This degree incorporates 2760 hours of practical placements to prepare graduates to practise medicine under supervision as interns, or continue specialist training in any area of medicine.
  • The home of research: You have the opportunity to make a significant contribution to health and medicine through a masters of doctorate level research degree. You'll benefit from studying in a university that is deeply immersed in medical research - and the home of the Molecular Horizons facility, and Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute.

Number 1

UOW Medicine ranked number one in Australia for graduates in full-time employment.

The Good Universities Guide 2021

Become one of the world's most employable graduates

Health care has been the biggest provider of new jobs in Australia and is projected to contribute 14.9% of employment growth from 2018 to 2023. UOW produces graduates who are committed to improving the health of individuals, communities and populations. 

Here is just a sample of the careers you can pursue:

  • Doctor 
  • General practitioner
  • Allied health professional
  • Biomedical researcher 
  • Health administrator 
  • Health promotion officer 
  • Health worker 
  • Industry health worker 
  • Laboratory technician 
  • Sports scientist 
  • Scientific researcher

Read more: What can I do with my degree? 

Meet Jordan

I felt the medical and health science degree would provide me with the best foundation to make the transition into my goal of studying postgraduate medicine fairly seamless. I’ve had so many opportunities including volunteering as a dissector in the anatomy lab, studying in New York for a semester and participating in an internship at the Innovation Campus. It was really cool to be in the presence of leading academics.JordanFOURTH-YEAR STUDENT. BACHELOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (HONOURS) (DEAN'S SCHOLAR)

Put theory into practice

At UOW, you're more than a number. You'll learn from experts in a range of medical fields, and gain real practical skills in smaller, personalised classes.

Alumni stories

With the Bachelor of Medical and Health Sciences, the most enjoyable thing that I've found throughout my 3 years is the flexibility of subjects. I've been able to delve into different areas of health such as public health or more anatomy and physiology subjects, which is directing my attention to what I want to do further in my career.
 
We have an amazing Anatomy program here which is a feed on from a body donation program, which allows undergraduates to work within an anatomy lab with cadaver material. That's not on offer at all universities and that does provide us with a step forward in our anatomy academia.
 
The thing I like most at UOW is that the classes are very small and personalised so you don't feel like you're just a number, and you can get all the support and help that you need. The best thing is that all the theory that you learn and all the experiments and the procedures can all be applied to the real world so you get to understand at a deeper level what's going on in health and disease.
 
So one of the really cool things about studying nutrition at UOW is all the teachers are fully accredited. They're all dieticians and they have so much experience or everything's really current and up-to-date.

Study in the home of medical research

Medical research Justin Yerbury with his IHMRI research team

Illawarra Health & Medical Research Institute

IHMRI is a not-for-profit organisation that supports researchers in the Illawarra who are striving to find better ways to treat disease and illness.

UOW Health Impacts Nutrition researchers serve breakfast to primary school children

Health Impacts Research Centre

The Health Impacts Research Centre brings together diverse groups of researchers to improve the health of whole communities.

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Biomechanics Research Laboratory

BRL is committed to developing innovative strategies to decrease injury potential and optimize the quality of life for individuals of all ages.

We're fearless in the pursuit of our purpose. At UOW, you'll have ground-breaking research at your fingertips.

Molecular Horizons

Molecular Horizons is a brand new $80 million world-leading research facility with a focus on transformational molecular research - research that can be used in solving some of the biggest challenges facing the world today such as developing new forms of antibiotics and curing cancer.

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In this time of unprecedented change we have a choice to drive change or be driven by it. At the University of Wollongong we choose to lead it and that
is why we are investing in an 80 million dollar molecular life sciences facility. This world-leading molecular science research facility will be dedicated to
solving some of the biggest health challenges facing the world today, such as developing new forms of antibiotics curing cancer and reversing Alzheimer's
disease. The centrepiece of UOW's molecular science initiative will be the seven million dollar ultra high-resolution Titan Krios cryo-EM microscope, one of only two in Australia and only a small number across the world. UOW's molecular horizons facility will put New South Wales and in fact Australia on the map as a leader in this revolutionary science and open up unlimited possibilities for vital health-related discoveries.

A brighter future starts here

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