Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science) (BSc(BiomedSc))

Program Code

Program Faculty
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Academic Year

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This program focuses on the biomedical aspects of biology, including the normal and abnormal function of the human body. The emphasis is on modern biomedical knowledge and the research approaches used to gain that knowledge. Students will start from a broad base in their first year that includes biology and chemistry and will begin to specialise in their second year with a focus on biochemistry, genetics and microbiology and immunology. In their third year, students will choose a major in one of biochemistry, genetics or microbiology and immunology. The third year has a substantial research focus.

The Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science) is an AQF Level 7 program with a standard full-time duration of 3 years.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a coherent understanding of biomedical science by: 1.1 articulating the methods of science and explaining why current scientific knowledge is both contestable and testable by further inquiry 1.2 explaining the role and relevance of science in society.
  2. Exhibit depth and breadth of biomedical scientific knowledge by: 2.1 demonstrating well-developed knowledge in molecular biomedical science 2.2 demonstrating knowledge in at least one other disciplinary area.
  3. Critically analyse and solve scientific problems in molecular biomedical science by: 3.1 gathering, synthesising and critically evaluating molecular biomedical information from a range of sources 3.2 designing and planning a laboratory-based molecular biomedical science investigation 3.3 selecting and applying practical and/or theoretical techniques or tools in order to conduct a laboratory-based investigation in molecular biomedical science 3.4 collecting, accurately recording, interpreting and drawing conclusions from molecular biomedical scientific data 3.5 demonstrating the cooperativity and effectiveness of working in a team environment.
  4. Be effective communicators of science by: 4.1 communicating scientific results, information, or arguments, to a range of audiences, for a range of purposes, and using a variety of modes 4.2 understanding the common modes of communicating biomedical research data and the process of peer-reviewed publication.
  5. Be accountable for their own learning and scientific work by: 5.1 being independent and self-directed learners 5.2 working effectively, responsibly and safely in an individual or team context 5.3 demonstrating knowledge of the regulatory frameworks relevant to biomedical science and personally practicing ethical conduct and scientific integrity.


Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Executive Dean or delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program. 

Academic Program Rules for Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science)

There shall be a Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science).

Qualification Requirements

To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science), the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 72 units:

  1. Core courses to the value of 15 units.
  2. Elective courses to the value of 57 units.
  3. Level I courses not exceeding 30 units.
  4. Level III Science courses to the value of at least 24 units.
  5. A major chosen from the following:
    • Biochemistry
    • Genetics
    • Microbiology and Immunology
  6. Broadening experience.

Core Courses