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OP 10

Rank 78

Course information set

  • High degree of flexibility with option to select one major and two minor study areas that align with your interests.
  • Develop industry-relevant practical skills and use cutting-edge technology in laboratory classes which start during first year.
  • Gain experience through a supervised work placement in an industry, clinical, or research-oriented workplace.
  • Be taught by science leaders who have made groundbreaking discoveries in biomedical science.
  • Widen your career possibilities by pairing this degree with one in business or law.
QTAC course code418401
QUT course code LS40
Attendance Full-time or Part-time
Course duration 3 years full-time
6 years part-time
Note: Part-time students should note that daytime attendance is required. Some lectures and tutorials may have evening sessions.
Start month 2019 February

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

Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Faculty of Health
Course contact
CRICOS code 052768K
  • Biochemist
  • Biomedical Laboratory Officer
  • Biomedical Science Researcher
  • Biotechnology Scientist
  • Cardiac and Vascular Scientist
  • Health Researcher
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Equipment Sales
  • Medicine (after further study)
  • Neurophysiologist
  • Reproductive Technician
  • Respiratory Scientist
  • Scientist
  • Sleep Scientist


Biomedical scientists are trained in the scientific disciplines that underpin medical practice. They study how the body normally works, investigate how disease or injury interferes with normal function, and develop new treatment strategies for these disorders. Skilled in using a variety of cutting-edge technologies, biomedical scientists have been responsible for major health advances including vaccines, antibiotics and stem cell therapies.

Why choose this course?

This course offers you a high degree of flexibility with the option to select one major and two minor areas of study. This provides you with the opportunity to explore areas that interest you as well as developing knowledge and skills in areas of emerging priority and employment. You may also complete studies in complementary disciplines from across the university including law, business, engineering, or innovation and entrepreneurship.

You will be taught by leading researchers from the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, the Translational Research Institute and partner research facilities at major Brisbane hospitals. In recent years, QUT researchers have made groundbreaking discoveries in cancer biology, infectious diseases, tissue engineering and vaccine development.

You will have the opportunity to gain real experience through a supervised work placement in an industry, clinical or research-oriented workplace.

Develop practical training by participating in laboratory classes held in state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories. Every unit in this course includes a laboratory component so you can develop and practise key technical skills, explore real experiments and case studies, and learn in an environment that stimulates collaboration and advanced thinking processes.

You will graduate as a critical thinker who can develop your own innovative ideas and successfully implement these through a range of clinical, research and industry-based careers.

Study areas

Anatomical sciences—Build practical skills in histology, medical image interpretation, and organ identification. Examine real examples using QUT’s extensive skeletal collection, film library, pathology museum and human cadavers. You will have the opportunity to perform a dissection at the Medical Engineering Research Facility, developing critical surgical skills and an appreciation of anatomical variability, pathology and effective medical communication.

Cell and molecular biotechnology—Learn about the structure, function and properties of cells and how cells are regulated and can be manipulated at the genetic and molecular levels. Study the interactions between deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and ribonucleic acid (RNA) and the resulting protein biosynthesis, and develop laboratory capabilities for cell molecular biotechnology careers.

Human biochemistry—Study the structure, function and properties of biomolecules (proteins, lipids, sugars, and DNA) and the molecular machinery that regulates the everyday workings of healthy cells and tissues in the human body, the molecular basis of human diseases, and how diagnostic technologies and treatment strategies impact on biochemical processes in the cellular context. You will undertake a research project in a mentored problem-based learning environment.

Human physiology—Knowledge about the human body and how its systems work to maintain our health is essential for understanding the basis of health, disease, diagnostic technologies and treatments. You will critically design and undertake a laboratory-based research project in human physiology. High-achieving students have the opportunity to align their studies with a clinical physiology minor, which incorporates a 400 hour professional internship.

Infection and immunity—Human infectious diseases account for more than 25 per cent of deaths and debilitating illnesses globally, representing a huge financial and social impact on our health and wellbeing. Infectious disease agents include bacteria, viruses, yeasts, fungi, and parasites. You will develop in-depth knowledge of these agents by exploring their biology at the cellular and molecular levels and how they cause human disease, together with cutting-edge strategies of diagnosis, treatment, control and prevention.

Career outcomes

This course is ideal for students interested in a science-based qualification with employment opportunities locally, nationally and overseas. Graduates are employed in many fields and may work for research institutes, universities, hospitals and biotechnology companies. Increasingly there are employment opportunities in consultancy, science journalism and with companies involved in the development and marketing of new diagnostic and treatment products.

Graduates who complete the clinical physiology minor as part of their studies may also work as a sleep scientist, neuroscientist, respiratory scientist or cardiac scientist.

This course also provides a solid grounding for students wishing to pursue postgraduate study in medicine and allied health. Postgraduate study provides graduates with the opportunity to pursue leadership and management roles in biomedical science, and the knowledge and skills to operate their own research lab and create new products.

Double degrees

You can widen your career possibilities even further by pairing this degree with one in business or law.

Professional recognition

Depending on the units selected in final year, graduates will be eligible for membership into one or more of the following organisations: Australian Society for Medical Research, Australian and New Zealand Society for Cell and Developmental Biology, Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Australian Association of Clinical Biochemists, Australian Society for Microbiology, Australian Neuroscience Society, The Endocrine Society of Australia, Society of Reproductive Biology, Australian and New Zealand Association of Clinical Anatomists, Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society, and Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society.

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.

Entry requirements

Guide to entry thresholds

OP 10

Rank 78

Course information set

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Maths B

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).

More about assumed knowledge

Did you get an OP 1-5?

If you receive an OP 1-5 or equivalent, you're guaranteed an offer for this course in the major offer round.

Course fees

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

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.


2019: CSP $10,000 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

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

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

Find out if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan

Scholarships and financial support

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

These scholarships are available for this course:

View all undergraduate scholarships

You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.


How to apply for Bachelor of Biomedical Science

You apply through QTAC for all our undergraduate courses.

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You're ready if you've:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for - you can apply for up to 6.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements.
  4. Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support.

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course (418401) because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

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After you've submitted your application to QTAC

If you've studied before or if you have at least two years' work experience, you may want to apply for credit for prior learning.


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