Highlights

  • Select a biomedical science major study area and electives from law and other university disciplines.
  • Gain a strong foundation in contemporary law knowledge, understanding and experience.
  • Develop industry-relevant practical skills in biomedical science and use new technology in laboratory classes which start during first year.
  • Combines two highly-regarded disciplines to prepare you for a career in the evolving area of medical biotechnology.
  • Attend classes with leading and expert teachers
  • Join work placements and hands-on learning experiences that will prepare you for the real world of law
  • Obtain international study and placement opportunities during your studies
  • Study at inner city facilities including the QUT Law Library and courtrooms
  • Access a range of scholarships and support to assist you with your studies, life at uni and preparation for your career.

Highlights

  • Select a biomedical science major study area and electives from law and other university disciplines
  • Gain a strong foundation in contemporary law knowledge, understanding and experience.
  • Develop industry-relevant practical skills in biomedical science and use new technology in laboratory classes which start during first year.
  • Combines two highly-regarded disciplines to prepare you for a career in the evolving area of medical biotechnology.
  • Attend classes with leading and expert teachers
  • Join work placements and hands-on learning experiences that will prepare you for the real world of law
  • Obtain international study and placement opportunities during your studies
  • Study at inner city facilities including the QUT Law Library and courtrooms
  • Access a range of scholarships and support to assist you with your studies, life at uni and preparation for your career.

Why choose this course?

A double degree in biomedical science and laws provides you with knowledge to work as part of a multidisciplinary team in biomedical research, development and commercialisation.

During this degree, you will complete core biomedical science units that develop knowledge and skills in foundational biomedical science disciplines. Comprehensive core studies in law will assist you in developing the capabilities necessary to be a successful learner and legal professional. You will not only gain knowledge of the law but also skills such as research, communication and dispute resolution.

This degree offers you the flexibility to choose one major study area or two minor study areas in biomedical science. These may include anatomical sciences, human biochemistry, human physiology, infection and immunity, or cell and molecular biotechnology. In the law component, you will complete introductory, general and advanced electives that may include internet law, succession law, taxation law or health law. You will also complete four elective units which can include law units or can be from another minor in the university, such as a language. For detailed information on study areas, please visit the single degree course page for biomedical science and the course page for law.

You will be taught by professionals with experience across disciplines and established partnerships with industry that is directly linked to research development and commercialisation. There are opportunities for hands-on learning that will develop your legal skills such as interviewing, negotiation, drafting and advocacy. Students may also choose to complete work experience in am industry, clinical or research-oriented workplace.

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What to expect

Biomedical science is a rapidly evolving area, with many exciting career opportunities. Biomedical research and the development of new biomedical products contribute to improving health outcomes worldwide. Governments and organisations, pharmaceutical companies and investment banks continue to invest heavily in this global industry.

The process of introducing new biomedical products into the market for commercial use requires multidisciplinary teams that often include research scientists, engineers, business development specialists, intellectual property lawyers, clinical trials experts, marketing specialists, and legal experts with an understanding of compliance and regulations.

Demand for specialists who have knowledge and skills across a number of these disciplines, such as biomedical science and laws, is increasing across local and international markets. 

Careers and outcomes

Careers and outcomes

Graduates may work in legal environments as a solicitor, barrister, in-house counsel, government lawyer or mediator. Graduates may also work in consultancy through the innovation and commercialisation of infrastructure including, for example, regulation, compliance and clinical trials.

Outside the specialist biomedical science and legal environments, graduates will have skills and knowledge that are transferable to a wide range of areas including business, marketing, communication and policy advisors or officers.

Professional recognition

The law degree is approved by the Queensland Legal Practitioners Admissions Board. If you want to become a lawyer at the end of your degree, you will need to complete further practical legal training (PLT) before you can apply for admission to practice. We offer PLT in the form of the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

Depending on the units selected in the biomedical science component, graduates may be eligible for membership of one or more professional organisations.

Possible careers

  • Barrister
  • Biomedical Laboratory Officer
  • Biomedical Science Researcher
  • Biotechnologist
  • Biotechnology Scientist
  • In-House Lawyer
  • Lawyer

Details and units

Students are required to complete 528 credit points, comprised of 192 credit points for the Bachelor of Biomedical Science program and 336 credit points for the Bachelor of Laws program. You will study science and law units in your first four years and for the remainder of this course you will concentrate on law studies.

In the Biomedical Science component of this degree, you may choose to undertake:

  •  Choice of ONE Biomedical Science Study Area A units plus two units from a Study Area B OR
  • Choice of TWO Biomedical Science Study Areas B

Under the Law component you will complete 336 credit points of core units and a mixture of law electives made up of

  • 19 Core units (240 credit points)
  • 1 introductory law elective* (12 credit points)
  • 5 general law electives** (60 credit points)
  • 2 advanced law electives (24 credit points)

*Students commencing from 2019 may select a general law elective in place of the introductory law elective

 **Students commencing from 2019 have the option to complete the Law, Technology and Innovation minor or 4 non-law electives (48 credit points) or a university wide minor in place of  4 general law electives (48 credit points). Successful completion of a minor will be recognised on the academic record and/or the Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement.

Law, technology and innovation minor units

  • Law and Data Analysis (LLB250)
  • Law and Design Thinking (LLB251)
  • Regulating Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (LLB341)
  • Regulating the Internet (LLB345)

Honours-level units

96 credit points of the following honours units will be used to determine the honours levels of the LLB (Hons):

  • Legal Research (LLH201)
  • Administrative Law (LLH206)
  • Ethics and the Legal Profession (LLH302)
  • Corporate Law (LLH305)
  • Legal Research Capstone (LLH401) (24 credit points
  • two 12-credit point Advanced Law Electives

Students are required to complete 528 credit points, comprised of 192 credit points for the Bachelor of Biomedical Science program and 336 credit points for the Bachelor of Laws program. You will study science and law units in your first four years and for the remainder of this course you will concentrate on law studies.

