Biomedical Science

Introduction

If you enjoy science and its practical application, particularly in health care or related research, a degree in Biomedical Sciences could be for you. You will study life processes to gain an understanding of how the human body works. You learn methods for diagnosing, analysing and treating disease together with a range of techniques used to unravel the complexity of the body.

This degree provides an excellent foundation in biomedical sciences which can lead to the opportunity of a research honours year. Students are taught by experts in the biomedical sciences and gain the skills necessary to understand and investigate human biology and health.

Students can take a variety of electives that gives them a greater in-depth knowledge of one area of the biomedical sciences or strengthen their knowledge in other areas of science. The core program consists of units covering biology, anatomy, biochemistry, introductory chemistry, genetics, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, pharmacology, and physiology.

Why Study Biomedical Science at UNE?

Biomedical Science is a continually changing, dynamic profession with long-term career prospects including management, research, education and specialised laboratory work. Consequently it is important that students are taught by staff who are active in the field and can keep the course up-to-date.

This course provides a multi-disciplinary education in biomedical sciences in order to lead to graduate employment in biomedical research fields, and to postgraduate studies in the medical sciences, or graduate entry to medicine, pharmacy, physiotherapy and other allied health professions. The course is about understanding the molecular and physiological mechanisms that underpin the human body and on understanding how diseases are manifested within the human body.

The course has an emphasis on practical skills where students get hands on experience as well as a good grounding in the theory. UNE has state of the art teaching laboratories and equipment such as clinical analysers, mass spectrometers, confocal microscope, and digital data recording equipment.

Biomedical Sciences - Study Areas

For information on study areas, courses and units within the Biomedical Sciences, please see the following links:

Courses

This course provides an integrated approach to examining contemporary issues in health and disease. Students gain underpinning theoretical knowledge as well as practical laboratory experience in a range of discipline areas including anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, microbiology and molecular and cellular biology.

Bachelor of Biomedical Science

There is no Honours year for the Bachelor of Biomedical Science, however, well-qualified graduates may apply to complete the Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc(Hons)) or the Master of Science (MSc). BSc(Hons) graduates who achieve the appropriate level of Honours or MSc graduates  are eligible to apply for entry into the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Careers

Graduates from the Bachelor of Biomedical Science can find a rewarding career as medical scientists in hospitals, pathology and biotechnology laboratories; clinical physiologists in hospitals and in marketing for scientific supply and pharmaceutical companies. Graduates interested in research careers may obtain employment in medical science research laboratories or progress to further studies such as Honours, Masters and Doctor of Philosophy degrees within Biomedical Research. A degree in Biomedical Science provides graduates with the knowledge and information to seek entry into postgraduate medicine, pharmacy and other allied health programs such as physiotherapy. Graduates can also sit the UMAT test and apply for entry into undergraduate medicine programs such as the Joint Medical Program between the University of Newcastle and University of New England.

Contacts

For further information on biomedical sciences course structure and admission requirements please contact the Student Centre on 1800 818 865 or via askUNE

For further information on biomedical sciences course specifics please contact the discipline convenor.