Bachelor of Biomedical Science

VU course code: HBBS | CRICOS: 092499F | Level of study: Undergraduate
3 years full time or longer for part time
In person
VU Melbourne: St Albans
29 April 2024
21 April 2024


Develop a strong foundation in the medical sciences and advanced laboratory skills with a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at Victoria University.

With a biomedical science degree, you can embark on an exciting career in biomedical research or continue to postgraduate health courses.

At VU, you’ll combine hands-on practical experimentation and online interactive learning to gain in-depth knowledge of how the human body works.

You’ll understand physiology, anatomy and cell biology, and examine the causes, diagnosis and treatment of disease at molecular, cellular and system levels. You’ll study:

  • anatomy and physiology
  • nutrition
  • biochemistry
  • cell biology
  • medical microbiology
  • immunology
  • molecular biology
  • human genetics
  • pharmacology.

With a focus on team-based learning, your biomedical science degree will help you build critical thinking, intellectual, analytical, organisational, personal and interpersonal skills to support your exciting future career.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your educational achievements and work experience, as well as your skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a related course or unit(s). We call this a ‘pathway’.

You may also be eligible for course ‘credits’, where you are granted a unit or units towards your qualification for equivalent previous study or work experience, so you can graduate sooner.

ATAR requirements

No minimum ATAR required

This course does not have a minimum ATAR requirement for entry. Read the entry criteria for this course below.

Why ATAR is not applicable

You do not need an ATAR score to apply for this course. Instead, you need to have successfully completed secondary school and to meet any requirements outlined below. Our courses and support programs are designed to prepare students from diverse cultures for success, regardless of their ATAR, age, education or socioeconomic background.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course Structure

To attain the Bachelor of Biomedical Science students will be required to complete 288 credit points consisting of:

  • 96 credit points of First Year Core studies;

  • 96 credit points of Major studies;

Plus One (1) of the following:

Option A:

  • 96 credit points of second Major studies;


Option B:

  • 96 credit points of Minor studies (Two Minor sets in total):

Please Note: Students that select Option A must choose 12 credit points in place of HBM3202 Applied Biomedical Science, as this unit is covered in the first Major study. Students are able to select a unit from within any of the Minors offered in this course, in consultation with the Course Coordinator and according to unit pre-requisites.

Fees & Scholarships

University fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer (including our generous scholarship program).

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) is subsidised by the government, reducing it to the amount listed here. Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens will qualify for a CSP place. If your course is not Commonwealth supported, or you don't qualify, you'll pay full fees.

Learn more about Commonwealth Supported Places




As the exciting and crucially important field of medical research continues to grow, you can use your biomedical science degree to get involved in the medical discoveries of the future.

Choose from a wide range of technical and scientific positions on medical research projects, which are often funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, other agencies in government, and private sector laboratories in universities, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies.

You could also find work in pharmaceutical and nutrition companies, hospitals and medical clinics, and research organisations, with job titles such as:

  • medical researcher
  • scientific journalist
  • medical laboratory scientist
  • science laboratory specialist.