In the Biomedical Science component of this degree, you may choose to undertake:

  •  Choice of ONE Biomedical Science Study Area A units plus two units from a Study Area B OR
  • Choice of TWO Biomedical Science Study Areas B

Under the Law component you will complete 336 credit points of core units and a mixture of law electives made up of

  • 19 Core units (240 credit points)
  • 1 introductory law elective* (12 credit points)
  • 5 general law electives** (60 credit points)
  • 2 advanced law electives (24 credit points)

*Students commencing from 2019 may select a general law elective in place of the introductory law elective

 **Students commencing from 2019 have the option to complete the Law, Technology and Innovation minor or 4 non-law electives (48 credit points) or a university wide minor in place of  4 general law electives (48 credit points). Successful completion of a minor will be recognised on the academic record and/or the Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement.

Law, technology and innovation minor units

  • Law and Data Analysis (LLB250)
  • Law and Design Thinking (LLB251)
  • Regulating Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (LLB341)
  • Regulating the Internet (LLB345)

Honours-level units

96 credit points of the following honours units will be used to determine the honours levels of the LLB (Hons):

  • Legal Research (LLH201)
  • Administrative Law (LLH206)
  • Ethics and the Legal Profession (LLH302)
  • Corporate Law (LLH305)
  • Legal Research Capstone (LLH401) (24 credit points
  • two 12-credit point Advanced Law Electives

Requirements

OP
7
Selection rank
87.00

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2020.

Don't have an OP or selection rank?

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Starting uni in 2021?

There are some changes to subjects and the qualifications we’ll consider for entry to QUT from 2021 and beyond. Make sure you’re prepared to apply.

The selection rank is a good indication of the equivalent ATAR.

Find out how these changes might affect you

Course code
IX88
QTAC code
419462
CRICOS code
085232C
Delivery
  • Gardens Point
Delivery
  • Gardens Point
Duration
5.5 years full-time
Duration
5.5 years full-time
Entry
February
Entry
February
Offer Guarantee
Yes
Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course, we assume you have sound knowledge of the subject/s listed below. If you don't have the subject knowledge, you can still apply for the course but we encourage you to undertake bridging studies to gain the knowledge:

  • Biology (Units 3 & 4, C)
  • Chemistry (Units 3 & 4, C)
  • English, or Literature, or English and Literature Extension, or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 & 4, C)
  • Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C)

More about assumed knowledge

Offer guarantee

If you achieve an ATAR/selection rank of 93.00 or higher (including any adjustments) and satisfy all other admission requirements, you are guaranteed an offer for this course.

Advanced standing

If you have prior studies or work experience, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit). You can apply for advanced standing once you've been accepted to QUT. If you're in your first semester of study, you must apply for advanced standing within 10 days of receiving your offer.

More about advanced standing

Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

More about deferring your offer

Adjustments to your selection rank

Any adjustments you receive to your selection rank (or OP equivalent) will be applied to this course.

Find out if you’re eligible for an adjustment to your selection rank

Offers we made to school leavers in Semester 1, 2019

The scores listed in the tables below reflect the offers that were made to recent school leavers. If you are not a school leaver, take a look at the entry thresholds box at the top of this page to see the lowest adjusted scores required overall to receive an offer.

Excluding adjustments Including adjustments
OP Selection rank OP Selection rank
Highest OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP 2
Selection rank 98
OP 1
Selection rank 99
Median OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP 5
Selection rank 92
OP 4
Selection rank 94
Lowest OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP 8
Selection rank 6
OP 6
Selection rank 89

You can find out more about your fellow students’ backgrounds with this course’s student profile.

Other admission options

If you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, you may be eligible for admission through our Centralised Assessment Selection Process (CASP).

I completed my studies outside of Australia

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this course.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

Subject prerequisites
  • Biology (Units 3 & 4, C)
  • Chemistry (Units 3 & 4, C)
  • Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C)

You must have achieved this study at a level comparable to Australian Year 12 or in recognised post-secondary studies.

I completed secondary school in Australia

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course, we assume you have sound knowledge of the subject/s listed below. If you don't have the subject knowledge, you can still apply for the course but we encourage you to undertake bridging studies to gain the knowledge:

  • Biology (Units 3 & 4, C)
  • Chemistry (Units 3 & 4, C)
  • Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C)

More about assumed knowledge

Guide to entry thresholds

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2020.

OP
7
Rank
87
Offer guarantee

If you completed secondary school in Australia and achieve an ATAR/selection rank of 93.00 or higher (including any adjustments) and satisfy all other admission requirements, you are guaranteed an offer for this course.

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
58 50 50 50 50
Cambridge English Score
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement. You must provide your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.
176 169 169 169 169
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
6.5 6 6 6 6
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
79 16 16 21 18

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre

Course requirements

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. You will need to identify these requirements and ensure you allow sufficient time to meet them. Some of these requirements have associated costs.

Blue card: You must undergo a criminal history check for working with children and be issued with a suitability card (blue card) before commencing clinical placement/practicum in an organisation where they may work with children or young people.

The processing of your application may take several months so you must submit your blue card application to HiQ as early as possible to ensure you have your card before you begin any unit that requires contact with children. There is no charge for student blue cards. Students who already have a blue card must register it with QUT.

Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

Fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2021 fees

2021: CSP $11,000 per year full-time (96 credit points)

Additional Costs

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. Some of these requirements have associated costs. Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

 

2021 fees

2021: $40,300 per year full-time (96 credit points)

Additional Costs

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. Some of these requirements have associated costs. Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

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HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay for your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

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Scholarships

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

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