Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Biomedical Science – a changing, dynamic profession with long-term career prospects

If you’re fascinated by medical science and scientific experimentation, completing a degree in Biomedical Science will give you the knowledge and laboratory skills you’ll need to pursue a rewarding career where you make new medical discoveries and breakthroughs in understanding human diseases.

In this course, you’ll explore a variety of disciplines including physiology, microbiology, immunology and haematology, cell biology, biochemistry and pathology. You’ll also have the opportunity to broaden your scope by including other areas of study such as neuroanatomy, neurobiology, human nutrition and metabolism, and medical chemistry.

Why study Biomedical Science at UNE?

  • Our staff are well-qualified and committed to their teaching and research across a broad range of areas.
  • You will learn laboratory techniques with extensive hands-on practical classes and you will also have the opportunity to complete a mini-research project and submit a report on the outcomes.
  • You can study either on campus or online – whichever option you choose you will be part of a vibrant living and learning environment.
  • We offer an alternate entry via the Bachelor of Scientific Studies which is designed for students without a Science background.

Two female students in the science lab measuring out some liquid

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program are equipped with knowledge and skills in the modern biosciences, particularly in their application to medicine, biomedical research and health care services. The solid foundation this program provides in molecular biology, biochemistry and physiology will also position graduates well for careers in medical research.

Graduates find positions in:

  • government health departments and policy development
  • hospital
  • pathology and biotechnology laboratories
  • biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies
  • CSIRO and biomedical research institutions
  • health promotion and medical foundations
  • processing and manufacturing
  • plus food production industries;

And are employed as:

  • research scientists
  • research officers
  • clinical physiologists
  • laboratory assistants/technicians

Graduates are also well prepared for entry into a range medical or paramedical courses including medicine, pharmacy and dietetics.

Frequently Asked Questions

What background knowledge do I need?  What should I study at school?

  • We assume you will have a sound knowledge of NSW HSC level (or equivalent) Mathematics plus it is recommended that you have a knowledge of Biology and Chemistry and/or Physics
  • We offer introductory units in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics for students who do not have the recommended background knowledge as well as free Bridging Courses in Chemistry and Mathematics.
  • We also offer the Bachelor of Scientific Studies which was designed for students who do not have a background in Science. We do recommend that if you don’t have the recommended knowledge, you give serious consideration to including the Bachelor of Scientific Studies as a preference when you submit your application.
  • Alternatively, you might like to consider enrolling for the Bachelor of Scientific Studies in the first instance and, on successful completion of eight units you will be eligible for award of the Diploma in Science, and you can transfer to the Bachelor of Biomedical Science with some credit (advanced standing) for units you have completed.

Can I apply for early entry?

  • Yes, all Year 12 and some TAFE students can apply directly to UNE for Direct Early Entry before your results are released.

How do I apply to study at UNE?

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