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Bachelor of Clinical Sciences


Not available to international students.
UAC Code
Casuarina Campus (CSP)
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Course Duration
3 year/s
Not Available
Availability for Admission
Semester 1
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
Can offers be deferred?
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code


Bachelor of Clinical Sciences
College of Health and Human Sciences
Area of study
Science and The Environment
Clinical and Behavioural Sciences
Design and Construction

The Bachelor of Clinical Sciences course is a direct pathway for CDU students to study medicine, on campus in Darwin. This course is part of a double degree with the Northern Territory Medical Program (NTMP) offered by Flinders University. Australian citizen or permanent resident school leavers with year 12 qualifications, or higher education students who have studied for no more than one year are eligible for consideration for entry.

The Bachelor of Clinical Sciences is the first award of this double degree. Completion of the first two years of the course to a specific grade point average standard and within the specified time frame, guarantees entry into the NTMP, which you will begin in your third year of study.

In your studies at CDU you will develop a strong foundation in fundamental health and medical-related sciences, building your knowledge, skills and confidence to move on to the NTMP. This course is accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) as an entry pathway into medical studies.

Career opportunities

Graduating from this course completes the first part of the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences/Doctor of Medicine (CDU/Flinders University) double degree and may lead to career opportunities in medicine or medical research.

Credit transfers & pathways

Pathways for VET to Higher Education

Guaranteed credit transfer arrangements are available to students commencing a bachelor degree at Charles Darwin University with completed Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree qualifications in the same field or discipline. Students who hold completed qualifications should refer to the additional information provided about Advanced Standing and Credit Transfer and Pathways using the links below:

Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

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  • This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

  • Australian qualification framework

    This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Course structure

In the first two years of the BCSC you will receive a strong foundation in the health and medical sciences. This will prepare you for entry into the four-year Flinders University NTMP. The BCSC course must be undertaken full time at the CDU Casuarina Campus. You are required to pass all units and gain a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.00 (Credit Average) to progress to the final (third) year of the Bachelor of Clinical Science course. Students who do not pass all units or fail to achieve the minimum GPA within the first two years will have opportunities to transfer to other courses.

Students who are accepted into the course may apply to study part time, if they have applied successfully for credit transfer. This will only apply to students who have studied for one year or less in other higher education courses. Anyone who has more studied for more than one year in higher education is not eligible to enter the course.

The third year of the BCSC and the first year of the NTMP are completed simultaneously, in the same year. Entry into this program is associated with a bond to work for four years in the Northern Territory after graduation (including your Intern year). In consequence there is a requirement that BCSC students sign a contract with the Northern Territory Government. This would normally be at the commencement of year 1 of the NTMP (year 3 of the BCSC).

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 240 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type

Credit Points

Specific requirements
Core Units
(16 CDU units plus 2 Flinders units)


Compulsory Core units totalling 240 credit points consisting of 16 CDU units (160cp) and 2 Flinders University units equivalent to 80cp (CDU) as detailed below.

 MLS110 Introduction to Diagnostic Pathology (replaces MLS100 from 2020)
 MLS101 Haematology 1
 SBI150 Cellular Biology
 SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1
 SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2
 SBI173 Microbiology
 SCH101 Chemical Concepts
 SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry
 HSC230 Cultural Safety in Health
 PHA210 Pharmacology 1 
 PHA214 Biotechnology and Pharmacogenomics 
 SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies 
 MLS245 Medical Biochemistry 
 SBI283 Immunology
 SCL200 Communication for Improved Patient Care 
 PHA312 Infectious Diseases

 Flinders University Units

 MMED9150 Medicine 1A (40 cp)
 MMED9151 Medicine 1B (40 cp)



Total Credit Points

Students who commence in or after 2013
No more than 20 credit points shall be counted with a grade of "PC" in a Bachelor AQF Level 7 course award and no more than 10 credit points at "PC" may be received at the highest level of the program of learning.

Of the total 240 credit points: (unless specified in the specific course structure above)
* not more than 100 credit points may be taken from 100 level units
* a minimum of 60 credit points must be taken from 300 level units or above

Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.


Study plan

Students Commencing Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time load.

When designing an individual study plan:
♦    ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
♦    maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
♦    check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the subject area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200 i.e. SBI283.


Legend: CO = Core Unit


Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 CO SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2 CO
MLS110 Introduction to Diagnostic Pathology CO SBI173 Microbiology CO
SCH101 Chemical Concepts CO SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry CO
SBI150 Cellular Biology CO SBI283 Immunology CO
Year 2
MLS101 Haematology 1 CO SCL200 Communication for Improved Patient Care  CO
HSC230 Cultural Safety in Health CO PHA312 Infectious Diseases CO
PHA210 Pharmacology 1  CO PHA214 Biotechnology and Pharmacogenomics  CO
MLS245 Medical Biochemistry  CO SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies  CO
Year 3 (Flinders University units)
MMED9150 Medicine 1A (40 cp) CO MMED9151 Medicine 1B (40 cp) CO

Course fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2021: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

Domestic students - undergraduate studies


SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS





UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.




If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.

International students

How to apply direct to CDU

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.


You will need a valid email address to create your online account.


Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.


There is no application fee when you apply online.

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