The Bachelor of Biomedical Science degree provides you with an in-depth knowledge of how the human body functions, focusing on physiology, anatomy and cell biology, preparing you for an exciting future in the health sector.

Course essentials

VU course code:
HBBS
Location:
Duration:
3 years
Intake:
2018:
CRICOS:
092499F
Fees:
2018: A$13,000 per semester

You can utilise this course to embark on an exciting career in biomedical research or for entry into postgraduate health courses, including postgraduate medicine.

The course will provide you with a strong foundation in the medical sciences, and advanced laboratory skills through hands on practical experimentation and online interactive learning.

The new curriculum offers a quality syllabus that emphasises critical thinking and active learning via an inquiry team-based learning – a strategy producing skilled, knowledgeable and lifelong learners. In addition, you will build on intellectual, analytical, organisational, personal and interpersonal skills.

You will gain in-depth understanding of how the body works from the molecular level through to physiological functions. Students will expand and apply knowledge of human biomedical science, to the causes, diagnosis and treatment of disease at molecular, cellular and system levels. Core areas of study include:

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

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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Careers in biomedical science

On completion of this course you will be prepared for entry into a constantly changing local and global biomedical workforce or for postgraduate study. You will have developed capabilities in critical analysis, communication and laboratory skills – essential for becoming successful professionals in both research and clinical based biomedical science.

Alternatively, a biomedical science degree is a prerequisite for postgraduate medicine (subject to meeting pre-requisites) and a pathway entry into other allied health courses, such as, physiotherapy, dentistry, osteopathy or radiology.

Job titles

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

Biomedical sciences graduates can find work in pharmaceutical or nutrition companies, hospitals and medical clinics, and research organisations.

Students may be employed in technical and scientific positions on research projects funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council and other agencies in government and private sector laboratories in universities, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies.

You could enter a vast range of health-related industries upon graduating,including:

  • medical research
  • genetic engineering
  • the pharmaceutical industry
  • pharmaceutical/medical sales
  • laboratory technology.

Medical laboratory scientists have an average salary of A$81,400 (Job Outlook).

Looking forward, employment for Medical Laboratory Scientists to November 2020 is expected to grow very strongly. (JobOutlook)

Course objectives

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

  1. Critically review biological determinants of health, well-being and disease and explain how they manifest in both local and global contexts;  
  2. Critically analyse and interrogate primary literature in biomedical science and map the principles of scientific research and experimental design including the use of statistical methods relevant to biomedical science;  
  3. Apply and adapt a broad and coherent knowledge base in physiology, anatomy, molecular cell biology and applied research to analyse complex problems in health and disease;  
  4. Evaluate current advances in medical interventions/therapeutics to investigate and propose solutions to contemporary, emerging and future-oriented issues in Biomedical Science;  
  5. Critically apply biomedical science based theoretical knowledge to practical situations in state of the art laboratory learning environments, and industry settings;  
  6. Conceptually map key ethical and professional components within the domain of Biomedical Science;  
  7. Effectively and analytically communicate complex ideas in Biomedical science in both written and oral formats to both professional and lay audiences including supervisors, peers, research teams, community and industry partners.  

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 (from the list below):

Plus One (1) of the following:

Option A:

  • 96 credit points of second Major studies;

OR

 

Option B:

  • 96 credit points of Minor studies (Two Minor sets in total, from the list below):

 

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.

First Year Core Units

Majors

Minors

We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.

From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.

All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.

You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.

Find out more about our First Year Model.

* Melbourne-based campuses only

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.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • Year 12: Successful completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English and one of Biology, Chemistry, Health & Human Development, any Mathematics or Physical Education.
  • International: Successful completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including at least one of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics OR Successful completion of an Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent) PLUS IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score of 6 with no band less than 6.0
  • Mature: Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience may be considered for admission to the course.

English language requirements

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

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 degree. 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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