Intakes: 

2019: February

Duration: 
3 years
Fees: 

2019: A$15,700*
* fee per semester

Application due dates:
We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Overview

Gain a strong foundation for a career in medicine or allied health with a Bachelor of Biomedicine at Victoria University, Melbourne.

This course prepares you for entry into postgraduate medicine and other postgraduate courses such as physiotherapy, pharmacy and dietetics. It includes essential physiology, anatomy and biochemistry prerequisites. You’ll also learn up-to-date information on disease and medical applications.

Our Bachelor of Biomedicine has a particular focus on the role of exercise and nutrition in medicine. You’ll design and analyse research methods and findings. You’ll undertake a research project that can provide a platform to begin a research degree.

New specialised units cover topics including:

  • bioinformatics
  • medical imaging
  • exercise in medicine.

This course will ensure you have broadly applicable science knowledge, and are ready for postgraduate study.

VU has a strong commitment to healthy and active living. Our Bachelor of Biomedicine is underpinned by the notion that ‘exercise is medicine’ (a global initiative led in Australia by Exercise & Sports Science Australia). You will graduate with specialised expertise in the role of nutrition and exercise in the prevention and treatment of disease.

Studying this course, you’ll benefit from close links with:

As a leading health and fitness university, we have extensive sports services and facilities available for all students. These include quality fitness centres, campus sport programs, tennis courts and a swimming pool.

Studying at VU involves a blend of theoretical and experiential learning. You’ll benefit from our three-way partnership at the Centre of Health, Research and Education (CHRE) with University of Melbourne and Western Health at the Sunshine Hospital. In third year, you’ll undertake a research project with a clinical and/or research team. This will allow you to put your theoretical knowledge into practice in the laboratory simulated learning environments, and community and industry settings.

You’ll also learn through practical scenarios (including workplaces and community settings) where you’ll apply the fundamentals of medical techniques.

VU staff are highly engaged and committed, and use modern and innovative teaching strategies. This tailored course offers small group learning, mentoring and support. You’ll be studying in a supportive learning environment that will ensure you are work ready, or prepared for postgraduate study.

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Careers in biomedicine

You will be ready to enter the workforce in a variety of fields including:

  • research in the medical sector
  • research in exercise or nutrition sciences
  • medical and diagnostic application services.

Job titles & salaries

Examples of job titles and average annual salaries in Australia are:

  • medical technician - $50,908 (JobOutlook)
  • medical laboratory scientist - $81,484 (JobOutlook)
  • medical diagnostic radiographer - $89,336 (JobOutlook).

Course structure

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

  • 96 credit points of First Year Core units
  • 144 credit points of Core studies 
  • 48 credit points of Minor studies from the list below.

First Year Core Units

Year 2

24 credit points from the selected Minor

Year 3

24 credit points from the selected Minor

Minors

We are the first Australian university to use a 'block' model of learning, where you study one unit at a time rather than juggling several at once.

Introduced in 2018, the VU Block Model has improved our student results and achievements, and has won awards for innovation and excellence. Initially for first-year students, it now applies to all students studying at our Melbourne campuses.

You'll study in short bursts, called blocks, of three 2-3 hour face-to-face teaching sessions per week.

Each block focuses on one unit (subject) and is only four weeks long, with up to four days between. Our two semesters have four blocks each, and there are optional blocks over winter and summer where you can catch up on a missed unit.

Some courses have labs and pracs too, and these are generally scheduled on the same days as teaching sessions. There are also workshops where you'll develop your study skills and prepare for your future career.

Find out more about the VU Block Model.

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of biomedicine, including physiology, anatomy, biochemistry, pathophysiology, genetics and biostatistics.  
  2. Critically apply biomedicine theoretical knowledge to practical situations in simulated learning environments, using current therapeutic approaches and exercise regimes for the treatment of chronic diseases.  
  3. Evaluate current advances in medical interventions/therapeutics to investigate and propose solutions to global contemporary, emerging and future-oriented issues in biomedicine.  
  4. Select and review research literature, critically analyse data and conceptually map the principles of scientific research and experimental design.  
  5. Apply ethical and safe practice in all aspects of research and laboratory based work.  
  6. Communicate information in oral and written forms to a range of associates including supervisors, peers, research teams; community and industry partners.  
  7. Reflect on their own learning and career goals and the development of strategies for achieving them.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Admissions

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about the University's admission requirements for all applicants, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Applicants for this course will need to have met the academic requirements and prerequisites for this course outlined below.

Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English (or equivalent).
PLUS:
A study score of at least 25 in two of the following: Biology, Chemistry, and any Physics or Mathematics (or equivalent)
OR:
Completion of an Australian Advanced Diploma or Diploma (or equivalent).
PLUS:
IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score or 7.0 (with no band less than 6.5 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).
OR:
Completion of a Foundation course or equivalent.

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

Pathways & credits

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this course. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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Information and fees listed above are for non-resident students. Fees are accurate at the time of viewing and will be subject to annual increases. Some courses require students to purchase equipment or clothing that they will need in the course. These equipment or clothing costs are not included in the course fees listed above and we recommend that you confirm these costs with the relevant college.

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